Articles submitted to Grimsby Evening Telegraph & Fizgig by Stephen Jackson


Music Column 21st July 2004

The Wright Sound For The Blues

Grimsby bluesman Chris Wright and Roy Stark appear tomorrow night at the 8 Jolly Brewers, Gainsborough and there's a solo date from Chris at the Tap & Spile in Grimsby on Friday 30th July.

Chris takes delta and country blues, elements of jazz, Hawaiian and ragtime, all played via bottleneck and finger picking techniques. Chris appeared at the 2003 International Dobrofest in Slovakia which also included a tour of Scalicia and Bratislava and more recently the Stamford blues festival. Fellow bluesman Roy Stark known as the "Bangkok Bluesman"and Chris have recently struck up a musical partnership and Chris has been enjoying playing at local events and doing a little music teaching. His original vocal style and the sound of his resophonic guitars give Chris the Wright sound for the blues.


By The Time We Got To Nettlestock

An update on the exciting second annual Nettlestock free music festival, which starts this Saturday 24th July from 4pm till midnight and again on Sunday 25th from noon till 10.30pm in the grounds of The Salutation Inn, Nettleton.

"Strongheart" the US Heavy Rockers who played a number of times in the area are in the UK for a few weeks and just doing two gigs, one of which is Nettlestock. If you like your rock Hendrix style with a touch of Led Zeppelin then the trio are for you and due on stage at 8.30pm on Sunday.

Other acts to look out for are The Steve Daggett Acoustic Trio, this Tyneside based band is led by the former Lindisfarne keyboard player and record producer. Steve was also the man responsible for Gazza's version of Fog on the Tyne but we won't hold that against him! The band are on stage at 5pm on Saturday following festival openers Ploughmens Bunch at 4pm.

The eight piece soul band "Staxx" are on stage at 8pm on Saturday.

Saturday's finale features five piece acoustic rockers "Treebeard" with their bagful of instruments, followed by prog rock from "Haze" and then back to an all electric Treebeard set to close.

On stage about 3.30pm on Sunday it's Martin Peirson and friends. Martin is the resident host at The Processed Pea Folk Club. A very talented and unassuming guy. He's accompanied by Kieran Bayston and all the way from Nashville Edwina Hayes.

First time in the area on Sunday at 5pm is William Tang from Rochdale, Lancs. An excellent Blues Harp player. The full monty line-up is, on Saturday Ploughmens Bunch, Steve Daggett Acoustic Trio, Shoot The Crow, Broadsword, Staxx Soul Big Band, Treebeard and Haze.

On Sunday it's Pocket Size Craig / Roy Stark, Arkady, Rodger Broughton Band, Martin Pierson & Friends, William Tang, Missing Time, Jack In The Green and Strongheart.


Sound Of The Swamps

One of the most talked about acts at the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club last season, The Swampnobs are back for a special end of season party at the club at the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa on Thursday 22nd July.

The Swampnobs are retired headmaster Galen Wood & Dr Pete who together follow their interest in various blues styles and original songs.

The duo are officially launching their second CD 'Broken Souls' at the concert and

as well as the album launch the duo will bring a special roadshow with them featuring acoustic guitarist Boo who will be performing an acoustic solo spot and blues singer Suzy Martell, will also accompany The Swampnobs for some songs.

Tickets for the concert which starts at 8.30pm are £5 and available from. 01526 343989. It's a cosy venue, rather like a very large sitting room and if your there early there's even a couple of high backed Shackleton chairs!


East Coast Rock

Also a plug for the East Coast Rock Festival, which takes place this weekend at the Farm, on Anderby Road close to Chapel St Leonards. The event runs over the Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday and includes appearances from New York City band Lord Bishop Rocks, Little Egypt, B-Movie Heroes, Malibu Stacey, Black #5, Cardee, Airdance, Mindspin, Night Vision, Camouflage, Crisis, Neo-Retro and more. The Farm is a venue really trying to put local and national live music in Lincolnshire on the map.

I'll just sign off with a special mention for Willie Smith of Cleethorpes. We both swapped plenty of local band names over a few hours recently in one of those remember so and so, where are they now, kind of conversations. If you want a similar conversation you may catch Willie in the Queens at Cleethorpes, just don't get him on to football!

As always email me at Stephen.jackson8@ntlworld.com if there's some music news you wish to share.


Articles for 14 Jul 2004

Hard Oz Trio Are On Tomorrow

Australian punk trio The Hard-Ons appear at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens tomorrow night.

The Hard-Ons have been playing together since 1982 when three guys from Sydney's west decided to get together and make some noise. The release of "Girl In The Sweater" in 1986 saw the start of a long relationship with Waterfront records.

The band play at 100 miles an hour with the volume knob turned up all the way!

1989 was another big year for the Hard-Ons with the release of the "Just Being With You" single, and the "Love is a Battlefield of Wounded Hearts" LP and a 48 show tour of Europe. From November 1990 to December 1991 the Hard-Ons played 180 shows throughout 21 countries including shows in Australia with the Ramones and the Butthole Surfers, and with the Dickies in Europe. They also played Japan for the first time and when in Australia the Chilli Peppers specifically asked the Hard-Ons to open for them.

