Category: Events

Pete Fij/Terry Bickers – 22.07.17 – In review

Not even the threat of heavy rain could dampen the spirits of Worthing’s music lovers who ventured out to St Paul’s for yet another wonderful evening of beautiful, melancholic songs delivered with passion and skill by a duo who have realised that sometimes it is the spaces in a song that really count.

In an era of talent show tat and quick buck mania, there are still artists who have the chops and the ability to engage with your emotions and lift your spirits.

Tell your friends, St Paul’s is fast becoming a leading venue for such talented songwriters and performers who appreciate the intimate nature of the room and feed on the interaction with the audience.

There was a fantastic turn out to see, former House of Love guitarist Terry Bickers and Adorable vocalist/guitarist Pete Fij debut songs from their new album “We are Millionaires“, in fact within 15 minutes of the doors opening the room was almost full

On the dot of 8pm, Bradley the Busker took the stage, dressed as if he had just strolled off the beach, he opened with the melodic “Headstrong” which reminded me of early Stephen Stills, with a west coast swagger and a killer hook. Bradley is an amazing guitarist and it is hard to believe that is just over a year since he won the Sussex open Mic competition, he writes thoughtful, intelligent songs with a hint of James Taylor and the chordal structure of Susan Vega. Engaging the audience across a half hour set with songs such as “Sisters and Brothers” and an incredible closing instrumental with slaps, harmonics, hammer-on neck runs and doubling melodies, are you listening Ed Sheeran, you don’t need a loop pedal when you have this ability.

After a quick break the lights dimmed and the expectant murmur from the now full room abated, Terry and Pete took the stage, Terry in a Roy Rogers Shirt and Pete in “sopranos chic” with black shirt and cream leather jacket.

Given the acoustic nature of the set the duo chose to perform sitting down, which had the effect of drawing the audience in even closer. Opening with the first track from the new album ” Let’s get lost together” followed by ” Loves going to get you”, the mellow baritone of Pete’s voice, chimed with the sparse and considered runs of Terry’s sublime guitar playing, both haunting and thrilling at the same time.

Engaging with the audience throughout the gig, Pete let slip that in the list of musicians bucket list achievements, he had accepted that he will probably never appear on Top of the Pops (for two good reasons) but that he would love to write a Bond theme, introducing the Barryesque “If the World is all we have”, Pete confessed, that he had once submitted this song as a potential Eurovision entry losing out to Andrew LLoyd Webber. This aching song of love and loss is at once fresh and yet deeply rooted in the 1960’s and conjures up images of the original “Randall and Hopkirk” or “Tales of the unexpected”.

A quick dip into the duos previous album Broken Heart Surgery with the Richard Hawley like “Sound of Love” and the ironic list song “Queen of Stuff” with the great line ” It’s surprising to see how much of a life you can fit, into the back of a van.. with man…” Then back to the new album for the bewitching “Waking up” with a hypnotic guitar line that George Harrison would have been proud to claim and the end of love self-delusion of “Over you”

All through the set, Pete’s haunting vocals are beautifully underscored by the restrain and control of Terry’s guitar, always just on the edge of kicking loose, building the tension, so that when he does let fly it soars across the audience in a spiraling release.

Introducing ” You are the one”, Pete tells us how he met Terry standing in Greggs ” one day there will be a blue plaque there”, and the rest is history as they say.

Just before the closer, “We are Millionaires” the duo tell us that ” Brighton will have to go some to match this Gig” One last thank you and they leave the stage to resounding applause.

After a very short absence from the stage ” they return Pete laughing “It’s odd, encores, you don’t know how long to leave it” and the pair bring the night to an end with a great version of “I fought the Law”

St Paul’s is such a great venue, intimate, welcoming with fantastic sound and a really good bar, if you haven’t been there yet, then why not.

