UB40 – COMING SOON TO THE AUDITORIUM

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The Peoples talks to founder member and lead guitarist Robin Campbell.

UB40 were founded in Birmingham in 1978 and played their first gig in 1979 at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Since then they’ve released eighteen albums and had more than fifty entries in the UK singles charts. Their most recent album is 2013’s country reggae Getting Over The Storm.

UB40 have been touring relentlessly for the past few years, reconnecting with their fan base and playing many venues in smaller towns that they haven’t played since their early days as a band.

They’re at The Auditorium on October 12th and we were lucky enough to get an interview with founder member and lead guitarist Robin Campbell.

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You seem to have been on tour a lot over the last couple of years. I’ve seen you at The Academy in Leeds and at Scunthorpe Baths, and they were both great shows. Is it still fun or is it tiring?

We have been on the road a lot. Still the same tour as well – the Getting Over the Storm tour – we haven’t toured like this for 30 years, you know, and we’re going round and playing towns and cities that we haven’t been to for many moons. It’s easy to do, the promoters are loving it because we’re happy to play the venues and we’re prepared to travel and loving it. The gigs are intimate, it’s completely different to playing these sort of enormous domes and it’s a lot more fun. We’re having a ball.

You do always do look as though you’re having a great time on stage. You’re always swapping positions and joking with each other.

Yeah, that’s what we do you know, I mean we do love doing what we do and I hope that comes across. I think that’s why we’ve still got the following we have, because people can tell when a band is having a good time and I guess they can tell when a band’s faking it. I think we went through a phase where we were faking it a bit when we weren’t very happy, but we’re totally over that. The last eight years we’ve been totally rejuvenated, we’re full of life and we’re full of fun you know. We really are having a fun time touring, travelling the world and it’s wonderful to be doing this kind of thing after so long and still loving it.

Both the shows that I saw were great shows, and Grimsby Auditorium is actually a really good venue. It’s got an excellent acoustic. I saw Simple Minds there a couple of months back and the sound was fantastic. I think you’ll find it’s a lovely venue to play, and I know from what people have said to me that you’ve got a huge and devoted fan base in the town. Your relationship with your fans is a real emotional bond. I’ve seen big blokes crying at your gigs. What is it about UB40 that makes people really love you guys?

I don’t know, I don’t know what it is. I think they can tell we mean it. Music is an emotional communication you know, and I’ve been known to cry at music myself so it’s not an alien thing to me. I think for people to be that moved it just means that we’ve made music that’s formed a part of their life experience and that’s just a wonderful thing to know. What a way to make a living.

According to legend, you and Ally started the band and went and put up posters before you’d all learned to play your instruments, you were that keen.

That’s a bit of a myth and you know, according to Ally’s legend he started the band. It was really a spontaneous thing. We were all, all six of us, all founder members, we all started at the same time. We all agreed to be in a band at the same time, but we were definitely promoting ourselves In fact the main culprit of our self promotion was our sax player Brian Travers. He used to make posters and put them up all around the area that we lived in before we even played a show. There’s a story that we were standing in our local pub and next to us at the bar was somebody talking about how good we were live, and we hadn’t played a show yet,. And that is the truth. I mean I was there I stood next to this guy who was telling his mate that he’d seen UB40 and they were a great band.

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If it was now, if you were seventeen again, in a world of social media and what not would you still be keen to form a bad? Do you think it’s easier for this generation? Or do you think the world is a tough place?

It’s a completely different world now. Social media has changed the industry. Obviously things can go viral, but you to be savvy, you have to know how to use social media. I think you can promote yourself very successfully on social media, and artists are doing that now, and have done it for quite a while. Record companies don’t do what they used to do, you know. They don’t sign you for long deals, they sign everybody for one record and if it flops they’d dump them. There’s no longevity in the business at all now. It’s all a bit instant and forgettable and that’s a bit of a shame but the great thing, even with the decline of records, and the record business, is that live music is back in. Time was you could go to any local pub and see a band playing, and that’s been missing for a long time. When I was a kid that’s how it was. You could go and see a live band almost every night of the week and that’s come back with a vengeance. Young kids want to see live bands and I think that’s one of the reasons that we’re doing so well. We’ve played ninety shows in the UK in the last 2 years and because young people come to live shows now, they’re looking for bands that can do the business. They want to see people that can actually produce the goods because if you can’t you’re not going to get anywhere nowadays.

