Find Unique Gifts for Unique Friends in Hereford

Buy unique presents and collectibles in Hereford High Town for your quirky friends and family.

Rewind Vintage and Retro Curiosities, 50 Eign St, Hereford HR4 0AB, UK

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The shop is also an art space where local artists, writers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, jewellers and more, retail their unique creations.

A new vintage shop has made its home in High Town. The location formerly known as, Hooty Roots Vintage — a charming little boutique where many of us spent lazy afternoons drinking tea with its quirky proprietor, Hooty —  is now Rewind Vintage and Retro Curiosities. You’ll know it when you pass an old banana yellow TV in the window just before the subway by Tesco.

In the true spirit of the storefront’s legacy, a friendly, welcoming man, full of charm and charisma is filling that space again. What luck. He calls himself, Dan Jay.  Dan is the man, and a connoisseur of all things vintage and retro — there’s a difference I swear. He arrived with a truckload of sass from somewhere in Manchester and is raising quirky eyebrows with his fusiony business plans.

Find Rewind Vintage Retro Curiosities Facebook Page Here 

 

Rewind Vintage Retro Curiosities, is not only a supa cool spot to buy presents for yourself and the ones you dig,  but will soon house a music studio on the top floor. Dan, is in the process of converting it into a recording studio where he plans to put his unique stamp on your tunes. You’d really have to talk to him about what I mean, because I’m not even sure what I mean, this lingo is above my head. Just pop in and say hello. You’ll have a blast. The guy is fun…no lie.

A chill out cafe on the second level is also in the works — you can shop and chill. Nice. Dan’s shop already has so much going for it, but there’s more. The backroom, home to the beast of an organ I’ve featured in the images (unless he’s lugged it upstairs somehow), offers a diverse selection of vinyl for the proud collector bunch.

And, yes, there’s more, much like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag, it’s an endless emporium of eclectic wonders. The shop is also an art space where local artists, writers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, jewellers and more, retail their unique creations.

Rewind Vintage offers a miscellany of unique gift-giving treasures you’ll want to explore the next time you’re in town. I look forward to watching the evolution of this wonderful local independent business.

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I want to quickly remind you, as a local blogger who supports independent entrepreneurs in Hereford, when I have free time away from writing romance novels, that it’s up to us as patrons to keep our local small businesses going. These are real people who live in our community and stimulate our economy in so many ways, not some corporation housed in a glass tower getting tax breaks in London. They pay bills and their contributions keep our small, isolated city interesting.

Promise to shop local, and make your family promise too.

Article and images by Michelle Cuadra

 

 

The Booth Hall Tribute Act Nights: Forever Sabbath & The Youth Within. Where’s The Brummy Accent?

Hereford City Centric sent our local music wordsmith, Gavin Brown, to check out the Black Sabbath tribute act, taking place at The Booth Hall and supported by Herefordshire Punks on the up, The Youth Within. I am going to assume he really enjoyed it by the enthusiasm in his review.

The Booth Hall have launched a series of tribute-themed nights that have included Chili Peppers and Blink 182 tribute acts in the past. Finding myself in a crowd of super pumped Blink 182 fans a couple weekends ago on the night Blink tribute act One Eighty Two played was a pleasant change for me. The truth is, I have always found bands that do covers the most boring of the lot; especially those “pub” bands. Stale beer fragrance comes to mind. There is a difference between cover bands and tribute acts, although I love it when local bands do the occasional cover.

Tribute acts have something to live up to. They study the musicians/performers they are emulating and really have to put in the effort. There is always something distracting about them though, they never ARE the actual band, and I would hate to be a tribute performer knowing everyone is staring at every detail about me in search of the resemblance to the original person they are mimicking; guess that makes them pretty gutsy and confident too.

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March 19th Hereford Art & Photography Exhibition: Two Artists, Two Broken Worlds – Living With War & Celebrity Excess

Iraq Front line Photographer Peter Masters & Poppy Man/Celebrity Portrait Artist Paul Crow will be exhibiting to the public in the fantastic new Skinzophrenic Tattoo Studio on Sunday the 19th of March 2017.