Catch Pete and Terry on their tour and why not have a listen to the new album ” We are Millionaires”, it’s well worth the listen: youtube.com/watch?v=uUNRVXezyOI

 

 

 

 

My Community Matters

St Paul’s Centre Worthing Community Project

VAW has many hundreds of members and many more stakeholders – but none in my humble opinion, quite as beautiful as St Paul’s – run by a team of dedicated volunteers, a local charity called the St Paul’s Centre Worthing Community Project.

I am sure many of you have strong and endearing memories of St Paul’s Church, positioned in the very heart of sunny Worthing, a beautiful Grade II listed building on Chapel Road. My memories are based on attending various church services over the years as a Davison Girl. Now as partnerships manager at Voluntary Action Worthing, each week, I provide a drop-in on a Wednesday between 10.30 and 4pm in St Paul’s which is open to any local, not-for-profit organisation needing support or signposting.

St Paul’s has moved on too and provides a very different space as a vibrant community hub, with a café and bar and an exciting schedule of diverse events and live music, all in a stunning & unique setting. St Paul’s welcomes visitors from all walks of life, a place to relax with friends and family – a truly inter-generational space hosting some amazing art, and even a church service on a Sunday!

You may recall St Paul’s nearly closed a few years ago, but the community rallied round and St Paul’s adopted a new function.

What’s not to like I hear you ask?

Well, the volunteers who run the charity think that it could be even better – for you, the Worthing community.

Earlier this year, Voluntary Action Worthing and St Paul’s agreed to work together in a strategic partnership to identify how the space could be better used and to apply for grant funding to adapt the space based upon the needs of YOU, the local community. A consultation exercise started with the voluntary sector in March, and now it’s your turn to have a voice!

Win a fantastic meal for four at the beautiful St Paul’s by completing our on-line survey today!

To feedback your thoughts, and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize of lunch for four at St Paul’s, complete our short on-line survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JZ88KZZ or pop into St Paul’s and complete a paper survey before 20 August whilst you tuck into some fabulous food…

Julie Hunt, Partnerships Manager

VAW is a local independent charity supporting the local voluntary sector. vaworthing.org.uk/partnerships/

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Getting to know you

This month we feature ESTEEM, a local charity that provides a platform for young people to help themselves.

Why is there a need?

ESTEEM was set up by Val Vizor, Chief Officer Cat’s mum, over 8 years ago to provide a platform for young people aged 14-26 years to help themselves on their journey to achieving employment and their own, true life goals. Volunteer opportunities and projects are designed to challenge participants so they can identify, develop and work towards their goals.

Volunteer Woody, aged 22, says “It gives me a reason, something to do every day, I get up early in the morning to come here. I am now the Office and Project Assistant and help run errands, answer the phone etc. The opportunity has helped me to develop new skills.”

As well as ESTEEM’s twice weekly Drop In on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm, there’s also regular climbing sessions and our mentoring scheme that recruits and trains mentors from the community, matching them with young people to support them in identifying and following their aspirations. We’ve also just launched a new project called Supper Club run in partnership with Southern Housing.

How can people get involved and help your organisation to do more?

We’ve just been awarded Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities grant of over £330,000 over the next 4 years, so it’s a really exciting time to get involved! As a growing organisation with lots going on, we are keen to invite members of the Shoreham and wider Adur and West Sussex communities to get involved.

Volunteering at ESTEEM means you can make a real difference at our charity while learning new skills, making friends and being a valued member of a team. We are also currently looking for Trustees to join the organisation to help lead and shape things during this exciting phase.

