Music reviewer, Andy O'Hare
The Hare Piece
Andy O'Hare goes to more gigs than you can shake a stick at. He lives in Worcester, but says he prefers the music scene in Hereford. This is his weekly 'what's live and local' blog about the thriving music scene in the two counties.
The Worcester Music Festival - 23.08.09
Day three of the Worcester Music Festival and a slightly later start for me with a touch of folk-rock from Chris Whiting in the Blower.
The Cohen Brothers
This was before I mosied on down to the Art House for an impressive taster of slick West-Coast from the Cohen Brothers.
A last call for me to the folk sessions at the Tudor House where organiser John Taylor's own outfit Foxtail Soup were in fine voice.
I headed back up Friar Street to the Pheasant to catch melodic ex-Fellfield frontman Sam Eden back in solo mode - more hard copy from Sam soon I hear.
I heard a quick smattering of Si Anthony and Rachel Medhurst at St Swithun's before heading up Lowesmoor to first catch the funky Pershore hip-hoppers Spoonfedz at the Pig'n'Drum.
November And The Criminal
This was followed by bright young sparks November And The Criminal at the Firefly.
Stompin' On Spiders
It was great to finally catch Noor Ali of Highway Five and Gary Tolley (The Abbot Of Unreason) in combined Stompin' On Spiders mode at the Pheasant - but I'm deeply ashamed that I spent a large part of this set shuttling between them and the big screen in the front bar as the last wicket fell in the Ashes test - sorry guys!
John Joe Murray
More drama to follow back at St Swithun's as John-Joe Murray aka The Worrisome Ankle Trout delivered a feel-good mix of music and theatricals - which I think best suited this venue's acoustics and ambience over the weekend.
I went back to the Blower for Crooked Empire - for me easily the most improving outfit of the past year - with new and catchier rock'n'roll numbers springing up each time I see them. Check out 'Pretty Bits' and 'Baby Bye' and you'll see what I mean!
It was the last call of the weekend at the Marr's Bar where I enjoyed a taste of Scarlet Carmina.
I heading back to Lowesmoor for Brighton-based punksters History Of Rosenburg at the Firefly, then a touch of fun over the road at the Pig'n'Drum from tongue-in-cheek rockers Brian Maiden.
I went back to the Pheasant for a side-helping of folk-rock from Marzipan Moon - fronted of course by Gary 'Fat Rat' Tolley and the Fifth Diva Tracy Rock.
Calm Like A Riot
I then went back to the Blower for the last time on Super Sunday to boogie on down to Calm Like A Riot's wonderful set of jangly and highly dodgy hip-hopping numbers - unfortunately pictures of this have been posted on Facebook which should tell me in no uncertain terms that I am now officially too old to skank - some people never learn you know!
Dudes Of Neptune
I took another brief trip up to the Firefly for a couple of theraminny numbers from Dudes Of Neptune, but sadly there was no Tastyhead due to an error.
I called into the Exchange to check out Hot Wyred.
Next I visited the Pheasant for the gruff bluesy vocals and sound of Derailed.
There was only time for a couple of numbers from bluesy rockers Absolute Ataxia.
Then I rushed off up New Street to close this Worcester Music Festival off in fine style at the Swan With Two Nicks/Drummonds with Andy Robinson.
Will Dance For Chocolate
There was some top tunes from Will Dance For Chocolate, featuring new vocalist Laura.
Paul van Ryan
I enjoued some excellent tracks from Paul Jeffrey.
George Clarke & Ant Robbins
Ed Steelfox also performed at the venue.
There was live music, too, from The Players.
What a great weekend! But it wouldn't have been possible without the vision of Chris 'Not Just Sauce' Bennion and the efficiency and sheer effort from Lisa Ventura - not to mention all the rest of the Worcester Music Festival organisers - I think it's now a fixture folks! Oh and if you were counting - I reckon I caught 58 different local acts in three days - each and every one a little gem!
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session Introducing... every week from 7pm, on BBC Hereford & Worcester. The Music Map success stories are from 6pm.
last updated: 04/11/2009 at 09:18
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