Hand Blown Glass in the Butter Market, Hereford City Centre

As a previous collector of hand-blown Art Deco Glass, I am happy to see Rooster Art Glass set up in the Butter Market.  Much Love for them.

Hereford Butter Market, Maylord Street, Hereford, Hr1 2ds

 

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Bopping Around Budapest

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Claire is a blogger with a crackin’ sense of humour.  This latest series of photographs from her holiday in Budapest last year project her humour, energy and keen eye for street art.  She captures each city from her perspective; take the world in as she sees it.

Are You Ready for the Grand Opening of the Hereford Blues movement?

Hereford Blues Club
Left: Troy Redfern Right: John Steven Hales

When John Steven Hale established Porkbelly Promotions, he wasn’t aware of how his musical endeavours would pick up momentum around the city, or that the boy who first discovered Blues music at the Record Club lunch in school would one day launch his own Blues club.

February 13th marks the opening night of The Hereford Blues Club, which will be a fortnightly affair at the newly reopened Booth Hall in the city centre.

The Booth Hall as a venue is exploring new frontiers in entertainment and creating a buzz in the city with the opening of The Hereford Blues Club which will only cost a fiver entry.

Another important player in The Hereford Blues Club, Clear Cut Promotions Lady boss, Clare Foster, is John’s support network, and a Blues and Rock enthusiast herself.

When the Hereford Blues Club was Born

One lovely afternoon, while sitting in the Cafe All Saints, over  the discussion of the March 05 Hereford Rocks event taking place at the Left Bank (that they too have conjured up),  The Hereford Blues Club was born, a natural progression off of the back of Hereford Rocks…and what they hope becomes a Blues movement for the city of Hereford

Opening acts for the launch night will include Troy Redfern, a Hergest Ridge, Herefordshire local who plays slide guitar with the skills of a seasoned Roots Blues musician living out of a suitcase all his life.  He will also be joined by our very own Hereford baby faced Blues boys, Sweet Talk.

“Troy’s musical maturity can be likened to someone born on the Bayou, spoon fed grits, catfish and Bourbon, but amazingly he is a local Herefordshire local boy.”

slideplayer

You can thank the Johnny B Goode scene in Back to the Future for Troy’s introduction into the Blues, and Eddie James “Son” House Jr. for inspiring him to pick up the slide.  Troy’s musical maturity can be likened to someone born on the bayou, spoon fed grits, catfish and Bourbon, but amazingly he is a local Herefordshire local boy.

Troy is on his way up with a Blues Boulevard 3-album record deal that includes his last work  Backdoor Hoodoo, (remember to support your local musicians and give it a listen, be great during those summer BBQ’s), and one soon to launch this year in July.  We will keep you posted.  He is off with that suitcase to Belgium soon for a European tour, catch him while you can!

Londoner John Steven Hales recalls his introduction to Hereford in the 70’when he took a college teacher training course, “There was a big music scene happening in Hereford then, it was a great city and when I returned after many years  away, which included living in London and Brighton,  I was not impressed with the lack of music venues and gigs supporting live musicians”

Hereford City Centric and The Booth Hall
Arran and Willow Vidal-Hall discussing the future of The Booth Hall with Hereford City Centric

The city has been quiet many years now since the recession and the  entertainment austerity climate which loomed over it like a thick heavy fog.  No longer on the decline, Hereford is becoming a vibrant music and foodie destination.  Let’s hope 2016 promises many good things for Hereford and The Hereford Blues Clubs is one of those very special gifts.

Photographs by Jonathon Paul Photography with Horizo Images.  We are very happy to have him on board as a creative contributor.

Review by Michelle Cuadra, Creative Director, HCC

Season’s Greetings from Hereford City Centric

 

Wishing everyone a ‘Vondaful’ Christmas and smashing New Year.  If you celebrate Solstice, then Happy Yule to you.

In the meantime, we are going away for a week to enjoy this time of year with our families as well, but will be back soon to hopefully showcase the city of Hereford in a unique and engaging way…will put in our very best efforts anyway.

My name is Michelle Cuadra, I started Hereford City Centric only a couple months ago with the intention of blogging about the city from my personal perspective as a consumer, and rather quickly I found myself with 3 wonderful, talented contributing reviewers who have similar ambitions for our special city.

Full of creative energy, history and surrounded by lush, fruitful countryside, it feels as though Hereford has finally, once again, found its calling.  It has been lost for a while.

The city now has many new innovative food establishments such as, A Rule of Tum Burger Shop, which really is more than just a Burger joint, and the The Shack Revolution, who are passionate about our local produce  Both began as pop ups and through a loyal local following are now permanent establishments.  New venues are opening focusing on live local music and in 2016 we hope to see more avenues for the arts through platforms like Hereford City Centric.

Merry Christmas xxxxxxxxxxx

Michelle Cuadra – Creative Director, Culture, Food and Fashion Blogger/Writer
Claire Perkins – Music and Food Blogger/Writer, Frontwoman for A Hundred Suns, Solo Artist Perk
John Rose – Music Blogger/Writer, Frontman for Pablo Alto, ‘The John Rose Viny Reviews’
Rich Lovell – Music Blogger/Writer, Frontman for Terminal Rage, Established Dlown on the Farm Festival