Month: January 2018

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 16

BY HARRISON FULLER

We are definitely going to the ball!

I have returned from my leave and the sunny but bracing shores of the English Riviera. No rest for the wicked though as it is straight back in the swing of things here at The Broadway.

So far it has been meetings galore as we use January to plan for the coming year and beyond. I have had press, poets, dancers and directors through the door for a chat about hiring the spaces, working with us and moving things forward. Hurrah!

I am writing this just before heading off to another meeting, this time to talk panto 2018 – Oh yes I am! (will it ever end?). Cinderella will be arriving in her stylish coach at The Broadway this coming Christmas and you are all invited to the ball! Tickets will be going on sale soon (it’s never too early!) so do keep an eye out on Facebook and our website. Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH OPAQUE: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

Moony from Opaque gives an insight into the fun-loving folksy collective that has kept us dancing for over a decade…

Performing in the main auditorium at 6:40pm on 13th January…

Opaque has been going for nearly 20 years. I met most of the guys at various parties and festivals and recruited them for the band.

We have been influenced by most types of music but have mainly been influenced by the British festival scene.

Our latest album ‘A Little Belief’ if a mix of gypsy swing, carnival folk music with classic indie electro influences.

We really enjoy playing the Liechtenstein Polka as our ode to the land of Liechtenstein. In particular I enjoy being able to dance around on this one as I do not play guitar.

We just want to enjoy ourselves and make people smile! We mainly appeal to the misfits and the freaks and are very comfortable amongst them.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH DAN THE D: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

We had a lovely chat with local blues rock poetry legend Dan Donovan about what he’s got in store for us…

Greetings Dan! To give us a flavour, if you could compare yourself to any other artists, or could cite any major influences, who or what would they be?

Influences are many. I think consistent references would be Tom Waits, Iggy Pop. I’m currently listening to The Kills, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and
The Dead Weather, they hold a certain left of centre approach to blues and rock which is definitely my bag.

Those artists certainly tie into your dark, alternative-blues kind of stuff. Can you tell us a bit about where you started out, what got you initially interested in playing music? And where are you based now?

Back in the 70’s when I was a teenager all I could access was chart music. The Sweet, T Rex and Alice Cooper would light up my life. In the late 70’s, the Old Grey Whistle test became my go to place to discover more. I remember The Police and Tom Petty doing their first TV performances, great moments for discovery. I’m firmly based geographically in the Fens now; big skies and solitude serve me well.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH SOVIET FILMS: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

We had a word with Pete about what kind of post-metal experience we can expect from Soviet Films…

So how did Soviet Films begin? How long have you all been playing for?

We’ve all been playing our instruments for a long time, but should probably have had some kind of lessons to start with. Soviet Films started out as a three piece about 5 years ago, with Andy joining about 3 years ago to increase power output by 33% (although it feels like a lot more than that).

That’s quite a percentage! And where are you based now?

We are based in Peterborough, although only 25% of us actually live there.

That’s enough to qualify as local, I’m sure! Who would you say has influenced you musically?

We probably all have different influences. Pete (who is writing this) may cite people John Bonham, Neil Peart or Ginger Baker for example, but he’s only fooling himself. One review said that we ‘explore many different avenues’, and we don’t really try to sound like anyone else – probably because we have new favourite bands every week. Constantly up there would be bands like Tool, Mastadon, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Future of the Left…that kind of thing. Antony is currently listening to a lot of Tears for Fears but hopefully it won’t have any impact.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH ICE CREAM HEADACHE: DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Neil to give us the lowdown on Ice Cream Headache, a fantastic alternative/progressive band who perform locally.

PERFORMING IN THE MAIN AUDITORIUM AT 2PM ON 13TH JANUARY…

So what’s the story behind the band name, Neil?

I wanted a kind of ironic name, and we were almost called “Brain Freeze” but I thought that that was a little too MEEEETAAAAL and gave the wrong impression, so it was decided we would be Ice Cream Headache. Which is ironic, because I hate ice cream.

That’s fair enough! How did you guys get together?

We have all previously been in bands before. I was in a similar (albeit more immature) version of what ICH is now – a couple of our songs were demoes that I jammed with a few friends until we found the power trio that we have now. Jules (bass/vocals) and I are based in Peterborough and have been friends and collaborators for over a decade, whilst Glyn (drums and beautiful eyes) is originally from Wales, but based in Royston (“we didn’t burn him!”) Our home is Peterborough, but we rehearse in Wyton just outside Huntingdon – it’s about half way for all of us.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COLLECTIVE BAND – DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

The universe has brought us together and from then two years passed and its all grown organically.