We don’t get big name bands here every week. A visit from the likes of UB40 is a special event. Are audiences different at the smaller town venues like the Auditorium?

Well you can see the whites of their eyes for starters! There’s a much more friendly and intimate atmosphere in these gigs and when you’re playing to a couple of thousand people then that’s nothing like playing to twelve or fifteen thousand people. It’s just much more pleasant from a band’s point of view and I should imagine from the audience’s point of view From the feedback that we get I think we’ve got all the hard core fans that we’ve had for decades coming back to see us because we’re back in their home town. I think a lot of people are coming to see us that haven’t seen us for years and also we’re being discovered by teenagers on YouTube and stuff and they’re coming for the first time maybe, but they seem to know all the songs. It’s incredible.

There was a lot of young people at the Leeds gig. It was half young people and they did indeed know all the words.

I’d love to know whether it’s through their parents or whatever or whether they’ve actually discovered us on social media. It would be fascinating to find out.

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You’ve recorded several albums of covers as a band, but your most recent album, Getting Over the Storm, has got a definite country tinge. Did that seem like an odd mix at the time you were making the album or do you think reggae and country go well together?

They definitely go well together. Jamaica has a history of loving country music. Even before reggae was invented, Jamaicans were listening to American radio, especially from the southern states, so they were getting a lot of R&B and a lot of country. So country has traditionally been covered by many Jamaican artists over the years, and we’ve done a couple of country tunes over the years, we did a Randy Travis tune and we did Bob Dylan’s I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight which is a pure country song, and we just enjoyed doing it and our manager, who’s a big country fan, suggested that we might like to do some more. We resurrected the Randy Travis tune because Robert Palmer passed away and they asked us if we could resurrect the track and give it to them for a gift album of Roberts. So we got it out of the archives and we liked it, and we just thought we could do some more of these; that’s how it started really. I brought the Willy Nelson track Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain to the guys and they loved that and it just grew from there. And then Brian who’s a prolific writer, he brought us sort half a dozen songs that he’d written in a country style to go in the album, you know, so it ended up half covers of country songs and half original tunes written in a country style, but still a reggae album.

Well your version of How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live at Leeds was one of the highlights of the show. I can’t hear that song without hearing Springsteen and it was as good as the Springsteen version.

I had no idea that Springsteen had done it when we recorded. I knew it as a Ry Cooder song. I heard that in the 70s and I always loved that tune, and I discovered that it was written in the Great Depression by Blind Alfred Reed. It was changed quite a lot in the Ry Cooder version and then some more in the Springsteen’s version. I basically gave it to Duncan and he wrote it again, he kind of rewrote it again. That was really the only political lyric on the album, but that was why we included it really because it was a good strong song, and obviously has a lot of resonance now you know.

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I know you’ve always been a political band but political music has been out of fashion for a while. Do you think that with the emergence of Jeremy Corbyn and the apparent change in people’s attitudes to politics, political music might get fashionable again?

Wouldn’t that be brilliant. I think it’s almost inevitable because political music doesn’t lead the way, it actually reflects changes in the way people are thinking and talking. If there’s a political mood in the world you will get political songs because it’s people voicing the way they’re feeling. Obviously there’s a changed mood at the moment and there’s a lot of young people that are suddenly interested in left wing politics which is fantastic, and the fact that Corbyn has just swept the board in the leadership race is great. I was amazed and also really happy about it, and I think more people will be wanting to say something, you know, to reflect the whole mood of the times. We certainly are. In fact I’m going in today, to the studio. We’re writing new stuff now and there will definitely be some political lyrics in it.

That would be really good. I didn’t want to ask you loads of questions about the falling outs in the band, but when Ally, Astro and Mickey left, it must have been a steep learning curve to find a new balance for the band?

Well Ally left 8 years ago and we got Duncan in which took a lot of adjustment, but he fitted right in. He’s sung all his life. He could have been in the band at the beginning and didn’t choose to be, but he’s always regretted not being in the band, so you know, he was a fan and he knew all the songs and it was amazingly, surprisingly easy because he still has the tonal quality in his voice that allowed us still to sound like UB40 without doing a slavish impersonation. So it really wasn’t that difficult, and when Mickey left, without being cruel that wasn’t a difficult hole to fill musically because he was playing keyboards, you know And then Astro only left last year and we were kind of used to people leaving by then so we just took it in our stride really,. He went and joined Ally. I guess Ally offered him a deal, you know, because when Ally left to go solo, his plan kind of backfired. I think he thought he was going to take all our following with him you know, and because of the way our fans are with us, because of the emotional connection. But I think they turned their backs on Ally.

