Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Blogs this week

The blogs this week are likely to be fewer than usual as your Editor is travelling and updating the site may be more difficult than normal.

You can check the daily gigs in the West Dorset & South Somerset by going to http://www.suit-boot.co.uk/yeovil-gig-diaryapr06.pdf

The May edition of the magazine should (fingers crossed!!) be out this wekend.

The Editor

Female singer wanted!

David Farrance of Soul Solutions has been in touch with the message below.

Female singer required 21/35, Must have previous experience, will need to be able harmonise and also sing lead on some songs, be available for gigs immediately and expect a late night now and then. Soul Solution is committed to excellence for its customers, have you got what it takes to join.

Call David on 07725 810178 or email david@soulsolution.freeserve.co.uk. Check out our website www.soulsolution.biz

The Editor

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Are you up for a charity gig in July?

Ian Uren of the acoustic guitar duo The Jongleurs is organising a charity event on the 22nd July this year at 'The Coach & Horses Inn' in Corscombe for the 'Macmillan Unit', (cancer relief).

The band are looking for two other bands to help them out and play at this event. Ideally they would like one to be a Jazz band and the other to be an Irish folk/rock band.

If you feel that your band has something to offer for this event then please get in touch with Ian directly. His email address is iancuren at hotmail.com (replace 'at' with the @ symbol)

At the moment they have 'The Rhythm Junkies', themselves and a disco on board but they do need two more bands to fill the day, to make it a rip roaring success.

The event will start at 12 noon and run until 12pm.

The Editor

Advance notice for Elvis fans

Elvis Tribute Night
There will be an Elvis tribute night, sing-a-long and dance on the 13th May at Keinton Mandeville village hall.

It starts at 8pm and runs through until midnight. Along with the music there will be a HOG ROAST and you can bring yer own beer. (we presume there is no bar)

This is a ticketed event and the tickets cost £7.50 including the HOG ROAST. They are available from Keinton Bakery. Telephone 01458 223283.

The Editor

Even more Crewkerne music!

A. J., the landlord of the Swan in Crewkerne and Mike Shaw have got together to start up a fortnightly Sunday afternoon Jam Session commencing, on April 23rd 2006. (This will be subject to the venue having completed sound proofing measures, as mentioned in the
March issue of Suited and Booted.)

They hope to start at 3:00pm and will be winding up by approx. 5:30pm,(definitely no later than 6:00!!). These sessions will then be run every alternate Sunday.(God, good health, the weather and whatever else??), permitting.

They would like to get as many people as possible interested in coming along to join in, especially performers of all and any genre/level, ( bring your own instruments).

There will be P.A. and mic's provided and a core of resident musicians if backing is required.

But this WILL be an "open mic/jam session". The success of this event will of course depend on the support given.

If you require any further information or have any queries then Mike can be contacted by emailing metamick@mail.adsl4less.com

The Editor

More music in Crewkerne

Mike Shaw has been in touch to say that he is running an "open mic" night at
Oscar's Wine Bar every Sunday evening.

These sessions will take place from 8:00pm until closing time and will hopefully run in a similar way to the well known Jam sessions held at the Antelope in Crewkerne on

It appears that Crewkerne is no longer the music wilderness it had become.
All are welcome, especially any fellow musicians, so come on down to Oscars for a sing along.

The Editor

Not Rock or Folk or Blues or Jazz...but it could be.

That headline is how The Boys From Melbourne Street describe their music.

The Boy From Melbourne Street will be performing at Milverton Music Festival on 1st May 2006 around 1pm promoting their second CD "Carpe Diem".

10 super new tracks recorded at Beatski Studios Devon as a follow on from thier sucessful debut album "Songs From The Heart"

They will also be playing at Milverton Music Club on 5th May as a special guest spot, if you are in Exeter you can catch The Boys From Melbourne Street doing a 90 min session of original material at The Globe Inn , Clifton Street Exeter on 10th May starting around 9pm.

