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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

ANOTHER WEEKEND OF DAMN FINE MUSIC

You know how it is, you wait for a bus for what seems like hours and then three come at once! Well sometimes it the same for good gigs and this Bank Holiday weekend was no exception (I always seem to include Thursdays as part of the weekend these days!).

Yes, Bank Holiday weekend and there were just so many gigs and festivals on in various places around the county, country etc. that i would have been happy to have been at but for a number of reasons I needed to 'Stay Local' this weekend, especially as my daughters band, The Blues Blaggers, had a prestige gig at The Orange Tree on the Saturday night as part of the "Sounds of Baldock" weekend, the event that draws to a close the Baldock Festival and is also the main fundraiser for Balstock in September.

Luckily, with Sounds of Baldock, SoundArc Promotions at The Red Lion in Stevenage and of course Blues at the Red on the Sunday night, we (Some of the Fellowship) enjoyed a feast of great music.


So, it all started on the Thursday night at The Red Lion with SoundArc Promotions putting on another damn fine gig with Calm for the Restless and Gelato, both of whom were excellent.


Calm For The Restless

Gelato
Although Sounds of Baldock was a 'Three day event' I was only able to make it along on the Saturday but oh what a day!

We kicked off at The Engine and saw Tower of Joy, Just Dig This and The Hornets:-

Tower of Joy

Just Dig This

The Hornets
It was then on to The Orange Tree for the opening set from Vacant followed by Old Skool, Black River Blues, The Blues Blaggers and finally The SG's.

Vacant (With our very own Smiffy on bass)

In ya face!

Vacant - Wayne

Old Skool

Black River Blues

The Blues Blaggers

The Blues Blaggers absolutely nailed it
The SG's

The SG's brought the day to a wonderful bouncing close
Although I (& Chris) couldn't make it along to the Sunday sessions of Sounds of Baldock it wasn't all over! We had Sunday night at Blues at The Red with JFK Blue who just have to be seen to be believed, I think it's fair to say that just about everyone who was at that gig, including some very discerning blues / blues rock fans, were absolutely gobsmacked by the quality of the musicianship and range of styles this band work into their music, the lead guitarist's slide guitar playing was just ridiculous it was so good!

JFK Blue
If any of the bands featured above look or sound interesting to you (As far as I'm concerned there wasn't a naff one among them) then most of them (But not all) have Facebook, Bandcamp or Soundcloud pages, I have not added links this time so I urge you to go exploring!

What's next? 

Why this of course:-

Another Weekend of Damn Fine Music

So on Thursday night we kicked off with
Calm for the Restless and Gelato at the Red
Two fine bands put on by Andy
SoundArc Promotions, excellent, enough said
On Saturday it was Sounds of Baldock
And again it was Chris and me
We started off at The Engine
Then went on to The Orange Tree
We were joined by a Peter
And members of my family
It was The Blues Blaggers and the SG’s
That they had come down to see
So today we’d seen Tower of Joy and Just Dig This
The Hornets, Vacant and Old Skool
Black River Blues then the Blues Blaggers
Which was all quite pretty cool
The SG’s finished off the day
In a fine dance dub reggae style
It was another damn fine day of music
More than enough to make us smile
But it wasn’t all done and dusted
It wasn’t all over yet
There was Sunday night for Blues at The Red
How much better could things get?
JFK Blue, what an absolutely amazing band
They played a truly outstanding set
So all in all it was another great weekend
For the Fellowship out at live music events
You can bet whatever you like my friend
We’re all so glad we went!

GM

May 2017

 On Saturday the 3rd June, SoundArc Promotions are celebrating 10 years of promoting at The Red Lion in Stevenage Old Town with a mini festival from about 3pm onwards featuring many of the top bands and acoustic artists that have played for Andy over the years, this should be a good one!

Until then, have fun, enjoy the wonderful live music where you can, see you down the front some time.


GM - May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

3AM LIVE AT THE RED LION SUNDAY 21/05/17

Sunday night, Blues at The Red, 21st may 2017 and we have that damn fine rocking blues band 3AM, what a great night it was too.

Band Info'


3AM at The Red

It’s 3AM at ‘The Red’
Yet no one’s gone to bed
It’s actually early evening
And no one here is leaving
Because tonight we choose
To catch a good dose of the blues
Tonight ‘The Red’ is buzzing again
To the rocking blues of the band 3AM
Chris and I are here keeping it steady
With class acts like this who needs ‘Skeggy’!

GM

May 2017





The Set List

Trev really has done a brilliant job over the years running Blues at the Red, as I said, if it carries on like this who needs 'Skeggy'.

The Bands FB Link:-

So, until the next time, keep rocking, see you down the front, GM May 2017.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A COUPLE OF GOOD GIGS AND A WEEKEND OF FRAGMENTED FELLOWSHIP

It's funny how you sometimes get those weeks / weekends where you see lots of friends but not all together at the same time, well that was last weekend for me!

On the Thursday night myself Chris and Peter went off to the Red Lion in Stevenage Old Town to see Georgia Nevada, Kelvin Davies and Luke Tuchscherer, a damn fine acoustic night it was too.

