FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND

with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

Our first Folk, Blues & Beyond column was published in the Target back in 1994, since then we have written around 600 articles providing details of thousands of live music events which have taken place in our area. Some of the bands which featured in our column in those early days continue to play regularly, two such acts are Riff Raff and the Band From County Hell, who feature in our latest column. Many of the venues and clubs listed in those early pieces have regularly promoted both talented local groups and touring artists down the years and continue to do so today. A number of festivals too have become regular fixtures on the local calendar, though some have been transitory lasting only one or two years.

Our weekly articles have attempted to cater for all tastes and a whole range of music from punk to classical has been featured in Folk, Blues and Beyond. Early articles were hand written, the growth of the internet, e-mail and digital photos enabled us to enhance our coverage of local gigs. Hopefully through our columns many have enjoyed the excellent live music on offer around the region, and discovered that whilst you still have to travel further afield to cities such as Nottingham and Sheffield to see the biggest names in music, Lincolnshire's smaller venues provide a more intimate stage for artists from around the world to perform on, where expressions, eye contact and interaction with the audience make shows more personal for both musicians and audience alike.

If you're still unconverted, you are indeed the poorer, but there is still an opportunity to see what you have been missing, check out this week's listings for details of where you can enjoy live music. As always we recommend you check with venues prior to travelling as changes and late cancellations do occur. For more information about the local music scene visit the Fizgig website at http://fly.to/fizgig .


WED 28 SEP

The September Jazz Club takes place at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant in Sutton Bridge, top jazz musicians will guest and meals can be booked, tel. 01406 351402 for details.

The Past will be performing their original rock songs at the After Dark Nightclub in Boston, the band will be on stage from 11.30pm.


THU 29 SEP

The Kremlinaires commence a Rural and Community Tour of the area at the Reading Room in Ewerby. Set in a lovely small venue in a village a few miles from Sleaford, the 7 piece band play a variety of instruments including accordion, sax, violin and piano. Their show is described as witty, clever and features technically brilliant arrangements. These concerts are usually very well supported, so its advisable to check with the organisers prior to travelling, tel.. 01529 461595 for details.


FRI 30 SEP

Dangerous Breed, a rock band with a long pedigree are playing at the Axe & Cleaver in Boston. Members' past projects included NWOBHM act More and rock bands Axon IV and Nightfall. Lead singer Mike Freeland's distinctive vocals have been likened to Sammy Hagar, Robert Plant, Bruce Dickinson, Brian Johnson and Dio, he has worked with many well known artists including Praying Mantis, Brian Connelly from Sweet and The Cutting Crew

USA hardcore band Catheter, Wojczech from Germany and a local support band play at the Indian Queen in Boston.

Singer songwriter Julie Ellison, who is also an accomplished guitarist, will be playing at the Tap & Spile in Hungate, Lincoln. Those who cannot make it will be able to hear her playing live on Rod Whiting's BBC Radio Lincolnshire show just after 6pm on Thursday 6th October.

The Farm at Chapel St Leonards put on a variety of live music, this weekend is no exception. The Diamond Story, a tribute to Neil Diamond will appeal to an audience who as yet probably won't haven't ventured to the East coast seaside venue. Tickets for the show are £7.50, tel.. 01754 871445.

There is "Soviet swing & boogie from the Commissars of Cool", The Kremlinaires at Spilsby Theatre.

James Parsons plays an organ recital at St Andrew's Church at Helpringham.


SAT 1 OCT

The Lincolnshire based Celtic influenced group The Band From County Hell have over their 10 year existence gone from performing at pubs to playing larger venues which regularly sell-out. One such venue is Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston where the band play this Saturday.

Tribute band All Mod Cons bring the sounds of The Jam to the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

A duo tribute act will be performing the hits of George Michael and Wham at Galahads Venue at the Bull Hotel in Horncastle, tickets for the show are priced £7.50.

