The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

 

Tonight the last Friday of April the packed St David’s Hall was treated to a programme of two halves. A musical programme of two movements. The first Prog Rock modern, progressive and pertinent as Steve Hackett unveiled live numbers from his stunning album The Night Siren and dipping onto four of his many solo albums.  The second helping on this musical palette of delights was a revisiting of Genesis, the majority drawn from Wind and Wuthering celebrating forty years since its release.

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall CardiffFor two hours, reality suspended as St David’s Hall was bathed in the multi-instrumental tones and textures created by Steve Hackett and the musicians that surround him. With an array of wind instruments including flute, penny whistle and soprano sax, keys, and a mixture of electronic wizardry, Rob Townsend; behind him surround by keys Roger King; the rhythm section of Gary O’Toole behind a sparkling shield of cymbals and bassist Nick Beggs with fretless and twin-necked instruments; and joining the stage for the second half vocalist Nad Sylvan.

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall CardiffWith a discography full of depth and interest the night started with a dip into his third solo album Spectral Mornings and Every Day with the soprano sax adding brightness and colour we knew this wasn’t going to be an everyday performance we were in for something special. Gently easing us in with the familiar we were soon hearing the new album, the dramatic instrumental El Niňo so early on a number that was going to be one of the many highlights of the evening.  The music from the instruments was woven in to a sonic technicolour coat of shape and form, prog rock that enthralled, informs and takes you deep within yourself. Three other tracks from the Night Siren were incorporated into the first set, as he stepped back into the past The Steppes fitted seamlessly into the collection with its Eastern feel.

 

The light show throughout added a sense of drama as the swirling patterns fell across the stage then up through the tiers that form the many faceted auditorium of St David’s Hall. As we stepped into The Skeleton Gallery the music live reinforcing the power of Steve Hackett’s latest recording and then to the album’s opening track Behind The Smoke. With a political comment about Brexit, an audience divided Steve reminded us that his lineage included Polish refugees. He sang the lyrics that explore the despair of the displaced and how borders contain. Whilst the music crossed all boundaries finding a common coming together through the power of the musical note tonight in Cardiff.  This emotional masterpiece should be the earworm that dictates our walk through life and how we meet and greet strangers from a different place. Last visit to the album is Serpentine, dedicated to his father and gentler times. Inspired by his father selling paintings in Hyde Park, London.  Closing out the set with Rise Again and Shadow Of The Hierophant; with Nick Beggs sitting on the floor using his bass pedals creating a spellbinding atmosphere. We had been on a voyage as acolytes and the feet of superb musicians who deliver prog rock that is mesmerizing, entertaining and often beautiful music, that cascades and falls away leaving a thoughtful phrase or question.

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall CardiffThe Second set, was much anticipated with the Cardiff crowd looking forward to old favourites and hearing Wind & Wuthering tracks live once again.  Opening with Eleventh Earl of Mar we were once again introduced to the vocals of Nad Sylvan. They are a beguiling mix of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins yet never pale imitations Nad brings his own sonic quality and vocal interpretations to every number. The cheer for One For the Vine, when announced was loud and very happy. Cardiff prog rockers were delighted. Then the atmosphere changed as we were treated to an Acoustic Noodle, Steve on stage with acoustic guitar joined by the band at the end a quiet interlude, with classical guitar playing, hints of flamenco and a moment of reflection. The quiet was broken with Blood on the Rooftops, and with Inside Out written by Phil Collins, an early lyric that was left off the final cut of Wind And Wuthering; a Cinderella song quipped Hackett, included tonight as it fits in with the rest. Closing out the set that highlighted the power of Genesis was Musical Box, a wonderful atmospheric number, Nad, using the tambourine to great effect as he added drama to the lyrics. Tonight was a great nostalgic set of Genesis classics.

 

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff​St David’s Hall was resplendent in the glow of Prog Rock from Steve Hackett and his band of musicians, we had been bathed in lights of every hue and taken on a journey through the power of lyrics and the complexities of multi-instruments exploring the notes of the octaves. The sound was superb, the audience attentive and as one rose as The Musical Box faded. The encore the perfect Genesis titled number Los Endos. This must not be the end, Steve Hackett and his Progressive Rock is welcome back in town anytime. For me I enjoyed the reminiscent quality of the Genesis numbers, they are familiar and safe, BUT the new solo numbers have an edge and intimacy they are modernity looking forward not back.