On Saturday afternoon we had a lovely surprise visit from Kevin and on Saturday evening I was back down 'The Red', this time with Roger to see Metalworks (Who could not have been louder!) and of course Sally & Keith were there.

So, in a roundabout and somewhat fragmented way it was a FoTs weekend!


A Weekend of Fragmented Fellowship

Chris and Peter having fun it seems

Thursday night at ‘The Red’
What more can be said?
There’s me and there’s Chris and there’s Peter
Which was more than alright
For headlining tonight
Was none other than the great Luke Tuchscherer

Georgia Nevada
And we’d Georgia Nevada and Kelvin Davies
There was a good crowd down for this gig
And the better it gets
they all played great sets
One day I’m sure Luke WILL make it big!

Kelvin Davies
On Saturday afternoon Kevin called round
A lovely unexpected surprise
He had just done a good deed
For someone in need
So we celebrated with coffee & smiles

Luke Tuchscherer
In the evening I went into town once again
This time to meet our own TV’s Roger Marsh
It had been a long time
Since we’d been out gigging together
Sometimes life can be harsh!

It was of course Metalworks and not Metal Sausage
And so it was once more back to ‘The Red’
For Metalworks good but too loud
So we sat and caught up
And chatted outside
Like a lot of the Red Lion crowd

Keith and Sally were there
Nobby, Les,  Mark & Bear
All in all it was a very good night
Time spent with good friends
Should just never end
Yeah indeed, it was just about right


So the Fellowship may not have been out altogether
But in ones and twos and threes
I had been lucky to see many friends
You don’t often get weekends like these!

Grant M

May 2017 
The Links:-






Monday, 1 May 2017

PIG IRON, RGR HENDRIX EXPERIENCE AND FALSE HEARTS AT MELBOURN ROCK CLUB

PIG IRON, RGR HENDRIX EXPERIENCE AND FALSE HEARTS AT MELBOURN ROCK CLUB & US OF COURSE!

It's been a long time since it was just the three original members of The Fellowship (Myself, Kevin and Chris) out together, with Fender of course and things were bound to get somewhat messy!

Saturday 29th April saw us off to Melbourn Rock Club once again to join in the 37th anniversary celebrations and of course Mo's birthday (After midnight!) and rock the night away with three excellent bands.


Camp Fellowship was soon established:-


Mo became a full member of the infamous Coronas:-


And so we were ready to rock, young St. Ives (That's the Cambridge St. Ives) band, False Hearts got everything off to a cracking start:-

False Hearts
https://www.facebook.com/falseheartsofficial/

They were followed by RGR Hendrix Experience who are superb and faithfully play the music of, well you can guess that I'm sure.

RGR Hendrix Experience
https://www.facebook.com/RGR-Hendrix-Experience-209743239192346/

And so on to the might Pig Iron who were on magnificent form, they really are a top class band.

Pig Iron
https://www.facebook.com/Pig-Ir%C3%B6n-official-282268295141020/

And so, the adventure unfurled:-

Ironing the Pig (Or JD what have you done to me?)

It was Melbourn Rock Club’s 37th anniversary
Playing host once more to Kevin, Chris and me
And of course to Fender in his den
Otherwise known as the little yellow caravan
Plus Chris’s tent which like the economy of our nation
Rose to glory with a little forced inflation
Two Jacks came with us which as you may see
May not have been a wise decision for the Fellowship three!

Lord Fender, surveyor of all

MRC were there of course
The Hatfield Rock Den were out in force
It was also fast approaching Mo’s birthday
Oh yes we’d all have fun this Saturday!

Mo was promoted to a full Corona member
And wore his shirt proudly as we remember
False Hearts hailing from St. Ive’s
Played a blistering set I tell you no lies
One of the best young bands we’ve seen in a while
And the singer well, she had a lovely smile!

Emma and Fender
The RGR Hendrix Experience were simply sublime
They got the crowd dancing and singing in time
The Wadsworth’s 6X was flowing like water
We met the lovely Kate and Fin her lovely daughter
And other great new people as one tends to do
Several of whom would stay up late and party on too!

Pig Iron played an absolutely stunning set
Every time we seem them the better they seem to get
And here’s a spurious tip for when you’re out rocking
Tattoos cannot be removed by licking and sucking!

Johnny

Dan

Hugh

Joe
Fender had fun from atop of the speaker stack
And when he came down there was no looking back
After the gig we partied hard too
A right old laugh and the JD’s quite a few
Honey flowed in the little yellow caravan
As we put the world to rights talking man to man
Until seized by sleep, or maybe simply paralysed
We lay our heads down and closed our eyes

Awoken by Mo at half past eight because
There was a damn fine breakfast waiting cooked up by Toz
And Chris’s tent got somewhat deflated
Needless to say he was not exactly elated
Poor Martyn was blamed but of course it wasn’t down to him
I can now reveal it was all down to our very own Kevin

Chris was feeling somewhat deflated!
All in all another great evening and another great night
An amazing gig and FoTs party trucked along juts right
So until the next time
I wish you all well
I wish you all fine.


GM April 2017