A five piece tribute band Blondied, who have appeared on TV and are rated as one of England's top Blondie tributes are performing at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant in Sutton Bridge.

Top jazz stars Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth appear at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln. This show is likely to sell out in advance, tel.. 01522 525555 for details.

Cardee, a duo play rock covers at The Farm in Chapel St Leonards.

Popular rock covers band Riff Raff have been playing at venues in and around the county for over a decade, this Saturday they travel east to play at the Anchor Inn at Friskney. Their repertoire features mainly classic rock songs from the likes of AC/DC, Wishbone Ash, ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin, though they also play some original material.

The League Of Mentalmen, who describe their visually and musically entertaining shows as 'frock'n'roll', play punk versions of pop covers at the Nag's Head in Bourne.

Two bands who appeared at this year's Party In The Park return to Boston, Just For Kicks will be playing covers from the likes of Queen and the Small Faces at the Queen Of Spades, whilst country rock band 101 Proof play material from country influenced American acts such as Steve Earle, Credence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, and Whiskeytown as well as some old country numbers from the likes of Willie Nelson and Bill Munroe at the Railway pub.

Young Lincolnshire band Crypsis play original songs and classic rock covers from bands such as Queen, The Stones and Hendrix at the Bacchus Hotel in Sutton On Sea.

The Kremlinaires continue their tour of the area, playing at the Withern Village Hall. The seven piece band perform instrumental and vocal music with a swing feel and a strong Russian influence. Their show blends humour and theatrics, for more information tel. 01507 450148.

Dr Anthony Skilbeck, a local composer and organist and Thomas Keogh his 14 year old pupil present an organ concert on the 99 year old Walker organ at All Saints' Church in Gainsborough. They will be also playing a variety of other instruments including the hammer dulcimer. The concert will feature a selection of pieces, including Haydn, Stravinsky, MacDowell, Bach and a piece composed by Dr Skilbeck called Autumn Fantasy.

The Southwold Jazz Band play New Orleans style jazz at Louth Jazz Club. The club holds its weekly gigs in the New Orleans Club on Queen Street, Louth.


SUN 2 OCT

Tom McConville and Pauline Cato, one of the most popular acoustic duos around open the autumn season of Lincoln Folk Festival concerts at the Turks Head in Newport, Lincoln. Since their debut together at the Shetland Festival in 1995, they have toured extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, New Zealand as well as the UK. The fiddle and pipes blend effortlessly together to produce a full and unique sound. Pauline's virtuoso pipe playing is not only exciting and accurate, but also extremely musical. As well as being a captivating fiddle player, with a beautiful tone, Tom is a fine interpreter of contemporary and traditional songs. The duo have released two acclaimed albums, 'By Land And Sea' and 'The Surprise', each chosen by the Daily Telegraph as Folk Album of The Year, in 1996 and 1999 respectively. A duo featuring local singer Mary-Jane and Skrip provide support for the headline act. Skrip, no stranger to Lincolnshire, was the lead guitarist with popular folk rock band Ragged Heroes, he now plays with Mooncoin. Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions will be available on the door, tel. 01526 352153 for more information.

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


TUE 4 OCT

Blackfriars Unplanned, an open mic night which provides a platform for budding musicians, singers and other live performers takes place in the Revue Bar at Boston's Blackfriars Arts Centre.

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


SAT 1 OCT

ORGAN CONCERT

DR ANTHONY SKILBECK & THOMAS KEOGH (7pm ~ tickets £7.00 include cheese & wine ~ available from church cafe / on the door ~ tel. 01427 611565 for further info) - ALL SAINTS CHURCH, GAINSBOROUGH

Organ concert presented by local composer and organist with his 14 yr old pupil. The church is fine Georgian building with a superb Walker organ which will be 100 years old in 2006 and they will be also using a variety of other instruments including the hammer dulcimer . They will be playing a selection of pieces, including Haydn, Stravinsky, MacDowell, Bach and a piece composed by Dr Skilbeck called Autumn Fantasy.


