March 2015

Barmines, 7th March 2015 Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

Our round-up of live music

in March 2015

For previous months see our article That Was…

Page last updated: 4th April 2015

Saturday 28th March

We were at Pi Bar, in Narborough Road, for the Rock-E-Oke night, organised by Dreaming in Colour Productions and the fantastic band The Bench That Rocked – they played the music for the singers, throughout the night.

We hope to have some photos from the night on here soon.

Friday 27th March

Trevor Cobbe reports from The Donkey

Trilogy at The Donkey Photo Trevor Cobbe
Trilogy at The Donkey
Photo Trevor Cobbe

with Siobhan Mazzei, Quadra, Mikey Kerslake and Trilogy.

Read his review.

Friday 27th March

We were at The Shed to see Nazarene, Bella Diem and We The Brave.

Elle and Tom of Nazarene at The Shed on March 27th
Elle and Tom of Nazarene at The Shed on March 27th

Nazarene is a band we have reported on before; they played at The Shed on February 6th.

Adam Gent of We The Brave at The Shed Photo RhinoFeroSs
Adam Gent of We The Brave at The Shed
Photo RhinoFeroSs

We The Brave – follow them on Facebook

Bella Diem at The Shed on March 27th Photo RhinoFeroSs
Bella Diem at The Shed on March 27th
Photo RhinoFeroSs

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Bella Diem – sweeping melodies with plenty of emotional impact and lots of interest sounds; very enjoyable.

Wednesday 25th March

The Wild NorthWest, Flight 15, Bloodsugar and El Violento Frankie (from Spain) were some of the bands we saw at The Shed tonight.

Flight 15 at The Shed on March 25th Photo RhinoFeroSs
Flight 15 at The Shed on March 25th
Photo RhinoFeroSs

Flight 15 played at the OBS on the young bands night. Commenting on their performance, we said “Their first song delivered an explosive opening to their set giving us a rocket-propelled start to their show that had the audience bouncing. Full of sparkle and fireworks, the three musicians of this Leicester band their lead singer had considerable command of the microphone. I have seen this band several times before and they have started to really impress me. With their razor-sharp timing and songs that were volcanic in their impact, it was difficult to believe that only three musicians could generation such a large sound. Their songs had the audience punching the air with their fists. ”

The lead vocalist, Joel Hughes,  has a rack of 3 guitars on the stage and he changes his instrument to suit the song.

Blood Sugar at The Shed on March 25th Photo RhinoFeroSs
Blood Sugar at The Shed on March 25th
Photo RhinoFeroSs

Blood Sugar played at the Glastonbudget auditions in February.

El Violento Frankie (Spain) at The Shed Photo RhinoFeroSs
El Violento Frankie (Spain) at The Shed
Photo RhinoFeroSs

El Violento Frankie, from Spain; one of three touring bands on stage tonight.

Find out more about El Violento Frankie on Facebook.

Old House Playground at The Shed on March 25th Photo RhinoFeroSs
Old House Playground at The Shed on March 25th
Photo RhinoFeroSs

Old House Playground another of the touring bands at tonight’s gig.

Jamie Borland was in charge of the stage lighting tonight; it made a big difference.

Our photographer RhinoFeroSs took many more pictures at tonight’s show. Additional copies are available from MIL for a small handling fee.

Friday 20th March

The Glastonbudget Festival site
The Glastonbudget Festival site

Glastonbudget Festival launched their 2015 event at The Barley Mow with an evening of entertainment. Now its in its tenth year, Glastonbudget will take place over the weekend 22nd to 24th May. On stage tonight were Fu Fu Sailors, Egg Ladies and Leicester’s veteran rockers Skam.  Find out more from the Glastonbudget website.

Wednesday 18th March

The Shed

An evening of acoustic music with James Cottriall, Remy Turi, Sid Non-Vicious, Eliza Marriott, Reuben Wisner and  Hannah McNally

A line-up of singers can be a refreshing change from bands, particularly when there are some remarkably good artists on offer. The Shed put on acoustic nights on a regular basis.