For further info, gig list, buy CD downloads etc and more about the band please contact them at www.theboysfrommelbournestreet.com

The Editor

Sparkford to get more!

The CountryMusic Night held recently at the Sparkford Inn looks set to become a monthly event!

The first Country Music Night at Sparkford Inn was so popular, that the organiser Mike Nunnerley, is planning to run it on a monthly basis.

There are also plans to include an extra live music night each month, the actual format of which is still to be decided.

Good news if you live in or around Sparkford!

The Editor

Jazz in Sherborne this Saturday

Theo Travis Quartet plays at the Plume on 22nd April

We had this message from Sherborne Jazz.

The superb season of contemporary and modern jazz at sherborne jazz continues on Saturday 22nd April at 8:00pm at The Plume of Feathers with a performance by the highly talented saxophonist and flautist, Theo Travis.

Theo inspired the sherbornejazz audience when he played here last season with John Etheridge. He's a firm favourite in London's jazz scene and can be heard regularly at the capital’s premier jazz hot spots, and we are very lucky to have tempted him west for a night of top grade jazz at sherbornejazz .

Theo will be complimented by Andy Hague’s Bristol-based trio with Jim Blomfield piano, Dave Goodier double bass, and Andy Hague on drums.

Please note our new telephone number for enquiries and bookings: 07980 122880

Theo has made a name for himself for his soulful playing style and fine compositions and, whilst jazz is undoubtedly where he feels most at home, but his musical experience has benefited widely from forays in to both the world of classical music and into rock. Theo studied classical music at Manchester University and, in 1999 joined the legendary rock group Gong, with whom he toured world-wide and co-wrote the album Zero to Infinity.

The list of musicians with whom Theo has played alongside reads like a who’s who of British jazz, with stints along side Jim Mullen, Slim Gaillard, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Tony Coe, to name but a few. Plaudits have included nomination for ‘rising star’ at the 1996 and 1998 British Jazz Awards, and praise as being “one of the very best young tenor players of this or any jazz generation in Britain” by trumpeter and presenter Digby Fairweather.

In July 1994, Theo appeared on a one-hour interview on New York radio station WKCR-FM. He was also commissioned to write new music for the 1926 Hitchcock silent film The Lodger which was performed live in September 1996 as part of the Derby Metro's 100 Years of Cinema Festival. Theo was acknowledged by Penguin author Nicholas Royle as one of the inspirations behind his novel Saxophone Dreams.

Entrance is £12 for non-members, £10 for members and £7 for students (with ID) and accompanied under 18’s. Please pay on the door.For further information visit www.sherbornejazz.org.uk or call 07980 122880. See also www.theotravis.comDoors open at 8.00pm with the music starting around 8.30pm - 8:45pm.

The Editor

Party In The Park-Advance Notice

With no Glasto Fest this year to attend, some of you may be feeling at loss for what to do. The Wheatsheaf pub in South Petherton may have the answer with their "Party In The Park" to be held on Saturday 10th June.

This annual event is a one night 2 band concert with disco, Pork Roast and Grand Draw.

It raises money for the Wheatsheaf Carnival Float hence the £4 (pre-booked) and £5 on the gate Admission Fee.

Tickets available now. Two Great Bands CRAZY 88 and HAND F8 will be playuing on stage, This is the 4th event and will be great fun!

The Editor

Sunday, April 16, 2006

A deadline reminder-Monday 17th April

Tomorrow is Bank Holiday Monday but it is also deadline day for the May edition of Suited and Booted.

We want to know about your events and gigs happening in May. You tell us and we tell everyone else!

Advertising for the May edition should also be booked by Monday 17th (even if the artwork is not yet finalised).

So email us at suit_boot@yahoo.co.uk and tell what you have going on!

The Editor

Live events on Easter Sunday

Happy Easter!
We hope you enjoy your own particular Easter festivities.

Ancient Easter Bun
A pensioner told how she kept a 107-year-old hot cross bun in a box in her home.
The bun - made in 1899 - has been handed down through the generations of Margaret Haste's family.