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You are very much a collective. That’s an essential thing about you.

Well we were a gang of mates before we were a band you know, and we took our social circle on the road. I think that’s always come through and I think our fans think of us as a gang and almost as a band of brothers. So when one of the brothers left, I think the fans felt betrayed. It wasn’t just us, we all felt like we’d lost a brother as well and I think the fans felt the same way too. So it didn’t quite work for him and he had to try and talk some of the guys in the band into going with him, so he came back, I don’t know, 5 or 6 years later and talked Astro into leaving; which he did without even discussing it with us, which was very hard. It felt like a knife in the back, but you know, you deal with it.

The rest of you, are you all still like really good friends, do you socialise together and pop in each others houses for tea?

Well we live with each other on the road, so when we get home we tend not to go to each other’s houses for tea, because we see each other so much anyway. We’ve done 90 dates in the UK in the last year and a half, and we’ve also toured all across the world you know, so.

You said you’re planning to go back into studio today so does that mean we might expect a new UB40 album sometime soon?

There’ll be one soon but it definitely won’t be out until next year because we’re off round the world. We have all the UK dates in October to finish this tour off, and then we’re in Australia, New Zealand and Polynesian islands, you know, well somebody has to do it. We’re even going to Tahiti and New Caledonia. We get treated like royalty so it’ll be horrible, but you know, when we get back we’ve got a couple of home dates I think in Birmingham, and then we’ve got Christmas. So you know, we’re not going to get much chance to go into the studio, apart from the next few weeks before the gigs start in the UK. So I should imagine we’ll be back in the studio after Christmas and plugging away, and we’ll have an album out at some point next year, as early as possible.

That’s good news. I’m going to say thank you for your time and thanks for being nice and making this interview so easy.

And thank you.

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Interview taken from The Peoples Issue 37 Web Edition

Images by idp – www.mybigdayeventphotography.com

Welcome To Stallingborough Grange

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As soon as you drive in through the gates of Stallingborough Grange Hotel you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Built around a fine 18th century thatched house and set in beautifully landscaped grounds with lawns, an orchard and a lake, the premises have been tastefully extended to provide 42 top quality rooms plus extensive function facilities and the famous Thatcher’s Bar and Restaurant.

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It’s the perfect venue for a candlelit dinner for two or for weddings and corporate events, just right for weekending or as a base from which to explore the Lincolnshire Wolds, but it isn’t just a business – it’s also a family home.

Why does that matter? Because it means that as one of the area’s few remaining independent hotels Stallingborough Grange can offer guests a personal touch that will make a stay there a real ‘home from home’ experience.

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The fact that the hotel is outside of town and surrounded by open fields means that very few customers arrive by accident. People who come to the Grange do so by choice – either as return visitors (they get a lot of those) or because of recommendations.

So if you choose Stallingborough Grange you can expect top quality service, an excellent night’s rest, restaurant food of exceptional quality and the very warmest of welcomes – all in a setting that’s modern and comfortable while retaining the period charm of the original grange. Lovely.

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Head chef at Stallingborough Grange is Daniel Blow. Born in Kirton Lindsey and trained locally he started at the hotel fifteen years ago as a sous chef.

He’s a passionate advocate of Great British food and his menu reflects his belief that there’s nothing better than locally sourced ingredients cooked to perfection. “Grimsby fish, Lincolnshire beef and vegetables and Norfolk duck” he explains. “There’s nothing better? We like to take traditional British recipes and put our own distinctive, modern twist on them. Our customers seem to approve.”

So we thought we’d ask him to share a recipe for one of his signature dishes with us and here’s what he came up with.

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Pan fried halibut with crab fritters, red pepper purée, courgette & pesto mash

Ingredients
2 x halibut loin steaks
4 Maris Piper potatoes
2 courgettes, halved lengthways

For the pesto
50g Parmesan
50g toasted pine nuts
1/2 clove of garlic
1 bunch of fresh basil
fresh pea shoots for garnish

For the puree
2 red peppers
2 large vine tomatoes, halved
pinch of cayenne pepper

For the crab cakes
225g white crab meat
½ a small red chilli
zest of ½ a lime
50g cream cheese
1tsp chopped chives
¼tsp paprika

Method

Boil and mash the potatoes with butter. Combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and olive oil in a blender to make a smooth pesto. Season to taste and add some to the warm mash for flavour and colour.

