Jane Weaver

Ramsgate Music Hall, 20th Oct 2017

Not the first time seeing the fantastic Jane Weaver, but our first time in Ramsgate.
The music hall is brilliant, it was a joy seeing Jane Weaver there.

This quick sketch was done in the bar afterwards.

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Euros Childs

Euros Childs and Oh Peas! at the Sebright Arms. 19th Nov 2017.

My first trip to the Sebright Arms since it’s been done up. The gig room is loads better than before, but it is about £6 a pint. Before the gig we had food at a place 2 mins down the road called VegItalian; a cafe on a double decker bus that does vegan & veg food. It was v good.

Rosie Oh Peas! was support act and backing band for Euros. For her set she played guitar and sang (no effects or keyboards this time), and then for her backing band stint she moved between keys, drums and guitar.

Euros Childs plays in London yearly, when he has a new album to tour and each time it is with a different backing band and always different, always good. He played some older stuff, including my favourite song about dog shit from last years album Refresh and a lot of stuff from the new album House Arrest. He’s got some new keyboards and was using his phone as a drum machine, which sounded surprisingly alright.

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more Euros Childs reviews on Gigs & Pencils:
Euros Childs at the Boston Arms 2013  Euros Childs at the Red Hedgehog 2014

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Laika the first dog in space

A short animation I made celebrating Laika the dog, who went to space in Sputnik 2 Sixty years ago today. The soundtrack is a recording from my band, Mofam.

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Liminiañas

At Oslo, Hackney. 5th October 2017.

This was a really special gig. The Liminañas blew me away. Their set was part beautiful pop, part cool groovy 60s French pop, part psychedelic, and sometimes a wall of guitar fuzz. Always absolutely fantastic. This was their first gig in London. I hope they will come again soon.

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Xavier, Snapped Ankles

At the Shaklewell Arms, London.

I can’t find any information about Xavier, they sound a bit like Boredoms but more groovy. I loved their set and I hope I get to see them again.

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Snapped Ankles remind me of an 80’s squat party band; anarchic, visual and drum heavy. I’ve never seen the Shacklewell Arms so packed and everyone was dancing. You can’t not enjoy Snapped Ankles.

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Argonaut, Rabies Babies, Thee Dinner Ladies, Militant Girlfriend

All ages/family friendly daytime gig put on by Loud Women at the Lexington.
Saturday 30th September.

All ages kid-friendly gigs are the way to go for so many reasons!

1. You get to hang out with your friends who have kids and can rarely come along to gigs.
2. Kid-friendly gigs are in the day time! You can also fit another gig in later in the evening, so doubling your gig-going potential.
3. Kid friendly gigs are just MORE FUN! Where else do you get offered sherbet dib-dabs or Love Hearts as you walk in the venue? Where else is the promoter of the event dressed as Wonder Woman? Where else do you find yourself enthusiastically making lightning shapes while watching the excellent Argonauts?

I’d never been to such a fun gig. The kids had a great time, and so did the adults.

Argonauts kicked off the afternoon with a fantastic set and lots of props, and everyone loved them. They handed out kazoos and gave us dancing instructions for audience participation, encouraged a stage invasion for ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and passed around bananas for their singalong version of ‘The Banana Splits’ theme.

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In between bands there was stories for the kids while the grown ups drank beers.

Next on was my band, Rabies Babies. This show was the second time that our guitarist Laura’s toddler son has been at a Rabies Babies gig, he doesn’t really like us. We are too shouty and he gets frightened. This time he didn’t cry for the whole time we played, so we are slowly winning him over. We re-worked out set – we dropped some of the inappropriate sweary songs and added some kid-friendly songs. Our drummer Mike ended up playing guitar and drums at the same time for one song so Laura could run about on stage pretending to be an elephant. There was a boy of 5 or 6 who was right at the front and slam danced and pogoed non stop all the way through our set.

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Thee Dinner Ladies are just plain and simple brilliant garage. Musically they are right up my street, they are garage punk with equal measures of punk and garage. Shouty fun male & female vocals with flirty lines like “you’re only shopping cos you fancy me”. All this, plus the whole band are dressed spectacularly as dinner ladies. Who doesn’t love a dinner lady?

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Sadly I missed the final band, Militant Girlfriend, as I had a train to catch to get me to a wedding in Sheffield, hopefully I’ll get to see them soon.

Roll on next Little Loud Women show!

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Why Birds Sing

The Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.

First half pieces & text by Olivier Messiaen, Kate Wakeling, Brett Dean, György Ligeti.
The first half of the performance ended with the musicians placing ticking metronomes on the edge of the stage, kneeling next to them and making origami cranes. The audience were invited to add their own cranes during the interval.

The second half was Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, The Pastoral. The orchestra stood, playing the whole symphony from memory, surrounded by paper cranes and fairy lights, some parts of the symphony were played in the dark, with the musicians wearing illuminated paper cranes on their wrists. Because the musicians were playing from memory they were able to move around and change positions. In the second movement the strings moved back and the woodwind came to the front, which absolutely changed the perception of the piece. The bird songs between the flute and oboe became far more prominent and alive.

The encore was a repeat of a part of the Pastoral, but with the orchestra spread out amongst the audience, so that the we were surrounded by the music.

It was incredible.

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watch a clip of the encore

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