FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND

with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

Please find below the full, unabridged article which we submitted for publication, unfortunately The Target did not print any of our preview of Boston's major annual event Party In The Park.

As keen supporters of the event ourselves we are extremely disappointed that this information was cut as it gives the impression that Alberta and Mississippi Bill have no interest in the event which showcases many of the talented local bands (which we feature regularly in our weekly articles), nothing could be further from the truth!

Following the world interest in live music following the Live 8 gigs there are several festivals taking place round our own region, as well as a variety of gigs taking place at local venues over the coming week. The biggest event is the annual Party In The Park held in Boston's Central Park over the coming weekend, the climax of the town's International Festival. This is already the sixth such event and each Party has showcased many of the talented musicians who can be seen performing at the areas venues throughout the year.

Looking further ahead the Embassy Theatre in Skegness will be hosting two concerts that will certainly interest some readers of Folk, Blues and Beyond. On Saturday 17th September, Joan Armatrading will be performing at the seaside venue, and Greg Lake formerly of King Crimson and ELP will bring his 21st century band to the venue on Wednesday 9th November as part of (currently) a 20 date UK tour. Tel. 01754 768333 for further details regarding both concerts. Fans of Greg Lake should also check out his informative website at www.greglake.com for further details of the tour. The venue also hosts legendary singer Dionne Warwick on September 8th, one of just 12 concerts on her final UK tour.

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 or contact the Target office. Further information about gigs, artists and bands appearing in the area can be obtained from the Fizgig website (http://fly.to/fizgig).

We do recommend that you check with venues before travelling as some events sell out in advance, also late changes and cancellations can occur.

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WED 6 JUL

Bob Fox is the guest at Spalding Folk Club who hold their monthly guest nights at the Lincoln Arms in Spalding. Bob has in the past 5 years has re-established himself on the national folk scene after some years away from the gig scene.

Described as a 'tremendous tribute', Rob Lamberti will be performing the songs of George Micheal at the Richmond Holiday Centre in Skegness.

The Boston International Festival continues with a performance by Cantemus and St Peter's Singers at Boston Stump, commencing at 7.30pm. Entry is free, with retiring collection. Earlier in the day the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra will be playing at the same venue from 12.30pm.

There is a concert of soulful jazz at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston, where Ola Onabule will be performing supported by the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tickets for this concert, another event organised as part of the International Festival are priced £6.00.

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THU 7 JUL

The Boston International Festival continues with a performance by classically trained soprano singer Kate Witney at the Unitarian Chapel on Spayne Street in Boston. Kate is also known to local music lovers as the presenter of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's weekly programme about classical music broadcast each Tuesday. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

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FRI 8 JUL

Party In The Park commences this Friday and continues throughout the weekend with a variety of music, in fact there will be something for most people to enjoy. Friday night opens with a performance by the Boston Grammar School Jazz Band who are on stage from 6pm. Local ceilidh band Byards Leap who feature former members of Akmed's Camel who appeared at the Party in past years will be performing from around 7.30pm. The final act of the night on stage around 9pm are another band who have been popular with festival audiences in past years, the Boston Folk Orchestra who gigged regularly in the area in the 80s, but only reunite a couple or so times a year now. Party In The Park which also features a beer festival is staged in the town's Central Park.

Another major event taking place over the coming weekend is the East Coast Rock and Blues Festival which is being held at The Farm in Chapel St Leonards. The full festival line-up is not available at time of going to press, popular Lincolnshire trio, the Slim Line Papas who play 50s style blues with rock'n'roll influences are playing Friday evening. Also on Friday's bill are Winter Wilson a duo well known on the local music circuit.

The young rock band Stranded have a number gigs organised for the summer months, this Friday they play at the Inn On The Park in Skegness. Another rock band scheduled to appear in Skegness are Smokescreen who play in the Music Library.

The Rolling Clones recreate the music and songs of The Rolling Stones at Cactus Jacks Nightclub on Bridge Street in Boston.

