FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND

with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

First a look ahead to a festival taking place over the weekend 17th/18th September. The New Meadows Music Festival follows the traditions of other Lincolnshire festivals such as the Great Western Festival of 1972, and the Eco-Fest and Mella Yella Festivals of more recent years. Like the Eco-Fest and Mella Yella events, Meadow Fest aims to give local talent a platform to perform and to give the locals (and those not so local) somewhere to enjoy a festival in their 'backyard'. Situated in a, for now, secret field location near Louth, easily accessible from all areas. Lincolnshire has a growing music scene encompassing many musical genres including punk, folk, rock, jazz and blues, hip-hip and indie, and this festival aims to show the rest of the UK what we have to offer. Combining local bands, with national acts Meadow Fest will present an eclectic mix of music on two main stages and the SIREN acoustic tent, with something for everyone. With more than 35 bands set to appear over the two days, headline acts so far confirmed include Arthur Brown, The Boxer Rebellion, and festival favourites Misty's Big Adventure, fresh off tour with The Zutons (Sat 17th) and Tony McPhee who started his career back in the 60s with The Groundhogs backing touring American bluesmen (Sun 18th), with support from local bands such as Owsley Sunshine, Vinyl Collide, Bottle Of Smoke, The Straightmen and Abi Moore.

Tickets, which are limited, are £30, (with £1 being donated to McMillan Cancer Relief) available from the festival website at www.meadowfest.co.uk or various shop outlets in Lincoln, Skegness and Louth. Price includes camping for 3 nights, as you can start your festival on the Friday afternoon, along with a separate camping area for families.

Now a look at gigs taking place around the area during the coming week. As always we recommend that you check with venue before travelling as late changes and cancellations do occur.


WED 17 AUG.

The Goodtime Jazzmen, a six piece New Orleans style jazz band make their regular monthly appearance at Old Nicks Tavern, Horncastle.

Comedian Jim Davidson appears at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness. Described as an 'Adults Only' show, those who are easily offended should stay away, those wishing to attend should check ticket availability before travelling, tel. 01754 768333.

Tribute band The Fab Four recreate the hits of the Beatles at the Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness.

The 22-20s who feature Martin Trimble and Glen Bartup, two young musicians who used to play in Crossfire and the Martin Trimble Band at local venues are currently touring the UK, one of the closest gigs to Lincolnshire is tonight at The Junction at Cambridge. At the weekend they will be performing as the headlining act on the New Band Stage at both V Festivals, at Chelmesford (Essex) on Saturday and Weston Park (Staffordshire) on Sunday.


THU 18 AUG.

There's live entertainment at the Marine Boathouse in Skegness where Martin Burton & The Soul Men appear. Their show includes slick dance routines, perfect harmonies and classic soul hits from the likes of The Drifters, Sam Cooke, Dobie Gray, the Four Tops and the O'Jays. The four piece group are fronted by Martin Burton who was the founder member of 80s recording and club band The Gents.

Other events taking place in Skegness on Thursday evening include an appearance by Joe Pasquale at the Embassy Theatre, and a senior 40+ talent competition with backing by Regency and a performance by guest vocal impressionist C J Harper at the Richmond Holiday Centre. At time of going to press we do not have full details of this week's entertainment programme at the Richmond Holiday Centre.

Spalding Folk Club host their monthly 'Singaround' at the Welland Yacht Club in Spalding.


FRI 19 AUG.

The Past, the only band to appear at both local 'Party In The Park' gigs (Boston and Digby) are back in Boston, appearing at the Axe & Cleaver. They play original rock and have recently released a four track CD "Close your Eyes".

The Just Friends Jazz Band will be playing at the Lord Harrowby in Grantham from 9pm to 11.30pm.

Popular blues trio Slim Line Papas play the first of two gigs in Lincoln over the coming weekend, at the Tap & Spile in the Hungate area of the city. On Sunday the band will be playing rockabilly tinged 50s blues at the Jailhouse Rock Bar.

Sapphire and Steele, a duo featuring a vivacious and talented female vocalist backed by a superb male guitarist perform a wide selection of covers, from 50s rock'n'roll through 70s disco to modern day hits at Happy Days in Chapel St Leonards.


SAT 20 AUG.

Blues rock guitar genius Lloyd Watson and his band are playing at the Anchor Inn, Friskney.

In Boston, Ironically Maiden recreate the sounds of Iron Maiden at the Axe & Cleaver, whilst Dutch thrash band Vitamin X are headlining a gig at the Indian Queen, Liverpool outfit After The Massacre and a yet to be announced local band are also on the bill.

Ignition play classic rock covers at the Red Lion, Revesby.

101 Proof have a large repertoire of American music with a country flavour which thousands experienced, perhaps for the first time, at this year's Party In The Park in Boston. The country rock band will be playing both afternoon and evening sessions at the Bacchus Hotel's Beer Festival, Sutton On Sea.

The Glitter Band who had a number of hits in the 70s both in their own right and backing Gary Glitter will be performing at Tattershall Caravan and Leisure Park. Tickets for this special show are priced £6.00, tel. 01526 348800 for details.

'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.

Rhythm'n'blues band Gin House play uptempo material from the likes of Dr Feelgood and Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Inn On The Park, Skegness.

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


SUN 21 AUG.

There is a Christian Carnival in Skegness Tower Gardens between 1 - 5pm, with music on the Bandstand from Double Impact and The Good News Beach Team.

Danny Bryant's Redeyeband are a very popular act with the audience at the Hope Tavern, Holton-Le-Moor, where they have played on a number of occasions. The trio, featuring the young guitarist Danny, who was inspired by Walter Trout play blues rock at the intimate venue between 4 - 6pm.

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


MON 22 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 23 AUG.

Two bands, Dead At 27 and Bleeding Pink share the bill at the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

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