TUE 27 SEP

LADY SINGS THE BLUES ~ A Celebration of the music of Billie Holiday (7.30pm ~ £12.00 ~ 01775 764777) - SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE, MARKET PLACE, SPALDING. PE11 1SS


WED 28 SEP

SEPTEMBER JAZZ CLUB (Monthy jazz club, meals can be booked ~ 01406 351402) - RIVERSIDE BAR & RESTAURANT, BRIDGE ST, SUTTON BRIDGE, LINCS. PE12 9UA


FRI 30 SEP

THE KREMLINAIRES (8pm ~ 'Soviet swing & boogie from the Commissars of Cool' ~ £8.50 / £7.50 conc) - SPILSBY THEATRE, SPILSBY


SAT 1 OCT

CLEO LAINE & JOHNNY DANKWORTH (7.30pm ~ £24 / £18.50 / £14 ~ 01522 534570 / 519999 / 525555) - THEATRE ROYAL, CLASKETGATE, LINCOLN. LN2 1JJ


SAT 1 OCT

GEORGE MICHAEL / WHAM TRIBUTE (duo performing the hits of GM and Wham ~ tickets £7.50) - GALAHAD'S VENUE, BULL HOTEL, HORNCASTLE

BLONDIED (5 piece band ~ one of England's top Blondie tribute bands, as seen on TV! ~ 01406 351402) - RIVERSIDE BAR & RESTAURANT, BRIDGE ST, SUTTON BRIDGE, LINCS. PE12 9UA

CARDEE (Duo playing rock covers ~ 01754 871445) - THE FARM, ANDERBY RD, CHAPEL ST LEONARDS

IN THE CAGE (7.15pm ~ 01843-293877 ~ £13 door / £12 advance) - THEATRE ROYAL, ADDINGTON ST, MARGATE, KENT. CT9 1PW


THU 6 OCT

CLASSIC CLAPTON (7.30pm ~ £11.00 ~ Tel 01603 620917) - MADDERMARKET THEATRE, ST JOHN'S ALLEY, NORWICH, NORFOLK

FRI 30 SEP

THE DIAMOND STORY (£7.50 ~ tribute to Neil Diamond ~ 01754 871445) - THE FARM, ANDERBY RD, CHAPEL ST LEONARDS

TUE 27 SEP

THE PAST - WHITE HART HOTEL, SAXMUNDHAM, SUFFOLK


THU 29 SEP

OCTAVIA (info) / iHeP / CADUCUS + supports (01472 692925) - WINTER GARDENS, KINGSWAY, CLEETHORPES


FRI 30 SEP

DANGEROUS BREED (01205 367300) - AXE & CLEAVER, WEST ST, BOSTON

Dangerous Breed powerful live sound draws its influences from British rock and metal music of the past 40 years. Crunching riff work, twin lead guitars and driving rhythms coupled with strong melodies overlaid by Mike Freeland's distinctive vocals. The band aim to combine the best of the old school with a modern edge.

Mike worked with 80's rock band Axon IV. A songwriter too, under the wings of Jon Hiseman (Colosseum drummer) he wrote and recorded many songs as well as working with artists such as 'The Cutting Crew', the late Brian Connelly from the 'Sweet', NWBHM band 'Prayin Mantis' and members of 'Paul DiAnno's Killers'. He later fronted NWOBHM band More after their reformation in the late 90's working with them until sadly founder member Kenny Cox was incapiated by multiple strokes. Mike's vocals having been likened to those of Sammy Hagar, Robert Plant, Bruce Dickinson, Brian Johnson and Dio.

Bassist Baz Nicholls first joined More in 1982 and later was instrumental in reforming the NWOBHM band in 1995. He began his career playing in the Big Wheel Soul Band, who later went on [without Baz] to become the Big Stampede, backing band for Carl (Kung Fu) Douglas. Baz meanwhile turned his hand to the blues with the Clark-Hutchinson Blues Band before joining More.