Mrs Haste, 87, a retired teacher, of Nacton, Suffolk, said the bun was kept as a reminder of her mother's sister, who died aged 13 in 1899. "My mother's sister was ill and died shortly after the bun was delivered to her home," said Mrs Haste.

Events on Sunday 16th in South Somerset & West Dorset
Lou-D @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Storm (Air Ambulance Charity Gig) @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Tim Bromfield @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Vinyl Monkeys @ Tanners, Bridport
Mid Life Crisis @ Harry's Bar
Loose Change @ Prince of Wales, Ham Hill
Jam Session with Mutter Slater (4pm) @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Brendon's '80s Tribute @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard

Events on Sunday 16th in Taunton & Bridgwater
Jim Reynolds @ The Old Market, Bridgwater
Spoon Thieves @ The Firestone, Taunton

Have a great weekend.

The Editor

Tell your holiday horror story!

Theatre production needs holiday makers’ stories
Bristol based, Ministry of Entertainment is looking for local people and holiday makers to help with its next production – Mrs Gerrish’s Guesthouse. The show will premiere later this season at The Tobacco Factory.

Set in the 1950’s, true stories and personal experiences will form the basis of the show, with tales from front-line holiday-makers and veteran landladies of that Great British institution the sea side guest house.

The Ministry would love to hear stories from any age group who have experienced the joys and trials of a family beach holiday anywhere in Britain, but in particular in Weston super Mare.

Stories can be emailed to info@ministryofentertainment.co.uk or posted to MoE, c/o The Tobacco Factory, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol or Kate McNabb can be contacted directly on 0117 973 3223.

The Ministry of Entertainment is well known for its hugely popular wartime trilogy of Doodlebugs and Bogeymen, Yes We Have No Bananas, and Keep Smiling Through, all set in and around Bristol.

Formed seven years ago by four ex-Bristol Old Vic Company members including Kate McNab and Ross Harvey, The Ministry has been touring continuously, with the trilogy always a sell out.

For further information contact:

Kate McNab
Tel: 0117 973 3223
Email: info@ministryofenterntainment.co.uk
Web www.ministryofentertainment.co.uk

The Editor

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thursday-4 days till deadline

The deadline for the May edition of Suited and Booted is just 4 days away!
Before you jet off for that well deserved Easter break make sure you send us your gig and event information for May by Monday.

Send you event information to suit_boot@yahoo.co.uk.

Do it now before the holiday-itis sets in!

Spud Gun
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A man in central Sweden was convicted of shooting potatoes from an apartment window with a home-made gun, Swedish press reported.

A court in Falun, central Sweden, fined him 80 days' earnings for firearms offences.
In August 2005, inspired by seeing a potato thrower on television, the 25-year-old man bought parts for the gun in a local supermarket, Soedra Dalarnes Tidning wrote.

The man and a group of friends met in a flat in Bojsenburg, in the heart of Sweden, loaded the weapon with potatoes and began firing from the balcony into the car park below, the paper Wednesday.

Authorities confiscated his gun as well as two sacks of potatoes found in the apartment.
Police tests showed the tuber cannon had a more potent firing power than a revolver.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Tom Toomey @ No.10, Bridport
Adam Bomb @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill

Adan Bomb having some problems with his guitar. Hopefully the flames will be out by the time he play tonight!

Barry Paull as Elvis @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
14by3 - Last of the Summer Wine @ David Hall Arts Centre, S.Petherton
The Repercussion @ White Horse, Wincanton
Sea Trees @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
Breathless @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater
Open Mic Night @ The Firsetone, Taunton
Seth Lakeman @ The Palace, Bridgwater

Have a fun day.

The Editor

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Deadline Reminder- only 4 days till deadline

A quick reminder that the deadline for the May edition of Suited and Booted is Monday 17th April. (just 4 days away!). This is a hard cut off point because of shorter than normal production cycles.