The New World Ensemble featuring top Lincolnshire violinist Andy Long bring their sparkling new show 'In Town Tonight' to All Saints' Church in Gainsborough. The show will take the audience on a journey of magic and nostalgia from toe-tapping Broadway to the elegance and charm of Old Vienna and include music from My Fair Lady, Belle of the Ball, The Sandpaper Ballet, Knightsbridge (In Town Tonight) and Sailing By. Players of the New World Ensemble have worked with stars such as Madonna, Lisa Stansfield, Pavarotti, Jools Holland, Russell Watson, Cliff Richard and the Opera Babes. The orchestra made its debut last March and since has attracted nationwide interest and been invited to record two Cds this summer. Tickets are available from Horsleys in Church Street, Gainsborough, tel: 01427 613014 or on the door, priced £10 (£8 concs).

Buck and Gill and Friends will be performing a mix of folk, country and blues, both cover versions and original songs at the Gate pub in Ulceby, a village near Alford. The band's musicians play a variety of acoustic instruments including guitars, accordion, banjo and whistles, backed by percussion and bass. They recently performed at the Lincolnshire Show.

Direct from London's West End, John White will be performing a piano recital featuring music by Rachmaninoff and Erik Satie at Boston Stump, the concert which is part of the town's international festival begins at 7.30pm and entry is free with a retiring collection.

Legendary singer Chris Farlowe will be performing in the south of the county as one of the attractions at the Castor and Ailsworth Festival, the gig takes place in the marquee in front of Castor Church, starting around 7.30pm, tickets are £15.00.

The annual Americana Festival held at Newark Showground gets in full swing on Friday with appearances by Dennis Locorriere, remembered as the voice of Dr Hook, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, a bluegrass band from Tennessee, The Pinto Bennett Trio from USA and Maria Vincent and The Millionaires, a 50s style R&B / rock'n'roll style band. There are many other bands performing on several stages including country rock, country, rock'n'roll, rockabilly, blues and jive acts.

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SAT 9 JUL

Party In The Park continues in Central Park, Boston. Saturday's line-up features mainly rock acts playing a mix of classic covers and original songs. A number of the acts have appeared at past Parties, but there are some new names kicking the day off. 4Tune, an all-girl singing group on stage at 11.15am, met at a music workshop as recently as April. They perform a wide spectrum of songs including modern day acts such as Girls Aloud and U2, and some older classics from the likes of the Pointer Sisters. The group are backed by some of the area's talented musicians. Another act new to the local music scene and looking to go places are Red Autumn who are playing from 1:15pm. The melodic 5 piece rock band fronted by David Liversidge who has also played in Total Eclipse and Seizure. Party In The Park will be Red Autumn's first official gig.

Most of the other bands appearing on Saturday are no strangers to Party In The Park audiences, and those who attend gigs in local pubs. First up at 2:15pm are modern rock band The Past who have played across the Eastern counties and in London. They play storming original rock numbers as well some classic covers from the 90s Britrock era. Evolution who are on stage at 3.15pm are another act who appeared at last year's Party, the four piece band play modern rock covers and one or two older classics. Following them are two Boston bands, and three acts with brothers in their line ups. Blameless, it will be the acoustic guitar based indie rock band's third appearance at the event. Last September the band were selected over 1000 other bands to take part in "The Unsigned Tour 2004", since then due to work commitments they have sadly been inactive, and this year sees the band's final Party appearance as Blameless, but musicians from the band including founder members Dan and Mark Long will be working on a new project shortly. Make sure you're in the crowd at 4.15pm to see what promises to be a special performance. Blista who are on stage at 5:15pm are another Boston band, they have a heavier sound than Blameless and perform rock covers. The four piece group who feature the twin guitars of Maf and Nick Blakey are working on a new set for their Party performance, with contemporary rock from the likes of Stereophonics and Green Day as well as classic material from bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Kings Of Leon. Skegness blues rock band The Melt are another group who have changed have changed their line up since their last Party appearance. Now a trio, guitarist Ashley Wilson also provides the band's vocals while brother Phil has joined on drums. Bassist Greg Smith completes The Melt's line up. Their original songs have made an impact on the national blues scene, the band have supported Walter Trout and The Radicals, appeared at festivals in Preston, Burnley and Maryport, and later in the summer will be making their debut on the mainstage at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne. 6.15pm is the time to be in Central Park to see one of Britain's most exciting young blues acts.

