Preview: This week's gig guide
Simon ParkinPromoting her debut album, Telling Tales, Leddra Chapman stops off at the Arts Centre to perform her stunning pop tales. Plus: Halesworth's Gig In The Park, Last Night at Norwich Po Na Na, Arcadia lake.Simon Parkin
Norwich Arts Centre, August 10
Promoting her debut album, Telling Tales, Leddra Chapman stops off at the Arts Centre to perform her stunning pop tales.
The Essex-born singer has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months. Whilst studying at London College of Music she managed to become a European brand ambassador for surf-wear manufacturers Quicksilver, allowing her to perform at countless events across Europe.
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Her two singles to date, Story and Summer Song, have also made such a good impression they have both landed slots on the BBC Radio 2 B-List and gained her an appearance on ITV's This Morning. Her warm gentle voice adds an extra comfort to match her deep empowering lyrics, combined with a sweet smile and golden locks, Leddra Chapman should not be missed.
Support comes from folk singer songwriter Al Lewis whose infectious songs toned by his welsh accent will not fail to entertain.
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t Further listening: www.leddrachapman.com
GIG IN THE PARK
Halesworth Town Park, August 6-8
Halesworth's Gig in the Park weekend returns for its 12th year starting today (gates 6pm), once again held in Town Park.
Headlining the first day will be 1970s hit-makers Showaddywaddy. Tonight's line-up also features Mundo Jazz, who have been called a 'Latin- American Spinal Tap', plus Secret Cinema, Glenn Hodge, Waveney Amplifier Project Showcase, Paul Sparkes, Crackerz & Jam, Brummy and more.
Saturday's headliners are The Undertones (pictured), supported by Swedish banjo punk queens Baskery, Jon Allen, Grace Solero, Gypsy Fire, This Blank Page, Depth, Ed Sheeran, The Fuzz, Deportivo, Ruberlaris, Vegas Fame Index, Deadbeats, 3:18, The Folk Collective and many more.
Sunday is headlining by ever-popular local combo the Lee Vasey Band. The event is a real community gathering, made possible by local volunteers and its built up a good reputation for its mix of fun classic sounds and upcoming local talent. Tickets are Friday: �13.50, under-14s �9.50 Saturday: �18.50, �10.50; and Sunday: �13.50, �9.50.
t More details: www.giginthepark.co.uk
THE FINAL NIGHT
Norwich Po Na Na, August 7
A final summer knees-up before this Norwich nightspot falls silent as works starts on a major makeover that will see it emerge in a new guise. They're not going quietly however and in keeping with a venue that has brought some top DJ talent to the city over the past few years, they're got an excellent line-up to bow out with.
Taking to the decks will be Joey Negro - aka Dave Lee - one of the UK's most successful and longstanding soulful house DJs and producers.
He will be joined by super-producers Chase & Status, who are currently putting the finishing touches to their second album to be released in November. The duo, Saul Milton and Will Kennard, unveiled their debut album More Than Alot in 2008, which featured collaborations with British artists such as Plan B and Kano.
Also guaranteed to kick things off is East London's Kissy Sell Out who emerged from the MySpace generation of sonic visionaries to become one of the hottest club DJs, producers around.
t More details: www.norwichponana.com
B2, August 13
The last year has been something of a mad journey for this Norwich six-piece. Amid the weddings, new jobs and house moves, they've managed to not only keep things on track but also sign to Tontena Records, who released their first EP, The Great Migration, in May.
The EP, which reached the top of the Play.com indie download chart, showed their contemporary post-rock leanings, taking in their pool of influences (The Animal Collective, Bonnie Prince Billy, Martha Wainwright and Can), with thoughtful and controlled songs. They write songs as a collective and are concerned with driving rhythms, melodic guitars and vocals, and interesting textures and layers.
This show is part of a summer spent gigging all over the region to help promote our EP, before they plan to head back into the studio to record their debut album. It may be the last chance to see them for a while as from September they'll be taking it easy on the gig front to concentrate on writing and recording new material.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/arcadialake
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t August 6
Pout At The Devil (glam rock) - Brickmakers
The Mucked Up Funkies (rock/blues) - King Edward VII
Busking For Cancer (charity) - B2
Bad Touch (rock) - Blueberry
Icarus Vision (rock) - Boundary
The Downtown Daddyo's (rock'n'roll) - Arkwrights
t August 7
Staprest (Mod) - B2
Monkey Spanner (reggae/ska) - Brickmakers
1A Records Presents (punk) - Marquee
Top Hat Alley Cat (rock) - King Edward VII
Dr Misfit (rock/blues) - Blueberry
World's Apart (rock) - Boundary
Mulberry Hawk (acoustic) - Coach & Horses
Flying South (rock/blues) - The Leopard
Danny Reno & The Seniors ( - Perserverance
Terry Adams (singer) - Angel Gardens
t August 8
Egypt (rock/blues) - King Edward VII
Accoustics (acoustic) - Blueberry
Earl Harlem (swing) - Rumsey Wells
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
t August 9
Sessions (open mic) - Brickmakers
Jazz N Jam (open mic) - Blueberry
t August 10
Tommy Whittle (jazz) - Rackheath Green Man
Brickie Blues Club (blues) - Brickmakers
Folk Night (folk) - Micawbers Tavern
Trad Acoustic (folk) - Eaton Beehive
t August 11
Clouded Vodka (indie/punk) - B2
Barefeet Cabaret (folk) - The Birdcage
Pure Acoustic (open mic) - Brickmakers
t August 12
Violet Violet (indie) - Norwich Puppet Theatre
My Sweet Surrender (punk) - B2
Replica (indie/rock) - Brickmakers
Graham Horne (indie) - Rose Tavern
Harvest (folk) - Rumsey Wells
Barefeet Records Presents (indie) - The Birdcage
Harvest (folk/country) - Rumsey Wells
Open Jam (open mic) - King Edward VII