When ‘The Big Book of Worcester Who’s Who’ is written (you never know, it might one day) I hope the authors will find it in their hearts to include the following as a lasting reminder of a small town boy who dared to dream.
“In 2007 I had a dream. A dream that would bring musicians, venues, music lovers and the general public together in a festival of love, appreciation and enjoyment of live music whilst helping those less fortunate than ourselves. This dream was a dream I dreamt and foolishly tried to make it reality. And a reality it became, born with the co-operation of like-minded people my dream was fulfilled and I could live my life knowing that I had achieved something, and I saw that it was good.”
That is what I hope they’ll print.
In reality I probably won’t get a mention or possibly, if I’m lucky, they’ll write
“Chris Bennion, nice guy, put on a few gigs, called it Worcester Music Festival and then gave up.”
I was asked recently, by a nice old lady if I could book some live music for a local event. “What’s the budget?” I asked. The woman looked at me like I’d molested her pet parrot. Confused, worried and a little shocked she said “It’s a community event.”
Still looking at me like that had answered my question she continued “It’s to raise money for the local parish. There’ll be hundreds of people there.”
“So there’s no fee?”
“I’m sure we can offer them a cream cake and as much tea and coffee they want.”
I have put on gigs in a variety of venues in Worcester. The Marrs Bar, Drummonds, Keystones, Coach and Horses, St Swithuns Church, Cap n Gown, Boston Tea Party, The Pheasant, Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester Arts Workshop, Eagle Vaults, Tudor House Museum …. (jeez, that’s a lot of venues. I’d forgotten about a lot of these until writing this list.) Read the rest of this entry »
Well, that was a blast from the past. The last time I saw Grannies Attic was in July 2012. It was actaully at a NJS gig – the last ever Acoustic Lunch at The Old Rectifying House. Granny’s Attic were near the bottom of the bill below country music act The Cowley Cowboys, Folk/Americana duo The May Dolls (featuring the awesome Tyler Massey) , and local blues legend Bob Jones (first on was Wolvo indie acoustic guitarist Zim Zim if I remember right.). There were only two of them back then but even at that young age (they were probably still at school) you could tell that they were an act to watch.
Now they are a three piece, mandolin/fiddle, guitar, and accordion/squeezeboxes, and man, are they talented? In those four years they have matured, their vocals are perfect for the style of music they choose to play, and it seems a rare thing for a group this young to have such a passion for folk music.
They are unbelievably tight and their musicianship is that of seasoned professionals, but I suppose given the fact that they have been performing on the live scene since they were kids, they probably are seasoned.
Yesterday I was invited down to the Worcester Arts Workshop to take part in a discussion / brain storming session.
Worcester Arts Workshop?! Where’s that?
Despite being open for over 40 years there are still many people living in Worcester that do not know it exists.
In its hey day in the 70s and 80s it was a thriving community hub of dance, music, art, discussion and craft. It had a little ‘organisational hiatus’ a while back but now it’s back.
Well that was a pretty fantastic afternoon of live music. It may have been cold but it was dry and the courtyard of the Worcester Arts Workshop was packed with people keen to welcome back the new season of Lazy Sundays.
For those of you who don’t know, Lazy Sunday is a monthly live music event organised by Amanda and Eloina at Cafe Bliss. Running during the warmer months, normally April to September it takes place outside in the courtyard. They seem to get some amazing acts from all over the country and this month (April) was no exception. Read the rest of this entry »