Hereford’s Top Funk, Punk, Jazz, Folk, DJ, Rock & Psychedelic Live Music Events This Easter Bank Holiday

Starting Good Friday through to the following Monday after Easter Sunday, Hereford city centre will be buzzing with live music spread throughout Hereford’s different city quarters each night of the Easter Bank Holiday. Gather up your friends, partners or have a wander on your own and make new friends – they say there is no place like home.

Happy Easter from Hereford City Centric!

Good Friday, April 14

Live Music Good Friday Hereford The Firefly

DJ Ally and Dr Nico Demus Puffalot will take you to warmer shores with their selection of Funky Latin Jazz and Calypso. The Firefly has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a grand selection of craft ales, beers and ciders, as well as, refreshing cocktails. I say a spiced rum is in tall order.

See Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1793498100977786/

Live Music Good Friday, Easter weekend Hereford, de koffie pot

De Koffie Pot Free Live Music Friday’s always host beautiful nights in the Dutch-inspired coach house set next to the River Wye. The perfect location to take in the river’s abounding spirit.

Climb the staircase to the first floor and follow the glow of the candles for an illuminated evening of gypsy swing, bluegrass, ragtime folk roots and more.

See Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/395904327440938/

Saturday, April 15th

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Alternative, Indie and rock promoter Hey Little Monster and Hereford’s 3-piece Psychedelic Blues band Raptor bring us a super-charged night of Psychedelic Blues and Rock in Hereford’s popular live music venue The Booth Hall on East Street. Three amazing bands for £4 only!

See Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1841631616089688/

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A solo show by accomplished singer-songwriter Chris Quinn who has been garnering highly favourable reviews for his debut solo album, across the divide and much radio airplay including from Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe.

His music is a fusion of Celtic, Folk, Bluegrass and Delta Blues. This event is hosted by The Wild Hare Club at the extremely poetic De Koffie Pot. £10 entry.

See Facebook Event  https://www.facebook.com/events/204934786661083/

Live Music Hereford, easter weekend, speakeasy

This event can only be described as a music experience. The HCA inSTALL8 Fine Art students bring you a fusion of psychedelic jazz and folk bands for an avant-garde evening on the water. The money raised will go towards raising funds for their dream exhibition in London.

The Speakeasy is located in the Left Bank which is also set on the beautiful River Wye. £5 entry.

See Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/433196273694190/

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Mr Morris and The Low End will be spinning dapjam hip hop, funk and rare grooves. It’s all about the jams. Join them and bring friends to the Firefly on King Street. Free Entry.

 Easter Sunday, April 16th

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After you take the kids on their Easter egg hunts and have had your enormously indulgent meal, you will want to get some fresh air and be thankful it’s all over (please leave the dishes for another day).

DJ jus’jay & Rich will be playing family friendly music from their seasonal vinyl collection. Enjoy a pint and take in the river at De Koffie pot from 2pm Easter Sunday.

 

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For the more daring and adventurous souls who have now left Easter behind and care only for the free time off of work and university, The Underground Revolution host local punk band Teddy’s Leg’s hometown tour gig at The Booth Hall. They bring with them 2 similar lively bands.

Right about 8pm when doors open you will be thankful the dysfunctional family dinner is over. Just don’t blame them if you wake up hugging the chocolate Easter egg your nan gave you. £4 entry.

See Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1959344717630084/

 

Monday, April 17

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With the real world awaiting many on the other side of Monday, it is time to gather the last bit of strength and enjoy a final wonderful evening brought to you by De Koffie Pot.

The Medlars will be performing their politically-charged fusion folk. Likely to be a stimulating experience. They also bring support. £5 entry.

See Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/377910629269070/

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Sounds From the Sofa: Chillin’ With Hereford’s Psychedelic Blues Boys Raptor

Local Psychedelic Blues band Raptor joined me on the sofa for a bit of banter in Hereford’s latest thriving music venue on East Street where they will also be performing April 15th.

