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CROPREDY 2018 - MY TWO DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, COME RAIN AND SHINE

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After my first ever visit to Fairport's Cropredy Convention last year on the Saturday I was pleased to be invited back with my camera again this year and doubly pleased that this year I could make two days.

THURSDAY

Arrived nice and early and after a brief walk around Cropredy village to take in the atmosphere I made my way to the festival site to sign in etc.
A short acoustic set by our hosts Fairport Convention which also doubled as a welcome from the band to their 2018 festival opened proceedings and a great way to set the ball rolling with upbeat numbers like the apt ‘The Festival Bell' plus there was a special guest appearance by Maart Allcock (unfortunately not in the best of health but what a trooper).
Next up the wonderful vocal harmonies of duo Smith & Brewer which reminded me at times of that fantastic Everly Brothers sound while their different guitar techniques also impressed and complimented each other with'Isabella' a standout both on the main stage and of their brief BBC Radio Oxford performance at the stations stand.
Two uptempo, lively bands next on the bill firstly Police Dog Hogan who with a mix of Americana and roots music and a huge array of instruments including trumpet and accordion delivered a set full of energy and vigour and dealt so professionally with opening number sound issues.
Keeping the energy levels high it was then the turn of the award winning Oysterband to take the stage for a power-packed set with plenty of attitude, 'The Oxford Girl' and ‘Before The Flood' were just a couple of the crowd pleasers in their lively set.
Headline time and what a privilege to be at the festival let alone in the photo pit when the absolute musical legend Brian Wilson took to the stage with his top notch band and launched into ‘California Girls'.
The fact that Mr. Wilson has (not surprisingly) a few vocal issues these days for me certainly did not detract from the magic and majesty of iconic numbers ‘Little Deuce Coupe', ‘Help Me Rhonda' ‘Don't Worry Baby' a simply beautiful ‘Surfer Girl' and so many more and of course as a bonus the set included the iconic Pet Sounds album in its entirety.
Lead vocals shared by several of the band including guitarist and Beach Boys founder member Al Jardine and 1970's Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin, and for me (and many others I am sure!) a really emotional part of the set was Brian taking lead on ‘God Only Knows' with the crowd singing along in support - bought a lump to my throat I must admit. I just felt completely honoured to be there.

FRIDAY

A rainy start in the morning and it got worse come showtime as us in the photo pit along with the entire audience were greeted by that rare (well recently) weather phenomenon **rain**.
Making up for the conditions though was the early afternoon opening set by BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the year Mera Royle joined later in the set by some of her college music friends and her beautiful harp and violin work was a true delight and for someone so young and at the start of their professional musical career she handled the big stage with aplomb.
Next up to fight those pesky elements the uplifting, rocky blue grass sounds of all female 5 piece Midnight Skyracer and the fab harmony vocals mixed with fine guitar/banjo picking and wonderful stand up bass work had many parts of the audience dancing in the rain.
Next up and apologising for bringing the rain down on our heads from their home city of Manchester (although of course the sun came out from their set onwards!) the rocky Americana of The Travelling Band who's set included a crowd pleasing take on Elton John classic ‘Tiny Dancer' alongside well crafted originals including the almost prog/folk mix of ‘Into The Water'.
The set by Cregan & Co was brim full of smash hit singles, many from the Rod Stewart catalogue of course as guitarist/vocalist Jim Cregan was Rods band leader for 18 years, also great to see Harry James one of the hardest drummers in music at the back.
Jim's set was just about non-stop highlights including blistering performances of ‘Hot Legs' and ‘Baby Jane' and a heartfelt ‘I Was Only Joking', all in all just about a perfect festival set and how cool that the Fairport boys came on to jam at the end of final number ‘Maggie May'
Fun with a capital F along with fine musicianship next on the menu with an infectious, at times raucous set by Canadian folkies Le Vent Du Nord and their vibrant set certainly got the crowd moving and they are so entertaining to watch.
One of my personal favourite artists to the stage next the mighty Fish with for me (okay slightly biased but it was!) a knockout performance including most of the 1987 album Clutching At Straws he recorded with Marillion as he is still celebrating the albums recent anniversary along with solo highlights and plenty of his usual wit and wisdom.
The likes of Clutching classics 'Warm Wet Circles' and ‘Sugar Mice' went down really well as did back catalogue solo numbers such as ‘Emperor's Song' and ‘State of Mind' and he had the front of stage punters jumping like crazy on frantic set closer ‘Incommunicado'.
His band which included regulars Doris Brendel, Robin Boult and Gavin Griffiths all gave their all and so looking forward to Fish's show in Leamington at the Assembly this September.
I was captivated by Kate Rusby's set and her beautiful voice and natural Northern charm washed over the arena as the light faded and the stars came out and highlights (fittingly!) including ‘Hunter Moon' and a spell binding ‘Underneath The Stars' just two of the jewels in a majestic set.
Only caught the first few numbers of the headline set by the Levellers and must admit I was surprised to se the band seated for the start of the performance (sure they stood up and rocked later) but they still showed with fiddles flying and charismatic frontman Mark Chadwick leading the way why they are such a popular festival band.
Well that's my brief look back at my two days at Cropredy this year, great music covering several genres as well as a good dose of folk of course and as with last year I was looked after so well by all of the festival backstage crew and media guys so a big thank you to them all and if you love live music this is one amazing festival you must visit at least once in your lifetime.