Season the peppers with salt and cayenne pepper, drizzle with oil and roast on a tray with the tomatoes. When cooked, blend to a puree and pass through a fine sieve to remove seeds and skins.
Drain the cooked crab meat and remove any pieces of shell. Mix in chilli, lime, paprika, chives and enough cream cheese to bind. Season to taste. Place in the fridge to chill until needed.

Make a simple beer batter with dark ale and self raising flour. Form crab cakes and coat in seasoned flour. Dip in the batter and deep fry for 1 minute at 200ºC until crisp and golden. Heat up a non stick frying pan on medium heat, add oil, season the fish on both sides and fry for a minute each side or until coloured and place in the oven to cook through for another 3-4 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish). Add a knob of butter at the end and baste the fish.

Season and char grill the courgettes and plate using them as a base. Top with the fish followed by a crab fritter. Place the pesto mash alongside and garnish with fresh pea shoots. Swipe the plate with pepper pesto and serve.

Serves two. Deliciously.

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From The Peoples Issue 37

Coming Soon – Laurence Jones at The Yardbirds

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At the age of 22 Laurence Jones is already making a name for himself as one of the most exciting young blues guitarists on the scene.

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In 2014 he was voted Young Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards which led to a deal with Ruf Records and his first album on the label, Temptation, was recorded at the world famous Dockside Studio in Louisiana with contributions from Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister and Charlie Wooton and production by Mike Zito.

Now there’s a new album, titled What’s It Gonna Be, which has been hailed as his coming of age record, showcasing his skills as a songwriter, vocalist and guitar player.

Laurence Jones has been described by Walter Trout as “a cross between Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy … a genius” and Classic Rock – Blues Magazine called him “the future of the blues” and the “next big thing”.

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His reputation as a live musician is second to none and he’ll be bringing his band to The Yardbirds on October 2nd with support from up and coming blues outfit Red Butler, winners of the Best Newcomer Award in Blues Matters Magazine, who have been brewing up a storm with their riveting performances over the past couple of years including a sensational performance at The Great British R&B Festival in Skegness in January 2015 since which their star has been firmly in the ascendant.

It sounds like it should be a really great show and a must for all fans of the blues.

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Tickets are available from Solid Entertainments at 46 Wellowgate or call 01472 349222 or go to www.solidentertainments.com

Still Beachy After All These Years

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I drive past The Beachcomber regularly, en-route to dog walks on the beach, and have fond memories of walking there, along Buck Beck, and spending hot summer days by the lido. We had shorter legs by the time we trekked all the way home, slurping ice-creams so, with full mouths, we couldn’t moan too much.

It’s rather a while since I was five though and I will admit that I have never been to an event there in all the years since. I suppose I associated the venue with the dinner dances my parents used to go to. And I was always a Winter Garden’s girl but we won’t mention that now…

So when I happened to see the Beachcomber events on Facebook, complete with some pretty good shows I just had to give it a try, and in many ways it felt like stepping back in time to the heyday of the Gardens. Not identical of course but remarkably similar in style, from the kitschy piano and guitar at the entrance to the gloriously named Starlight Room (please never change that). There’s plenty of room for dancing, a good long bar with plenty of staff and a good size stage with a smart new lighting rig.

All in all it’s well worth investigating www.beachcomberholidaypark.co.uk because with such a varied programme, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Just recently they’ve hosted the likes of comedian Chrissy Rock from Benidorm and reality shows fame and The Real Thing.

Without meaning to I won two tickets to go and see The Real Thing – yes, THE REAL The Real Thing. I just shared the event on Facebook. I hadn’t noticed that doing so put you into a draw. In fact they do that for most events so worth giving them a like and seeing what’s coming up.

Support to The Real Thing were 70’s Revamp. They’d been down to the fancy dress shop and got togged up to the nines in as much 70s gear as they could find and they cranked out plenty of disco hits such as It’s Gonna be A Lovely Day, Feel The Need In Me and Carwash, to name but a few.

With an audience made up mostly of mums and dads I felt a bit like I was in a Beryl Cook painting but it was great fun and everybody was clearly up for a good night of dancing (especially the dads).