Sounds from the Sofa, The Booth Hall Hereford, Raptor

…we are good mates and spend a lot of time together drinking cans, playing Space Invaders on our Playstation 2 and listening to records. Also making music and avoiding politics! 

Hereford Indie/Alternative music promoter Hey Little Monster and Raptor are putting on a good and groovy show for you at The Booth Hall featuring two Psychedelic Blues bands: Hereford boys Raptor and As Mamas from Worcester, and also Welsh rock band New Revival who formed in 2015 and have had plenty of national radio play. It’s like a magic carpet ride with a pint in hand. See the Facebook event HERE.

The nights are getting warmer and yes, the living is getting easier (III knooow…I nicked that from the song), and this lineup is just right for a bit of letting your hair down with friends during the Easter Break. I figured I should catch Raptor before they shuttle off to Bristol where they reside now and sit them on the sofa. It has been a year since I interviewed them at the first Hereford Rocks and I wanted to know how things changed over the span of a year for the two brothers who make up the original members of Raptor.  Read Hereford Rocks Raptor interview HERE

THE INTERVIEW

Sounds from the Sofa, The Booth Hall Hereford, Raptor

 

KURT FLETCHER – guitar and vocals

ADAM FLETCHER – drums

LOU HOPCUTT – Bass

Herford City Centric: So let’s dive right into the nitty-gritty guys, what has changed about Raptor over a year? Any new members?

Raptor: Yes! We have a new bassist Lou Hopcutt.

HCC: Well Lou definitely has the Raptor look, tall and long hair with lots of gorgeous curls. Has the style of music you are playing changed or gone in a different direction? Has living in Bristol influenced your music? 

Raptor: We are working more on our psychedelic side and taking the time to expand on our ideas more intricately. Doing our music course has taught us how to be more efficient, well-rounded and doing gigs helps us put what we learn into practice.  Also, being around the Bristol music scene where something new is happening every week keeps our minds fresh and inspires our work ethic.

Find Raptors first EP on ITunes HERE

Sounds from the Sofa, The Booth Hall Hereford, Raptor

HCC: Sounds like a win-win situation. How does the Bristol and Hereford music scene compare? 

Adam: The Hereford music scene is thriving at the moment, but the difference is Bristol has a larger population and is more widespead than Hereford, so more venues and opportunities, but it’s the people and the venue that make the experience where ever you gig.

HCC: I see your point. Do all 3 of you live in Bristol? 

Raptor: We do. It makes things a lot easier besides we are good mates and spend a lot of time together drinking cans, playing Space Invaders on our Playstation 2 and listening to records. Also making music and avoiding politics!

HCC: Oh boy, Space Invaders! Love that game! Do you long for Hereford though?

Kurt: We miss the people and wish we could just transport all our friends over to Bristol.

Lou: I miss the trees.

Adam: It is pretty noisy in Bristol. We grew up near Leominster so there wasn’t a lot of noise pollution which I appreciate now.

HCC: I seriously understand how you all feel, it is always nice to have Hereford to come back to. Are you guys self-sufficient in the kitchen now that you live on your own and what is your favourite kind of food?

Lou: I am a standard steak and chips kind of guy.

Kurt: I am a pretty decent cook and love a good Thai Green Curry. Adam isn’t handy in the kitchen but makes a mess like he has been in there cooking.

HCC: Ha! That is funny. I know who’s doorbell I will be ringing next time I am in Bristol. Back to music, is there a new album in the works? New songs? 

Raptor: We are about to go into the studio and hope to be done recording 8 or 9 songs by the summer. We will be playing 3 of our new songs at the Hey Little Monster gig on April 15th, so come along and check us out.

Sounds from the Sofa, The Booth Hall Hereford, Raptor
Sounds from the Sofa, The Booth Hall Hereford, Raptor

HCC: Nice! Any festivals lined up this year?

Kurt: So far we are playing Down on the Farm in August which is exciting. I have been going to Down on the Farm since the beginning. It is a fantastic festival that is perfect for Hereford. We are playing on the Saturday night just before the headliner.