Andrew Lock

 Brian Wilson      The Levellers      Fish      Kate Rusby      Oysterband      Fairport Convention      Cregan & Co      Le Vent Du Nord      Midnight Skyracer      Smith & Brewer    

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ART IN THE PARK 2018, 4TH/5TH AUGUST 2018 - THE MUSIC

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This summer the outdoor live music scene in Leamington and Warwick has been pretty much non-stop with it seems events most weekends and last weekend it was the turn of Art In The Park to dish out some musical delights to go with the outstanding artistic talent on display in the Jephson Gardens.
On the Saturday my visit was an early one catching the first three acts, ladies choir Venus Voices got things underway with a set of pop and stage classics with the Cats number ‘Memory' particularly impressive followed by three piece acoustic band The Record Covers (love the name!) who impressed with stripped down versions of amongst others Stereophonics anthem ‘Dakota'.
Finally on Saturday for me one of my favourite local singer/songwriters Taylor-Louise took the stage with her top backing band for a set mixing Taylor's quality original compositions with her interpretations of classic numbers and what a good choice with the hot weather to include a crowd pleasing ‘Walking On Sunshine' and I also really enjoyed her very own take on ‘Hey Now'.
A more lengthy visit on the Sunday which included an amazing mix of musical styles including the always fun set of ukulele magic by The Spa Strummers and a touch of the classics with the huge line up of the Heart of England Co-op Concert Orchestra.
The Miss Song Bird Duo were just the ticket for a hot Sunday afternoon and with Claire's wonderful vocals and Paul's well crafted guitar work the laid back delights of ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me' and Dylan's ‘Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' and more were just perfect.
Song-Bird Gebby next and her beautiful vocals were a joy to behold while her version of Elton John classic ‘Your Song' was one of my numbers of the day and to close with a real change in style and tempo it was a set of indie rock by top local outfit The Ellipsis, full of energy and attitude and a perfect way to close a weekend of fine music (and art of course!!)
A great event, my first year there and could not believe how big the whole thing was, also on a personal note I met so many people I knew from the local music scene and friends I had not seen for a while and if you are reading this was fab to meet up with you all and maybe see you at Art In The Park 2019.

Andrew Lock

 VENUS VOICES      The Record Covers      Taylor-Louise      THE SPA STRUMMERS      Miss Songbird Duo      HEART OF ENGLAND CO-OP CONCERT ORCHESTRA      SONG-BIRD GEBBY      The Ellipsis     Jephson Gardens    

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ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - PHOTO EXHIBITION/SALE UPDATE

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Hi all latest news on my charity photo/exhibition taking place in Leamington Spa this Autumn.

ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018

VENUE

The Oak House Club Sports and Social Club
87 Upper Holly Walk
Leamington Spa
CV32 4JS 

THE DATE AND TIME - WED 17TH OCTOBER 7pm- 10-30pm

FREE ENTRY - but I would advise getting there early as room has a capacity limit (just in case of course) and I also hope as free entry you will all make a donation to the collecting tins for the two fab charities, purchase raffle tickets and if you take a shine to one of the prints purchase it on the night - all proceeds will be shared between the charities below.

