Culture Shock Join Hereford Musicians, Poets and Artists in 2nd Annual All Day Punk Festival Fundraiser for MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS in July.

Culture Shock Headlining Hereford's A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE 2017 Punk Festival raising funds for Musicians Against Homelessness

We are pleased to come together this year with our local live music venue The Booth Hall and Hereford’s community of musicians, poets, DJ’s and artists for what should be quite a memorable fundraiser. It’s very encouraging to see everyone so positive and enthusiastic about performing.

This year is the 2nd anniversary of both our punk festival ‘A Crisis of Conscience’, and the national fundraiser ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ started by Alan Mc Gee. Alan Mc Gee is the former manager of The Libertines, Primal Scream, Oasis, Jesus and the Marychain and the Happy Mondays.

Spoken Word Hereford for A Crisis of Conscience Punk Festival 2017
We will be opening our festival with a spoken word showcase featuring a cast of brilliant political poets.

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Photographer Jonathon Paul Captures Hereford’s Millenials at Skate4cancer

This year’s Skate4Cancer Charity event featured two days of live music, Dj’s, Scooter, skate and Bmx competitions along with burgers on the Bar-b, and Jonathon Paul was there in the thick of it. We think our new main image of a local lad doing an aerial is pretty striking and captures the energy of Hereford’s youth who are happy to participate in the fundraising community.

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Help Hereford Music Promoter Kirsty Morris Get To The Great Wall of China In Support of St. Michael’s Hospice

Local Hereford alternative rock and indie music promoter Kirsty Morris is off on an epic journey this year to the Great Wall of China for a fundraising event of a lifetime to support local charity St. Michael’s Hospice.

She has received support from local businesses in Hereford and tickets donations from well-loved summer music festivals around the country to auction off and sell towards raising donations at her next fundraising event taking place at the Booth Hall on East Street this weekend. Kirsty has also received donations from some pretty famous bands around the country. She has been hard at work!

Hereford City Centric wanted to know more about this great trek being taken on by such an admirable woman and how close she is to her fundraising goals.

Political aspects are not something I really think of when I travel, as long as the areas I travel to are deemed as safe, then I really tend not to worry about such things.

THE INTERVIEW

Kirsty Morris Fundraising Trek across Great Wall of China 2017

Hereford City Centric: Hello Kirsty, you are actively involved in music promoting in Hereford with your promotion group Hey Little Monster, can you tell us a bit about the music you put on and what drives this interest?

Kirsty Morris: Well, music is one of my passions in life, I love going to gigs and festivals. Last time I counted, I have been to well over 300 gigs and festivals. I first got involved in Continue reading “Help Hereford Music Promoter Kirsty Morris Get To The Great Wall of China In Support of St. Michael’s Hospice”

Evening of Poetry & Music United Hereford and Ledbury Musicians in aid of mind charity

pOxymorn, Mark Stevenson, Claire Perkins
The Royal British Legion, Ledbury 8pm Saturday 23rd January 2016

I had a choice of gigs tonight, either a trip to Ledbury into the unknown or a trip to the Boars Head in Kidderminster, a great Punk venue to see Vomit and Rotunda, – “the known” (to me anyway).

“The whole set was like being in a Frank Zappa inspired, 50’s New Orleans Speakeasy joint on the set of an old French Arthouse film, with a bit of Crass mixed in for good measure. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.” -Rich Lovell

I took the leap into the unknown…Ledbury because, well why not really. As I walked in just 10 minutes after the start time, I was greeted by the sight of Jim Dening reciting some focused, but angry poetry – whilst pOxymoron played – a bit jazz, a bit 50s US rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. So the headliners are on first? Well, yes, and last.

Just from the back end of the piece I arrived to, David Cameron doesn’t have a fan in Jim Dening – it was some rant. I found my seat just as they finished their first set and settled down to my drink as Claire Perkins tuned up.

CLAIRE PERKINS

Musician Perk, Hereford

I have to admit – I have seen Claire play a few times now, but I still can’t say I am overly familiar with her material, mainly because she writes so much, that it’s not often you hear the same song more than twice. Sure there were a few sound problems, but Claire just shrugged and got on with it, playing through ‘Carrion Crow’, ‘Lean into It and Shut Up’ and ‘Avenue’Her style is to strum her acoustic guitar while she expresses her thoughts, her voice is a bit Alanis Morisette in places but very natural. Knowing what an energetic, enthusiastic character Claire is, it’s great to watch her control and channel her energy through her material – contrast it to her manic performances as singer for Metal groovers A Hundred Suns. Nice one Claire.

MARK STEVENSON

Mark Stevenson, british legion ledbury, mind charity gig

A quick turn around and Mark Stevenson took his place at the mic.  Traditional folk doesn’t really do much for me, I like lyrics that are relevant to me today, whereas most trad folk is based around life from a few centuries ago. That said, however, this genre always attracts talented musicians, and Mark is very talented. Going through a set of his poetry, own compositions and some old faor like ‘Copper Kettle’ playing with what we decided looked like a Bodrum, a flute and variations of other woodwind instruments, I was drawn in and accepted that maybe, just maybe, traditional folk is as much about the music and musicianship than the meaning of the lyrics. I’ll certainly not shy away from seeing Mark Stevenson perform again – was that me admitting I can be wrong? Blimey…..

pOxymoron

pOxymoron play British Legion Charity Gig in Ledbury

The night was finished off with another set from pOxymoron. A fascinating band, they play along to spoken poetry, political & social comment, and as I said earlier, the jazzy, rock n roll  very bare sound just added to the experience. No drums, just two guitarists (Nick Alexander and Mike Ruddick), a bassist and a keyboard/ accordion player. Jim Denny and Nick Alexander took turns as the frontman with their commentary. All this whilst images, photos, were projected on the wall next to the stage area adding some interpretation (and to a bear of little brain like me) and sometimes not, well not that I could work out anyway.

The whole set was like being in a Frank Zappa inspired, 50’s New Orleans Speakeasy joint on the set of an old French Arthouse film, with a bit of Crass mixed in for good measure. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

So the “Unknown” of Ledbury was the right choice in the end, although I did sneak a bit of Angelic Upstarts on the player on the drive back to Hereford – old Punks eh?
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY RICH LOVELL, Music Director/Reviewer – Hereford City Centric & The Underground Revolution, Frontman – Punk Band Terminal Rage

Zac Morris Tattoos in the Fight Against Cancer on February 7th

Skinzophrenic tattoos Hereford Cancer Charity for Benny's Fund

Skinzophrenic tattooist Zac Morris will devote 12 hours on February 7th tattooing Cancer Ribbons…£20 each, to raise funds in support of their friend Ben Wooles, who has been diagnosed with cancer in his early thirties.

You can also donate directly on Benny’s Fund, anything helps https://www.gofundme.com/h677ujek

100% of all proceeds will be going directly to Ben, to aid him in paying medical needs and general living costs through this difficult time.

Location: Skinzophrenic Tattoos, 18 West Street, HR4 0BX Hereford

Donation of £20 for Cancer Ribbon Tattoo

Time: 12pm-12am

Tel 01432 358696

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