Make sure that you book your advert, send us your gigs and events by Monday 17th April!

The Editor

New music venue in Crewkerne?

We had this email come in from the Landlord at the White Hart in Crewkerne. It seems he's interested in putting on live music but there may be a catch. Read on for more information.

Hi my name is Craig and me and my partner Kayte run the WHITE HART public house on East Street Crewkerne . We have a fully operating function room with its own bar ,(holds 80 people) at the back at the pub . I'm quite intrested to bring some live music entertainment to Crewkerne .

I've managed a live music venue before ( THE CARTOON West croydon ) so I know a little.

What I'm looking for are performers or bands that are going to promote themselves .

I've found that if perfomers or bands are good enough they'll get the people to turn up .They take the money on the door , I take the bar take . It's quite easy really.

I'm intrested in most kinds of music and I'll give most things a go.
If anyone is intrested please could they contact me via this E mail address or phone 01460 74153 or pop in to see me . Thanks.

Craig's email address is ben0zac@btinternet
dot com (replace the word dot with a .)

The Editor

Wednesday: Salad dressing & music

Tempted by salads? (complete with frog!)
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian woman came close to tasting more French cuisine than she cared for after finding a dead frog in a pre-mixed supermarket salad.

Julie Lumber found the unwanted ingredient in her Caesar salad "with the works" when preparing for a barbecue at home with friends, the Australian Associated Press reported.
"I opened up the bag and the frog fell out on the side of the plate," Lumber said.

"I just went 'oh my god' and then we had a laugh about it. I couldn't stomach French food with the frogs legs and snails and I wasn't about to try it," Lumber said.

Luckily for the reluctant gourmand, the five-centimetre (two-inch) frog was found before the barbecue got underway, still clinging to a green lettuce leaf with its left leg outstretched.
"There were a few of us in the kitchen -- luckily other people were with me to see it because you wouldn't want people to think you put it in there," she said.

Lumber took a photo of her unusual salad before returning the package, frog and all, to the supermarket in the east coast city of Brisbane, where she "got a full refund".

"I'll make my own salads from now on because at least I can wash the lettuce myself. I love French dressing, I always put it on my salads -- just not that type," she said.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Abba Rival @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil
Julie Dunn (12-2pm lunch meal booking needed) @ Manor Hotel, Yeovil
Julie Dunn Trio @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater
Acoustic Night @ West India House, Taunton
Madness tribute @ Shout!, Taunton

Have fun!

The Editor

Monday, April 10, 2006

Monday and 1 week till May deadline

The deadline for the May edition of Suited and Booted is only one week away! Please get all your event information and advertising to us by the 17th.

Because of the way the production cycle works this month this will be a hard cut off point; there will be no way to squeeze in that 'late' piece!

Events today.
Well being a Monday it's quiet and the only thing we have listed for you is the Open Mic Night @ The Westgate in Taunton.

However that does give us the opportunity to talk about one of the South West's most highly rated festivals that happens in July.

The Larmer Tree Festival gets great review from all those people who attend it and as a consequence tickets usually sell very quickly. The festival is set in the Larmer Tree Gardens near Shaftsbury and Blandford in Dorset.

As the festival web site describes it:

The Larmer Tree Festival is...
Deep in the heart of the remote and beautiful Cranborne Chase, where Victorian gardens come alive with music, workshops and a huge carnival procession, this year on 12th-16th July 2006.
Whilst peacocks parade the grounds, world, folk, roots, blues, jazz, Americana, country and reggae resound from more than 50 bands performing on five stages nestled between Eastern temples and pagodas.

To find out more about this yera's event follow this link.

Chocolate might be good for you shock!
Heart disease patients in the UK could soon be fed dark chocolate to test whether the food has health benefits.

Laboratory experiments have already suggested that some forms of the confectionery could help stop blood clotting and prevent heart attacks.

Now Professor Roger Corder, head of the department of experimental therapeutics at the William Harvey Research Institute, in London, wants to test dark chocolate on 40 patients with cardiovascular disease.