THE CHARITIES

Zoe's Place Baby Hospice - Who have a branch in Coventry

http://www.zoes-place.org.uk

The Cinnamon Trust - The National Charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets

http://www.cinnamon.org.uk


RAFFLE PRIZES DONATED SO FAR (MORE PROMISED AND MORE TO ASK )


1 - A YEARS MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION - FROM THE CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY

2 - DR. FEELGOOD GODDIES - FROM STEVE WALWYN AND DR.FEELGOOD

3 - A 12" BY 10" PRINT PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED OF ANY IMAGE ON MY WEB SITE - RICHARD / REGENT FRAMING

4 - SIGNED ALBUMS - CHERRY LEE MEWIS

5 - SIGNED ALBUM - KRISTY GALLACHER

6 - STEVE WALWYN & KRISTY GALLACHER SIGNED MOUNTED PRINTS - MYSELF

7 - CUSTUM MADE MINI FIGURE LEGO FRAME - CLARE PLUMBLEY

8 - LIMITED EDITION SIGNED PHOTO - LAURENCE JONES

9 - LITRE OF JACK DANIELS - JEFF (OAKHOUSE STEWARD)

10 - BT WHISKEY - JEFF (OAKHOUSE STEWARD)

11- CINNAMON TRUST - GOODIE BAG

12 - SIGNED ALBUM - VOODOO VEGAS

13- SIGNED EP - MATILDA PRATT

14- SIGNED DRUM SKIN, PHOTO AND A WINGS OF HEAVEN KEY RING - MAGNUM

15 - BT VEUVE CLIQUOT CHAMPAGNE - JULIE LOCK

16- £50 TOWARDS THE TAPAS MENU - CATALAN RESTAURANT WARWICK

MUSIC

Early doors there will be a playlist of tracks by some of the artists in the exhibition and there will also be short acoustic sets later in the evening by Steve Walwyn and Kristy Gallacher.

THE IMAGES

The exhibition will consist of 40 prints showcasing my favourite live music images 2008-2018 and 40 digital images of those that just missed this cut and the prints will be on sale and available to take away at the end of the night with all proceeds going to the supported charities.
Most will be local images with many taken at The Assembly and The Zephyr Lounge in Leamington and will also include images from The Cropredy Festival, The Warwick Folk Festival, The Cambridge Rock Festival, The Napton Festival and more.

So far confirmed to make the exhibition are images of the following (more to choose)

Marillion
Kristy Gallacher
Voodoo Vegas
Steve Walwyn
Dr.Feelgood
Touchstone
Laurence Jones
Magnum
Mostly Autumn
Cherry Lee Lewis
Heather Findlay
Larry Miller
Chantel Mcgregor
Robinson-Stone
John Otway
Kim Seviour
Ghost Community
Jo Ash
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Fish
Matilda Pratt
Keith Donnelly


***Not sure but I am considering giving the music photography etc a break from next year and concentrate on another photographic project, may change my mind of course but if so this will be a great way to celebrate my final year***

Another up-date soon.

Regards Andy


Oak House Sports and Social Club    

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WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2018 - 3 VISITS, PLENTY OF RAIN AND GREAT MUSIC

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This years festival was a little weather affected (after all these weeks of constant sunshine as well!) but the folkies are a hardy bunch and the usual friendly atmosphere could be found throughout the main site and the town itself while the fine musical offerings at this long running festival (40th Anniversary next year) where there in abundance.
I made three short visits this year firstly on the Friday to the main Warwick School site catching on the outdoor stage performances by trio The Harvesters (upbeat and jolly) and solo performer Jez Lowe who's set included an hilarious song warning us about spending Christmas in Australia, I also took in some spontaneous music in the beer tent washed down with a pt or two (of course!).
On the Saturday my day started with an early visit to Smith Street to take in the fun and colour before making my way to The Catalan tapas restaurant for some of the music on offer at one of their regular official Festival line-ups.
At the Catalan and a particular treat for me the bill started with a solo blues set taking in both the Mississippi and Delta variety performed by Tom Young followed by his band mates from The Sons of Men joining him on stage for a selection of indie/folk tunes with a little rock thrown in for good measure.
Finally for my Catalan visit a set by a lady with a truly golden voice and charm to match Kitty Macfarlane with a selection of well composed originals and interpretations of traditional tunes and with her exquisite vocals and impressive/subtle guitar picking she was also a highlight of the festival back on the site with her appearance at the Bridge House Theatre later that evening which included a real show stopper with her beautiful cover of the classic ‘Song To The Siren'.
On Sunday just had to get along for the early doors " I Can't Believe It's Not Folk Song" Abba set put together by festival regular and entertainer supreme Keith Donnelly where 13 performers battled it out and reinterpreted the bands songs with a folk style sometimes with the odd lyric change or two!
Abba show highlights included Caroline Whatsham playing a saw with electric piano accompaniment for an instrumental take on one of the bands lesser known numbers ‘Eagle', Ian Bland rewriting the words of ‘Fernando' as a warning to eating at a certain restaurant chain (you can guess which one I am sure!), youngsters Granny's Attic with a frantic ‘Waterloo' and Mr Donnelly himself with a show stopping ‘Thank You For The Music' with a good few laughs thrown in of course.
The whole Abba set was glorious and for me the best and most entertaining set I have ever seen at the festival and it was the crown on another visit to what is always a cracking weekend.