Chief Officer, Cat Vizor, says: “It’s a really exciting time here at ESTEEM and we’d love for Shoreham and greater Adur and West Sussex residents to come aboard and join us, whether it be through volunteering, mentoring or becoming a trustee. Come in for a cup of tea and a chat”

If you are interested please either pop in to the Esteem office at the Old School House on Ham Road, Shoreham or email admin@esteem.org.uk to express your interest

Folk in Adur & Folk at St. Paul’s

We at Folk in Adur band are not what you’d call a traditional folkie mob.  However, there’s absolutely no denying the huge influence Sussex has had on the folk tradition.
The obvious reference is to the Copper family, those stalwarts of the East Sussex scene who have been so influential to so many with their close harmony, trad style and their complete devotion to cataloguing and performing a wealth of folk music.
But did you know that we are rich in the heritage of Mummery, folk dance and Morris as well as having claim to such artists as Dolly and Shirley Collins?
Famous song collectors such as WP Merrick and Lucy Broadwood as well as Percy Grainger have sourced material here too.
That’s not to mention the less traditional wing of folkies such as The Levellers and John Martyn, who lived in Sussex during his very formative years and whilst recording his most famous albums.  His track Small Hours begins with sounds from his garden in his Sussex home at daybreak.
LL Lloyd, one of the major players in the second folk revival also heard this music for the first time in Sussex at the age of five and went on to be figurative in its development.
George Butterworth produced ‘Folk Songs of Sussex’ too.
And to be fair this is just the tip of a very large iceberg.  There’s currently a thriving scene in the local area, some modern, some traditional.
We at FIA mix up the trad with the modern; the Americana with the British; the Blues with our own compositions.

If you’d like to know more come and see us at St Pauls supporting the wonderful Tinderbox on July 7th and also on 29th July from 12-2pm at a lunchtime concert

5 questions with Dinara Klinton – Interview Concert this Sunday 4th June

This is what we call an Interview Concert. Have you ever done anything like this anywhere before?

“Not exactly. I did an interview and played some music for half an hour on BBC Radio and I was asked some questions I wasn’t prepared for! That was a bit tough. But it will be fine this time!”

You played here in the 2015 Sussex International Piano Competition, two rounds then the Concertos Final when you played the big Tchaikovsky No 1. Then last autumn again with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra in a concert with Liszt’s Totentanz and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody. You sound well prepared to come to Worthing again!

“Yes, I love it there. In Sussex I’ve also played at the Hastings competition and been down to Chichester University several years ago. With Worthing I very much like the sea – no matter how cold it is!”

You chose the Beethoven ‘Moonlight’ Sonata for this concert. Why?

“Having played it in February at St Martin’s-In-The-Fields on St Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be a very good choice. It balances the Medtner piece I’m playing, Sonata Romantica. I’ve played this Medtner many times and nobody has ever told me they regretted I included it. Audiences here don’t usually know Medtner or the Sonata Romantica, but they find it unexpectedly nice music.”

Now, you’re opening with JS Bach. For a pianist, it can’t be easy to do that . . .

“No, it’s very difficult to play Bach first. You have to be in tremendous control. But sometimes Bach is chosen to start off an historical journey of music through the concert. This isn’t a usual Bach Prelude and Fugue that I’m playing because it’s an organ piece by him transferred to the piano by Busoni about 180 years later. So you hear Bach’s language but with some of Busoni’s notes from a later age, which suggests to you something else.”

Your Liszt CD received exciting reviews last year. How are things developing on your recording front?

The CD recording is appearing on the radio and also in France, which means it’s becoming increasingly famous abroad now. I have recorded for release later this month Chopin’s second Sonata and some other small pieces of his.

That sounds like something we might persuade you to play as an encore on Sunday. See you then – Tickets are still available

Pama International perform the Trojan Records Songbook

JUST ANNOUNCED // PAMA INTERNATIONAL PLAY THE TROJAN RECORDS SONGBOOK

We’re happy to welcome Pama International to St. Paul’s Friday 24 November 2017 – tickets go on sale this Friday at 9:00am

Following the sellout success of Pama International’s Trojan Records club night & UK tour, the band will be returning with their Trojan Records songbook show.  A show that features the greatest hits of the worlds most iconic reggae label reimagined by Pama International.

Since its launch in the summer of 1968, Trojan Records has continually led the way in presenting the very best in classic Jamaican music to fans the world over.
During its early days, the company was instrumental introducing reggae into the mainstream, enjoying no less than 36 major UK hits between 1969 and 1975 and in so doing introducing the likes of Ken Boothe, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff, Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers and Toots & The Maytals to a global audience.
 
