Sunday, 29 May 2011

I've Got A Wristband And I'm Gonna Use It - Evolution 2011

Creat A Queue
Spillers Wharf
Finally succumbed to the line up for Evolution and bought a weekend ticket. The organisation is attrocious , designed to make it as difficult as possible for the customer. Once you have your ticket you thatne have to get to the Newcastle side and enter the queue making bit to get your wristband. Once past that the stages are a long way apart (Baltic Square over the Millenium Bridge , Spillers Wharf and UMT Stage way down the North Side of the river , and Ballast Hills , location odf the Jumpin Hot Stage up past the Tyne pub , but at least sited on grass and very civilised.

Some amazing artists such as Iggy Pop , Billy Bragg , Plan B , Tinie Tempah and the food and stalls not too bad . It's just the lack of organisation , the bad siting of stages  that put a downer on the thing , but the music has been superb . You can see all the pictures here.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

One Drummer - Two Guitarists - Three Chords - Four Leather Jackets

Gotta say last night was a bit of a revelation, the started started with Pitbull's brand of thrashy hard punk, with Shev in good voice and some excellent covers - Screamager , Holiday in Cambodia , In A Ruyt and Staring at The Rude Boys. During the latter song Fitzee remarked "When I first heard this I was down in the mosh pit , now I'm thinking 'Ooh there's a seat'"!! , brilliant stuff and well worth the price of admission , except this was a free gig!! But we'd pay to see them , and a great support.

The Rawmones Backdrop
The Rawmones (website with videos and MP3s here) started setting u pand certain signs didnt bode well , the bassist was bald , and the guitarist didnt seem to be entering into the spirit of things. We neednt have worried. Driven by the power house of Adas Pepper on Drums (who also designs all the graphics , the backdrop , and plays in the Charlotte Yanni Band , Reet Hot Chili Peppers and Wonky Chomp) , wigs and leather jackets were donned and the Ra(w)mones were there in the Star . 1-2-3-4 go . Someone once said Ramones songs are like smarties , you can't have just one , you always scoff the whole tube , and last night was like that .

Fitzee reckoned these were the second best band in the world! If you get a chance to see them , do it , the are a sonic and visual treat. Wht did they play , it doesnt matter , it was brilliant, Cretin Hop , Rock'n'Roll High School , 53rd & 3rd , The KKK Took My Baby Away dedicated to Pitbull , and a million more. Will get some video up on here later , but if you get a chance to see this lot , DO NOT MISS!!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Viva Los Abominable Showmen - Next Gig Tyneside Irish Centre - Thursday 19th May 2011

From Jim:

The Abominable Showmen are playing the Irish Centre on Thursday May 19th, and all the money will be donated to charity in memory of our friend and colleague Bruce Chaplin.

Let's get the place full and raise as much as we can.

If you want a ticket please let me know, we have them now and they are £4.

T shirts - £10
Ladies fitted shirt - £12
Kids - £7


Toms Message:

The Abominable Showmen's Truly Tasteful "Las Vegas" Gig - 19th May

The Abominable Showmen shall be conducting their next gig on Thursday 19th May at the Irish Centre!
As usual it will be a half seven kick off and the theme this time is "Las Vegas".

Tickets will be £4 quid each and T-shirts will be available, cost depending on quantity ordered. (T-shirt design yet to be finalised. I shall post it when I get it).

All proceeds will be donated to charities in memory of their much missed colleague Bruce who was unfortunately killed in a traffic accident last October.
The now traditional Showmen event is always a cracking bash and they simply get better with every show.
The last one was a stormer and this one will be no exception.

So if you're up for it, get in touch with me and I'll sort out any ticket and/or t-shirt reservations for you.
Spread the word to owt as may fancy, not forgetting those who've departed and may want to keep in touch.

Final Message From Jim:


Just to let you know that we raised £700 from our gig at the Irish Centre.

Thanks to everyone who bought tickets, gave donations, bought shirts and helped to make this amount, especially Capgemini for paying for the practices and room hire.

We have decided to split the money between the Lake District Mountain Search and Rescue and The Intensive Care Unit, all money will of course be donated in memory of Bruce.

See you all again in November for our Disco themed gig......

The Abominable Showmen

Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Cherry Blossoms Present a Night of Varietease in aid of Breast Cancer

Barkollo Front Room Stage
I have had the pleasure become Facebook friends with the delightfully named Tilly Tassle though a mutual love of rock and roll and related periphery. She is a member of the "Cherry Blossoms" burlesque troupe who were behind this night of entertainment compered by MC / Poet Richard Claire , raising money for Breast Cancer Research , a worthy cause:

The venue Barkollo , was a very cosy , with settees , tables , pizza and the like , with the added attraction of cupcakes from the gorgeous Cake!!

My Cake
Cake Display
Cake had a wonderful display of their wonderful cupcakes as you walked in , and I allowed myself one more having purchased a whole box from the shop earlier in the day

First up was George Sharpe , looking like Mickey Dolenz' long lost love child , he had a good voice , and good personality . I wasnt too struck o his songs but it takes all sort and he went down very well.

Then we had our first burlesque act all three Kitty Whispers trying to gain the attention of a disinterested gentleman reading a newspaper, soundtracked by Glenn Miller's "In The Mood". They certainly had the audiences attention , and let's face it , this was the reason most of the audience was here which showed a healthy 60/40 girl boy split. This is their excellent performance:

This was followed by Demi Demure though I may have this wrong , any way she was suitably seductive for the appreciative audience. Part of the act is below in suitably glorious Black and Whiite:

The first half finished with Claire Kelly accompanied by a "jazz" guitarist. Her voice was awesome , and whilest the guitarist was more than competent , his accompaniment seemed like just noodling to me and detracted from Claire's excellent voice , but what do I know? She is well worth tracking down though.

The second half opened with Gallery Circus , who were a revelation . A two piece band who played some excelelnt music despite the obvious limitations of the guitar drums line up , still it's worked for The Black Keys. This is the youtube video of their "21 Parties":

Next up we had Lulu Roxx looking very demure in white with parasol accessories. Again very good teasing , fun burlesque , much to the delight of the audience. A montage from the night is below, soundtracked by

The Champs "Train To Nowhere", download here

Tilly Tassle followed with a domestic cleaner / uninterested (female) scenario , which I filemed and will hopefully get in a fit shape to show . The audience thought it was excellent featuring lots of fune and a pleasant amount of exposure !! Here is my grainy video of the event!!:

This was followed buy a jazz trio who were far too noodly for me, and the addition of Claire Kelly's guitarist was the last straw , so at that point I left!! But a wonderful night was had by all and it was in an excellent cause.

This is the copy from the facebook promotion for the night:

New kids on the block 'The Cherry Blossoms' are hosting a flirtatious night of explosive Burlesque and Variety fun, ALL in aid of raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research....

Sizzling Burlesque Acts from:

The Cherry Blossoms:
Tilly Tassle
Lulu Roxx
Breezy Blush

The Kitty Whispers:
Demi Demure
Betty Bang
Fluffly Bryden

and the wonderfully beautiful Amber Von Tassle

Live Acoustic Musicians from the sensational:
George Sharpe
Gallery Circus

Traditional and Commercial Jazz music from the outstanding:
Claire Kelly
Peter Gilligan
Andrew Mckay

And bringing the whole night together with his handsome charm and quick wit.... Compere, Richard Claire