Andrew Lock

**** "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018" PHOTO EXHIBITION AND SALE - THE OAK HOUSE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, LEAMINGTON SPA WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2018 7-10-30PM, ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO ZOE'S PLACE BABY HOSPICE AND THE CINNAMON TRUST***

 Kitty Macfarlane      KEITH DONNELLY      Ian Bland      JEZ LOWE      The Harvesters      CAROLINE WATSHAM      Granny's Attic      Matt Hernandez      PAUL ENGLEFIELD & CLAIRE GLASBEY      TOM YOUNG     Warwick Folk Festival    

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CANNED HEAT - RAISING THE TEMPERATURE AT THE ASSEMBLY

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One of the shorter sets I have seen but what it lacked in length it more than made up for it in quality and of course it was a chance to see one of the truly iconic American rock bands in action.
The band of course graced the stage at the most famous music festival in history at Woodstock back in 1969 and the current band line-up still has two members from that prestigious event in drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra and bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor and in 2016 they set out on a 50th anniversary tour so this year marks 52 years as a band (good at maths me!).
This was for me a rare seated show at the venue but many of the seats were not used later in the set when the audience got up (or down!) and boogied.
So impressed all set with the bands faultless groove and musicianship with so much of the set having a feel good vibe and you could not help but tap your feet and move to the wonderful sounds these four veterans were producing.
Starting the set with the classic ‘On The Road Again' with that incessant and captivating riff and magical harmonica the set was perfectly paced as well as performed with plenty of blues, touches of jazz, psychedelia and country.
‘Time Was' and ‘I'm Her Man' kept the blues feel going the former laid back and slow burning the latter up beat and zesty.
Elsewhere in the set getting plenty of people to their feet the frantic paced blues/country classic ‘Going Up The Country' went down a storm and the band showed their jazzy side on a cover of ‘Cristo Redentor' full of exquisite harmonica and guitar work this instrumental was a sublime piece of chilled out music.
‘Future Blues' was zippy feel-good rock and roll blues and there was an authentic train-a-rollin blues style to the classic ‘Rollin' And Tumblin' a blues tune dating back to the 1920's.
There was a Hendrix feel along with a psychedelic touch to ‘So Sad (The Worlds In A Tangle) which rocked along with plenty of explosive guitar work to go along side its world is in a heap of trouble lyrics.
Acting as a perfect book end to the main set (with opener ‘On The Road Again' the other side) it was classic time again and with its iconic riff, full of groove feel and positive uplifting words once again the hall was well and truly rocking.
Encore time and first up an instrumental ‘Boogie' which alongside a driving blues riff gave all members a chance to shine on their individual instrument and finally the sad low down blues of ‘Cryin' Won't Help You'.
For me this show was a little piece of rock and roll history and I felt privileged to be there but just as important musically it was top draw.

Andrew Lock

**** "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018" PHOTO EXHIBITION AND SALE - THE OAK HOUSE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, LEAMINGTON SPA WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2018 7-10-30PM, ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO ZOE'S PLACE BABY HOSPICE AND THE CINNAMON TRUST***

 Canned Heat     The Assembly    

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LAURENCE JONES - LOCAL BLUESMAN IS BACK IN TOWN AT THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA ON WED 19TH APR

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Be it jamming on stage with Steve Walwyn and Joanne Shaw Taylor, supporting King King, headlining his own shows at the Zephyr Lounge and Leamington ...

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MY EARLY LOCAL LIVE MUSIC MEMORIES

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I was born in Leamington Spa at the (long closed now) Warneford Hospital in September 1963 and for a little music trivia The Beatles topped the UK ...

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LIMEHOUSE LIZZY TO ROCK THE ZEPHYR ON SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

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Hot on the tails of one of the countries top classic rock tribute bands at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa (Whole Lotta Led) comes another as ...

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WHOLE LOTTA LED - ZEPHYR LOUNGE

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Just over a year after the bands debut Zephyr Lounge show Whole Lotta Led bought their Zep magic back to the venue, unfortunately vocalist Lee was ...

