Swampgrass NewsBlues news with a Swampgrass twist
We’re trying to get these posts a little more regular but with so much planning and playing going on it’s a little tough at times. And of course there’s some solid drinking that needs to be fit in amongst all the work. You know how it is.
We kicked off April with Simon’s anniversary celebrations at The Hawthorns on April Fools day. Simon’s been the landlord at The Hawthorns for 12 years now and while he’s had some ups and downs in that time his support of music and especially the local scene has seen the pub go from strength to strength in recent years and it is now without question the best small venue in Glastonbury (and better than most of the big one’s to be fair). Every week you will see live music from local or touring bands, an open mic and a famous blues jam that has to be experienced to be believed. Throughout the anniversary weekend we hosted the anniversary celebration on Friday with Andy Badman, Marsh Fires & Swampgrass (you know, us!). You may have seen Andy play a set with us before or as the guitar wizard with The Beat Cats (sadly, now defunct) or Liam Howard & The Truthseekers (one of our favourite local songwriters and bands). Andy kicked the anniversary show off with – as expected – a selection of great tunes played expertly. Fingerstyle, traditional blues. It’s difficult, but not when you’re as good as Andy.
We’ve seen the Marsh Fires a few times over the last couple of years and it was great to team up with them for a gig finally. If slide guitar, solid grooves and quality vocals are your thing (and if they aren’t, what the hell are you listening to?) then follow them on facebook and catch them at a show. We look forward to playing with them again soon.
On Saturday we decamped once again to the Hawthorns to do sound and enjoy one of our new favourite bands Exit Black who were on tour from Luton way or thereabouts. Seriously good musicians, great songs and a hell of a show. Be careful if they ask you for a drink after the show unless you’ve been to one of our after party’s as they put in a decent shift behind the bar as this photo shows…
If you’re local to Glastonbury you can see Exit Black at the Pilton Working Men’s Club in May as part of the Pilton Party auditions. Get along and show your support for quality music.
We rounded off the weekend by pitching up at the Hawthorns blues jam just for the hell of it and did a bit of jamming (and if you’re early enough you also get some roast potatoes!). Had a few drinks too, just to make sure the economy was being looked after.
So that’s a hell of a start to a month and follows what was an amazing March with the album launch and some quality gigs. We are out an about throughout April and you can catch us on April 15th at The Royal Portland Arms down in Portland Bill, April 16th at The Orchard Inn, Bristol and April 23rd at The Artisan in Frome. We are also busy planning for later in the year with a bunch of shows to do, some more recording and maybe even a tour but you’ll have to stay tuned for that as we’ll release the info when it’s all confirmed.
If you’re at a loose end – and we’re not playing of course – drop in to the Hawthorns and learn why we and several other local muso’s refer to it as “the Annexe”…