It’s that time of the week when one clicks on Word and those dreadful words appear “Open Blank Document”.
When the brain is Blank too it’s even worse. Very little gossip, a problem free week, no one to get at via the side door – how bad is that?
But hang on, rock God Mick was fifty, and on Saturday I made my way to The Trades, just in time to MISS the big man singing live on stage with Elvis Pressley, well not the real one, but one that was very much in the groove of Elvis. There are pictures though! By way of proof.
Good to see friends old and new on the night coming along to help Mick celebrate his big birthday.
Never fear the night included some great rock music too Mick having invited Led into Zeppelin to join in the festivities. So straight from a chilled set at The Cutlers they turned up the amps and rocked the Trades once again.
Picture taken by Graham Riches from the RAE Photo Group. More about the Group can be found HERE
A few yards down the Road at The Bridge, there was another rocking Party going on as Papa Legbus turned up the volume to celebrate Halloween, an event that many consider to be an Annual treat these days. They were well on form, banging out all the old favourites – they are if nothing else crowd pleasers, but with a great mix of original and cover songs.
Brilliant to literally bump into my old mate and former Masher Phill Hartley along with his lovely new Wife Mel. Also in close attendance were Jane and Linda, who are never far away from a PaPa Gig. Linda has thrown in some great pictures of the night that you can find HERE
Sunday found The Masher making a rare appearance, live, but not in a venue I’m sorry to say. Instead I was to be found in The Performers Lounge being interviewed by the Internet’s equivalent to Robin Day (you’re all too young) in a Youtube streaming. We covered a host of subjects ranging from my early days in folk music on the South Coast right up to the development of RAE and the fantastic creative base we have in Rotherham from Crafting in it’s various guises, visual artists and music. Good news stories about Rotherham that are currently being suffocated by the bad news. If you missed it, bad news, it was recorded and can be found on The Performers Lounge TV Channel a link to which can be found HERE By way of a special treat I actually performed three songs live during the Program – so be warned.
My thanks to Loota Paytah whose technical skill on Sunday was much needed. Loota is Richard’s partner in crime and via a really whiz bit of software was able to diagnose and correct the problems that had decided to plague my system. Without him there would not have been a show.
More about the Performers Lounge HERE , essentially in a live setting artists talk about their lives in whatever genre they may be in.
October is Black History Month, Rotherham’s main celebration was held at The Unity Centre which was once a gain a runaway success, with the venue again being packed out, but not as packed as last year – which for the Organisers was a real positive.
The picture is work specially prepared by Minx Taylor of Minx designs and Philip Padfield for the event.
It is great that the Communities in Rotherham came together to mark this event with song, dance, food and Workshops.
However, it was one of those weeks when there is a lot brewing and bubbling under the surface but little to announce as yet. So little that I’m announcing nothing.
New dates have been set for the British Council Active Citizenship Course for the end of November. If you would like to join the Course which is fully funded. It’s fantastic opportunity to discover new approaches and Network with active volunteers from around the World. Email HERE if you want more details.
While on Volunteer matters the Crisis at Christmas team have put out a call for people to come forward and help them this Christmas you can find out more HERE
So coming up. On Friday, those old bone shakers Makeshiftz will be shaking a leg at The Chequers at Whiston. I hope Clive will not be too energetic as he has been suffering from a rather serious back problem for a number of months – poor old bugger. Get fit soon my friend.
Live at The Trades on Saturday has Lovehunter, probably the best Whitesnake tribute Band in the UK and beyond. This a return visit by demand from you the Live at The Trades supporters, so I hope to see much head banging going on to help John Nixon out, and Mick, if he decides to let his hair down.
Saturday evening also sees that launch of the ALLUVIAN BIG SHOW 3, which is an Exhibition of work created by what some say are the very best local artists. The Preview Viewing and Party starts at 6:00pm and runs until 8:00pm at The Old Market Gallery. The Exhibition will be open to view during normal Gallery opening hours.
On Sunday afternoon The Button Tin is Welcoming The Winter with an event that will include music, words and food / drinks at the Imperial Building on Corporation Street in Rotherham. This is bound to be a popular event so get yourselves down for some Winter cheer. You’ll find details on the November listings page HERE
It being the first week in the Month we have the usual add-ons to the normal round of open mic sessions, most notably the gathering of the rhymers that make up ROMP at the Bridge in Rotherham on Friday night – not forgetting Play On at The Reindeer in Sheffield.
A heads up to the 8th November. Dirty Dylan is due to play Live at The Trades. At the moment the Police tell us that the planned EDL march on that day will not be posing any problems. So no excuses for not coming into Town for what is a fantastic evening of Dylan music.
Also check out the most amazing build up to Christmas that Live at The Trades could find - from the mini Punk Festival through to the final authentic sound of the 80’s with Sigue, Sigue Sputnick headlining with support from The Thurminators and My Perriot Dolls. Tickets for all the shows can be found at The Trades, The Cutlers, and Mezmerize and if you can’t get into Town Online at the RAE Booking Office HERE
And looking towards 2015 – OMG – we’ve already landed return visits to Live at The Trades from Chris Slade’s Time Line (the authentic beat of AC/DC : Manfred Man’s Earth Band ; and many, many more) + a return visit from Bon Giovi (definitely the best tribute to Bon Jovi, Mick, me or the 200 at the last show had ever seen). More details of the 2015 programme as confirmations come in.
And that’s it!
Whatever you are doing in the week ahead, have great fun, support your local artists and traders, and KEEP IT LIVE.