Christine Collister’s at The Ravenswood in Sharpthorne, Near East Grinstead tomorrow. Christine first stepped into the media spotlight singing the theme to TV’s The Life & Love’s of a She Devil, and her twenty year career has seen her performing with The Richard Thompson Band, Clive Gregson and Daphne’s Flight as well as on her own. After seeing her perform live myself a while ago, I can tell you that she moves effortlessly between soul, blues, pop, jazz, folk, and to quote folk Roots magazine ‘Collister’s effect is transfixing.’ That’s Christine Collister supported by Rob Nichols at The Ravenswood, in Sharpthorne on Monday.
Mark Gardener @ Railway Inn, Winchester
Ex-Ride frontman Mark Garner on the road again, and he’s coming to the Railway in Winchester on Tuesday. Signed up by Creation records boss Alan McGee after just one gig, Ride’s big guitar sound set the tone for bands that followed like The Stereophonics and of course Oasis. After Ride disbanded, Gardner struck out on his own, and he’s just back from a tour in America with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. He'll be performing material from his solo debut which, is called ‘These Beautiful Ghosts’, and there will no doubt a few Ride classics as well so you surely won’t be disappointed. That’s Mark Garnder, at the Railway in Winchester on Tuesday, and support comes from Paul Simmonds.
Irving Piano Trio - Guildford Spring Music Festival @ Electric Theatre
The Irving Piano Trio brings top quality chamber music to the Guildford Spring Music Festival on Wednesday. This is the second biennial festival for the city which aims to celebrate the work of musicians with strong local connections, and the musical selection includes the Archduke Trio, Opus 71 by Beethoven, Seasons by Astor Piazzolla. They will also be playing the first performance of a commissioned work - Trio by Dominic Sewell. The ensemble is composed of Emma Blanco on violin, Annelies Terry on cello and Terence Allbright on the piano, and they were one of the most successful acts during the 2004 festival. Again, that’s the Irving Piano Trio performing as part of the Guildford Spring Music Festival and they're at the Electric Theatre on Wednesday.
Skin @ Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Even when she fronted Skunk Anansie, Skin wore her heart on her sleeve in her music – both lyrically and in butt kicking delivery. Her voice is one of those voices you could never attribute to anyone else and has the ability to break your heart and make you grin – sometimes at the same time. That new torch singer sound alone encourages us to recommend you go to Portsmouth to catch her gig there on Thursday. With her first album ‘Fleshwounds’ selling 400,000 it’s likely that she will be drawing in a crowd so why not join them to see Skin at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on Thursday.
Beverly and Stuart McKenzie @ Brass Monkey in Hastings
Beverly seems a bit of a girlie name for a group of indie punk rockers but that’s their moniker and you can decide if their name suits their sound when they play at the Brass Monkey in Hastings on Friday. We're told that the band deliver excellent, loud, straight no nonsense rock and they will be joined on the evening by fellow rockers Noxious who site amongst their influences The Foo Fighters and the Kinks. Add a bit of chilled out indie, northern soul, sixties music from Stuart McKenzie on the decks and there will be something in there for everyone at the Brass Monkey in Hastings on Friday.
Alistair Goodwin @ The Bent Brief, Southampton
Alistair Goodwin has held a love affair with the acoustic guitar since he first picked one up at the age of three, and as he’s now past the legal drinking age, he’s bringing his nu-acoustic band to The Bent Brief in Southampton on Saturday. The line up features cello, sax, bass and percussion alongside Alistair on guitar. His delivery has been described as impassioned and “sounds likes” include David Grey, and the late great Jeff Buckley. Through frequent performances in venues across the South East he’s building a loyal following, and if you want to see what all the full is about, pop down to the Bent Brief in Southampton on Saturday to see Alistair Goodwin and his band.
AL BROWN & WILL AND THE PEOPLE @ JOOGELBERRY PLAYHOUSE BRIGHTON.
To finish up your week, Miss Al Brown comes to the Joogleberry Playhouse in Brighton on Sunday. I caught her last week at the National Student Music awards last week, and she sings a mix of soul and blues based covers with gusto. She is supported by Will & The People who played a brilliant live set here on South Live a last week. If you missed their session with us, frontman Will Rendle told me that one of his main influences was listening to his Mum’s Bob Marley records as a kid and from those roots he has created a sound which is a superb fusion of pop and reggae. The laid back atmosphere of the Joogleberry Playhouse is an excellent space to wind up the weekend, and Miss Al Brown and Will and the People will be providing the soundtrack.