Last Tree Squad 2017 EP Launch at the Booth Hall Filled the House

 

LAST TREE SQUAD EP LAUNCH LIVE AT THE BOOTH HALL HEREFORD

17 March 2017

Review by Gavin Brown

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Heading a lineup of fresh talent of varied musical styles, Last Tree Squad brought the good-time vibes to The Booth Hall for the launch of their new EP. The crowd inside were witness to an almighty example of energetic live performance throughout the night, culminating in an impressive display of musicianship, charisma and moving the crowd from the headliners.

 

Last Tree Squad 2017, the Booth hall, Hereford
Last Tree Squad

REGGAE PIE

Upon arriving at The Booth, we were treated to the sounds of the Reggae Pie DJs who were reliably dropping dub, reggae and jungle bombs in a fashion that really set the scene for the night ahead with the bass rattling, exactly as it should be.

COOSIE

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With the bass still resonating through the walls of The Booth, local MC Coosie from Verbal Highz took to the stage and dropped a concise but effective set of beats, rhymes and life that showed off his lyrical prowess with knowing mentions of everything from Shrek to Madeline McCann and adding effects with a little toy horn, he demonstrated a wry sense of humour throughout the set. Coosie definitely got the live aspect of tonight’s show off to a flying start.

ESKE FORTE

Eske Forte, Last Tree Squad 2017, the Booth hall, Hereford

As the interim dub classics erupted and then subsided, it was time for Esk Forte to take the stage for the next portion of live entertainment. Armed with a guitar, saxophone and a sublime voice, she was reminiscent of Laura Marling in her early days but with a lot more attitude and vigour, and captivated the audience with that spellbinding voice. Alternating between playing the songs with the guitar and the saxophone showed how talented she is and the set was a joy to watch, the only thing wrong with it was that it wasn’t longer.

RUCKA SMALL

Rucka Small, Last Tree Squad 2017, the Booth hall, Hereford

Following Esk Forte wasn’t an easy task but Rucka Small proved himself to be more than up to the task with the rappers double-time style of emceeing going down a storm, a style that reminded me of one of this country’s finest rappers, Skinnyman, partly because of the double-time style but also the delivery and lyrical content, which bordered on the humorous at times, especially when he declared he’s got “bite like Tyson” in a hip hop moment straight out of 97 that still sounded fresh!

Rucka Small was joined towards the end by Last Tree Squad man BDS to hype the crowd up a little more, which definitely worked as he rattled off his quick-fire rhymes to serious applause and ended a great set on a high.

CUT LA VIS

Before the night’s headliners took to the stage, the man that is Cut La Vis demonstrated his formidable DJing skills as the bass heavy cuts kept coming in fast and heavy; this proved to be the perfect opening to Last Tree Squad kicking out their jams.

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Wasting absolutely no time at all, the six-piece (featuring Esk Forte among their ranks) raised the energy levels even further with an enthusiastic approach to their craft and those energy levels stayed risen for the remainder of the night.

Wasting absolutely no time at all, the six-piece (featuring Esk Forte among their ranks) raised the energy levels even further with an enthusiastic approach to their craft and those energy levels stayed risen for the remainder of the night.

Blasting out memorable tracks from the EP as well as other cuts, Last Tree Squad proved how good a live band they are with every member of the band firing on all cylinders, ably led by BDS whose passion on the mic was suitably impressive and constantly hyped up the crowd.

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Last Tree Squad’s BDS 

Between the music, the stage chatter was constant with usual suspects, Theresa Dis-May and Stig Trump (as BDS put it) were ridiculed with the frontman declaring it as being “like Thatcher and Reagan all over again” to mass applause and sending a message of good vibes over war and hate as well as a closing impassioned rant against the manufactured music industry and all the X Factor rubbish.

Last Tree Squad put on a hell of a show, and their sound, one that takes in reggae, dub, hip hop and jungle, delivered with an infectious lust for life that was so enjoyable to listen to and the enthusiasm of the crowd was testament to this.

Seek out the brilliant EP, and seek out Last Tree Squad live as it is an experience not to be missed out on, one that was rapturously received tonight at The Booth accompanied by a strong supporting bill. It is nights like this that are needed to keep live music alive.