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The Real Thing formed in Liverpool in 1970 and three of the original members remain: brothers Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith. Eddie joined the band just before they had chart success with songs such as the number one You To Me Are Everything and the follow up Can’t Get By Without You which reached number two.

Eddie is now 65, Chris and Dave are 63 and the newest member, James Lane is the baby at 46, but they can still bounce around the stage and they seemed to be having a really great time. This was infectious and throughout their set there was plenty of dancing and singing along from a happily entertained audience.

It was a fun night which got people moving, singing and smiling. The Real Thing are a fun band – you should go see them next time they’re around.

Having not been to the Beachcomber for few decades, I then went again, this time to see The South.

The Beautiful South were formed in Hull, in 1988 by former Housemartins, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway. Both sang lead and backing vocals. Female vocals came first fom Briana Corrigan, then Jacqui Abbott was brought in in 1994. In 2003, after Abbott’s departure, Alison Wheeler took over.

The band split in 2007 after twenty years, ten albums, thirty four singles and fifteen million record sales worldwide. The official reason was “musical similarities!”

In 2008, Dave Hemingway, Dave Stead and Alison Wheeler reunited as The New Beautiful South, a nine piece band which included long time band associates and live members, Damon Butcher, Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson. They shortened the name to just The South in 2010. As The South, they have written new material and released a debut album, Sweet Refrains.

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I didn’t know what to expect from The South, not being The Beautiful South. Someone asked me if they were a cover band of themselves, but they’re much more than that.

Sometimes when a band no longer contains their most famous member it can feel empty – not the real McCoy. Paul Heaton, frontman and songwriter missing and not in action – would this be a problem? I thought it would. Turned out not to be and, judging by the packed venue, it certainly isn’t for their fanbase.

What makes the South different from cover bands is the quality of their new material. Not necessarily in the sound, which is gentler, with less of the dark humour and biting observations than the Heaton written lyrics but aside from the hits I did stumble when trying to distinguish the older material from the new, in the tracks that were unfamiliar to me.

Right from the second The South appeared on the stage they had their audience going and clapping away. They played two songs back to back with the second showcasing the lively sax and trumpet section and after some well deserved applause, Dave Hemingway stopped for a bit of a chat. Turns out that he came to The Beachcomber on holiday forty seven years ago!

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The first well known track was one that Dave had been the original lead singer on, albeit with Briana. A Little Time. Lots of whistles after that one.

It was a big set and the audience got its money’s worth with twenty two songs in total. The stand out of the new songs, was the catchy Pigeonhole.

The stage was dominated by Alison for the cover track, Dream A Little Dream, with a lovely trumpet solo and Dave joining in later on. The audience loved this and used the lights on their phones as lighters to wave in the air. Alison had joked about pretending to wave lighters in the air for this one so that was quite funny! The well known hits were all there with their first chart single in 1989, Song For Whoever (I love you from the bottom of my pencil case), Woman In The Wall, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her and Perfect Ten.

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How did they go down with the audience? Well the guy standing next to me said, “Please give them 5 stars. They are absolutely brilliant”. He had been a huge fan of The Beautiful South, from the beginning and thought that The South were great.

The band all worked well together and the varied tracks gave them all a chance to shine whether it was sax, trumpet, drums, bongos, guitar, bass or keys, At various times I picked out them all, distinctively.

It was a good set from the get go but it kept getting better as the band seemed to find their feet. They were going for it, especially the bongos and they just rose with each song. A tsunami of hits and the final encore just crashed down with Carry On Regardless which really got the audience jumping and left them exhausted but happy.

Whether you wish you revisit your youth, the 70s, the 80s or the 90s, nostalgia is alive and kicking and it’s all happening at The Beachcomber!

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All words by Tracey Edges. Images of The South by idp

Everything in Black and White is Gold

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Josie-Anne Gray talks to John Paterson and Daisy Fitzgerald about their forthcoming album

Everything in Black and White is Gold is the second studio album from Grimsby based composer and producer John Paterson and marks the recording debut of Daisy Fitzgerald, a singer whose mature voice belies the fact that she is just sixteen. With the album’s release date approaching I spoke to them about music, how they came to be working together and the joys of performing live.

Firstly, how did their collaboration come about? John tells me that he had wanted to introduce some female vocals into his music for some time and after auditioning several singers he chose Daisy who happened to be the daughter of long standing friends.