The tattoo studio recently relocated to Aubrey Street and took on a grand new image complete with murals on the ceiling that bring the Sistine Chapel to mind. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am and the artists will be accepting offers and commission requests.

Skinzophrenic Tattoos, 40 Aubrey Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 0BU  

For Inquiries contact 01432 358696

Feature Photo: Left – Peter Masters   Right – Paul Crow 

Peter Master and Paul Crow Art and Photography Exhibition at Skinzophrenic Hereford Sunday March 19th

Read More about Peter Masters Exhibition here https://herefordcitycentric.com/2017/02/18/born-into-war-peter-masters-iraq-frontline-photographry-exhibition-skinzophrenic-hereford/

Read More about Paul Crow’s Exhibition here https://herefordcitycentric.com/2017/02/24/born-into-excess-paul-crow-exhibition-skinzophrenic-tattoos-hereford/

DOGHOUSE: A CONSTANT STATE OF BECOMING

I was fortunate enough to interview Doghouse and receive a stream of thoughts and information that has brought to life an even more fascinating character. Let’s just say I have unearthed some of the mystery that makes him a special part of the festival and live music circuit.

The former front man of Punk Rave band Sicknote, Doghouse will be gracing us the 24th of February at The Booth Hall in Hereford with support from Hardcore Traveller Punk band Reality Attack and local Noise Rock band Wolfcryer. Expect the building to shake with the latter two. Hey why not? You want a good party we will give it to you.

“I would say that my lyrics are a call for action, a condemnation of the status quo. I like to use humour, to elevate the role of the fool and re-affirm his unique position, as someone who can scathingly criticise the powers that be. The only man who can tell the king the truth and get away with it”

Then prepare yourself to be put into the DOGHOUSE where you find your toes and minds tapping. I mean really…our minds will do little cartwheels. In between acts you will get a chance to get your dance on while DJ BDS Last Tree Squad fills the sound waves with some pretty bomb reggae, hip-hop and bass tunes. Will you ever be the same again after this night? We hope not.

We have also been fortunate enough to team up with the ‘No Herefordshire Cull’ Benefit gig on the following Saturday night (February 25th) headlined by Citizen Fish and two other great support acts –Reverend Schneider and The Band of Angels and Owain Price. We are offering a Weekender Special price of £11 for two nights of great live music with a purpose.

The Underground Revolution Hereford Presents Doghouse

THE INTERVIEW

HEREFORD CITY CENTRIC: So tell me a bit about what the name Doghouse represents?

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The Health Food Shop and Coffee Bean Paradise That is The Polish Community’s Hidden Treasure In Hereford

Sometimes when running errands in town I am so rushed I can walk past a shop several times and never notice it was there.  In fact, at times I will walk past a shop for years on end and not notice. This year though I have tried to notice, especially as I run a blog that not only features music and culture but independent businesses.

Shift health food store aubrey street hereford

I often am attracted to window displays and one’s with a lot of effort put into them. A shopping experience should never be mind boggling, it should flow and be easy on the eyes. Hence why places like TK Maxx scare me. So this particular day walking along Aubrey Street up from King Street towards High Town Hereford I was drawn in by a window that wasn’t very well lit or exposed, but I did notice a line of clear canisters that looked like they had coffee beans in them, of course, in I ran as I am a coffee connoisseur or maybe just a coffee guzzler and was greeted by a sort of random health food store. There was a giant desk upon entry and that not very warm fluorescent lighting, but as I approached the shelves I realised I had discovered a jewel!!

 

It is a family run Polish health food store that specialises in various brands of Russian and Eastern European potions, tonics, essential oils, beauty products and all things of similar value you would find in such a shop – but then they also sell a BEAUTIFUL selection of coffee beans and loose leaf teas. I couldn’t believe it was there!

The Polish community has been keeping this gem to themselves. They worked hard, saved up and still don’t have a proper sign, but it is called Shift Store and the address is 26-28 Aubrey Street and is located half a block down from A Rule of Tum and practically across the street from Skinzophrenic Tattoos and Piercings.