Guitarist Paul Johnson had played alongside Barry in other bands. He has worked extensively on the London circuit, including The Marquee Club and Borderline, and many southern venues with bands such as Nightfall who also featured Dangerous Breed's other guitarist Paul (Sticky) Stickles in their line up. The two Paul's had first played together in a band called Scavenger. Nightfall had a recording contract with a Canadian label, but split in the mid 90's. Paul Stickles began playing guitar at a young age, taking lessons from Strawbs guitarist Dave Lambert.

In the 80's drummer Colin Codd worked with dance/rock band Mr President, performing at many of London's classic live venues including the London Hippodrome, Mean Fiddler and Borderline before the band spilt. Colin then played, for a while with Nightfall before leaving due to other commitments. He has also played bass with a prog rock band Cell and played with covers bands whilst undertaking a 4 year music degree. He then joined the others in Dangerous Breed.

As you can see ''Dangerous Breed has been a long time in the making and began with Paul Johnson and myself. We were determined from the outset to get every aspect correct and after some exhaustive auditioning we finally chose people with whom we had previously worked and that we could trust. This is fast becoming an excellent band so come and see us.'' [Barry (Baz) Nicholls - Bass]

For the full musical 'sojourn' visit the Dangerous Breed website.

CATHETER (USA ~ brutal) / WOJCZECH (from Germany ~ bleak grind) / Local support tbc - INDIAN QUEEN, DOLPHIN LANE, BOSTON

THE PAST - TOWN MILL, MANSFIELD, NOTTS.

THE REMEDIES (Indie/pop/rock ~ Green Day, Keane, etc ~ 01777 702703) - CLINTON ARMS, 24 ALBERT RD, RETFORD, NOTTS. DN22 6JD

AFTER4 / 52 TEETH / LINDA'S NEPHEW / ULTERIOR MOTIVE / BORN IN A BURIAL GROUND - BURGESS HALL, ST IVES, CAMBS.


FRI 30 SEP

JULIE ELLISON (9-11pm ~ 01522 534015) - TAP & SPILE, 21 HUNGATE, LINCOLN. LN1 1EF

LIVE AT DRILL HALL with t.b.c. (8pm ~ tel.. 01522 873894) - DRILL HALL, FREE SCHOOL LANE, LINCOLN LN2 1EY

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SAT 1 OCT

BAND FROM COUNTY HELL (01205 363108) - BLACKFRIARS ARTS CENTRE, BOSTON. PE21 6HP

EDDIE BAIRD (Amazing Blondel) / JULIE ELLISON (8:30pm - Doors open 8:00pm ~ Admission: £5.00 / £4.00 with flyer or in advance ~ Advance tickets available by calling John or Julie on 01709 881339) - JUG & BARREL, 56-58 TOWN ST, STANNINGLEY. LEEDS, W. YORKS. LS28 6EZ

BILLY MITCHELL (tel. 0121 441 6941) - RED LION, BIRMINGHAM


SUN 2 OCT

TOM McCONVILLE & PAULINE CATO / MARY-JANE & SKRIP (£7 / £5 conc ~ tel. 01526 352153) - LINCOLN FOLK CONCERT @ THE TURKS HEAD, NEWPORT, LINCOLN


MON 3 OCT

DRILL HALL UNPLANNED (Compere Liz Lucas ~ free ~ 01522 873894) - ARMOURY BAR @ DRILL HALL, FREE SCHOOL LANE, LINCOLN LN2 1EY


TUE 4 OCT

BLACKFRIARS UNPLANNED (8pm ~ Open Mic Night ~ free ~ 01205 363108) - REVUE BAR, BLACKFRIARS ARTS CENTRE, BOSTON. PE21 6HP

BRAM TAYLOR (01234 376278) - ST NEOTS FOLK CLUB, KINGS HEAD HOTEL, ST NEOTS, CAMBS.