In 2006 Pama International became the first new band to sign to Trojan Records in 30 years.  After a 7 year hiatus they returned with a new line up and album – Love & Austerity, which is due out in July 2017 and already picking up global airplay and praise.
 
“premier rocksteady” David Rodigan BBC1xtra
“as ever, their productions & taste are faultless” Craig Charles BBC6music
“they’re right up there with the best soul & reggae bands in the UK”  Chris Hawkins BBC6music
 
Today, as Trojan approaches its 50th anniversary, it continues its long-standing undertaking of presenting only the very best in vintage ska, rock steady and reggae sounds.
 
Come join us for a truly unique celebration of the world’s best-loved and most iconic Jamaican music company and all its fantastic musical legacy

Pete Fij / Terry Bickers

Tickets on sale now

For those of us who still use a calendar, its time to take a big red pen and mark Saturday 22nd July as an event not to be missed.

St Paul’s Worthing is proud to host singer songwriters Pete Fij and Terry Bickers for an evening of stunningly beautiful Acoustic/Alt rock.

Worthing based auteur Pete Fij and Rye based Terry Bickers, the man the NME once called “a guitar god”, have had individually illustrious careers. Once feted and courted by the coolest record labels including Creation, One little Indian, Rough trade, and Cherry Red.

Informed by their life experiences and their well documented travails in the music business, their bittersweet songs have melodies to die for and an almost cinematic emotional resonance, well suited to St Paul’s intimate setting where the band and the audience can see the whites of each others eyes.

Pete Fij who hails from Coventry was a founder member of Adorable, who along with The Verve and Suede became the darlings of what the music press dubbed “New Glam”. Their debut single “Sunshine Smile” was an NME single of the week and successful tours of the USA, Japan and Australia followed.

After the break up of Adorable, Pete formed Polak with his brother Krzys and their album “Swansongs” led the independent on Sunday to call Pete “the most under-rated lyricist since Jarvis Cocker put pen to paper.”

A film studies graduate Fij is also the director of the ‘On Location Film Festival’ in Worthing, which shows films in site-specific locations relevant to the film. He directed the Pete Fij / Terry Bickers’ videos for “Out of Time”, “Downsizing” and “Betty Ford” which was filmed right here on Worthing beach.

What can I say about Terry Bickers that hasn’t already been said, as a member of The House of Love, his psychedelic guitar style inspired a generation, and his volatile relationship with Guy Chadwick led them to be compared to Morrissey/Marr. House of Love set out to fuse the intensity of the Jesus and Mary Chain with the sonics of The Velvet Underground, all wrapped in serious pop sensibilities. The weekly music press adored them with front cover features in both New Musical Express and Melody Maker in the same week and an appearance on the South Bank Show.

Sadly as is often the way, internal tensions and frustrations boiled over and Bickers became frustrated by the apparent commercialisation of the band, and he left to form Levitation a psychedelic rock band whose EP ”Coppelia” was trumpeted by the Melody Maker as “this generation’s Marquee Moon

Since 2004 Bickers and Chadwick have resolved many of their differences and the reformed The House of Love have released two albums on Cherry Red, 2005’s “Days Run Away” and after an 8 year hiatus 2013’s “She Paints Words In Red.”

In 2009 old Creation label mates Pete and Terry came together to explore the dynamics of a new stripped down song writing project. Bringing a “less is more” attitude the pair are guided by the song, letting the mood dictate the structure, to create a palette of bruised, melancholic heartfelt songs that connect with the listener in an almost visceral way. Although the sound is their own, there are points of reference with Bill Callahan, Richard Hawley, Johnny Cash and the confessional tone of Nick Cave’s solo work.

Given the intimate atmosphere of St Pauls, you can expect an evening of passion, drama and sparse melancholic music that is thought provoking and strangely uplifting. Pete’s beautiful tenor voice, underscored by Terry’s aching guitar playing bring all of their past experiences to the table and leave them bare for you to see.