The tour continues check out dates and venues HERE A musical journey to be enjoyed and definitely not missed!

The Night Siren Steve Hackett Charms St David’s Hall Cardiff

 

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff Tonight

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff Tonight

 

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff Tonight

 

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff TonightWith a sold out show, everyone was at The Globe to hear the unique Hayseed Dixie take on classic songs we love to hear. Before the main event up on stage was an unknown entity, on the second night of their first UK Tour, a young French band, Dätcha Mandala. The band met Hayseed Dixie when playing Las Pieds Dans La Vase last year. With 22 dates they will be reaching audiences who will be amazed by the hard rock energy with psychedelic overtones all to a backdrop of blues riffs. Tonight the energetic leg flying Nicolas Sauvey, Bassist who takes the lead vocals and adds the tone of Harmonica whilst guitarist Jérémy Saigne who kneels as the high-octane Gibson fills the air provided an energetic front for the band.  With a stand-in drummer following the band’s drummer breaking his wrist we were treated to a warm-up act that certainly got the musical adrenalin running.  This is hard rock colliding with Buddhist spirituality they are a band who entertain and certainly put on a show.

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Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff TonightHayseed Dixie has been a crowd-pleasing act since they formed in 2000; after fifteen albums ‘Rockgrass’ must be hitting the crowd-pleasing button. This is a band that despite having a brand new album Free Your Mind and Your Grass Will Follow did not provide a sales pitch it was about delivering songs,  a mix of  Dixie’s originals and their creative re-working of songs from across the genres of popular numbers.  Not many set lists include War Pigs, Bohemian Rhapsody, Ace of Spades and Oliver’s Army. Hayseed Dixies DID! This Bluegrass ho down meets classic rock as the acoustic bass and guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin are on a collision course of rock & country creating a genre of their own grass rock it is music mayhem that works it is infectious.  Sold out at The Globe means the venue is crammed with excited fans who just want to have fun, they did not need any encouragement from the foursome.  The members may have changed but the music has stayed the same.  Tonight, John Wheeler, Jake Bryers, Joe Hymas and Tim Carter came and conquered the capital city once again. As they explained, “we have playing this music longer than many marriages, must be doing something right as we explore Drinking, Cheating, Killing and Hell”. We all agreed in one very loud voice.

Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff TonightThis is a band that does music their own way with its foot tapping, arms waving let’s dance to the beat and harmonies. They may not appear to be taking themselves too seriously. Do not let the jokes and wise cracks fool you; this is music that delivers in spades.

Tonight Liz from Bluesdoodles was tired post-festival fatigue was setting in having been in Sheffield all weekend. So Tuesday night more live music, but having missed seeing Hayseed Dixie too many times she wasn’t going to let sore feet get in her way.  The music was fun, lively with a good time vibe so staying until the last note died away was a pleasure, not pain. Why?  A set list that is a rollercoaster of hell raising mayhem that hits the spot all post bank holiday blues were blown away by Hayseed Dixie in Cardiff tonight.

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Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

AARON KEYLOCK HEADLINES THE BLACK HEART NEXT WEEK!

Aaron Keylock  supported by Jack J Hutchinson’s Boom Boom Collective and Seafoam Green 

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th AprilDebut album Cut Against The Grain out now
via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.

