Music in Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Well, gig of the year was how it was billed by many in Hereford, and last Tuesday local bands Pencil Toes, Brandon Steep and The Anomalies took to centre stage at The Courtyard, Hereford's Centre For The Arts.
It was the first time I've seen this venue without any seats, but it was a cracking performance by some great bands who deserve (and are somewhats getting) national recognition.
Big up, once again, to Malvern's Sam Isaac (he of BBC Electric Proms fame) for putting some top local musicians on the map, although a few names failed to make it onto his report: Elgar, Paul Farrer and David Lowe. Paul wrote the music to The Weakest Link while Dave wrote the 6 o'clock news theme. In fact, between both of them, they've pretty much written every jingle and advert on the telly. Talk about royalties - you should see their cars...!
Well done to Worcester Battle Of The Bands winners Da Vinci, by the way, for pulling a 'rock opera' out of the bag at The Marr's Bar on Friday night! The venue was then used on Saturday by Backwash's annual Punk4Pudsey night..in fancy dress! Now that's how you raise money for BBC Children In Need!