Images: Booth Hall Photography, Nick Vidal-Hall

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The Booth Hall & AR Studios Join Forces For 2017 Open Mic Night Relaunch

Reopened in late 2015 by pocket rocket team Arran and Willow Vidal-Hall, The Booth Hall on East Street has become the go-to place in Hereford revered for its friendly welcoming atmosphere, live music and alternative entertainment.

Over the last twelve months it has played host to punk-rock legends TV Smith, Subhumans and Steve Ignorant, supported up and coming artists of all genres from all over the world and has become the home for sell out charitable festivals and fundraisers.

The Booth Hall Hereford Open Mic Relaunch 2017
Photo by Distorted Image Photography

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Rise up Together With The ‘Pungrunk’ Songs of Freeborn Rising…It’s A Mind Revolution

Matt Broom and Thorin make up Freeborn Rising, a band that has practically come crashing into Hereford from everywhere..so they say, and have even landed a gig as promoters for The Underground Revolution helping to put their own personal stamp on the music scene. Although these guys don a “devil-may-care” attitude, their souls run as deep as the tectonic plates. 

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Photo and Editing by Michelle Cuadra

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The Power of the People – The Hereford Music Community Strikes Again

Saturday October 15th, 2016 brought a community of Herefordshire musicians, music lovers and promoter’s (The Underground Revolution) to Hereford’s latest popular music venue The Booth HallThey hosted a free We Shall Overcome anti-austerity gig requesting food or cash donations for Hereford’s local food bank. Similar communities also hosted events all over the country during the first week of October proving that the UK is a nation of charitable hearts.

Many of us have been touched by the cruel hand of austerity, and during desperate times have accessed local food banks in order to put food on the table for our families. It isn’t a joke when you have to decide whether to pay your rent or buy food, especially when both are not an option.

“The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”

We Shall Overcome 2016 Hereford
Clockwise: Starting Top Left – Terminal Rage, Moshing Crowd, Alvin & The Angry Barrels, Nick Davis

This sentiment must have hit home for many as food donations piled in, merchandise was sold and a £100 in cash was collected for the food bank. People of all ages took matters into their own hands showing support for the less fortunate.

Hosted by The Underground Revolution, the idea came to U.R. Co-Founder Rich Lovell after his band Terminal Rage was asked to perform at another We Shall Overcome event taking place at The Rigger in Newcastle-Upon-Lyme alongside notable bands including Headsticks and Sons of Clogger – all performing free.

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You don’t have to be loaded to support your local charity. A pound means a lot when they add up. I asked Rich if he expected the turnout and support on the night, he replied “It far outweighed my expectation, both in the number of people who attended and the amount of food that was donated. The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”

Artists performing on the evening were: Nick Davies bringing in the crowd with his acoustic songs, setting the tone for a soon-to-be ferocious musical evening, Alvin and the Angry Barrels getting the mosh pit going and the ladies dancing to punk and ska, and lastly, Terminal Rage, whose local following is increasing leaps and bounds with every chord of Pretty Vacant. Warning, there have been a few bruises and bumps in the process…ah well that’s PUNK for you.

You can’t quite picture a room of headbangers, crusty’s and punks of all ages mingling with your average Joe too often, but it certainly was the case at Hereford’s 2016 We Shall Overcome fundraiser…living proof that diversity creates stronger communities. Power to the People!

We Shall Overcome Hereford 2016

Photography by Nickie Bates

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Sascha Kindred OBE: A Hero’s Welcome

Hereford Paralympian hero Sascha Kindred OBE was treated to a warm homecoming celebration along the picturesque River Wye which flows through the middle of the Hereford City Centre 

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The Hereford Mayor welcomes paralympian hero Sascha Kindred, his wife Nyree and daughter Ella to a grand fireworks display

I popped over to the Left Bank on Saturday (albeit a bit late) expecting the party to be over. The honour guard from Hereford Swimming Club had been and gone, the speeches had finished and all the carnival crafts from the Hereford River Carnival organisers had been crafted and put away. But what I found was a busy and vibrant courtyard outside De Koffie Pot with wonderful live music emanating from the Bandstand Stage courtesy of Sam Huffer and a plethora of happy children having a good jig thanks to the ever impressive organising efforts of John Steven Hales.