Bluesdoodles reviewed Cut Against The Grain “Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain  Definitely on to keep watching a listening where will Aaron’s music journey take us? Get Onboard now!” – read the rest HERE

 

Upcoming shows

Tues 4th April: The Black Heart, London: Headline – TICKETS
Sun 16th April: HRH Blues Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield – TICKETS
Sun 30 July: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park Maidstone – TICKETS

“A fabulous new talent” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Aaron Keylock is on the brink of international stardom” Daily Mirror – Top Tips for 2017
If anyone can shred like Gary Moore, this young buck can” Metal Hammer
“The New UK guitar hero” Shindig
“Toe-tapping electric blues beast” Total Guitar

 

Aaron Keylock Festivals Plus Headlines The Black Heart 4th April

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

 

Do not let the clear blue skies deceive you, Cardiff is in for a British rock invasion with the promise of stormy weather brewing under the mighty hammer of Thor as Thunder hit the stage with an array of cameras. The show was being filmed tonight which added to the eagerness to get the show underway. Opening the evening, Cats In Space filled Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe Motorpoint Arena’s stage with energy and ready to warm up an already excitable Cardiff crowd. The rock is classic, British taking you back to the seventies highlighted by the entrance to The Sweeney theme tune. The vocalist and frontman Paul Manzi is engaging and sings a mighty fine rock melody, reminding you why they caused a noise a few years back with Too Many Gods, their debut album.  The sound was polished with layers of sounds and textures with keys and guitars displaying in all their glories on Greatest Story Never Told a track that stood out from the others. With Andy Stewart behind the keyboard wearing a mighty fine Top Hat adorned quirky decorations the choice of The Mad Hatters Tea Party was a perfect fit and introducing fans to their forthcoming album of the same title.  With all the cats launched into space replete with rock. the crowd was ready for the forecasted stormy weather as the mighty Thunder took to the stage.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe Motorpoint was hot the cheering immense as Jungle Boogie from Kool and The Gang rang out and the band took to the stage and Danny Bowes lifted the mic to sing, Brit Rock never sounded better in a set that was full of tracks from their acclaimed latest album Rip It Up.  The welcome from the Capital City of Wales was warm and heartfelt we wanted the evening to rock our socks off with energy and surprises and Thunder certainly delivered from the first to the last note. As ever The Motorpoint a vast cavernous space more Sports Hall than Concert Hall the echoes were present but the sound guys had certainly worked hard to reduce them for tonight to a minimum.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownOpening with No One Gets Out Alive, from Rip It Up, the crowd were totally immersed into the waves of Thunder sound, the question to be asked would they let the band on the stage? Cardiff was in a mood to party especially with camera’s aloft swooping across the arena. Danny Bowes was in his element engaging and egging the crowd on to be louder as he danced and swirled around the stage with is signature boundless energy. Combining this with never missing a beat and his vocals always clear and soaring majestically out across the auditorium. Thunder is not a band supporting the frontman’s antics they are a tour-de-force to enjoy with rock melodies and riffs cascading through every track.  Luke Morley’s guitar playing was immense the solo lead breaks pulling out the emotional energy within the rock with the power of Gary James aka Harry drumming immaculately as ever a demonstration of how cymbals can be subtle as well as clanging with brute force.  Completing the quintet, bassist Chris Childs with his solid rhythms and Ben Matthews with his guitar, keys and the mighty cowbell towards the end of the set on Love Walked In.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe perennial crowd pleaser River of Pain (Shooting at the Sun), proves Dany’s voice is as lyrically powerful and full of singing acrobatics as ever and makes Thunder’s rock a fizzy delight, a storm brewing that always refreshes and never cools the Cardiff Crowd. In between the half a dozen tracks from Rip It Up including the title track and yes Cardiff did Rip It Up, the cheering of the crowd was off the Richter scale. Old favourites were given an airing sounding fresh as ever with Backstreet Symphony and Don’t Wait for Me slipped into a set list that was alive with hallmarked British Rock verve and energy.

Friday night provided a big kick start for the weekend and before the encore, Cardiff was having the weekend of their lives. With three more numbers filling in the encore sandwich was She Likes Cocaine from Rip It Up a special track on the album with the addition of Lynne Jackaman’s powerful rock operatic soprano crescendos. Tonight for Cardiff Jackaman stepped on stage and lifted the atmosphere a notch higher. What a way to lead into the last song of the night. A great gig by one of the best live British Rock acts around.

 

 

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels

 

Outside as the March wind blew through Bristol, we knew that the hot sirocco of a vocals storm was brewing in The Tunnels as Kaz Hawkins and her band hit the stage. Kaz is riding on a blues fuelled crest of a wave as she embarks on a mini British tour and they were tight and hot across a set that made us laugh, cry and be awash with the emotional power of live music.  Fresh from a solo trip to Nashville and the band reaching the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge with the U.K. having a band showcasing British Blues for the first time at the event.

