FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND

with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

First news of two CD releases that will be of interest to folk and blues fans in the area.

Northern dance band Whapweasel who have become favourites at festivals across the country have just released their fourth CD, a nicely packed affair 'Pack Of Jokers'. The 8 piece ceilidh style band have been around for ten years, though its only in the past 18 months that they have established themselves as the hottest ticket on the English ceilidh scene, leading to the prestigious Radio 2 'Best Dance Band' award earlier in the year. 'Pack Of Jokers' features 11 original instrumental tracks, that in true ceilidh band style have some very odd titles such as 'Weasels Of Ming' and 'JWJ'. With band members, who include former Steeleye Span man Rick Kemp on electric guitar, playing variety of instruments, Whapweasel can and do introduce a multitude of sounds to accompany their dynamic English dance style tunes. Especially effective are the saxophones of Stuart Finden and Fiona Littlewood, whilst young fiddle player Thomas Fairbairn who has played in the county, guests on the album's closing number 'Destination Venus', a slow and melodic air. Though totally instrumental 'Pack Of Jokers' has enough variation to make it eminently listenable to even for the casual listener whose feet are firmly fixed to the floor, at least until Whapweasel's rhythms take hold. More information is available at www.whapweasel.com.

Slack Alice who have appeared a number of times in the county including Blackfriars in Boston, the Embassy Theatre, Skegness and the Rock & Blues Festivals at Butlins have recently released their long awaited fourth CD, 'English Eddie and Other Stories' on the Organic Mountain label. The 12 track album features established favourites from Slack Alice's impelling live performances, including original songs 'Midnight & Jack Daniels' and 'Long Distance', 'Train', the Junior Parker number made famous by Elvis and 'Piece Of My Heart' recorded by Janis Joplin. Newer songs such as 'Preacher' featuring Chris Preston on slide steel guitar, and 'Mean Slick City Machine' have also been recorded by the band's latest line up which includes Pietro Lo Guidice (bass) and drummer Lee Davies. Singer Cliff Stocker and the band's other guitarist Colin Redmond combine well on a quieter number, Warren Zevon's 'The Heartache', where Colin switches to acoustic guitar. Other songs such as 'Red Eyes & Sleepless Nights', 'This Heart's Not Broken' and 'What About Me' have a personal feel and the use of more traditional instruments harks back to Stocker's collectable 70s album 'Billy + Nine'. The latter two songs have a cajun feel with the exciting young violin player Sam Hird, son of former footballer Kevin Hird (ex Blackburn Rovers / Leeds Utd / Burnley) featuring on 'This Heart's Not Broken' and Christian Madden guesting on accordion on 'What About Me'. Redmond plays banjo on both songs. The album also features a new recording of 'Let The Rock Roll In' owing more to AC/DC than the original Nashville style version, and 'Dose Of You', a song Cliff co-wrote with Suzy Martell, who is also popular in the county. For those wondering who 'English Eddie' was, he was a Geordie boy, Stocker's uncle, who drove for Al Capone! For more details email anne.stocker@btopenworld.com.

In our weekly articles we also take a look at gigs taking place around the area.. With the holiday season in full swing many of the music clubs and theatres are taking a well earned break, but there's still plenty of gigs for local music fans and those visiting the region on holiday to enjoy.


WED 10 AUG.

Heart Of Glass, a top class Blondie tribute act who have been featured on Yorkshire TV play at Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness. As well as all the classic hits, Debbie Harry lookalike Denise Danielle includes a number of costume changes during the band's performance.


THU 11 AUG.

There is a Senior 40+ talent competition with backing by Regency and guest comedy duo Night and Day who are on stage at Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness at 8.45pm.


FRI 12 AUG.

The UK Subs one of the bands to emerge on the 70s punk scene return to the Axe and Cleaver in Boston. The group who had several chart entries still feature their original frontman, Charlie Harper. Evil Scarecrow will be supporting.

The Lloyd Watson Band fronted by the renowned guitarist Lloyd who has played with some of the UK's top musicians play blues rock at Brennan's Bar, Spalding.

The Rockin Daddies play lively rock'n'roll at the Kings Head on Horncastle Road, Boston.

Jon Loomes is the spotlight guest at Market Rasen Folk Club at the Village Hall, Faldingworth. Other musicians will also be performing during the evening.

The Farmhouse Festival takes place at The Farm in Chapel St Leonards over the coming weekend. A host of bands including The Melt, The What, John Rock, Crypsis, Mindspin, Harbinger, Spread and The Farmhouse Band will be appearing over the weekend, contact venue for more details, tel. 01754 871445.


SAT 13 AUG.

Rock covers band Blista, one of the acts appearing Boston's Party In The Park in July are playing in their hometown again, this time at the Axe & Cleaver.

There's rock'n'roll, blues and Motown music at the Red Lion, Revesby from the Betty Swollocks Band.

In Wyberton, the band Silver Magnum provide the musical entertainment at Sports and Social Club. Please note this is a members club, new members are welcome, tel.. 01205 353525 for details, whilst at the Pin Cushion Jet will be playing old time blues and skiffle.

Dynamic singer Belinda will be performing at the Red Cow Hotel, Boston. With a wide variety of material from the 40s right up to present day chart toppers, Belinda's entertaining performances will appeal to a wide audience. Evening meals are available but must be booked in advance, tel. 01205 363158 for details.

Sapphire & Steele, a female vocalist backed by a male guitarist will be performing disco, pop, rock'n'roll and ballads from 50s to present at the Duke Of Wellington, Midville.

There is a fund raising concert at the Lion Theatre, Horncastle with performances from popular Lincolnshire duo Winter Wilson, young songwriter and guitarist David Liversidge who recently fronted Red Autumn at Party In The Park and a rare appearance by another duo Gentle Union. Tickets priced £5 / £4 concessions are available from Essential Collection in Horncastle (tel. 01507 522885). All proceeds will be going to the Christine Judd World Challenge Fund Raising Appeal. Christine will be part of the team on a once-in-a- lifetime trip with World Challenge to Venezuela next summer. This involves working on community projects such as building wells and repairing/painting schools. She has to fund the vast majority of the trip herself (over £3000) and has been working very hard for months already to raise money.

'Rockin' On Heaven's Door' a show featuring music from Elvis, The Big O, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran continues a summer run at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness.

The Sleaford Water Weekend is taking place this Saturday and Sunday and includes musical entertainment. On Saturday, Winter Wilson, Afro Gos, Oak, Small Print, The Deadline and Acoustic Bloke will be performing in the Eastgate area of the town between 12.30 - 8pm.

Southwold Jazz Band play New Orleans jazz at New Orleans Club, Queen Street, Louth.


SUN 14 AUG.

Pilgrim Stompers play New Orleans jazz at Boston Jazz Club, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston.

The Sleaford Water Weekend continues on Sunday with musical entertainment from Ben Adams, Tim & Annie Walker, Kurios and Kaitlin Howard between 12 noon and 5pm in Eastgate, and there's a variety of live music between 1pm - 9pm in the Barge and Bottle.

Entertaining singer Steve Carmel will be performing hits from the 50s and 60s, including some rock'n'roll numbers at the Three Horseshoes, Goulceby.


MON 15 AUG.

American Jukebox continues a summer run at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness. The show features three members of The Osmonds, Jay, Wayne and Jimmy, Billy Pearce and The Jukebox Band.


TUE 16 AUG.

Boomhour, a rock band from Finland appear at the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

There's mainstream jazz at The Bustard, South Rauceby.