This is not a reason to go on a choco-binge!

Have a great Monday!

The Editor

Friday, April 07, 2006

Friday! Flu, Music & Adultery!

Don't Panic!
If like me you have watched far too much reporting on the so called 'bird flu crisis' (All done with with a real news reader 'at the scene'!) then perhaps we should look at things in perspective.

This 'crisis' consists of one swan in Scotland being diagnosed with the 'deadly' strain of 'bird flu'

Reality check: One swan has died in Scotland.

In 2005, more than half a million people in the UK died of cancer and another half a million lost their lives to heart disease in England and Wales alone.

So why no panic, why no amazing 'public protection campaigns', about that?
Watch out for how the news is fed to you; it is serving somebody's agenda, maybe not yours.
So if you must eat Swan, please make sure it is thoroughly cooked!

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Motel 6 @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Steve Black @ Hardy's, Bridport
Jongleurs @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Mind Bites @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Julian Perkins (harpsichord) & Pippa Goss (soprano) - Mozart @ Meeting House, Ilminster
Flatland Boogie Band @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
MC Lars, TAT, Not Your Heroe & My Vendetta @ Alpine Village Restaurant, Yeovil
Jingo Santana @ Harry's Bar

By Jingo I think they've got it!

Skinful @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater
Scrotes @ The Westgate, Taunton
Live Music @ The Pen & Quill, Taiunton
Milverton Music Club @ Victoria Rooms
Capricorn @ Royal British Legion, Taunton
Alison Jayne @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
Graduates @ Ring Of Bells, St James Street, Taunton
Snappa @ The Greylake Inn
Lucy Lastic Band @ Wellington Arts Centre
Barry Paull as Elvis @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Jive/Rock'n'Roll @ Taunton R'n'R Club
Elvis Collection @ Brewhouse Theatre (until 18th)
I want that hair (play) @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Online adulterers hunted
A website aimed at trapping men who use the internet to commit online adultery has been launched.

Izzy Schumacher, 35, from Ormskirk, Lancashire, came up with the idea for nethim.com after she said she caught her ex-boyfriend cheating on her on an internet dating site.

The site works by trawling chatrooms and dating sites for straying men and is believed to be the first of its kind.

There is no where to hide!

More stuff later

The Editor

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Blues Rock Group Egypt play in Bournemouth

Some news from slightly outside our normal area but we thought you might be interested.

Egypt is a Blues/Rock three piece band formed in 1987. (Based in the UK)

Eric Chipulina - Guitar/VocalsAlan Fish - Bass/VocalsPeter Correa - Drums

All three are former members of legendary Progressive Blues outfit The Groundhogs, appearing in several albums and touring throughout UK and Europe over many years.

Alan's credentials also include playing with members of Welsh HM pioneers Budgie in the band Tredegar, two albums for ex-Bo Diddley harp player Billy Boy Arnold, and a European tour for Chuck Berry among other things.

Egypt will be performing on Thursday 20th April @ Centre Stage Club, 14 Queens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6BE, 01202 540065

In June 2004 they released their third CD Midnight Sun, the first of three planned for Blues Matters Records, and are currently giging & organizing gigs in the UK and Europe.

The Editor

Thursday. Bits & Bobs

We thought there would be more events happening this evening but there are still a few things to tempt you out.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Alias @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Julian Perkins (harpsichord) & Pippa Goss (soprano) - Mozart @ St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis
Dodgy Jammers @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater
Gordan Giltrap @ Bridgwater Arts Centre
Open Mic Night @ The Firestone, Taunton

Blokes-The ladies want you to go to the gym!
Apparently women who become financially independent are interested less in the size of a suitor's wallet than in the size of his belly.

More than 1,800 heterosexual British women aged between 18 and 35 were quizzed about their preferences in men. Women who had money problems rated the financial status of a man as being more important than his looks -- but women who were financially secure gave their preference to physical attractiveness.

