Preview: Norwich full gig guide December 7-13
PUBLISHED: 09:50 07 December 2012
One of the most talked about events of the past year in folk music circles has been the reunion of June Tabor and the Oysterband which has seen them release their first album together in 21 years. PLus: Mostly Autumn, Rancid, Matthew P, Dappy.
JUNE TABOR AND THE OYSTERBAND
Open, December 7
This much anticipated date really is a visit from folk royalty. One of the most talked about events of the past year in folk music circles has been the reunion of June Tabor and the Oysterband which has seen them release their first album together in 21 years.
Both need little introduction but, despite their long and illustrious careers, they arrive back in Norwich on a huge creative high.
The veterans dominated this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards, picking up four prizes, including best album and folk singer of the year.
When they recorded an album together the seasoned folk rockers and long-revered singer reviving an experiment last explored 21 years ago on a hugely acclaimed landmark album of dark folk called Freedom and Rain which still enjoys iconic status.
The decision to collaborate once again has certainly paid off. Not only were they named best group, their Ragged Kingdom release won best album and their brooding arrangement of the Napoleonic ballad Bonnie Bunch of Roses won best traditional track.
t Further listening: www.oysterband.co.uk
Norwich Arts Centre, December 7
After being voted Best Band of 2011 in the Classic Rock Society poll, Mostly Autumn return to the road promoting their new album The Ghost Moon Orchestra.
Since forming back in 1996, the band have garnered themselves a name for their relentless touring schedule and accomplished live shows. They have built a loyal and cult following since their first album 12 years ago have toured as an invited support act to Blackmore’s Night, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull, as well as being special guests at Bryan Adam’s Murrayfield Stadium gig a few years ago.
Their musical palette is diverse and while they draw on influences from the golden age of 1970s rock, they have developed their own unique sound and style that both captures some of the essence of that heady era and yet looks forward into the future. Talented guitarist Bryan Josh leads the sound, joined by Iain Jennings on keyboards, rock solid yet fluid rhythm section Andy Smith (bass), Gavin Griffiths (drums), Liam Davison (rhythm guitar) and vocals and multi-instruments of Anne-Marie Helder. Lead vocals come from Olivia Sparnenn.
t Further listening: www.mostly-autumn.com
UEA, December 11
Nineties punks Rancid, who were founded by punk royalty Tim Armstrong and who remain cultishly popular, play picks from their back-catalogue, as well as new material from a forthcoming, as yet untitled, eighth album on this date that’s part of their latest UK tour.
Founded by 80s punk veterans Armstrong and Matt Freeman, both of whom previously played in the highly influential ska punk band Operation Ivy, Rancid is credited — along with Green Day and The Offspring — for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the States during the mid-1990s.
The band’s sound drew heavily from the Clash’s early records, echoing their left-leaning politics and fascination with ska, while adding a bit of post-hardcore crunch.
Also made up of Lars Frederiksen and Branden Steineckert, the band is celebrating their 20th anniversary and come straight from a spell in the studio where they’ve been recording their album, a follow up to 2009’s Let The Dominos Fall, which includes a collaboration with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
Despite not most major label support, band has sold over four million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful independent punk groups of all time.
Support comes from Infa Riot.
t Further listening: www.rancidrancid.com
Epic, December 13
Suffolk troubadour Matthew P headlines the latest of the increasingly excellent monthly acoustic nights at the Epic Studios venue on Magdalen Street.
This summer the Halesworth singer-songwriter released his debut album Long Straight Lines packed with his unique brand of infectious acoustic folk pop and ranging from stark acoustic tracks such as Little You Little Me to full band performances including Gilly and Long Straight Lines.
It has been getting some great reviews and even if you think you’ve never heard him you almost certainly have as his tune The Girl on the Platform Smiled/She Began to Dance featured on the Match.com TV advert.
End of the World from the album also gained cult success through Channel 4’s use of it on The Watchmen advert late 2011.
Having played some big festivals and some big support tours, including Stereophonics and Reef, Matt is back in his home region here and always delivers an eclectic mix of songs during a live performance as well as being more than willing to get to know the audience.
Support comes from The Woodland Creatures, Rory Hill & Lucy Sampson
t Further listening: www.matthewpmusic.com
UEA, December 13
N-Dubz member and former sporter of eye-catching headwear, Costadinos Contostavlos – aka Dappy — returns to the UEA for this date postponed from September and a full year since trailing his debut solo album.
Last time he was here was on the back of the massive success of his solo single No Regrets, which entered the charts at No.1. However the album, Bad Intentions, only finally emerged in October to some mixed reviews.