Daisy is shy and self-deprecating but she has a great understanding of how her voice works. From describing it initially as “weird” she learned to work within her alto range and to recognise what she can do. She describes herself as comfortable with her voice and so she should be. She sings with warmth, control and precision but her voice also has a dark tone to that is intriguing and compelling and draws the listener into the songs. Together they have created a music that compels attention with its sweetly haunting, ambient tones, evoking summer rain, hope and heartbreak.

John explains that he adjusted the key signatures of the songs to suit Daisy’s range and encouraged her to sing as low as she could to get the husky and gravelly textures he was after for the album’s signature sound. He writes in a very open way with spaces in the music that allow his songs to breathe and is interested in creating soundscapes that invite intelligent and engaged listening. He is not drawn to the contemporary fashion for over production and acknowledges that the volume war has been won and that his side lost.

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He is defiant and passionate in defence of his approach to music making however. He is about process and artistic integrity, not just product orientated with eyes on a big commercial prize, and although she’s young and at the start of her career, Daisy shares that integrity and commitment to the music.

Unsurprisingly they have very different musical interests. Daisy cites Hayley Williams of Paramour as a key influence while John acknowledges Nick Cave, REM and U2 as seminal to him. The generational differences are clear but although their tastes are different they don’t clash but rather complement each other.

John is a perfectionist and sees his work in terms of a series of problems that have to eliminated until he reaches a point at which he can say “that’s it, it’s finished.”

When we talk about gigging it is clear that his self-criticism is a powerful force.

He toured with KT Tunstall in the late 90s and was never satisfied with his performance. He feels that he is a studio artist and playing live is not something he has any great desire to do, citing the logistical difficulties of getting a band together, but underneath there is a clear sense of an artist whose perfectionism might be a hindrance to playing live.

But never say never. It would be good for Daisy to play live and the music is of such quality that seems a shame to deprive audiences of the opportunity of hearing it.

The album will launch with the Facebook page going live on September 1st with full details of where to buy a physical copy. The digital download will follow shortly after. John will be running the social media side of the promotion work, with assistance as he has another two album projects in the pipeline and is keen to get on with his music making. For now, make sure you get your hands on a copy of Everything in Black and White is Gold. You won’t be disappointed.

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You can find John and Daisy’s album on Facebook

from The Peoples Issue 37 – Web Edition

Shifting Subjects at Abbey Walk

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Shifting Subjects: Contemporary Women Telling the Self through the Visual Arts
Sarah Lucas | Wendy Elia | Miranda Whall | Margaret Ashman | Linda Ingham

The self portrait is a medium through which artists explore their sense of self and identity and one of the characteristic features of women’s self-portraiture lies in the production of imagery which suggests the shifting and provisional nature of identity, rather than its unity or fixity.

The Shifting Subjects exhibition brings two iconic photographic self-portraits by Sarah Lucas created in the 1990s as part of the then emergent Young British Artists movement, to be considered alongside recent autobiographical artworks by contemporary women artists in a variety of media.

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Abbey Walk Gallery is the premier gallery in NE Lincolnshire and Shifting Subjects is one of its most exciting and ambitious projects.

As well as the iconic Sarah Lucas self-portraits (on loan from the Arts Council Collection to Abbey Walk Gallery), this major exhibition includes work by artists Wendy Elia, Margaret Ashman and Linda Ingham, with whom the gallery already has a close relationship. Miranda Whall’s work also comes to Grimsby, courtesy of Paper Gallery, Manchester.

The result is an exhibition which will launch a wider project for the consideration and development of women artists in Britain, potentially working with other national collections in the future.

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Alongside the main exhibition the Gallery and their partners will be organising a number of thematically linked events including Shifting Images: Self-Portraits of Lincolnshire Artists at the Fishing Heritage Centre in partnership with the Muriel Barker Gallery from 8th September to 6th March 2016 and Women: In Place at Abbey Walk Gallery 2, a group showcase representing the wider practice of the Shifting Subjects commissioned artists running from 2nd September to 31st October.

The gallery will also host Refuge, in which installation artist and film maker Annabel McCourt explores the transient nature of refuge with her examination of everyday objects. Refuge runs from 26th September to 31st October. It is part of the Lightlines project and run in association with the Women’s Refuge.

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Abbey Walk Gallery: Website | Facebook | Twitter

from The Peoples Issue 37 – Web Edition

Urban Arts Come To The Minster Square

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There’ll be streetloads of urban culture on display in Town Hall Square on 19th September between 10am and 5pm when ten top professional street artists visit Grimsby to create live artwork and showcase the best of UK urban street art alongside local talent.