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WHOLE LOTTA LED RETURN TO THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE ON SATURDAY 11th MARCH

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Making a welcome return to the Zephyr Lounge here in Leamington Spa on Saturday 11th March are top Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Led who last ...

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MY PERSONAL PICK OF THIS YEARS (so far) ASSEMBLY/ZEPHYR LOUNGE GIGS

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Looking through the listings for the year so far at the Leamington Assembly and it's smaller sister venue the Zephyr Lounge there are plenty ...

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LIVE/WIRE & FEDERAL CHARM - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

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Back once again at the Assembly, the Live/Wire boys and their AC/DC show looked to me an even bigger production than ever with larger speaker ...

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LIVE/WIRE TO ROCK LEAMINGTON

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On Friday 11th November the sounds of the mighty AC/DC will thunder inside the Assembly as one of the finest tribute acts around make another welcome ...

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MOSTLY AUTUMN LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

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An epic Assembly show by one of my two favourite bands (luckily for me the other Marillion playing the same venue 3 days later) and Mostly Autumn ...

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MARILLION ‘NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WARM UP SHOW' AT LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY (12th October 2016)

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I am being spoiled next week at The Assembly with my two favourite bands both performing.

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UK GUNS N' ROSES - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

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I last enjoyed a night of Guns N' Roses style magic performed by these guys back at the Assembly in 2010 and the lads sure still have it.

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MOSTLY AUTUMN - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 9TH OCTOBER PREVIEW AND LOOK BACK AT THIER LOCAL (LEAMINGTON SPA

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Not many artists mean as much to me as York based rock band Mostly Autumn who make a very welcome return to Leamington for their biggest show of the ...

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PLOUGH BEER FESTIVAL 2016 MUSIC

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Saturday at this years beer festival at the Plough and Harrow in Whitnash had on offer along with the usual well chosen selection of real ales and ...

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GRISTFEST 2 The Grist Mill, Leamington Spa (19th-21st August)

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For the second time this year The Grist Mill in Leamington Spa played host to a weekend-long live music charity event and despite the weather meaning ...

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LAURENCE JONES, 4TH ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW -THE TOWNSEND HALL, SHIPSTON ON STOUR

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Laurence was on fire for this homecoming show in his beloved Shipston On Stour which was also the official launch gig for his 4th album Take Me High, ...

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MY VISIT TO THE WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2016

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The Warwick Folk Festival has come around again and I paid a couple of visits this year to take in some of the folk sounds.

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WARWICK BEER FESTIVAL 2016 MUSIC

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Along with a few halfs of great cider and ale enjoyed some of the music on offer at this years festival which was once again organised by the ...

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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2016 - AN OVERVIEW

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My favourite local festival came around again this year with as usual it's set of top draw performers both local and from further afield and ...

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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2016 PREVIEW

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Not long to wait now for one of my favourite local musical events The Napton Festival, this year the two day festival takes place on Friday 8th and ...

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LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL 2016

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As this event was the start of my attempt at live music photography back in 2008 I made my usual (if short) visit to the Pump Room Gardens in ...

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A CRACKING NIGHT AT STEVE WALWYN'S 60TH BIRTHDAY GIG

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A fabulous night for our wonderful local musician and all round great guy Steve Walwyn with a packed room of friends, family and fellow ex and ...

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WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL 2016

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As I did last year made a visit to this years Warwick Food Festival for a look around and of course to check out some of the music on offer.

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WHITSTOCK 2016

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Here are a selection of my images from some of the bands performing on the Saturday of the Whitstock event which took place at the Plough and Harrow ...

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GRISTFEST 2016

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I made visits to this years Gristfest at The Grist Mill on Sydenham on all 3 days of this years event spread over the bank holiday weekend 30th April ...

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OPEN MIC - DRAPERS BAR AND GRILL - 24th APRIL 2016, HOSTED BY KRISTY GALLACHER

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My first impressions on entering the venue ‘Drapers Bar and Grill' in Coventry city centre were promising, a very high ceiling, two floors for ...

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LAURENCE JONES, THE BLACK CIRCLES, LEVI WASHINGTON LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

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Another very welcome show on home ground by our very own blues sensation Laurence Jones an artist who still unbelievably seems get better and more ...

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WHOLE LOTTA LED, ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA

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A few more of my images from this fantastic show by Whole Lotta Led.

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WHOLE LOTTA LED, ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA

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A late in the day change from the spacious Assembly to it's smaller sister the Zephyr Lounge did nothing to hinder this full blooded tribute to ...

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