FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND

with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

First a look at one of the area's fine young bands, Skegness based group The Melt who made their long awaited debut at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire on Bank Holiday Monday. The trio had an early evening slot on the Super Roadhouse Stage between two more experienced acts Buckinghamshire band Storm Warning and Lancashire's own favourites Slack Alice. They acquitted themselves very well, especially as they chose to play mainly original songs. These included long standing favourite 'Whiskey Blues' and some songs such as 'Saw The Light' that are just weeks old. With their new line up now established, the band's sound has developed over the past year into a highly modern blues rock style, similar at times to former Hoax guitarist Jon Amor's band. Their hour long set included just one cover, a superb version of Peter Green's 'Green Manalishi'. With Ashley Wilson's stunning guitar, some thunderous drumming from his brother Phil and funky bass work from Greg Smith, The Melt made a great impression at Britain's top blues festival.

In our weekly column we also take a look at some of the gigs taking place around the area during the coming week. Following a very busy bank holiday weekend there is a slight lull before the local clubs and theatres reopen for the autumn, but there is still plenty of live music for local music fans to enjoy. We do recommend that you check with venues before travelling as some events sell out in advance, also late changes and cancellations can occur.

If you are organising gigs at a local venue over the coming weeks, or playing in a band and would like coverage in our weekly column, please e-mail alberta.bill@tinyonline.co.uk. Further information about gigs, artists and bands appearing in the area can be obtained from the Fizgig website (http://fly.to/fizgig).


WED 31 AUG.

The August Jazz Club takes place at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant in Sutton Bridge, the Nigel Portass Band who are often joined by guest musicians from other areas will be playing.

The Sound Of The Four Tops, a tribute group from the USA will be performing the classic hits of the 60s Motown stars, The Four Tops at the Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness.


FRI. 2 SEP

German rock band Uniting The Elements are playing at the Axe & Cleaver in Boston. The trio are fronted by vocalist Dawn, with Ola (guitar) and Neil (drums) providing the powerful instrumental backing. Playing rock-pop, uniting elements of nu-metal, light industrial tones and even hip-hop in their original music, the band's sound has been compared to that of Garbage.

Smokescreen play modern metal style music at the Music Library, Skegness.


SAT 3 SEP

Hareware play rock covers from the likes of Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Nirvana and Reef, as well as a number of original songs at the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

Skegness rock band Charlie Don't Surf play rock covers, including songs by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, at the Anchor Inn, Friskney.

Just For Kicks play rock and pop covers including songs by Queen, Elton John and the Small Faces at the Black Bull, Kirton near Boston.

Rain play 60s covers at the Leisure and Caravan Park, Tattershall. Rain are a tribute with a difference, these four young men in their early 20s have been performing classic 60s hits from the likes of The Kinks, Manfred Mann, Stones, Monkees, Small Faces and of course The Beatles at venues around the country since they were 16. Of a similar age to those 60s acts, Rain have a unique sound, plus the raw energy of youth and do not rely on costumes, wigs or backing tracks to recreate the music that fuelled a generation.

There is a choice of blues gigs taking place round the region, Scottish blues band Lights Out By Nine return to The Farm, Chapel St Leonards. The group, fronted by guitarist and singer Al Hughes, also include a brass section in their line up, giving them a classic soulful sound. In recent years the band have been a favourite act at Skegness Rock & Blues Festivals. The Sean Webster Band are another acts returning to the region, they are playing at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant, Sutton Bridge. Two Lincolnshire bands are playing on Saturday, the Slim Line Papas, a Lincolnshire based trio play 50s style blues with hints of rockabilly at the Shoulder Of Mutton, Ruskington whilst Blues Connection play acoustic country style blues at the Waggon & Horses, Branston.

'Rockin' On Heaven's Door', a show featuring the music of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran is taking place at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness.

Vocalist Diane Vickers will be performing popular songs at the Red Cow Hotel in Wide Bargate, Boston.

Jazz In The Gardens, one of the events linked with Classics In The Park, the 9th annual classic vehicle rally being held at The Manor in West Ashby, near Horncastle. The concert starts at 7pm, tickets are £8.00, tel. 01507 523310 for details.

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


SUN 4 SEP

Spalding Blues Club have an exciting Autumn season lined up with appearances by American band Delta Moon returning later in September followed by The Blues Burglars, The SPIKEdrivers and Connie Lush & Blues Shouter later in the year. The first gig of the of the season at the Red Lion Hotel, Spalding features American bluesman Harrison Loomis, on his first UK tour. The twenty-something Texas sensation isn't just another cat-in-a-hat with a Strat, inspired by the words of his mentor Bo Diddley "innovate, don't imitate", Loomis has crafted his blues roots into a funk-a-fied recipe all his own.

Blues Connection play their second gig of the weekend, at Touch Restaurant in Clasketgate, Lincoln. The £11.00 ticket price includes a 2 course meal.

Just For Kicks are another band playing a couple of times this weekend, this Sunday the rock and pop covers band are playing at the Anchor on Lincoln High Street.

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


TUE 6 SEP

Blackfriars Unplanned, an open mic night in the Revue Bar at Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston provides an opportunity for budding musicians, singers and poets to perform live in front of an audience. Entry is free for both performers and those who just want to come along and listen.

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