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The TunnelsTonight, it was as we all expected a rip-roaring performance from the band who grow from strength to strength. The rhythm section brothers bassist Ján and drummer Peťo Uhrin provide more than a solid base. The rhythms were deep and adding another layer of drama into the mix is the fiery fender displays from guitarist Nick McConkey. His tasty licks and hooks are a feature of the Kaz sound providing the perfect accompaniment for the full-on power of Kaz.

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The TunnelsThe set was full of firm favourites from her debut album Get Ready and her latest Feelin’ Good with numbers that mix up the blues with funk, country, and Celtic soul, every number  sung as if for the first time from the heart. Every song is a special moment for everyone who had turned out to The Tunnels on a Thursday night. Those who missed her tonight in Bristol missed a night of live music fireworks. As Kaz sung Believe With Me, we all believed in the music being delivered this is blues with an extra shot of high-octane energy. As Kaz arranged her signature petticoats as she sat behind the keys to sing This Is Me, dedicated to everyone searching for inner strength and a pray for all of us to love ourselves for who we are. Like all of Kaz’s numbers, the emotions are raw, personal and hit your spine with honesty and soulfulness. Kaz’s songwriting is always aspired by real people, I Saw A Man,  about a homeless man Kaz met in London, but always dedicated to Belfast man Norman the intensity of the lyrics are added to by the drumming of Peťo using felted drumsticks, the beat is muffled beating out the endless repeating rhythm as if walking the streets as Kaz narrates the tale hitting the high notes with perfect pitch and howling with pain and then the deep colour of her powerful voice adding to the drama.

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The TunnelsTonight was a time for smiling as well as tears with fans flying in from Belfast and an old friend from school days seeing after a long time no wonder Belfast Time was included in the mix. But Kaz is more than the power of her vocals it is her ability to connect with people. As she shares fears and bad times of her life along with celebration of hitting two out of three life goals, making a career in Music, being a non-smoker both ticked off and now she embarks on becoming fit under the supervision of her personal trainer.  Kaz laughs with you and at herself, with a wardrobe failure her hair would not behave, first losing the scarf and then escaping the pins. This is Kaz, a real person who wants you to find the power of life through her songs.

A song that always brings a smile and tonight we all enjoyed singing on Hallelujah Happy People a real highlight of her set as is Feelin Good, a great rearrangement of this classic. With a great emotional lead break from Nick as the first half finished we were all feeling good in the presence of Miz Kaz.

Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The TunnelsOpening, the second set was a Kaz solo with her acoustic guitar a song she recently wrote in the Bluebird Café in Nashville, The River That Sings. Dedicated to Alabama legend Tom Hendrix and the wonderful stone wall, taking over thirty years to complete in memory of the 600 miles his Great, great Grandmother walked. As the notes faded and the applause filled the venue the boys came back on stage.

Her teenage years were difficult and the cleansing power of the emotional Believe in Me and the songs inspired by ex-boyfriends, Drink With The Devil and Can’t Afford Me put them firmly in their place out of Kaz’s life. We had soul with Soul Superstar and a flick of the legendary petticoats and the wide smile that warms The Tunnels.  The night closed with Kaz’s re-working of I Just Want To Make Love To You, and then the Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnelsencore with Shake that allows Kaz to display the full vocal range and colour of her voice. Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels as she took her turn on the drums,  reaffirming this is not an act to miss.

With the love of Kaz’s warm heart and the power of her vocals ringing in our ears we collectively wish her and the band every success as they go off to The European Blues Challenge in Denmark.

 

Ash Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on Tour

Ash Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on Tour

DAsh Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on TourLincolnshire’s Ash Wilson launches the brand new music video for the single ‘Broken Machine’ taken from his critically acclaimed debut album Broken Machine.

The single is out on Friday 17th March and the album on Friday 21st April 2017.