WED 5 OCT

BELLOWHEAD (£10 / £8.50 conc ~ 01780 763203) - STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE, ST MARYS ST, STAMFORD. PE9 2DL

BRAM TAYLOR (01775 723026) - SPALDING FOLK CLUB, LINCOLN ARMS, SPALDING

JALEO FLAMENCO (£12 / £10 conc ~ tel. 01522 873894) - DRILL HALL, FREE SCHOOL LANE, LINCOLN LN2 1EY


THU 6 OCT

BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE

FOLK SONG COMPETITION FINAL 2005

Artists tba (£5.00) - SPILSBY THEATRE, SPILSBY

BILLIE JOYCE - THE CARNIVAL, BARTON-UPON-HUMBER

Live Radio Session:JULIE ELLISON (6 - 6.30pm) - BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE (ROD & NICK'S DRIVETIME SHOW)

DULAMAN - RISING SUN FOLK ENTERTAINMENT CLUB, WILLINGTON, DERBYS.

KERFUFFLE / ROSIE DOONAN & BEN MURRAY (01246 5006578) - ARTS CENTRE, CHESTERFIELD, DERBYS.


FRI 7 OCT

LINCOLN FOLK CLUB (8 - 11pm ~ email for details) - BECKSIDE ROOM, WHITE HART, HIGH ST, NETTLEHAM. LN2 2PG

BYARD'S LEAP (Spotlight guests) + support (8.15pm - 11.30pm / doors 7.45pm ~ £2.00 ~ tel. 07771 745470 or 01673 843036 / E-mail ) - MARKET RASEN FOLK CLUB, VILLAGE HALL, FALDINGWORTH, near MARKET RASEN

TOM BLISS (solo) - BACCA PIPES FOLK CLUB, KEITHLEY, YORKS.

SINGERS NIGHT - BINGHAM FOLK CLUB, BINGHAM TOWN PAVILION, BRENDON GROVE, BINGHAM, NOTTS

SAT 1 OCT

ALL MOD CONS (01205 367300) - AXE & CLEAVER, WEST ST, BOSTON

RIFF RAFF (01754 820212 ) - ANCHOR INN, CHURCH END, FRISKNEY. PE22 8NB

LEAGUE OF MENTALMEN - NAG'S HEAD, BOURNE

JUST FOR KICKS - THE QUEEN OF SPADES, BOSTON

101 PROOF - THE RAILWAY, BOSTON

CRYPSIS - BACCHUS HOTEL, SUTTON ON SEA

WAKE (9pm) - COCK INN, WERRINGTON, PETERBOROUGH


SUN 2 OCT

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - THE CRESSET, PETERBOROUGH

WALK THE PLANK / DOWN'nOUTS / SSS - OLD ANGEL, NOTTINGHAM, NOTTS.


WED 5 OCT

SMOKESCREEN / EVIL SCARECROW - OLD ANGEL, NOTTINGHAM


THU 6 OCT

DEAD MEN WALKING (featuring MIKE PETERS / CAPTAIN SENSIBLE / JIM PHANTOM / KIRK BRANDON) / SHOOT THE CROW (7.30pm ~ adv tickets £14.50 / £16 on door ~ 01472 349222 / 692925) - WINTER GARDENS, KINGSWAY, CLEETHORPES


FRI 7 OCT

BLEEDING HEARTS (01205 367300) - AXE & CLEAVER, WEST ST, BOSTON

GRAVELTRAP (info) / BLACK JACKSON / MASENKO / DAY SEVEN ( 01472 692925) - WINTER GARDENS, KINGSWAY, CLEETHORPES

CRYPSIS - SPIDERS WEB, CARR LANE, GRIMSBY

SMOKESCREEN - THE ANNEXE, SPALDING

BEV BEVAN'S MOVE (£15 / £13 conc ~ 01636 655755) - PALACE THEATRE, APPLETONGATE, NEWARK, NOTTS. NG24 1JY