The Hard-Ons are now as busy as ever touring Europe have released a new album "This Terrible Place". Support slots for the evening are filled by guests Xanda, Shrik, Hamster Ranch and D.B.Sweeney. Advance Tickets at £7 are available from the venue and Solid Entertainments on Grimsby 349222


Monday Play On Friday At The Web

Lockjaw Record Artists "Second Monday" are in action this Friday at the Spiders Web, Grimsby

Second Monday are a four-piece punk outfit from Winchester with an average age of 16, so it's lemonades all round on the night! With a debut EP in the shops now, this melodic hardcore punk outfit are showing great promise. Why? And Mainline are also on the bill. Advance tickets again from Solid are £4, otherwise it's a fiver on the door.


New Single From Steven Crayn

Rock guitarist, singer songwriter and former Grimbarian Steven Crayn, now London based is still turning out classic retro heavy rock n' roll judging by his latest single. Crayn the riffmeister is a former London College of Music Graduate who sleeps with his guitar, dreaming up guitar riffs and stories to tell.

"Another Cold Beer" and "Mister Angry" is a new single recorded at Tin Pan Alley studios in London's Denmark Street, and is produced by Steve Kent and follows the Crayn debut album 'Make That Money'. Now the thing about this single is that "Cold Beer" sounds exactly like it should be an Ian Hunter/Mott the Hoople tune, right down to the vocal mannerisms and "Angry" sounds more like Alice Cooper than Alice Cooper! Steven's strength as a songwriter may be in getting these songs to those artists, otherwise it's a fine line between originality and tribute material. The performances are top notch though and Steven from his early days in Grimsby has been on a guitar riff crusade to get his music heard.


Sound Of The Swamps

One of the most talked about acts at the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club last season, The Swampnobs are back for a special end of season party at the club at the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa on Thursday 22nd July.

The Swampnobs are retired headmaster Galen Wood & Dr Pete who together follow their interest in various blues styles and original songs.

The duo are officially launching their second CD 'Broken Souls' at the concert and as well as the album launch the duo will bring a special roadshow with them featuring acoustic guitarist Boo who will be performing an acoustic solo spot and blues singer Suzy Martell, will also accompany The Swampnobs for some songs.

Tickets for the concert which starts at 8.30pm are £5 and available from. 01526 343989. It's a cosy venue, rather like a very large sitting room and if your there early there's even a couple of high backed Shackleton chairs!

I'll just sign off with a special mention for Willie Smith of Cleethorpes. We both swapped plenty of local band names over a few hours last week in one of those remember so and so, where are they now, kind of conversations. If you want a similar conversation you may catch Willie in the Queens at Cleethorpes, just don't get him on to football! As always email me at Stephen.jackson8@ntlworld.com if there's some music news you wish to share.


Articles for 7 Jul 2004

Dick Picks More Notes At Woodhall

Fresh from his recent appearance at the Caxton Theatre, Grimsby guitar man Dick Appleton plays The Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club in Woodhall Spa tomorrow night. Dick's made a couple of previous appearances at the club as one half of the blues duo Cootie & Harpman, but this time it's in his own right.

Dick will be playing National steel & Martin acoustic guitars, harmonica, banjo & mandolin, alongside the usual Appleton sense of humour.

This means you'll be on the receiving end of country blues, ragtime and delta blues, original guitar pieces and songs both topical and unusual.

Tickets for the concert which starts at 8.30pm are priced £4.00 (free entrance for accompanied children U16) and can be booked in advance or purchased on the door. For further information please tel. 01526 343989


A Solid Night Of Rock

This Saturday at the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens it's a 25th anniversary Solid Entertainments bash with Acey from Murderdolls, Trash Light Vision, Anti-Product, Any Given Day plus The Learners, Springs To Mind, Headshock and Sulk. Advance tickets are £9 and available from the venue or Solid HQ at Grimsby 349222.


Meanwhile..Bach At The Web

This Friday at the Spiders Web, Grimsby, American pop rocker Alex Bach is making her debut in the town.

Alex Bach's music has been described as Sarah McLachlan meets Guns N' Roses. She blends her angelic voice perfectly with catchy hooks and punchy, guitar rocking beats.

Very much multi-cultural her father is from French Tunisia and her mother is American. Alex was born in France, raised there and then later in Abu Dhabi, Germany, and finally, the U.S. She grew up speaking French and Arabic, and in quick succession, picked up English, German and then Spanish. She's had a couple of albums released so far and is on a rising curve.

Support bands are Satanic Angel and In House Drive By. Advance ticket £5.00 / £6.00 at door


Stateside This Side

The Americana Festival at the Newark Showground takes place over the weekend of July 8th-11th and I'm always amazed at the diverse bill they put on. Last year saw crowds of 64,000 plus and it's an event that has been running for over two decades. Apart from the music you get a taste of America through several hundred trade stands, side-shows, amusements, auto/bike club displays and loads more.

On the Friday you've got Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings,

Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez and even Grimsby's own Riot Rockers. On the Saturday, it's The Manfreds with Paul Jones & Mike D'abo, Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes and on Sunday, Dave Edmunds and Burrito Deluxe featuring Garth Hudson from The Band and Sneeky Pete the legendary pedal steel player. Now I'm only touching the surface with the musical line-up, there's simply oodles of band's booked to play. Tickets are around the £20 per day mark and the contact number is 01159 - 390595


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