 

 

 

 

ASH WILSON AS SPECIAL GUEST TO SARI SCHORR

London, Borderline     Monday 20th March

Tickets: HERE Box Office: 0844 847 2465

 ASH WILSON AS SPECIAL GUEST TO DAN PATLANSKY

http://www.ashwilsonmusic.com/shows

Tickets –  HERE  & HERE 

 

 

 

 

Poole, Mr. Kyps                                Saturday 15th April

London, Islington Academy 2     Tuesday 2nd May

Manchester, Deaf Institute         Wednesday 3rd May

Cardiff, The Globe                          Thursday 4th May

Bristol, The Tunnels                       Friday 5th May

Barnstaple, The Factory                Saturday 6th May

Bluesdoodles: Broken Machine Review – HERE

“The song Broken Machine came first, not a deliberate album title. Broken Machine is about relationships that do not work. The whole album is my life up to getting married. It is Ash from 15-30 nothing in the album covers the now it is set in the past. That said the track seemed the perfect words of the album title as it reflected the past.”  What else did Ash Wilson share read it  – HERE

Ash Wilson Broken Machine New Single & on Tour

Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity

Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity

 

Monster Truck

Following on from their storming European Arena tour with Nickelback and Billy Talent, Canadian Juggernaut rockers MONSTER TRUCK return to the UK for a headline tour today starting at Limelight 2in Belfast and finishing at the Electric Ballroom, London on 22 March and intro mainland Europe and then on to support the legendary DEEP PURPLE through May and June.

Headline March/April 2017 Tour starts Monday 13th March

Announces collaboration with Sea Shepherd UK Charity.

+ Announced as support Deep Purple European tour

UK & Europe March/April 2017

Mon 13 March: Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Tues 14 March: Academy Green Room, Dublin, IRELAND (Upgraded from Academy 2)
Weds 15 March: Marble Factory, Bristol, UK
Fri 17 March: Institute 2, Birmingham, UK *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sat 18 March: Club Academy, Manchester, UK (Sold Out) *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Sun 19 March: O2 ABC Glasgow, UK (Upgraded from King Tuts) *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*
Tue 21 March: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Weds 22 March: Electric Ballroom, London, UK *SEA SHEPHERD UK CHARITY PRESENT*

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations. To find out more visit: HERE

Fri 24 March: La Batterie, Guyancourt, FRANCE
Sat 25 March: Café Charbon, Nevers, FRANCE
Sun 26 March: Luxor, Cologne, GERMANY
Tues 28 March: Melkweg, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Weds 29 March: Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, GERMANY
Thurs 30 Mar: The Floor, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Sat 1 April: White Trash, Berlin, GERMANY
Sun 2 April: Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, GERMANY
Mon 3 April: Theatrefabrik, Munich, GERMANY
Weds 5 April: Shuur, Lucerne, SWITZERLAND
Fri 7 April: Bikini, Barcelona, SPAIN
Sat 8 April: Carcol, Madrid, SPAIN
Sun 9 April: Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, SPAIN

 

Their latest album Sittin’ Heavy was released early 2016 and has received rave reviews; being hailed as “fresh and exciting” by Metal Hammer, how they “set the bar to unprecedented heights” by Rock Sound, proclaiming the new record is “relentless and unstoppable” according to Guitarist and a “hard rocking masterpiece” by Big Cheese. As well as guitar legend Slash backing their corner, Dee Snider can’t get enough of them saying “Holy Fuck, this band rocks” whilst Dave Navarro has come out with‘Killer band, great guitar playing.”

In true road warrior style they have learnt their chops on tour and have been relentlessly tearing through shows and have already opened for the mighty; Guns N’ Roses, Slash, Rob Zombie, Janes Addiction, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Nickelback, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry, Billy Talent andVolbeat over the last 3 years.

“Rock n roll might save your life, might save your life tonight”
Monster Truck, Why Are You Not Rocking?