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Nationally acclaimed professional street artists with a diverse range of styles including Brave, Girls on Top, Mr Zee, Tens and Dime1 will allow the public the chance to experience a unique art form created live on the day before their very eyes.

Taking place in the centre of Grimsby at St James House, in the under croft area and in and around the Minster, this new event will see the professional graffiti artists create aerosol art on canvases such as walls, boarding and on packaging wrap.

Entertainment will be provided by Hip Hop DJ, live music, MC artists and Blood Masterz a breakdance crew from Leeds. There will also be street food stalls and the Minster will host a digital graffiti booth, urban arts and crafts stalls, children’s art activities and exhibitions of historical Grimsby graffiti as well as more contemporary work.

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Once regarded as criminal and vandalism the work of street artists such as Banksy and Grimsby’s own Lyns Powles (whose work is on the left of this page) have taken street art into the mainstream.

According to Paula Denton of Denton Associates – “This festival is about celebrating and showcasing a form of art that has progressively become mainstream, professional and enhances urban spaces across the world. Our festival is about the public and especially children and young people experiencing and engaging with the creative act of street art alongside music and dance in a family friendly event.”

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Lyns Powles of Lyns Urban Art adds – “The festival is a showcase event of the four elements of the hip hop urban art scene both locally and nationally. Graffiti art will be produced by high quality artists in a variety of styles showing what can be produced with a spray can and a lot of dedication.

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from The Peoples Issue 37 – Web Edition

Win a pair of tickets for The Magic Of Motown

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It will be a big night for fans of classic pop on Friday 20th November when The Auditorium will be dancing to the fabulous sounds of the Motor City, brought direct from the USA by The Magic Of Motown and their brand new Reach Out tour.

The show commemorates the moment in 1965 when Diana Ross And The Supremes, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations crossed the Atlantic for a UK wide tour of ABC, Odeon and Gaumont theatres, marking the arrival of the Motown phenomenon on these shores.

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The show features five star performances that authentically revive the style and sophistication of everyone’s favourite musical legends including The Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and The Supremes, all packed into a high energy two hour spectacular.

The show has all the costumes and dances plus a first rate band which captures the the elusive, authentic Motown sound.

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You can expect a huge selection of the biggest hits in musical history including all time favourites like Stop in the Name of Love, Dancing in the Street, My Guy, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, This Old Heart of Mine, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Endless Love, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, My Girl, I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Uptight (Everything’s Alright), How Sweet It Is and of course Baby Love.

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We’ve got some great tickets for this fantastic show to give away! To be in with a chance to win simply email the answer to the following question to andrewstaff@live.co.uk and the first two out of the hat win a pair of tickets each! Entries close October 7th 2015.

And the question –

In what city was the Motown record label founded?

It’s that easy – so don’t forget to email us for your chance to win!

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Tickets are available from www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk or ring 0300 3000035 for further information

from The Peoples Issue 37 – Web Edition

Great Taste 2015: Big Fish Brand Is A Multiple Winner!

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If you’re a bit of a foodie then you won’t need us to tell you that the Great Taste Awards are something special. They’re the world’s most coveted blind tasted food awards, presented by The Guild Of Fine Foods, and they’ve just announced that our good friends at Big Fish Brand have been awarded stars for five of their products which will now be able to carry the prestigious gold and black Great Taste logo to show that they are among the winners!

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The awards were judged by hundreds of top food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook Aggie Mackenzie, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, Masterchef the Professionals finalist, Adam Handling, and food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks &
Spencer.

The Big Fish Brand products awarded stars were their Organic Salmon Fillets and four products from their marinated range – Salmon Fillets in Thai, BBQ, Mint and Sweet Chilli marinades. It’s the second year that the Eastern Thai Salmon has been selected for an award a fact of which the team behind the products are especially proud.

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The awards will be presented on Monday 7th September at a ceremony held at The Royal Garden Hotel, London which will be attended by two directors of the company, husband and wife Andrew and Louise Coulbeck, who are very excited that their family run business has been recognised for its excellence.

So congratulations to Big Fish and JCS from all of us here at The Peoples and we look forward to bringing you further news of the company’s success because after all, frozen is the new fresh!

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JCS Fish: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Big Fish Brand: Web | Facebook | Twitter

from The Peoples Issue 37 – Web Edition