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Yep, we're plugging Barbara's band who will be knocking out some rocking blues - and rock - at The Marquis of Cornwallis pub, 304 Bethnal Green Road, E2 on Saturday 8 June. Not the pub in Bloomsbury! All welcome to hear some covers and originals from 20.30 on.
Barbara Eke (NLB interview)
Diamond Blisters (facebook)
Another boost for the NLB team as Jacob, nephew of Ruth Mignano (That Blue Patch) joins up. We hope you'll be seeing him often around the area as he increases the journalistic experience he's already gained from his time as a university press reporter.
Financial crisis at North London Beat
Apologies to all for the thin stream of features during the first quarter of 2013. We haven't lost interest - far from it - the problem has been a sudden drop in the graphic design business that supports NLB's activities.
We are still here, we are still active and we are doing what we can.
While being within easy range of Village Road, Ridge Avenue library and the 329 and W8 bus stops, there is the sprawling 1930s suburban-explosion area around the lower borders of Bush Hill Park. Near the north end of Little Bury Street is The Beehive. This traditional pub is now hosting jam/open mic sessions every second Tuesday from 8pm 'til midnight. Yes, it's a weekday night but it is good to see jam regulars and new talent being provided with another showcase. Living up to its name, The Beehive at 24 Little Bury Street, N9 9JZ is a very busy place as it's one of only two pubs for miles in any direction and whether you're playing or listening, I personally can vouch for the well-kept ales which have been noted by CAMRA - eight handpumps! Unfortunately economies of scale mean they're not all in use at the same time.
It's not really a music pub but they do host tribute bands every now and again, some rather unexpected. For instance, Australian-born showbiz star Kelly O'Brien is bringing her Dolly Parton show to The Beehive on Saturday 3 August. That has the feel of slipping into a different world and could be well worth seeing!
It's London Underground's 150th birthday and musician Vincent Sheehan has taken on an interesting task - he's halfway through writing a concept album based on all the stations along the Victoria Line. All the songs use personal experiences, the area or the people around the stations for inspiration. LondonLocoMotion speculates that it could be "the world's first commuter concept album". North London Today have posted an interview with Vincent.
All the songs should be finished and on SoundCloud towards the end of summer (click on the song titles to see the lyrics). If it's a success, Vincent may 'albumise' other tube lines - travellers could create a London Underground playlist!
RiTR, hosted by John & Caroline Hoare (Haunting AD, Witchy Oxo), is a regular open mic session currently being held at two venues; the Bird in Hand, 100 Tottenhall Road, N13 6DG and the Queen's Arms, Orford Road, E17 9NJ.
Go along, join in if you're a musician, or just have a listen and a pint if you're a customer.
The 2013-2014 schedule for the Jolly Butchers is set, click the link below or visit the Butchers on facebook... actually just go for a few drinks in the pub!
We're happy to announce that Andy has joined the NLB team as a roving photo-journalist. A big Kiss fan, he's already a familiar face at various music events up and down the country as well as north London venues and with Andy helping us we plan on increasing our reportage within the area as well as helping to spread recognition of NLB. Andy's work will be credited as Poison Frog Photography, you can see some of his work on facebook.
Andy Geeves (facebook)
An interview with Barbara, a natural talent with one foot in blues, one in rock and the other in soul...
Stillman, guitar-led vocals reminiscent of country with a twinge of rock fronted by Chaz Craik (left), launched their latest EP "On Bended Knee" at The Workshop in Hoxton last year. Check the shop on their site or visit iTunes for samples.
Female First reviewed the latest EP, awarding it 4/5.
Emerging north Londoners Lazyflux, who were shortlisted in the Exposure Best Easy/Lounge category awards for 2012, are looking forward to putting themselves on the map this year. This could be an exciting time for singer/composer Nick Majer and the band - editor Andrew Warshaw has had a chat with Nick, so watch out for our future report.
The Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town...
Ziggy's World Jazz Club - shows are on the last Sunday evening of every month. Tickets can be ordered online from Millfield Arts Centre box office (or phone 020 8807 6680) priced at £11.50, or £12.50 on the door (subject to availability).
There is a lot more going on at The Dugdale Centre these days, click the link for more info.
If you'd like to get on stage and jam it up, let Vicky Poyser know via Facebook or SMS and she'll work you into the programme. The sooner acts register their interest the easier the organisation. Don't forget they sell drinks too!
The Old Bell also has a general knowledge quiz on Wednesday nights and a music quiz on Thursdays, both hosted by Howie Roscoe.
Vicky Poyser (Facebook)
Howie Roscoe (Facebook)