Reuben Wiser Photo: RhinoFeroSs photography
Reuben Wiser
Photo: RhinoFeroSs photography

Reuben Wisner is one local artist who is always worth seeing; he is an artist whose reputation is steadily increasing. Tonight Wisner gave us another superb performance of his songs. This young singer, songwriter enthralled the audience with his own compositions. One of his own works – Screens – is becoming an established favourite; telling the emotions of a long-distance relationship, it is a ballad for the Facebook generation. An accomplished work, Screens has listenable vocals and Wisner delivered it with his usual sensitivity of touch and charm. In his song Apologise, Wisner invites the audience to join in with the chorus; he ended his set with Nights Like These.

Reuben Wisner on Facebook.

Sitting at the keyboard Hannah McNally started her set with a slow song that demonstrated her vocal abilities. McNally performed with feeling and delicacy.  An able singer, she performed well enough but I think her set lacked variation; one or two more upbeat numbers would have added some uplift to what she was doing.

Hannah McNally on Facebook

James Cotriall at The Shed
James Cotriall at The Shed

No such problems with the set by James Cottriall whose set delivered some energetic and invigorating songs. In 1989 Cottriall sang about the fall of the Berlin Wall, presenting a vibrant number that was thematically engaging and performed with aplomb. Fine vocals were combined with impressive guitar work. In Nobody Breaks A Heart Like You, Cottriall upped the pace and gave us something that had resonance and sparkle, establishing himself as a gratifying exponent of popular melodic song. He finished his set with Unbreakable. He also asked everyone in the audience to give him their email address so he could send them a free song. Now that’s what I call marketing.

James Cottriall on Facebook.

Singer Remy Turi opening the show at The Shed, January 2015
Singer Remy Turi opening the show at The Shed, January 2015

Singer Remy Turi is someone we have seen before. She performed The River, a song from her recent EP. Turi is a singer whose voice is worth listening to; a young artist, she has charm and plenty of talent.

Remy Turi’s EP The River is available on Soundcloud. Follow Remy Turi on Facebook.

Tuesday 17th March

The press night for Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ – The musical took place tonight at Curve.  Our editor Trevor Locke was there to see the show. Read his review on Arts in Leicester.

Saturday 14th March

We were at The Musician tonight to see six bands perform for the Original Bands Showcase.

Friday 13th March

Abandon Her at The Cookie Jar Photo: RhinoFeroSs photography
Abandon Her at The Cookie Jar
Photo: RhinoFeroSs photography

Leicester band Abandon Her headlined a show at The Cookie Jar with support from Reuben Wisner, Emily Carr, and Manchester band Jolanga.

Our review is available now

Wednesday 11th March

Siobhan Mazzei Photo Keith Jobey
Siobhan Mazzei
Photo Keith Jobey

Siobhan Mazzei broadcasts live from The Soundhouse.

Saturday 7th March

Upstairs, Downstairs at The Shed

Two stages were in operation at this show promoted by Dreaming In Colour Productions and Emperor Penguin Productions.

Upstairs had Ryan Dunn, The Barmines, Aztec Temples, Regale and Scribble Victory.
and Downstairs were Wet Lettuce and the Magic Beam, The World Can Wait, Silhouettes.

Words:  Trevor Locke. Photos:  ©RhinoFeroSs

Having arrived late after seeing The Smokestacks, I missed a few acts but we did manage to get some feedback on those that we missed.

Ryan Dunn in 2013. Photo: Arts in Leicester magazine
Ryan Dunn in 2013.
Photo: Arts in Leicester magazine

Ryan Dunn did a solo set. Ryan brought a large contingent of fans with him. Better known as the lead singer of the rock band The Tennysons, Ryan performed a lively set with his acoustic guitar. The local lad is often celebrated as a prodigious song writer and his set gave a representative cross section of his musical talent. Delivering his songs with verve and a confident performance, he was well received in the room. Entertaining as always several people told me that his performance was very good. Ryan sang his own songs:  The Runaround, Diamond HighGuilt Trip GunConscience CallingBattlefield and A Sinking Ship. He is an accomplished song writer and performer.

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Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean at The Shed, 7th March 2015 Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean at The Shed, 7th March 2015
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean, from Burton on Trent, an alternative rock band signed to LMC Records. On the band’s Facebook page, it says “alternative rock”, a phase that I think covers a multitude of songs.