Deep Purple EU Support Dates:Sat 13 May: Bucharest, Romania @ Romexpo
Sun 14 May: Sofia, Bulgaria @ Armeec Arena
Tues 16 May: Zagreb, Croatia @ Arena
Weds 17 May: Vienna, Austria @ Stadhalle
Fri 19 May: Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
Sat 20 May: Geneva, Switzerland @ Arena
Mon 22 May: Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
Tues 23 May: Lodz Poland, Atlas Arena
Weds 24 May: Katowice, Poland @ Spodek
Sat 27 May:  Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
Tues 30 May: Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
Thurs 01 Jun: Lille, France @ Zenith
Fri 02 Jun: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
Sat 03 Jun: Paris, France @ Accorhotels Arena
Tues 06 Jun:  Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
Weds 07 Jun: Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle 1
Fri 09 Jun: Leipzig, Germany @ Arena
Sat 10 Jun: Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle
Tues 13 Jun: Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes Benz Arena
Weds 14 Jun:  Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle
Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity
Bluesdoodles Album review HERE

Monster Truck are:

Jon Harvey (Vocals & Bass)
Jeremy Widerman (Guitar & Vocals)
Brandon Bliss (Organ & Vocals)
Steve Kiely (Drums & Vocals)

Monster Truck Tours 2017 & Sea Shepherd UK Charity

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightSunday night, The Globe was buzzing with anticipation with Dan Reed Network back in Cardiff after 27 years. Opening the Sunday delights of live music in the Capital City was VEGA, a six-piece rock band that always please and tonight they set the venue on fire. VEGA were shining brighter than the fifth- brightest star in the night they are named after! They definitely lived up to their description of being a melodic rock/AOR band tonight, with huge choruses and opening with a keeper Stereo Messiah. As they dipped into their back catalogue we wanted to hear the whole album and the opening set passed by far too quickly doesn’t time fly by when you are enjoying yourself.  Front man, Nick Workman’s vocals soared above the melody set down by his band mates. As many said on the night seeing VEGA for the first time, they just wanted them to come back and play again on a larger stage. The energy was infectious the venue was hot with VEGA magic. They may have sung White Flag the title track of the latest album, to everyone’s joy the flag was one of victory not surrender.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightShort break time for friends to catch up and anticipate the songs that Dan Reed would be bringing to Cardiff tonight. We wanted rock that was full of attitude, funk, soul and more would he deliver… YES the Network DID! With the reforming of Dan Reed Network, last year and the release of the superb album Fight Another Day. The set was a Jukebox of live music as after the first few songs Dan Reed asked the audience to suggest the numbers. From the first album to the latest we were taken on a tour of DRN depth and breadth of music they deliver with energy and the pure delight of playing live music for an enraptured dancing clapping and definitely noisy and appreciative Cardiff crowd.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe rendition of Resurrect, from the 1988 album was full of the power of resurrecting the emotions lost and found.  No-one was divided in their opinion when Divided flowed from the speaker this was a Jukebox that was not going to disappoint for one second. The band that surrounds Dan Reed are determined to set the pace and have a good time this is music to party with. From The rhythm section, full of funk and attitude that is solid as the rock creating the foundation of the network, Melvin Brannon Jr on bass; and drummer Dan Pred. Adding to the network of sound, that excites are Brion James’ guitar and the keys of Rob Daiker what a powerhouse driven by rock and shaped by soul and funky grooves.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe audience was all too happy to shout out their favourites this re-energised the show as they collected the beat and groove. Including Champion from the current album what a fabulous moment hearing the music come alive as they jammed and kicked up a storm. The medley that produced a verse, and a lick of many favourites had the audience singing and dancing with Relax; we were certainly not relaxed we were high on the adrenalin of live music coursing through our veins

Throughout the evening the musicians showcased their instruments the bass boomed, the drums were pounding, a stinging guitar and keys that captured the sound of keys through the ages from fugues to hip hop.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe Heat was rising with Mix It Up the vocals danced with the movements as Dan Reed who at times mimed the meaning behind the words. With Tiger in The Dress, he became catlike, feral and a little bit wild awesome!!  What a joyous night celebrating the power of live performances, invigorating and deep with personal and worldly wise wisdom. Political and secular we were an extension of the network as the Globe became a live music Juke Box tonight, with the power energy and music of Dan Reed Network.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightAs the evening drew to a close, the band retired from the stage and Rob Daiker, stepped out from behind the keys and picked up the guitar to sing All For A Kiss, a romantic song from his forthcoming album produced by Dan Reed, Binary Affairs who joined him on stage whilst picking up the mood the Network. Closing the night with Get To You, the Dan Reed Network certainly got to everyone in the room leaving the stage all was not quiet in the jukebox punching in a request for more we heard A Capella, Rainbow Child. With the refrain She Is Everything, I though yes and so has Dan Reed Network. Combining Rock with twists and twirls of modern music a multiplicity of tempos, tone and perfect timing.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