It boasts some radio-friendly chart hits including No Regrets and Rockstar (his most unlikely duet with Queen’s Brian May), and he has a knack for big strings, big pop melodies and occasional witty wordplay.
However it has also been criticised for some pretty dire sexist lyrics, average tunes and that most unappealing of things, a pop whinging about his lot.
Still the singer, who sold over a million albums as part of dynamite trio N-Dubz, who he formed with his cousin Tulisa and friend Richard Rawson, remains hugely popular and he’s always a lively performer on stage, so expect some bagging club smashes, peppered with soul bearing slow jams and some pop hits. Sadly the wacky headwear seems to be a thing of the past these days. He will however be flogging his own clothing brand MIGI, named after his sons Milo and Gino.
Support from Cover Drive and Dot Rotten.
t Further listening: www.thedappy.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
June Tabor & The Oysterband (folk) — Open
Mostly Autumn (rock) — Arts Centre
Villains + Depth + Stars Over Shadows (rock) — Waterfront
Pout At The Devil + No Mercy + Wicked Faith (rock/metal) — Waterfront Studio
Tendahooks (rock/indie) — Brickmakers
Enigma + Chairman Of The Bored + Schism + Caligula (rock) — B2
Tattooed Lies (rock) — King Edward VII
Electricity (blues) — Silver Road Cottage
The Cream Horns (blues/funk) — Walnut Tree Shades
Dumbfoundus (indie/pop) — Brewery Tap
Big Black Cadillac (rock‘n’roll/rockabilly) — The Leopard
Savoir Fayre (gypsy/swing) — Arkwrights
The Planks (soul/blues) — Rackheath Green Man
SkaFace UK (ska/pop) — Moles Rest
ABC Blues Brothers (tribute) — Fiveways
Lucas (soul) — Old Catton Maids Head
G — The Farmhouse
The Kabeedies + These Ghosts + Rory McVicar (indie) — Arts Centre
Dying Breeds (punk/album launch) — Waterfront
Guns Or Roses + Bad Touch (rock/tribute) — Brickmakers
Johnny Jump Band (country/blues) — Brewery Tap
Floating Greyhounds (rock) — King Edward VII
Single Thread (rock) — B2
To The Last (rock) — Boundary
Four Play (blues/rock) — Walnut Tree Shades
The Wild Ones (60s) — Ketts Tavern
Pete ‘Kiwi’ Keegan (skiffle) — Blueberry
The Burning Crows (rock) — The Stanley
The Stylotones (ska/reggae) — The Leopard
The Planks (soul/blues) — Trowel & Hammer
Coupe De Ville (rock/pop) — The Woolpack
Mel & The Strollers (rock‘n’roll) — Arkwrights
Lee Vann (rock/pop) — Old Catton Maids Head
A13 Allstars (Americana) — Micawbers Tavern
Tony Cann — The Marlpit
Davie J — Angel Gardens
Lenny T — Kier Hardie hall
Shannan — Quebec Tavern
Hannah — Robin Hood
Pete — Blueberry
Karen — The Farmhouse
Aynsley Lister + Ron Sayer (blues/rock) — Waterfront Studio
Lou & The Diamonds (60s) — Silver Road Cottage
The Zipheads (rockabilly) — King Edward VII
The Vagaband (Americana/3pm) — Brewery Tap
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Rancid (punk) — UEA
Sonic Arts 69 (electronic/experimental) — Arts Centre
Jazz Jam: feat. Brendan Youngs, Lee Vasey, Ian Hireson, Mark Jolley, Matt Furness — Silver Road Cottage
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie (open mic) — Walnut Tree Shades
Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers
The Human League + The Penelopes (electro/pop) — UEA
Kate Staples + Eastern Seaboard + Milly Hirst (acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
Slow Gin (blues/folk) — Brickmakers
Phab Club: feat. Roger Dowe (pop/folk) — Vauxhall Centre
Her Majesty UK (punk) — B2
Access To Music (local music Christmas showcase) — Brickmakers
Das Fender & The Alibis (blues/alternative) — The Langtry
Lee Vasey (blues/rock) — The Windmill
Open Mic — Garden House
Dappy (hip hop/pop) — UEA
The Quireboys + The Burning Crows (rock) — Waterfront Studio
Matthew P + The Woodland Creatures + Rory Hill + Lucy Sampson (acoustic) — Epic
Tom Pearce + Milly Hirst + Daisy Vaughan (singer-songwriter/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop
Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Campbell’s Country (country) — TA Centre
Dove and Boweevil Band (blues/soul) — Walnut Tree Shades
Blind Tiger (rock) — Brickmakers
Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern
Cat Acoustic: feat. Dan Scoggins (acoustic) — Brewery Tap
Open Jam — King Edward VII