Shift health food store aubrey street hereford

They sell Strawberry’s and Cream coffee beans amongst a variety of very interesting flavours I don’t usually see in Hereford. The teas are exotic and sound delicious. They are marked with expiry dates to guarantee they haven’t been sitting there an eternity and are reasonably priced.  So this Christmas pop in and pick up some exotic teas and coffee beans for the Secret Santa at work or just to spoil yourself whenever you please. Try some lovely health products, but most important of all support your local independent retailers.

The Underground Revolution bring you Culture Shock, Atterkop and Alvin and The Angry Barrels with Special Guest Dub DJ’s Last Tree Squad TONIGHT!!!!

Thursday 1 December @The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW.  $8 Entry and £5 with N.U.S card.  Join us for a night of Ska and Punk Beast legends. 

 

The Underground Revolution present Culture Shock Dec 1 2016 at the booth hall hereford

Visiting The Wild Places with Under a Banner

Under A Banner, whose nucleus is the West Midlands, and whose CV includes supporting New Model Army, have released a new highly-listenable album titled  ‘The Wild Places’. On the Under a Banner bill for 2017, is a tour supporting Headsticks. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to check them out.

Under a Banner have a following of almost 58,000 music lovin’ humans on Twitter! Wow! Their ebullient sounds are a fusion of alternative and folk, mixed in with Adam’s ‘Big’ vocals that feel like a wave gently rolling in from the sea that suddenly catches you by surprise and knocks you over. Don’t worry no need for a sale on crutches..it is only a figure of speech.

I decided to dig deep into the matter that makes up Adam Broadhurst’s mind and ride the Under a Banner wavelength.

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*COMPETITION GIVEAWAY* Win a LIMITED EDITION Design RAMONAS T-Shirt.

GABBA GABBA HEY!  Purchase tickets HERE for the Wild Hare Club/Underground Revolution ‘Punky Reggae Party’ at the Booth Hall located in Hereford’s East Street independent quarter by MONDAY the 29th of September and win a Limited Edition Ramonas T-shirt designed by Beki Warren and screen printed by Nico Demus. Tickets must be purchased by midnight on 29/8/2016 to qualify for the giveaway.

The featured Image will be the design on the T-Shirt. Who wouldn’t want one?  We will also have a limited supply available for sale at the show.

Get ready for a night with the rockin’ ladies from the Ramonas and support acts The Irascibles who are a 3 piece bluesabilly combo from Cardiff mixing blues, rockabilly and township jive in a tendon-taught post-punk mash-up and Reggae Pie, the well-loved Hereford DJ collective will be spinning calypso, ska, rock steady, dancehall and roots until late to anybody who would move their boots!

The Ramonas Play a Punk Reggae Party in Hereford

Wild Hare Club online  http://www.wildhareclub.com/   Also find on Facebook and Twitter

The Underground Revolution on Facebook and Twitter

The Booth Hall online http://theboothhall.co.uk/ Also find on Facebook and Twitter

Upcoming Underground Revolution and Wild Hare Club shows also include:

The Irradiates and Friends at the Booth Hall the 4th of September 2016 

The Wild Hare Club brings The Irradiates to Hereford

 

‘A Crisis of Conscience – 40 Years of Punk’ charity all day festival 24th of September 2016 at The Booth Hall in Hereford supporting Musicians Against Homelessness and The Big Issue Foundation

A Crisis of Conscience - 40 Years of Punk feat TV Smith

Musicians Against Homelessness and The big Issue Foundation A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE 40 YEARS OF PUNK FESTIVAL Hereford

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Hereford’s Underground Revolution meets Ed Heslop, The Charasmatic Frontman From the Knighton Band Of Two, Huckworm

The Underground Revolution Presents Huckworm, John Mason & Shannon Walker on August 4th @ The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. £3 Entry or £2 with N.U.S card.   

The rise of Hereford’s music scene is attracting a new genre of promoters who bring with them a fresh breath of optimism and new talent that is becoming alluring to bands from surrounding counties adding to the diversity of the Herefordshire music scene.

