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By kevinhewick, Jan 21 2014 02:19PM

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 kevinhewick, Jan 20 2014 04:26PM

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.

By kevinhewick, May 19 2013 03:02PM

It seemed odd not being in Manchester at FAC 251 with Peter Hook and The Light for the Ian Curtis anniversary shows like in 2010, 2011, 2012 but Hooky had said to me last year he thought that was it for the May 18th/19th shows there.. so instead I was at my unlikely number one live arena, this gloriously 70'sfied pub bar. Being so shakey beforehand was a bit alarming.. if you think, if you blink that's what happens right? I had a moment but then I got my hot honey and lemon and grabbed a guitar or two and I made it through. 'The Voice' still carried traces of it's recent ravaging - I couldn't give a stuff about being 'ill' as such but when it hits my vocal range then that's a problem. Malc Randall did a great mix and reveled in his role as 'official heckler'. Jonathan McGiven videoed a few songs so might see if anything from that is You Tube-able. I appreciated Haggis, Paul Howe and Diesel Park West legend John Butler being there, my country cousins from our strange disfunctional 'Simon Says' Leicester music family. Stories of police raids, lost wallets, Larry Cassidy, Jackie Leven, Slayer and the music biz and some odd Jersey Budd references - Jersey is a real nice guy, the most popular of us all I guess - I said if we were movies he'd be 'The Great Gatsby' and I'd be 'The Evil Dead'.. too many songs about death and graveyards as usual, debuted 'Charred Shadow Penitent' which is as much a laugh as it's title suggests. I just can't help it.. Did some old Factory stuff too, it's like doing something by another person now.. The young lady behind the bar wasn't familiar with the length of these Hewick dronefests and expressed concern I'd 'gone an hour over' to laughter in the bar. That was actually quite moving that they all knew I do long sets and were happy for me to go on..as was there was a comedy event due on in the evening (wonder if they were as funny as me lol) so I had to end after 3 hours 7 minutes and 24 songs. A sweet old fellow who I later found is 87 immediatley had to tell me about past lives and fogiveness of sins reading from notes he'd made during the set. I was glad I'd reached him and helped to inspire those thoughts but it was time to pack up and go home and watch the Eurovision Song Contest.. however I didn't "Believe In Bonnie" hard enough and she lost..


THE SET

1,000 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR AFTER YOU DIE

THE MYTH

REUNION BLUES

NO MIRACLE

MEMORY STONE

STONE TO STONE

RUN DOWN TOWN

LARRY

OUT OF ORDER

GARDEN OF BALLOONS

FRENCH JAZZ STATION

RAINBOW BODY

CHARRED SHADOW PENITENT

LOVE AND GUTS

ANOTHER JERUSALEM

ELEGY FOR JACKIE LEVEN

ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD

ROCK 'N' ROLL TANTRUM

NOW IS THEN

OPHELIA'S DRINKING SONG

HAYSTACK

US TO DUST

BILLION PEBBLE BEACH

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