Wet Lettude and the Magic Bean at The Shed, 7th March Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Wet Lettuce and the Magic Bean at The Shed, 7th March
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

With strong vocals from Kyle Jordan and backing from guitarist Sam Wyatt,  their set was marked by plenty of punch and serious sparkle. A set that was vigorous, they made considerable impact.

Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

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Barmines at The Shed Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Barmines at The Shed
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

The Barmines, an indie rock band from Leeds, sounded a little bit like a cross between The Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, I thought. That did not detract from their strong and compelling sings, driven by plenty of beats.

Barmines, 7th March 2015 Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Barmines, 7th March 2015
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

To quote from the band’s Facebook page, Drenched with Indie and Laced with Rock, The Barmines are not just another Leeds band… The release of their Debut EP There’s Never Any Romance was played in front of a sold out Cockpit Room 2, just shy of 300 of their “Barmi Army” fans packed the place and shook it to its core. Since then they have played the likes of the O2 Academy in Sheffield, The Cockpit and The Wardrobe plus main stage slots at Strawberry Fields Festival and Bingley Festival playing alongside some top bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen and Reverend and the makers’ sums them up well.

Barmines, 7th March Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Barmines, 7th March
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

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All Hail Regale, from Walsall, were playing tonight for the first time at The Shed. Their style suggested upbeat dance music, like that of Manchester in the 1990s.  They will be on a line-up with Dodgy on April 3rd, at the Mosborough Music Festival. The band has been active for a couple of years, I was told.
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Aztec Templates at The Shed, 7th March 2015 Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Aztec Templates at The Shed, 7th March 2015
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

Aztec Temples, are an alternative rock band from Leicester, who formed in September 2014. A four-piece band with lead vocalist Conor Simpson. The band is billed to play at the Musician on 14th March, for the Original Bands Showcase.

Aztec Temples at The Shed Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Aztec Temples at The Shed
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

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Scribble Victory at The Soundhouse in 2014
Scribble Victory at The Soundhouse in 2014

Scribble Victory are two artists from Derby. Many people told me how good these were. Having seen them a couple of times before, I agreed with this.  I saw the guys for the first time on 13th December at The Soundhouse [Music in Leicester] Then I saw them at The Musician and said:

An unusual act – one guitarist and a drummer – whose superbly well harmonised voices and energetic stage craft brought us a a set full of colour and inspiration. Jamie Thompson and Tomas Ward have been chums since their school days and got together as a duo in November 2013…and they class their genre as Acoustic Folk Pop. Tonight they livened up the room with music that was blessed with energy and ear-grabbing sounds. Their two good voices were backed with instrumentation that had plenty of punch and verve both from the guitar and from drums. Two likeable artists who presented themselves with an engaging sense of humour. Wonderful. [Music in Leicester]

Scribble Victory playing at obsUnplugged at The Musician 2015
Scribble Victory playing at obsUnplugged at The Musician 2015

Missing them tonight was a disappointment.
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Singer-songwriter Nile McGreggor
Singer-songwriter Nile McGreggor

Nile McGregor sang some of his songs. When it comes to singers who leave an indelible impression, none can compare with Nile McGregor. When he played at the obsUnplugged in January, I wrote:

The evening finished with a set from Nile McGregor. One of Leicester’s notable musical personalities, there is so much one could say about him. He told the audience that he never makes a set list – he just gets up and sings his songs. McGregor sings with feeling, playing his guitar which is covered in stickers that he calls his “memories.” He has had his guitar for ten year, he told us. Powered with passion, McGregor described his genre as “angry folk” and is clearly a master of the impact-ballad. His songs were received by the crowd with considerable enthusiasm. Magnificent. [Music in Leicester]

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So, it was another good night at The Shed and hearty congratulations to the promoters for organising it and giving us a great night of live entertainment.

Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean at The Shed Photo RhinoFeroSs photography
Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean at The Shed
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

 

Saturday 7th March

Leicester band The Smokestacks played at Manhattan34. Read our review.

Friday 6th March

The music of Green Day was celebrated at The Shed tonight.

With tribute band Green Date.

See also:

French Leave at The Firebug

Auditions for Glastonbudget Festival 2015

Round-up of live music in February

Young bands at The Musician

About The Editor 535 Articles
The Editor of Music in Leicester magazine is Kevin Gaughan assisted by Trevor Locke