We are a cross genre band and many of our musical influences are from many genres from different eras. Our latest album is called ‘Mixed Personalities’ which was released on the 4th of August 2017. The album consists of two disks of cross genre music, over 30 songs and features from vocalists, producer’s, DJ’s and instrumentalists.
To be able to do what we love for a living would be nice… nothing on a crazy scale though, the main goal is to always enjoy what we do, to try and spread love and positive energy, break down the walls of society and revolutionise the way people think.

We can’t really put our audience into a box or slap a label on them, all the places we have been to in the past two years we have met and had love shown from many backgrounds, cultures and ages.

THE COLLECTIVE BAND WILL BE PERFORMING IN WALTER’S BAR AND EATERY AT 5PM ON 13TH JANUARY. Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH TALLAWAH – DOC MASON MINI FEST 

We love most genres of music but mostly Reggae and Funk. We love both, but Reggae is heartbeat music. It’s like soul food, it keeps you nourished and grounded, but it also makes you reflective and packs a wallop!  It’s three-dimensional music for the discerning listener.

Our guitarist, Jake Clarke has been with us for just about a year now. The rest of us are original members.  He was thrown in at the deep end but has adapted very well. We have been together six years now and it’s been a wild ride.

We released our first EP last year, ‘Live Free’ which included mostly original songs. We are very proud of it and that’s our plan; to keep writing and releasing our original songs. We love to see audiences respond to our original music with alacrity and appreciation. There is no better feeling. Of course we will still do covers, because we always do them in our own inimitable style.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH MOJO SLIDE – DOC MASON MINI FEST

Influences… The Rolling Stones, Oasis, the Verve, BRMC, Cage the Elephant, Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Muddy Waters, Led Zepplin, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

 

Performing in the main auditorium at 19:50 on 13th January 2018

Armed with a handful of half written songs and a well-rounded love for music with drive and passion, lead singer Mark Wilks set upon forming a blues Rock n’ Roll band with the help of drummer Mikey Ireland.

Using joinmyband.com we found Mike Fenna, a classically trained pianist and phenomenal lead guitarist and all-round multi-instrumentalist as well as being a songwriter, Mike is the cornerstone of The Mojo Slide.

Adding Bass Player Marek (later to be replaced by seasoned Rock tornado Danny Savage). Also hunted down via joinmyband was another classically trained viola and mandolin wielding rhythm guitarist and songwriter Matt Legg. With a big taste for alternative rock and 90’s grunge he adds a real unique flavour to their sound.

Currently Mojo Slide are working on their second album where fans can expect blues rock with elements of alt rock, indie, funky rock, grunge, soul and moody country and western!Read More

Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 15

BY HARRISON FULLER

In with the new, with festivals, comedy and jazz

The theatre is looking a little sad this week. Gone is the glitter of the panto set, the bright colourful set pieces and, of course, the elephant. The run came to an end on Sunday, but plans are afoot for panto 2018. Cinderella has already been announced and tickets to the ball will be on sale very soon!

If you are feeling the January blues and are indeed some entertainment, we have music and comedy galore. Supporting local musicians we have a free music festival on 13th January with Doc Mason. Starting at 2.00pm there will music throughout the afternoon and the evening.

For a different style of music, we have Peterborough Jazz Club moving in from 11th February. Their first event will be the music of Dudley Moore. The Jazz Club will be with us each month, bringing in acts of international repute.

For comedy fans we have the return of Funhouse Comedy on 25th January with a three-comedians-for-the-price-of-one event! Bargain. Also, we have the brilliant Trumpageddon, a satire show coming to The Broadway Suite on 1st February. This show was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and is now coming to Peterborough as part of its UK tour.Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH BURNING CODES – DOC MASON MINI FESTIVAL

Paul Archer, the man behind Burning Codes, talks about the emotional journey behind the making of his ongoing musical project…

“Essentially the initial catalyst for these evolutions appears to be the changes and flow of life, art, expression and feeling around us. For example the first album was very much a solo journey and hugely choral and echoic.

“The second album was evolving into more of a collaborative project overall. The one central theme is the importance of the organic feeling of the expression of the human voice.”

“On a personal level I’ve been reaching a bit of a tipping point in terms of the music I’m hearing around me and I really felt a deep and a driven need to express a level of personal struggle, frustration and angst with what appears to me to be a narrowing of expression and genres in popular culture.

“I am ever aware that a plank with strings is no longer considered to be what it once was. Yet no one plays a chord the same. The plank with strings is unpredictable. it is a tool which responds to the players hands, body, feel and emotion and I love this.Read More