In 2014 and after a successful Kickstarter campaign the duo released their album “Broken Heart Surgery” to critical acclaim, creating a set of “beautifully bruised songs of heartbreak and loss”. The long awaited follow up, ‘We Are Millionaires’, is set to be released July 10th on Broadcast Recording,

The doors open at 7.30 and tickets are going fast, it’s not often you get the chance to experience such beautiful music in a venue that could have been designed to play them in.

Tickets on sale now

 

Synthesize Me – Bleep, Boings and Beautiful Noises: The Entire History of Electronic Music

Ok, cards on the table, a confession, as Todd Rundgren once put it, “I was born to synthesize “, from Hot Chip to chip tune, from OMD to IDM to EDM, from Eno to the Orb, the sheer variety of beats, rhythms and pulses has kept me hooked for years.

So with great anticipation I headed to St Pauls in Worthing on Friday for the return of iconic Club night “Synthesize me” promising an evening of “Bleep, Boings and Beautiful Noises: The Entire History of Electronic Music” and I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed. Brighton’s own Synthesize me has been bringing the noise since 2010 and it only gets better.

Decked out in full party mode with lights, giant mirror ball, balloons and cabaret style tables covered in sweets, St Pauls was ready for DJ Casper Gomez to get things started with a carefully considered vinyl mash-up; resplendent in western villain black cowboy hat his enthusiasm and love of the music soon filled the dance floor

Then we had a short set by Jack Elgar, local polymath, musician, producer, and alumni of Northbrook College, Jack gave us a mix of Electro-Industrial/Agrro-techno fused with ambient textures, think Skinny Puppy crossed with Neu! Unlike his other projects, Ard and Font 21, Jack’s, solo set is just him, in a day glow orange T, hunched over his mixer.

After the Kling/Klang of Jack’s set, Carlo De Ganja’s dub filled mix of lovers rock, reggae and synth-reggae got everyone on their feet, his sound system bouncing beats around the superb acoustics at St Pauls.

Next up was Monzen Nakacho, master of Giallo-Synthwave; imagine Tangerine Dream mixed with Solar Fields and the spirit of Blade Runner.

Monzen debuted three tracks from his eponymous album, opening with “Gulag on Pluto”, its symphonic rich soundscapes swelling and ebbing in hypnotic waves, then “El Carpentiere” no doubt a homage to auteur John Carpenter with echoes of “Dark Star” and the superb stalking rhythms of “Giallo”, for those who don’t know and I didn’t, Giallo is a 20th-century Italian thriller/ horror genre often combined with slasher,/crime fiction and supernatural horror elements, that inspiration is clear in the music. This track manages to evoke a nostalgia for those early schlock movies with a retro futuristic pulsing, sinewy grandeur that is worthy of Orbital.

Casper Gomez returned with a set of 1979 to 1982 electro classics, it was great to hear, Soft cell, Blancmange, Human League and Visage, cue much shuffling and early 80’s dancing.

At last it was time for the headliners; Brighton based Transformer, disco-tronic party starters, think Hot Chip/Scissor Sisters meets Bonzo dog doodah band

This trio, Johny Giles – vox/keys/programming, Craig Doughty – bass/bvs and Stephane Houdrille – drums have been around since 2005 and as a live act know exactly which buttons to push.

They hit the stage in their “frock coats and bibbety bobbity hat”, all feathers and flash, opening with “Down” quickly followed by the electro- funk of “Dragonfly” and “See the level”, prime showmen, we get the works, bass runs, trumpet solos and squiggly keyboards, all with a knowing wink and tongue firmly shoved in cheek.

Frontman Johny Giles introduced new single “Do 4 You” a fusion of their trade mark disco grooves with a driving bass and pulsing synth and chant and an impromptu verse of Happy Birthday.

