Sugar Rush - Saturday 25th February

March 6, 2012

 

The log fire had been stoked high at Lanercost Cricket Pavilion making it hotter than a chile doing the breaststroke in Tabasco sauce. So with the winter chills well and truly shaken off, and the venue stoked to overflowing with an eager audience, the scene was set for an evening to remember.  Support act, Craig Bell opened up with a soothing blend of covers and original music, played partly on a custom 'Picasso' guitar made by local luthier, Neil McHardy. Craig has a relaxed vocal style and soon had the audience won over with his commentaries and anecdotes.

 

The scene was now set for the main act. Tony and Heidi have been wowing audiences up and down the county during the last 12 months as 'Acoustic Soul.' Recently expanding to include percussion, trumpet and violin, the sound has had another dimension added to it.

Heidi is 'The Voice' - she could sing the telephone directory and still make it sound interesting. This evening she was suffering from a late winter cold, but to these ears it made very little difference. Fortified with lemsip the voice still soared unfettered. The ensuing two hours showed that she is the Stradivarius of the vocal world.

 

Emoting the vibes of Anastacia, Stevie Nicks or even Otis Redding, Heidi visited the canon of soul standards such as 'Son of a preacher man', 'Dock of the bay' and The Zuton's' 'Valerie'. Heidi is above mimicking the original artist but instead produces the spirit of the vocal and thus takes the song to another height. With such accomplished musicians in Heidi's band it would be very easy for them to overplay. They resist this temptation and give room for Heidi to spread her wings. Ian, the drummer, uses congas and chimes to add variety to the rhythm while Tony, the guitarist, keeps the bottom notes going on his acoustic guitar, simulating a bass. Alan provides most of the solos on his electric fiddle with occasional use of the trumpet. They are an impressive unit.

 

By the end of the evening Sugar Rush had the audience singing along to favourites 'Hard to Handle' and Steve Miller's classic 'The Joker'. They even came back for an encore in the form of Patsy Kline's 'Crazy'.

 

Heidi and Tony will be appearing at a venue near you. Check out their website at http://www.heidiandtony.co.uk - they are unmissable.

 

Fusion Head Review

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Roz Sluman last played the pavilion with her ‘Big Shoes’ project, so it was nice to witness her in the new ‘Fusion Head’ incarnation. This was an intimate gig and once the wood burner got going the musical temperature also began to rise. Fusion head deliver a variety of tunes; some instrumental, some vocal-led by Roz or bass player, Alex Green. They also play a mixture of original compositions and popular covers ...


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Review - Greg Wilson and the Big Caffeine Fix

November 13, 2011

Caffeine addicts had gathered from far and wide to come and see Greg and the boys tonight, some from as far afield as Bournemouth. So it was a fine mix of locals and visitors which gathered at Lanercost’s fourth performance night of the season. Bill Lloyd was hailed as the saviour of the night as he stepped in at the last minute to cover for the original support act. To describe him as simply a substitute would underva...


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Hadrian's Union

October 23, 2011

Stew Simpson and Danny Hart (guitar/vocals and violin respectively) have been busy touring the length and breadth of England promoting Hadrian's Union CD 'Trapped in Time', so there is a sense of homecoming as they join forces with Mike France (bassist) and take to the stage. Their opening number, 'He was',is jauntily upbeat and gets the crowd in the mood for the musical tapestry to follow. There is no percussionist and yet th...


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Laura James - 15th October 2011

October 23, 2011

Laura James has taken a weekend out of her studies at LIPA, Liverpool's performing Arts academy, to play songs from her latest CD 'The Bed of the Brook'. Her music has certainly developed and matured since the release of her first recording 'Songs about the weather'. There is breadth and depth to the compositions which often utilise alternate tunings on her guitar. The clarity of her voice is astounding, drawing on influences ...


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Michael Chapman and Rita Hosking

October 23, 2011

      Mike Chapman, local fingerpicking and blues genius played the pavilion as a warm-up for his UK tour. As such, one might have expected a reserved performance but the small audience which listened on this cold Autumn night might have been forgiven for thinking he was on his final performance. Having played here before, Mike had a lot of local support. While singing many numbers he is at his finest when playing his wonderfully crafted instrumentals. Each song is drawn from his experiences,...

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No Soap No Radio go down a storm

September 25, 2011


Link to No Soap No Radio track 'New World' - http://soundcloud.com/nosoapnoradio/newworld


Link to NSNR website - http://www.nsnr-music.co.uk/

No Soap No Radio are due to start playing at 8:30 but by 8 o’clock the floor is in a ‘standing room only’ situation despite extra chairs being brought in. Such was the anticipation and excitement generated by NSNR’s first gig since their success at Castle Carrock’s Music on...


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Review of open mic night - Friday 21st August

August 21, 2011
It is usually recognised as a quiet time of the year what with school holidays an' all, but Friday saw people turning up and eschewing the early wintery weather to get their dose of classy music.

First up was Tom Adams who had a stab at an acoustic version of Whitesnake's 'Forevermore' , followed by a newly written original called 'Long time coming soon'. Finally, a rendition of the aptly titled BCC song: 'Battle for Hadrian's wall' brought things to a close.

Bethany Garner then made a repeat a...
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