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Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Thursday October 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting. This week: Artie Shaw Story

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9XP. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Olie Brice Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 091 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (alto); Dave Stansfield (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Freshers' Jam - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm till late. NUJO invite sitters-in to join them for a jam.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 15, 2013

CD Review: Holy Moly and the Crackers - First Avenue.

Ash Etchells-Butler (dms/mand); Conrad Bird (gtr/vcl); Ruth Patterson (vln/vcl/cell); Rosie Bristow (acc/dms); Ali Reay (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance)
The album notes are great...”At its heart the album is a kind of journeyman’s diary of the road to First Avenue from ‘beats and bars’, the vibrant heart of our hometown music scene, to a host of delightful venues hidden in the crevices of the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The rambling lovers, the fairy forest-dwellers, the lost sea-souls and Dixieland cowboys, the Romani rock ‘n rollers, with their healthy amount of medicinal booze and burlesque, are just a few of the people we met along the way. Hope you enjoy...”
Well that’s a pretty fair description making my job almost done!
Almost!
Hearing Holy Moly and the Crackers for the first time at yesterday’s Beer Festival – just before the beer exceeded the ’healthy amount’ -  I was mightily impressed and wondered how I’d react sans sun and several pints.
Well let me tell you brothers and sisters, even with a hangover, this band still sounds great.
A mix of folk, blues, country, cajun, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll the Crackers somehow manage to channel the best of all genres into their own brand of music. As well as playing fine fiddle Patterson sings in an attractive folksy/bluesy voice Bird’s vocals and guitar offer contrast.. Songwriting credits are not given although I suspect they all had their say with, possibly,  Bird the major contributor – correct me if I'm wrong guys.
Rosie Bristow’s accordion combines well with Ruth’s fiddle and the overall sound is foottappingly fantastic
If you've heard them on a gig you will probably already have this album. If you haven’t, then don’t wait till Christmas – these crackers are to be pulled now!
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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