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Copyright Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson has kindly supplied Fizgig with the following articles about the music scene in the Grimsby area.

Information for inclusion is Steve's weekly articles in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph / Life can be sent to Steve at Stephen.jackson8@ntlworld.com


Week 2nd April 2008


Dick Can't See Wood For Trees

Top Grimsby guitarist and prolific songwriter Dick Appleton had put into motion, plans to put a special gig together at the Caxton Theatre, to launch his new CD when on the same day, Grimsby Town got that Wembley date for their diary. Can't be in two places at once so Dick rearranged his Caxton Theatre date for Saturday 12th April.

Dick will be promoting his new CD " Still Can't See The Wood For The Trees", featuring 15 new songs and instrumentals and which is up to the usual high quality control standards of Appleton releases. As promised here's my track by track review.

The album opens with a sweeping soundscape intro to "Too Little" before I hear the familiar Martin guitar and Dick's voice. Although his song introductions are often tongue in cheek, the Appleton lyrics often have a sharpe edge as in the lightning picking and social comment on "Having The Time Of Our Lives". The instrumental "Roon's Blues" showcases the Appleton guitar technique combined with his love for "footy". There's more hard hitting lyrics and social comment on the ASBO factor "Windowlicker" which has a raga feel to the chorus and some rock guitar wizardry in there too.

Gabble Ratchets! is another of the Appleton set piece guitar instrumentals while "Four Carradle Men" is more in the traditional folk vein, telling the true deadly story of a four man submarine caught in trawler nets.

"A Cautionary Tale", finds Dick in motormouth mode about an episode with a transvestite, I can only assume this comes from his fertile imagination and then guitar phasing on "Pulling Down The Past" with a melodic chorus about demolition and moving with the times, which doesn't always mean an improvement in peoples lives.

"A Silence Over Sowetto" again shows Dick's prowess at bending strings and there's a poignant "The Falling Man" a sombre minor chord guitar electronic piece about the World Trade Centre attack.

Dick's a big Pete Seeger fan and there's something of the folk legends influence here in the nursery rhyme like " The Moon Through The Window"." Fools Gold" showcases percussion with a simple riff and repeated hypnotic drum beat before more fingery pickery on "The Boy Is Bach".

The final two cuts are "Out Of The Fat" which starts like an episode of the clangers that turns into a nightmare with a soundbite from George Bush before a gentle finish (for Dick anyway) with "What Do We Know?"

A Dick Appleton release is a mixture of guitar artistry that can veer at times into uneasy listening with the lyric content. Dick has a knack of telling it straight but he also has a knack for memorable songs. Sometimes they sounds like they're written by the Jack Nicholson character from "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" or by an upbeat Nick Drake, what I can say is they are always musically stimulating!

Dick's live appearances are a little on the rarer side these days, so do catch his show at the Caxton Theatre on Saturday 12th April, when you'll get a chance to hear these songs live plus a few old favourites.

Further details are available on Grimsby 825563 and the Theatre Box Office on Grimsby 346251.


Emerald At The Fiddler

Ian Jones, the man who formerly booked the bands at Baileys in Grimsby is now doing something similar for The Fiddler in Cleethorpes who will in future have a designated weekly band night on a Sunday, with a start in the 5.30pm - 6.15pm time slot.

As for location, The Fiddler, formerly Schuberts is in the Cleethorpes Market Place.

And the idea is that top local and national cover and tribute bands will be performing.

It all kicks off on the on Sunday 6th April with " Emerald", a top rock covers band from Morley who cover the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Led Zepp. Fronted by Tom Elsby and lead guitarist Ian Heppenstall, you'll get plenty of opportunity to practice your air guitar for this one!

The band are due on stage at 5.30 pm and admission is free.


Pearson and Treebeard Date

A reminder that Sheffield musicians Paul Pearson and Chris Treebeard can be seen in action at the Salutation Inn, Nettleton on Friday 4th April. Admission is free and the live sounds start around 9pm for a night of passionate tunes with and an original take on modern folk songs. Paul is an intense performer who favours the Americana style of songwriter and Chris in one of those musicians who has loads of projects on at the same time and plays a multitude of instruments. Should be good.

Any information to me at Stephen.jackson8@ntlworld.com


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