Dan Reed Network March 2017 UK Tour w/ special guests VEGA

Mar 7: The Cluny Newcastle (Sold Out)
Mar 8: Òran Mór Glasgow
Mar 10: The 100 Club London (Sold Out)
Mar 11: The Local Authority Sheffield
Mar 12: The Robin 2 Bilston
Mar 14: The Ruby Lounge Manchester
Mar 15: Rescue Rooms Nottingham

 

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer

 

The wind was biting and vicious as we waited for doors to open at The Globe in Cardiff on St David’s night. The Queue was excited The Answer were in town as the long white tour bus parked outside confirmed. Before the mighty Answer would take to the stage with their distinctive blending of rock, with Irish folk to have us rolling with delight in the aisles, (we all wanted to hear our favourite tracks from Solas performed live for us), and to warm us up and build the rock vibe we had not one but two rock acts. First was young guns Calling Apollo.

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The AnswerCalling Apollo, a Cardiff-based band certainly made a positive impression. A young band with something to sing about with Christian Neale’s vocals power combined with powerful rhythms and guitars that add a layer of rock chords full of colour and textures. With tracks from the EP they recorded in a bedroom Great Depression Act 1 created an atmosphere as they harnessed their inner placebo.  They certainly woke Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answerthe room up, we were waiting for The Answer and having fun. Then a short change over, the small stage was definitely packed and an Ebbw Vale based alt. rock band, Scarsun strode on the stage with Jessica Irvine’s vocals flowing with a swish of her hair. They were loud, at times the tempo was off and the timing lost. The loudness meant Jessica’s vocals were drowned out and yes we want our metal loud, but it needs tonal shape and balance this was missing tonight. Sadly, did not rock this doodles metal soul.

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The AnswerNow for a clearing of the stage, and we waited as the crowds built for the act we wanted to celebrate St David’s day with. The Answer hit the stage to a loud welcoming cheer, and the audience response got louder and even warmer as the show progressed.  Cormac Neeson was on fire as we started the evening with the title track of their epic album Solas; we were now being bathed in the rock magic the answer to tonight’s need for a slug of live music.  Combining this a lucky few shared a slug of Jack Daniels handed out by Cormac as the Northern Irish band from Down Patrick joined in the celebrations on St David’s Day in the capital city of Wales. Accepting a flag from a renowned “gigpig”, Charley Farley we were Celts in celebratory mode.

Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The AnswerTonight, the music was the celebration as the set list was populated with the new direction The Answer have taken with the latest offering Solas;  intertwined with hooks back to the past so we heard the boogie rawer sound as well.  As we stepped back to the debut album Rise with Never Too Late, as Cormack quipped, you remembered that! The opening chords of Beautiful World captivated the audience who were held in the hands of the band whose music connected us all. The power of boogie was harnessed with the energy and slide guitar of Paul Mahon on Demon Driven Man we were rocking and if there was more space we would all have been dancing.  The night was not all about the combination of the six stringed guitar and bass line as the mandolin was played by Paul and Michael Waters put down the bass to play the six strings on In This Land, a smattering of Celtic-infused magic. Then Cormac introduced The Globe to The Balalaika, a Turkish instrument popular for some reason in Irish music in Being Begotten.

The crowd was loud and harmonious when asked to join in and when Coramc stepped off the stage into the crowd he was engulfed with delighted fans who wanted to get close. All too soon it was time for the final song, as they took up Battle Cry from Solas leaving us happy, humming the music we love to hear. The infectious power of live music won the award for the answer to What entertainment on St David’s Day? – it was most definitely The Answer at The Globe we rocked with you.  With a shout out for Steelhouse a festival they love to play I am positive they will get another invite to climb the mountain and play once again.

