Wednesday evenings at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley.
Occasional guests at another Southampton venue
23 Aug 2017
Double Bill: Syd Meats / Bob Long & Lorna Franklin
A set from Syd Meats, Romsey-based poemeister and writer/singer of surreal songs, plus one from Bob Long (guitar, vocals, harmonica) & Lorna Franklin (vocals, kazoo) from New Forest way. John Knowler will MC. 8pm start. £4 on the door
Syd Meats was a regular at the Focsle in its time at the OTSC (1994 – 96), and still turns up periodically. A composer and performer of darkly humorous songs (with several albums to his credit) and poems, he keeps branching out, currently running the monthly "TeaPoet Collective" at Rum's Eg, and being half of "Hampshire's leading panda harmonium duo" [???] Panda-monium. His compellingly off-the-wall songs have been sung on Radio 4 (by Boothby Graffo; et al.?) and visit everything from love (in the metaphor of the bathroom) to Nature in the raw, to travel (When You're In Prague). While well-grounded, he… um, May fly.
A classy acoustic duo, just-married Bob Long and Lorna Franklin specialize in blues, ragtime and jug band music from the 1920s and 1930s...."the old stuff". Repertoire includes Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Noah Lewis, Gus Cannon, The Memphis Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson & Charley Patton. They MAY bring their separate harmonica player, and perform as the Bob Long Trio. Long locally known individually for folk and blues, as a duo they have sung at Focsle singarounds at least once; and Lorna has turned up solo, accompanying her sweet vocals on guitar, a few times before that. http://www.bobalong.co.uk
Focsle Music's first outing at Café Reflections, 25 Shirley High St, SO15 3NL. Find us on the NE side of the street, nr. the Emsworth Rd/Cannon St cross-roads (no longer a traffic junction), glamorously sited between Cash Generator and Ladbrokes! Licenced, plus tea, coffee and [tbc] snacks on sale. Popular, good value café during the day, with an growing programme of evening musical events. The owner is a musician (his band is Johnny the Cat), and the space is lined with music-based images and acoustics-friendly materials, so expect good sound. We expect to finish at 10:30, or 10:45pm.
Masses of on- & off-street parking around Howards Grove, Vincent St, Cannon St and the service roads behind Shirley High St. Access from there is all on the flat. Buses from Romsey, Millbrook, the rest of Shirley, and the City (and beyond: even Thornhill and elsewhere across the Itchen) run until after 11pm. Click for OpenStreetMap Click twice on the Zoom In, to show the café symbol where no. 25 is (the no. is rather faint at the scale it loads).
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