By ,07-Feb-2014 09:34:00
I was 57 the other day.. so like all 57 year olds I am swinging into live music action at these venues, mostly quite local to me, more to be added soon including some further afield I hope:
FEBRUARY 20TH: FUBAR, LEICESTER (40 minute set)
MARCH 1ST: THE PRINCE OF WALES, THURMASTON (Full 2+ hour set)
MARCH 23RD: THE ARTICHOKE, MOULTON (Feature slot on open mike night - 40 minute set)
MARCH 25TH: THE SOUNDHOUSE, LEICESTER (Feature slot on open mike night - 30 minute set)
APRIL 8TH: THE MUSICIAN, LEICESTER (Supporting Martin Stephenson)
APRIL 10TH: GORILLA, MANCHESTER (playing 2 songs at Martin Hannett tribute night for the launch of a DVD about his life - inc. KH interviews)
MAY 1ST: PI BAR LEICESTER (40 minute set + Meri Everitt + Jessica Grace Everitt)
JUNE 1ST: or 2ND: TBC - RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL, LEICESTER
JUNE 21ST: or 22ND: TBC - FOXTON LOCKS FESTIVAL (45 minute set)
JULY 12TH: THE CRITERION, LEICESTER (Full 2+ hour set)
AUGUST 25TH: THE METROPOLITAN, BURY (Supporting Crispy Ambulance)
By ,21-Jan-2014 14:19:00
At very short notice Trevor Locke of the Arts in Leicester website asked me to play at The Looking Glass on Braunstone Gate in Leicester after the inaugral meeting of the new Leicester Music Forum. I hadn't played at that venue since 2003, let's say the previous management weren't KH fans.. but new manager Joshua is keen to welcome people back to the venue. The meeting downstairs went well, it was a start anyway, about 70 people of all ages and plenty of women speaking up too in what can be a tediously male dominated scene. There's need for a more unified appraoch between us, music is a vital part of the culture in our city yet we over get overlooked, regarded as 'moaners' by certain other overindulged highly-funded sectors of the arts. I knew that afterwards people would be pretty animated about it all and I could have been some kind of irritating soundtrack to a hundred different conversations but, though it was noisy it was good natured and I was well recieved and I had a 'play don't worry' attitude and did it for the tables close to me like Carol Leeming and Geoff Overon and The Flying Kangeroo Alliance's Meri Everitt and Keeley Knight. I did 90 minutes and included a few numbers I didn't get to do at The Criterion last Thursday. FAC 501 played first by request, he second full run-through of 'ANOTHER JERUSALEM' and on the vintage end I hit on the idea of 'HAYSTACK' going into 'OPHLEIAS DRINKNG SONG' back into 'HAYSTACK'. 90 minutes exactly, It all felt good, the voice, the songs, the guitar, it all felt good. I just wish I had more shows to do, I am primed for them again. Later on the barman got a guitar out and then Meri, Keeley, Nile McGregor and a very drunk Alex on his 23rd birthday did some songs, it was a lovely evening, lots of fun.
THE SET: FAC 501 / A YOUNG MAN'S DREAM OF REVOLUTION / CHARRED SHADOW / PENITENT / ISLINGTON STREET / RAINBOW BODY / AMERICANTA / OUT OF ORDER / 1,000 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR AFTER YOU DIE / BILLION PEBBLE BEACH / THE DANCER / NOW IS THEN / ANOTHER JERUSALEM / HAYSTACK / OPHELIA'S DRINKING SONG / HAYSTACK
Pic by Meri Everitt
By ,20-Jan-2014 16:26:00
My first 'proper' show of 2014, in Leicester of course, (following an informal appearence at The Musician on January 6th playing ISLINGTON STREET and AMERICANTA). The Criterion is deep in the Hewick DNA, my 'Royal Albert Hall', that little bar is perhaps the only place on earth where I can do the 'real' Kevin Hewick show in full length and range of expression. Everything was right for this night, a modest crowd but responsive, really listening and interacting, and Malc Randall on the sound, also my 'official heckler'. Among those present were John Butler of Diesel Park West, Sally Barker (fresh from her magnicently moving appearance on 'The Voice'), Dillon Wakeford, Glyn Allen, Dave Dixey (whose label Sorted Records released 'Helpline' in the 90s), Jock Kerry of The Freed Unit, Sean Tizzard, Peter Flack, Paul Carden, Debra Gale and my dad who seemed to really enjoy himself, 80 next month and not out! I think this one was a classic, everything from Bob Marleys tomb to the 'Winky-Wanky Bird' was discussed and I did a good range from the Hewick songbook, from Factory Records days to the present. It did my a favour, a sense of getting an overview of my work. Something written decades ago can resonate as much as something written days ago and vice-versa. I feel like my musical 2014 really came alive with this performance. It was the first time I ever did 'ANOTHER JERUSALEM' in it's 12 odd minute entirity, I've only ever played extracts or earlier versions minus lyrics added late on in the recording of 'The Heat Of Molten Diamonds' .. I even got called back for an encore and request for PLENTY, that was just great..
THE SET: REUNION BLUES / LANDSCAPE / AMERICANTA / ISLINGTON STREET / RUN DOWN TOWN / FLOWER OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS / GARDEN OF BALLOONS / ALMOST UNSEEN / US TO DUST / A YOUNG MAN"S DREAM OF REVOLUTION / FAC 501 / OPHELIA'S DRINKING SONG / HAYSTACK / ELEGY FOR JACKIE LEVEN / THE MYTH / ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD / NOW IS THEN / ANOTHER JERUSALEM / BILLION PEBBLE BEACH / PLENTY
Pic by Debra Gale.
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