Hereford Mayor Jim Kenyon gives Sascha Kindred grand welcome home
Hereford Mayor Jim Kenyon. Praised as Mayor of the People.
Freeborn Rising playing folk music for Sascha Kindred welcome party in Hereford
Freeborn Rising playing folk music to the welcome party.

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Free SKA, PUNK and ACOUSTIC Live Music Fundraiser Oct 15th@The Booth Hall – Taking #FoodBank Donations At The Door

T h e  U n d e r g r o u n d  R e v o l u t i o n Presents 

W E  S H A L L  O V E R C O M E 2016

Saturday, October 15th @ The Booth Hall, 3 East Street, Hereford HR1 2LW

Donations appreciated for the Food Bank. Free Entry from 8pm 

Courtesy of Alvin and the Angry Barrels Facebook
Photograph: Alvin and the Angry Barrels Facebook
Terminal Rage – Punk
Alvin and the Angry Barrell’s – Ska
Nick Davis – Acoustic Rock

 

“We Shall Overcome was launched as a reaction to the 2015 election and the prospect of another five years of austerity policies. A group of musicians decided to put together a coordinated series of events in defiance of the Tory victory, but more specifically, the ever-deepening cuts to come. We considered, and still do, Austerity to be an ideological attack on our communities and we oppose it outright” – We Shall Overcome Read Here

 

We Shall Overcome Hereford 2016

Standing at the door of our last fundraiser for The Big Issue Foundation and Musicians Against Homelessness evening event, I was confronted by an unpalatable character ranting stereotypes about homeless people at myself and Matt who was helping work the door. He was far from kind and light years away from sensitive.

“I disagree with homeless charities, they enable these drug addicts”, my jaw dropped. Education is crucial in this matter, but at times overshadowed by the power of ignorance. What people need to understand is that none of us are resistant in these precarious times to ending up a part of the homeless “caste”.

Despite information based on evidence – a blind eye is turned and stigmas remain in their stubborn place. To quote free-thinker and feminist Emma Goldman, “Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.” By these words I stand. Continue reading “Free SKA, PUNK and ACOUSTIC Live Music Fundraiser Oct 15th@The Booth Hall – Taking #FoodBank Donations At The Door”

Hooty Roots Our Very Own Quirky Queen of Vintage Hosts Fashion & Frolics II

Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe hosts Fashion & Frolics II   Location: Cookies Cafe, 6-8 Bewell Square 12pm-5pm  3 September, 2016  

 

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If you walk past a little shop down Eign Gate in High Town Hereford with a bright orange hand drawn sign with blue lettering, you have arrived at your destination. The sign, with it’s D.I.Y , laissez-faire approach gives you insight into how much of an individual Hooty aka Harriet is. A girl with a heart of gold and a bit of a Pippi Longstocking, a fun and fancy free, whimsical character. We cannot help but love the girl and her funky frolics selling at student friendly prices.

Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe is small, and seriously crammed with a treasure trove of wonders. Seriously though, what is vintage and charity shopping without a challenge? Nothing is more exciting than searching through piles of dusty, and at times bizarre pieces of clothing that make you giggle and wonder whose Nan sewed such a treacherous and dodgy dress. Then suddenly something very special will captivate you to the point you find yourself walking down the street with a beaming smile and a purchase that makes you feel like a style champ of the unconventional.

 

In my case, it was a beautiful carved white wooden floor lamp with a red tassel trim lamp shade. It loves me and I love it, or perhaps I was bewitched but nonetheless it is sitting in my front my room and illuminating my life with its red dreamy glow every evening. Thank you Hooty!

Hooty also happens to have a massive charitable heart and a love for culture. She has hosted little open mic gatherings in her small shop that feel as if you were in her bedroom having a jam…she is just cool like that. She often exhibits work from local artists and you often wonder what she is going to do next. What a gal.

September 2 Hooty will be hosting her second Fashion & Frolics event in Bewell Square raising money for The Fowler Foundations for Children. There will be games and a stall where you can put on fancy dress and have a photograph taken for a small donation. Of course, being Hereford, a town full of wonderful musicians, their will be buskers raising funds for this fine charitable cause. Mark the date Herefordians!

Fashion and Frolics hosted by Hooty Roots Vintage, Hereford
From Left Clockwise: The Hooty Roots Team Ryan, Hooty, Niobe, Joella.

Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe, 50  Eign Gate, High Town Hereford HR4 OAB