The evening session kicks off with Just For Kicks whose recent line up change has provided the ideal opportunity for the band to add a lot of new material to their repertoire, including songs from Queen, Elton John and the Small Faces. Like The Melt, Just For Kicks have slimmed down to a trio for regular gigs, but The Party is special, and for this gig they will be joined by a guest singer, Little Willy who fronted 70s tribute band The Glamsters, who also featured guitarist Mick Brommell and drummer Gary Toulson who are now members of Just For Kicks. With this line up expect some glam-rock covers during their set which commences at 7.15pm. The evening continues with a performance by Skinthieves, a collective of students and lecturers from Boston College who will be performing trance music with a commercial sound from 8.15pm. They will also feature vocalist Vikki Pearson who has appeared at past Parties with Chocolate Zoo. Blondish return to this year's Party, the Boston based Blondie tribute band who were a great hit with last year's Party crowd will recreate the sound and excitement of Debbie Harry's classic pop songs once again. The final act of the night are Disco Inferno, this eight piece showband will take their audience back to the 70s disco days with their versions of dancefloor hits bringing Saturday evening to a great finale.

Ape City host a punk night at the Indian Queen in Boston, where USA band Direct Control play fast hitting punk rock. Two Dutch groups, Sunpower who play thrashy punk with an aggressive edge and SL27 plus Brighton hardcore band Abandon Ship are supporting.

The East Coast Blues Festival continues at The Farm at Chapel St Leonards, acts confirmed so far for Saturday include the Ann Duggan Band who played at the 2004 festival. Fronted by Ann, a singer who is equally at home singing jazzier blues numbers or rocking out Janis Joplin style, the band perform a cross section of blues influenced music. The Screaming Hawks hail from the Midlands, members of the band have previously played in the Dennison Blues Band and prior to that Sanskar. They play original blues songs as well as classic blues covers from the likes of BB King and Robert Johnson. Another act scheduled to appear at The Farm are Chicken Legs Weaver, a Yorkshire based trio who play Nu-blues. They tour extensively and have appeared at European blues festivals as well as top London venues such as The Borderline.

East Anglian trio The Blues Tubes play soul, blues and rock'n'roll classics as well as the odd chart hit at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant in Sutton Bridge.

Jet, a trio playing lively skiffle and country blues on authentic old style instruments including acoustic guitars, tea-chest bass and washboard will be performing at the Waggon & Horses in Sleaford.

Ray Fenwick's All-Stars make a swift return to the Red Lion in Revesby, they appeared at the venue earlier in the year making a big impression on the local music loving audience with their mix of classic and lesser covered versions of blues, soul and rock numbers.

Storm play classic rock covers at the Anchor Inn at Friskney.

Wildside, a lively trio with a highly entertaining live show are playing at Tattershall Caravan and Leisure Park.

Sleaford based group The Band From County Hell are always a very popular act at beer festivals, this weekend they will be playing two such festivals, on Friday the band travel to The Flower Pot in Derby for that city's beer festival, on Saturday fans can see the band playing closer to home, at the annual Irnham Beer Festival at the Griffin Inn.

The B'Eagles will be performing the hits of The Eagles at the South Holland Centre in Spalding. Tickets for the show are priced £12 (£10 conc), tel. 01775 764777 for details.

Another tribute show, the Ultimate 60s show is being staged at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness, here The Imposters will be playing hits from the top bands of that swinging era. Tickets for the show are priced £12 (£11 conc), tel. 01754 768333 for details.

Buck, Gill and Friends will be playing some acoustic based folk, blues and country songs at the Willoughby School Fete, near Alford from around 4pm.

Americana 2005 continues at the Newark Showground, over the years the event has grown and expanded its musical boundaries from its original country roots. One of the top names this year are Hayseed Dixie, a band who play rock songs originally performed by bands such as AC/DC and Motorhead, but recreated in bluegrass style. Newer acts such as Hayseed Dixie mingle with long established artists such as Mike Berry and The Outlaws. Country acts appearing include Hank Wangford and Roger Humphries and Bite The Bullet. There are also a number of rock'n'roll acts appearing including popular Lincolnshire rockabilly band The Hicksville Bombers, The Blue Flames and The Wildkats. Paul Ansell's #9 play music described as "smokin' country to rockin' blues" and Glenn Darren and The Krew Katz will bring out the jivers in what is sure to be a large crowd.

