|Barr Beacon ~ Beacon Bands Event 2011|
So, we're now standing in the crowd, having just emerged from the shelter of the nearby trees. Despite being dampened by the sudden downpour that brought an abrupt interuption to Snooty Bobs' performance, everyone continues to be in good spirit and the celebration (and Snooty Bobs' set) continues with a sense of community spirit and enthusiasm not often witnessed around these parts.
Barr Beacon is a cool location for a gig like this. As well as hosting a World War I War Memorial, Barr Beacon formed a part of Olde England's defensive line, the beacon itself being lit to signal to the UK land rulers that that pesky Spanish Armada was on its way. The hill is the highest point you'll find between Walsall and the Ural Mountains in Russia. So in terms of sending out a message to the surrounding world, Barr Beacon is an ideal point from which to relay your vibe.
The message being sent out by 'Bands On The Beacon' today is an important one. 'Walsall live music is on the rise again.'
Not since the so called 'People's Festival' (approx 2000 - 2004?) has Walsall seen such a lean towards investment in local artistic (muso) talent. Walsall Council should pat themselves on the back for being shrewd enough to deliver an event that has both solidified the reputations of some of our better known artists (jazz funk outfit 'Snooty Bobs' & blues busters 'Mojo Hooker' being two fine examples) AND unlocked some new and refreshing talent in the shape of that amazing Coalpool four piece 'The Nicks.' What DON'T these bands bring to the table? You decide...
Listen to Snooty Bobs here
Listen to Snooty Bobs here
Listen to Mojohooker here
See The Nicks in action here
We're here (that is Bones, Toad and Peace) simply because we love live music full stop. We love playing, we love listening, we're just a bunch of muso junkies always on the lookout for our next fix. Running up to the gig we had a few twitter mentions, 'come and check out the vibe' and similar, which were pretty cool, and which made us feel kind of respected, and we know a few people involved in the muso zones so we guessed that we'd be amongst friends should we be able to join the proceedings. But, first and foremost, it's really good to see how the local music scene is shaping up from time to time.
And from what we can see...it's doing fine.
(Thanx Compact Col for these wikid band shots).
Later this week, we play The Crown in Bham. (Thursday 14th July to be precise).
It was a great show with some great Birmingham and Black Country artists in the mix, so an absolute honor to be the band to conclude the show.
Missed it? Listen again to only our 2nd radio airplay here...