HCC: It is such an affordable festival that has a great mix of local and national bands. Rich Lovell will be happy to know you have been supporting DOTF since the beginning – he puts a lot of effort into making the music happen on the main stage. Everyone does a brilliant job including Kirsty Morris (Hey Little Monster) who puts together the acoustic acts. 

Soo tell me…what is your favourite alcoholic beverage?

Adam: Single Malt Whiskey (oooh)

Lou: Stella or just any lager I can afford that day. (guess that is why they call it “cans”)

Kurt: Lou drinks his lager out of a gravy boat. Newcastle or Goblin for me.

HCC: Beer with a Bisto undernote…not so sure. Kurt you are an artist as well. Do you design the merchandise and branding for Raptor?

Kurt: I do and I designed the shirt Lou is wearing. I have used marble art in the past as well for a more psychedelic effect.

 

Sounds from the Sofa, The Booth Hall Hereford, Raptor

HCC: Handy! Look forward to seeing your new album cover as well as listening to it now. It has been really fun having you guys. The last question is, I also noticed you all have really fun shoes on but none are quite the same…what’s the story?

 

Kurt: I like anything pointy

Adam: I can’t really do pointy shoes when I am doing the drums. Anything 60’s style when it comes to shoes.

Lou: Trainers! Addidas Trainers!

HCC: Thanks so much to Raptor for joining me on the music sofa (such lovely and talented dudes), The Booth Hall for hosting the ‘Sounds From The Sofa’ interviews, the bar staff for carrying the heavy sofa on and off stage for me and Grace Biddlecombe for being my lovely sidekick photographer.  

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Photography by Grace Biddlecombe

 

 

 

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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Hereford Dead – Make Sure You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Hereford Dead presents: Vision Quest, Fetus Christ, New Cowboy Builders, Black Boxes, and Brunel: Booth Hall, Tuesday 18th October

“There was something of The Fall in there. The uncompromising angularity of the guitar and perhaps the vocal delivery too, which despite not being Mancunian, has a certain confident disarray of inflection.”

I’m probably not the right person to write this article. I saw a tshirt with a Nirvana smiley that had been changed into a drugged out cat and asked what it said. It said ’52Hz’ which is a name of a band apparently. I don’t know any new rock bands. I listen mostly to folk music now. This evening I’ve been listening to the new Leonard Cohen album (R.I.P). I used to listen to louder music a lot, but any of my frames of reference predate 1999, when I used to hear Steve Lamacq before the John Peel show and buy alternative CDs from Magpie and go to punk nights at the Jailhouse. Now I listen to Radio 6, which despite any cool credentials it seems to have acquired, is about as challenging as magnolia on the whole. The paint, not the film.

The other reason I’m not the right person to write this article is I wasn’t even there for half of it. By the time I got through the door Fetus Christ had finished playing, and I totally missed Vision Quest because I was stuffing myself with a beef burger that had macaroni cheese in it at The Beefy Boys. You might not believe it but I had been looking forward to this night for about a month. I’ve seen Fetus Christ before a number of times, and their energy and intensity drags me out of my mental quicksand like a well-aimed branch handed by an unusually angry man without a shirt on. It’s visceral and authentic.

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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”

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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The Underground Revolution presents Friday 13th Dark Entries Night @The Booth Hall, Hereford. A Guide For Beginners.

A couple of lost souls have approached me recently and asked, “What is the Dark Entries Friday the 13th night all about at The Booth Hall?”   I began my replies with “Well you don’t want to miss it”  But here is a more comprehensive explanation. It’s underground, alternative, dance, with a touch of industrial, goth post punk edgy, delirium infused tunes that push the boundaries of your inner freak, poetic, music loving, uncontrollably exuberant, morbid but totally pleasant and sexy self.  Do you get it now?  I really hope so because this kind of night doesn’t happen everyday and may not happen again….so be there!

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