One such band is Huckworm, a duo from Knighton who produce songs that have a unique alternative sound to them inspired by years of playing in other bands, and whose influences are as broad as Hip Hop, Funk and Grunge. To quote the description on their website.

WE ARE HUCKWORM. MIXING SLOW CHUGGY GUITAR AND FUNK DRUMMING WE CAME UP WITH SOMETHING SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. WE COULDN’T REALLY PUT IT INTO A CATEGORY AS IT’S TOO TUNELESS FOR ROCK, AND TOO CHUGGY FOR FUNK. SO WE DECIDED TO CALL IT CHUNK- CHUG AND FUNK”

I had the opportunity to interview one half this funky duo, Ed Heslop, who is a motorbike lovin’, musician kind of dude.   

Knighton Band Huckworm Play the Booth Hall in Hereford 9 August 2016

THE INTERVIEW

Hereford City Centric: Hello Ed, thanks for doing this interview, you come highly recommended by the guys in Freeborn Rising…I like what I have heard so far. On behalf of The Underground Revolution, we are looking forward to putting on Huckworm at The Booth Hall next Thursday (4 August). Can you tell me what Huckworm are about? How long has the band been going?

Ed Heslop: Huckworm is a two piece band that combine slow chuggy guitar and funk drumming, there is no shouting but it has had its Weetabix. We’ve been going for around 9 months and have written over 30 tracks.     

HCC: That is some dedication boys! Is this your first time playing in Hereford? I know the band are based in Knighton.

EH: I’ve played Hereford a couple of times with different bands. They were both heavy rock/metal bands playing our own original music, so the kind of genre that appeals to a smaller crowd I guess. I like to think of Huckworm more along the ‘Royal Blood‘ road, slightly more commercial but still capable of offending granny’s.

HCC: What is the music scene like in Knighton? Any local bands you would like to give a mention to?

EH: The music scene in Knighton used to be sick! We had a lot of live music going on every weekend, but lately it’s become more DJ orientated (sad face). When we do get a decent band on it is always a night to remember. I have crowd surfed around the pubs whilst attempting to sing, people launch off tables, etc. You get the idea.

HCC: What are some of the musical influences that inspire the Huckworm sound?

EH: Our Influences are quite broad. For example, I love rock, classic rock, grunge, blues, jazz, hip hop and rap, and my drummer (John Beavan) is a funk freak. If I started naming artist’s you’d be asleep.

HCC: Tell me a bit about your previous musical experience? (previous bands etc..)

EH: I was the singer in a heavy metal band called Leech. I got tired of playing venue’s that didn’t appreciate the heavy stuff, so I started a slightly lighter project called Kaytown that did covers and originals. The music was still pretty angry, just more commercial. It was a massive success. We would pack out small pubs, but sadly artistic differences happened and it became more like work than fun and slowly ground to a halt.

HCC: If you had to listen to only 3 albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?

 

Pearl Jam Ten Vinyl - Huckworm

EH:

  1. Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ has to be one of the best albums ever written.
  2. Rage Against the Machine’s first album
  3. Maybe The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but seriously man 3?  C’mon you could never choose!

HCC: ‘Ten’ is definitely one of my top album choices to date. What does the future hold for Huckworm?

EH: The future for the ‘worm is definitely getting the keys to Hugh Hefners gaff (actual chuckle), but nah seriously, I’m teaching my brother bass at the moment so we may turn in to a 3 piece at some point. I used to dream about making the big time, but now I just appreciate being able to play music with my mates and taking any opportunity to do just that so thanks for the gig guys.

HCC: Hey no problem, glad to have you guys.  I am sure it is going to be an epic night. See you soon.

Find Huckworm on Facebook

The Huckworm website http://www.huckworm.com/

Feature image taken off of Ed Heslop’s Facebook

Huckworm, John Mason, Shannon Walker at The Booth Hall Hereford

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Hereford Antiques Centre & Lizzie May Vintage. Not on the High Street, Thank God For That!

“Instantly I was drawn in by an old porcelain doll tucked away in a glass cabinet, then a beautiful rocking horse; the treasures began to unfold”

Herefeord Antique Centre, Vintage Porcelain Baby doll and collectable coins

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