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The “boys” are making a first time appearance  at the Wellington pub/restaurant, High Street, Old Portsmouth this coming Friday April 3rd, this’ll be an interesting evening methinks ! The following Friday(10th) will be back at one of their  favourite venues, The Auckland in Southsea.
I can’t think of anything amusing to say apart from it’ll be lovely to see all, some, a few, a couple, one of you on either or perhaps both nights, as the saying goes “you can’t get enough of a good thing”…..there again….
Original line up, no deps or absentees…hopefully :
Marc Tuddenham—Guitar/vocals
Rod Watts—Keyboard/vocals
Pete Jackson—Bass/vocals
Dave Brown—percussion/vocals
What more can I say, how about “Keep Music Live”…??

The next Barebones acoustic music evening at Milton Village Hall on Saturday 11 April is just a couple of weeks away!  Next weekend is Easter and then, the weekend after that, it’s Barebones!

This time we have an evening of acoustic Americana for your delectation and delight, starring:

Hometown Show  Featuring Matthew Harrison on guitar and vocals, Joshua Hibberd on bass, Trevor Thwaites on harmonica and Caz Batten on vocals, Hometown Show have an authentic Americana/Bluegrass/Country sound.  They admit to being heavily influenced by the old-time string bands of Appalachia and their many modern day folk heroes.  You could have gone to see them at world renowned venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee and the O2 arena in London (the place I still call the Millenium Dome!).  In fact they were at the O2 just a couple of weeks ago in theCountry2Country festival.  But you don’t need to go to Nashville or London because they’re coming to you at Milton Village Hall.  Have a listen to them here: https://www.facebook.com/hometownshow/app_204974879526524 .

Panhandle Conspiracy are the irrepressible Andrew Perry on guitar and vocals, the wonderful Pat Francis on dobro and mandolin and the incredibly handsome and talented David Jordan on double bass.  They got together in the mid-1990s, went their different ways around 2000 and reformed a couple of years ago.  Andrew’s distinctive voice brings out the best in current and not-so-current Americana, while Pat is renowned as the finest dobro player in Britain (I think I’m meant to say “probably” but actually I think he is the best).  Check them out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9bdvaCJ_YA and here https://www.facebook.com/panhandleconspiracy .

On top of all that, of course, there will also be some excellent surprise artistes performing short sets.

The usual rules apply, if we can call them rules:

  • There is no admission charge, no tickets and no bookings.
  • There’s no PA – it’s entirely acoustic – and not much in the way of lighting.  Also, the furniture is a bit hard so you might want to bring a cushion.
  • We’ll have a collection where the audience is invited to contribute what they think it’s worth for a full evening of astonishing acoustic music.  The money is shared out among the performers listed above and pays for the hire of the hall.
  • Bring your own booze or soft drinks and/or nibbles.  The hall is not licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor.
  • All this is why we call it Barebones!

Looking forward to seeing you there, Milton Village Hall, Milton Road, Southsea PO4 8PR at 8pm on Saturday 11 April.  Doors open at 7.30pm.

If you can’t get to this one, make a note in your diary for SUNDAY 7 June with the Pete Harris Trio and Joe Houghton-Gisby.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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