 

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Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music

Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music

Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music

 

 

BD: Hi Dan hope you are well, thanks for taking time to speak to Bluesdoodles, we spoke last year on the release of Fight Another Day, now as you embark on a European tour we have a chance to revisit and explore the world of Dan Reed Network.

DR: Good thanks, we are in Norway and it is as cold as hell. That is a silly thing to say it is beautiful and snowy.

BD: How has your perspective changed since taking the time out travelling, studying and having a son?

DR: Biggest change was the birth of my son.  He is so very cute, often mistaken for a girl with his long hair, people often still don’t connect when I say his name is Joshua. Having a child is all encompassing. It is so hard to describe the feeling the first time you hold the baby. There is a deepening of awareness, deepening of compassion, a child engulfs you with emotions of love and responsibility. My first responsibility is to raise them safely and then as they grow imparting lessons of gratitude, how to lead a good life, planting the seeds of who the child will grow into. It has made me a better human being. This runs through my lyrics as they reflect the path that you have left behind is so much more defined.

BD: Back touring Europe and hitting the U.K. in March. Before we talk about the 2017 tour with Fight Another Day. What were the highlights last year back on the road with the Network,

DR: Festivals are always fun and at Sweden Rock Festival, we were the first act on the stage on the second or third day after lots of partying. In an arena that holds twenty-thousand there were 300 in the rain. As the first song started the rain stopped and by the end of the set there were over 8,000 watching and it was exciting, energetic from the rain and gloomy skies we had music it was the best show. The coolest was playing back in our home town of Portland seeing so many familiar faces, lots of folks who have seen us play from the beginning from the making of the video for Ritual. It felt so good being back. Yes our knees hurt a bit with a few more aches and pains now after a performance but this is part of the challenge of a live performance and is definitely an excellent workout both mentally & physically.  Funky rock is hard and needs the energy of the song; we achieved this at a live rehearsal at the Hard Rock Café rehearsing in front of an audience the energy of the audience feeds the performance you trade off the energy of each other it is a symbiotic relationship. It is hard being away from family and home when on the road the positive trade-off is you get rid of the tensions by playing the music, talking to the audience and the feeling that we are so lucky to be doing this.

BD: What’s your favourite track from your extensive back catalogue to perform live??

DR: Favourite track, the solo stuff I love playing it live acoustic can be harder with a need to put your energy into the meaning of the lyrics. From the album The Heat Salt of Joy and when the band sings A Capella Long Way To Go, it is magical honest lyrics, written with visions in the head. Writing lyrics need to go into a daydream and explore thoughts and emotions. Kurt Cobain was a tortured soul but wrote honest lyrics the most honest rock songs ever written.

BD: Now you are performing tracks from Fight Another Day live, how do you select tracks from the extensive back catalogue to meld the past with the now.

DR: It can be difficult singing the same songs over and over again. The key to not sounding mechanical, just going through the motions is twofold having a good time and play the music as if it is for the first time. Play your arses out never let it become a slog, enjoy the music build up the audience.

Mixing things up more and more. Including a Bruce Springstein style request. It is fun, surprising challenging the request could be for a ballad, like Stronger Than Steel in a part of a set we would never plan a ballad. We now have no set list we play the songs we want to play trying to vary the groove what feels best changing the tempo and topics covered from politics to sex!

The Set is like climbing a mountain range. With summits and valleys can build and build through the show with a high point in the set climaxing the show. Or can sing a mellow song reached the top now meditating and chilling.

BD:  Last time we finished with what your dream band would be this time – what are you listening to and what Dan Reed Network track would you liked covered and by whom?

DR: Music that listening to at the moment D-A-D Danish rock originally named Disneyland After Dark but had to be renamed after The Walt Company threatened a lawsuit.  D-A-D & DRN all the letters would just so love to open for them would be so inspirational. The poppy melodies and funky tone of   Foster The People love the music they do not use any sequences and the evergreen band for me is  Jamiroquai

BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to Cardiff at  The Globe on  5th March and hearing DNR live.

 Dan Reed Network is back in the UK with his tour Get Your Tickets HERE.

 

Dan Reed Talking about Networks and Live Music