NotMyGoodArm

1st May

Not My Good Arm

at Duffy’s

My fourth consecutive gig, this weekend. I wondered if I would be up for it. Well, I was and I went. And I am glad that I did. The all-day event started just after lunch time but I had stuff to do, so I did not get there until just before the set by Leicester’s Not My Good Arm. Missed Brassick Bears. They were on much earlier. May Day. A celebration of the labour movement. A healthy dose of socialism was in the air.

Not My Good Arm at Duffy’s bar, 1st May 2017.

NYGA. Hearing the vocals of Tom Haywood again reminded me just how good a singer he is. Alongside him Geoff Davison on the trombone and Adam Davison on the trumpet. It is quite astonishing how much difference a brass section makes to a band’s sound. A band that puts considerable vitality into their set. Infused with Ska rhythms. Possibly even ‘nu soul grunge’ if you know what that is. I dug it. I digged it. Extremely enjoyable.

Not My Good Arm at Duffy’s bar, 1st May 2017.

Any band that plays music rich in reggae and ska is bound to be popular in Leicester. Any band that had collected together a group of very fine and able musicians is bound to be a success. Not My Good Arm have pitched their tent in the right camp.

Tom Haywood, Not My Good Arm at Duffy’s bar, 1st May 2017.

Theirs is a formula that works really well. That is why so many people turn out to see them, again and again. Two of them play in another group – the Davison’s – from Brassick Bears (they started life as Brass Bears and some of us remember them from those days when there were just the two of them.) The lead singer – Tom Haywood – has been in a variety of bands in the past. So you see, there is a lot of talent in this group.

Not My Good Arm at Duffy’s bar, 1st May 2017.

Even though you will not need reminding of how good this band is or its considerable accomplishments over the years… the last time I wanted to see NMGA was on 11th March at The Exchange when I missed them; But never mind here is a photo anyway, of Brassick Bears

Brassick Bears at The Exchange, 11th March 2017.

and for good measure here is a photo of NMYA playing at the Original Bands Showcase:

Not My Good Arm at OBS Grand Final 2015.
Photo RhinoFeroSs photography

They performed at the Simon Says festival in 2016

Tom Haywood of Not My Good Arm at Simon Says 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

[Music in Leicester magazine]

We leave you with one final image:

Not My Good Arm at the Scholar Bar, April 2015.
Photo RhinoFeroSs

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Not My Good Arm at Simon Says 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Not My Good Arm at the Simon Says Festival in July 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

Not My Good Arm at the Simon Says Festival in July 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

Not My Good Arm at Simon Says festival 2016.

Not My Good Arm at the Riverside Festival 2015.

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Gigs coming up in Leicester

 

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