Louth Jazz Club meet at the New Orleans Club on Queen Street in Louth, here the resident musicians, collectively the Southwold Jazz Band, bring the New Orleans style jazz to the Wolds town.

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SUN 10 JUL

Party In The Park continues in Boston's Central Park on Sunday, starting at 12 noon with a performance by the Meena Lee Quintet, fronted by jazz singer Meena Lee. They will be performing songs from 'the Great American Songbook' originally performed by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Billie Holliday as well as some lesser known material from as far back as the 30s. The CS Big Band will be playing two separate sets the first at 1.15pm will feature songs from the 40s era that will link with Veterans' Awareness Day, there will also be a Spitfire flyover at 3.40pm. The second set from 4pm will feature their normal repertoire of songs from the 40s and 50s right up to the present day. In between there will be a 15 minute slot by the Conway School Choir starting at 2.15pm, they will be followed at 2.45pm by seasoned country rock band 101 Proof who regularly play at venues around the county. The four piece group's musicians play a variety of instruments including 12 string guitar, mandolin and lap steel, whilst their sets feature a diverse mixture of songs with a country flavour including the rockier sounds of Steve Earle and Tom Petty to left-field artists such as Whiskeytown and Reckless Kelly. Ray Fenwick's All Stars R&B Band are on stage at 5pm, guitarist Ray who is based in the county has played with a host of big names including the Spencer Davis Group, Ian Gillan Band, Bo Diddley and he recently toured with another great rock guitarist Steve Howe of Yes. The All-Stars play rock, blues and soul covers and are currently working on their debut album. Gin House are one of the busiest blues bands on the local circuit and have played as far afield as Nottingham and Leicester. They play uptempo covers including songs by American blues greats and British bands such as Dr Feelgood. The band's biggest fans The Ginettes are sure to be dancing near the front of the stage during their set which commences at 6pm. Boston College's Elite Band will be playing funk, disco and rock covers from 7pm. This will be their third appearance at the Party, though each time the band's line up has been different. At 8pm The Soul Solution take the stage, the popular Lincolnshire showband add their own hot funky flavour to hits from the likes of Al Green, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and The Doobie Brothers. Midnight Blue who are on stage at 9pm who re-formed for last year's Party originally played back in the late 60s and early 70s. During that period they supported some of Britain's top acts including T.Rex, Slade and Sweet, played at Boston's famous Gliderdrome venue and were on the bill at a major pop festival in Leeds, where they played to a 50,000 crowd. Founder members Tony Martin and Steve Greenhough (who has also compered at Party In The Park) play in the present day band.

As in previous years the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra will bring the Party to a stunning musical ending with material from their sell-out Bat Out Of Hell show as well as jazz, blues and rock influenced sounds. Audiences at the Party can enjoy the programme first, before the BYJO head off to Spain later in the summer. Their set commences at 10.15pm and finishes around 11pm with a fireworks finale.

The East Coast Rock and Blues Festival continues at The Farm in Chapel St Leonards, Australian multi-instrumentalist Nathan Kaye who appeared at the Glastonbury Festival recently is one of the artists appearing. Nathan plays guitar and didgeridoo simultaneously, as well as giving his songs a heart beat all of their own with the stomp box and beat box. His voice is warm and soulful, and his self-penned lyrics full of social consciousness, his sound really is full of energy, and his live shows definitely ones to experience! He has two studio recorded albums out, "Illumination", and "Don't Just Do Something...Sit There!", with a third album being recorded. Other acts are to be confirmed.

The Pilgrim Stompers, the resident band at Boston Jazz Club will be playing New Orleans style jazz in the Revue Bar at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston.

Americana 2005 concludes with some great live acts including The Bellamy Brothers, George Hamilton IV, locally based group The Landons who play country, southern rock and blues, Eve Selis, a performer from USA whose music is influenced by country, rock and blues and The Jive Aces whose high energy swing and jive music will have audiences dancing.

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TUE 12 JUL

There is live mainstream jazz at the Bustard in South Rauceby, near Sleaford.

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