The research, conducted by a team from University of St. Andrews, Scotland, is reported this Saturday in New Scientist, the British scientific weekly.

Best slap on the moisturizer boys if you want to hook up with a well off woman!

More news later.

The Editor

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Wednesday 5th April: downloads, music & toilets

A rather unfortunate bout of illness has kept your normally robust Editor away from the Blog site, but now I am back with the latest local music news!

Live events on Wednesday 5th for South Somerset & West Dorset
Traditional Music @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Sweet Dreams @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil
Zoe Schwarz & Rob Koral @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Live events on Wednesday 5th for Taunton & Bridgwater
Comedy Night @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
On English Ground @ Bridgwater Arts Centre
Madonna Tribute @ The Firestone, Taunton

Very Naughty Indeed
LONDON (Reuters) - The British music industry lost more than one billion pounds in the past three years as a result of people illegally filesharing on the Internet rather than paying for music, its trade organisation said on Tuesday.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) released its data as the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the industry globally, launched almost 2,000 cases of legal action in 10 countries in Europe and in Hong Kong.

The British industry lost 414 million pounds last year as a result of illegal swapping of music on the Internet, up from 376 million pounds in 2004. In the three years to 2005, the total loss amounted to 1.1 billion pounds, the BPI said.

Editors Comment
What we want to know is how do they calculate these figures? There have to be some fairly massive assumptions about how many downloads are happening (unless the illegal downloaders just put their hands up to be counted).

The other big assumption is that if these tracks were not downloaded, then people would buy them at full retail. Well we doubt it; fact is if you find a way to get music for 'free' then you are probably going to try listening to some different styles, maybe things you would never buy for example. Just possibly, sharing files in this way actually increases the available market.

We are not condoning illegal downloads but we do wonder how painful this is in reality for the BPI members; who is checking their figures?

Late musician's loo snatched
A toilet belonging to the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia has been stolen from the driveway of a house in Sonoma, California.

It's not known if the toilet was taken by a wayward fan or a thief remodelling a bathroom.

The toilet once stood in the master bathroom of Garcia's house. The singer died in 1995, aged 53. Police say they have no leads (or loo paper).

Booze in space!
Scientists have detected a cloud of alcohol some 288billion miles across; that is a lot of booze! In science terms this is pretty exciting news as it was believed that complex molecules like alcohol could not be formed in deep space.However you could not drink this stuff as it's actually the harmful methanol version of alcohol rather than the ethanol we normally drown our sorrows in. Still if you want your piece of the action just head for a region of our galaxy, the Milky Way, that is called W3(OH).

Booze or not, have a great day

The Editor

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Saturday April 1st- Music and Computer assisted blues

Best look out for April Fools gags today, you don't want to be caught out do you? Biscuits for roads, penguins in the Thames and the door of No. 10 Downing street being replaced with a red one are just some of the gags in today's papers.

Unfortunately we can't tell you about whats happening in the Taunton & Bridgwater area today, we don't have the information loaded yet.

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset today
Dave Vincent as Elvis @ Pen Mill Hotel, Yeovil
Krays @ Westminster, Yeovil
Us and Them (Pink Floyd tribute) @ Finns, Weymouth
Dolmen @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Charlotte Marsden @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
Rue @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Ravens @ Hardy's, Bridport
Rooster @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Lost Boys @ Ship Inn, Chard
Tom Toomey @ King William, Glastonbury
Storm @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil
Fleetwood Bac (trib.) @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Rhythm Junkies @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Design @ Labour Club
Mutter Slater & Phil Rosenberg @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Alias @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Mojo @ Railway Hotel, Blandford Forum
Rob Koral (lunchtime) @ No.10, Bridport

Got the blues?
If you have been having a bad day you might be tempted to pick up the guitar and play the blues but what if your guitar skills are non-existant? This web site has the answer, press the buttons and create your own blues classic; it's great! Click here for more.

Enjoy the day.

The Editor