Preview: Norwich full gig guide December 7-13

PUBLISHED: 09:50 07 December 2012

June Tabor and The Oysterband

June Tabor and The Oysterband


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

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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.

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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

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