The band roared through “Invisible” and “Popper”, inviting members of the audience on stage to play percussion for” GVNMNT” and a never to be forgotten forehead keyboard solo, that needs to be seen to be believed. Finally finishing with the Devo-esque throb of “Cinema Car”, most famously performed by the band on the Xmas prom episode of Inbetweeners.

With Johny asking the sound man to turn it UP! and a finger burning bass solo by Craig, they soon had the crowd singing along with the insidiously hooky chorus. The audience needed more and they returned for a high hat and snare driven “Deepak” and then they were gone.

To close the evening DJ Reverend brought back the muscle memory of early 90’s rave culture with a banging mix of classic tracks from 1991/92 –  great music, fantastic atmosphere as it always is at St. Paul’s

LIT! – Snapchat Masquerade Party

Come Join us on the 15th April during the easter holidays to dance the night away! On the night we have:

DJ’s Playing all your favourite dance hits, Go Go/Podium Dancers, Hula Hoopers, a full Festival Style Sound Systems, a full Laser and Lighting Show. We will have set up our Photo Booth and Snap Chat Giant Picture Frame! We will have Two giant Projectors with either a Playstation 4 or with Playstation VR set up to test your skills!

We will also be Giving away 2 Tickets to see Justin Bieber LIVE in concert at Hyde Park in central London. Each person who buys a ticket will be given a raffle ticket on the door via entry. If your number is called you get to enter our Confetti Fan Tank (10 people, one at a time), to try and catch the most Snap Chat Ghosts! Who ever has catches the most WINS!

15apr7:00 pm- 10:30 pmLIT! - Snapchat Masquerade Party

Mark Morriss

Mark Morriss, the author of The Bluetones number one album ‘Expecting to Fly’ is releasing his new solo album ‘Look Up’ this year, and in support of this will play the stunning St Paul’s Worthing on Friday 14th April 2017.

Mark Morriss is a singer songwriter who famously made his name fronting English indie outfit The Bluetones. Mark fronted the four piece over a successful and fruitful 15 year period, scoring 14 top ten singles and 3 top ten albums, whilst touring the UK, Europe and Japan, before temporarily disbanding in 2011.

After releasing ‘Memory Muscle’ in 2008, Mark banded together The Mummys and hit the road. He spent the best part of that year touring Memory Muscle while The Bluetones took a short sabbatical, often with his bandmates in tow, either sharing touring duties or joining him in the studio for the odd overdub.

After returning to The Bluetones to record their ‘A New Athens’ swan song, Mark re-focussed his attention on his solo career. In 2013 he recorded ‘A Flash of Darkness’, raising the recording funds via a successful Pledge Music campaign.
The album was then given a general release by Acid Jazz Records the following year, whilst Mark continued to tour both as a solo acoustic artist and with an ever changing line up behind him. The various members of The Magical Sex Band.

Since 2013 Mark has also been a member of Acid Jazz labelmate Matt Berry’s touring band The Maypoles. When in 2015 The Bluetones announced that they would be returning to play a series of anniversary shows it started to look like there was never going to be time to start work on solo record #4, but December 2016 a new Pledge Music campaign was launched to raise a budget to do just that. Titled ‘Look Up’, and with an April release in mind it looks like 2017 is going to be another busy year.

Don’t miss this intimate exclusive show at St. Paul’s Worthing

14apr7:30 pm- 10:30 pmMark Morris (The Bluetones)

Mike Joyce in Worthing

OW SIM SCOTT’S HOMETOWN NIGHT OUT WITH AN INDIE HERO-LED HER TO CREATE A BEST-SELLING TV SERIES.  PROBABLY.

So, the night of reckoning was here, and the crucifix-bedecked stage of Worthing’s St Paul’s Arts Centre was set for Mike Joyce’s visit to spin his best ‘alternative 80s’ and celebrate thirty years since the release of the Queen is Dead.

Buzzing with excitement following the previous week’s interview, I checked in with Mike to grab a few words before the gig.  His foreboding of the car park that is the M25 on a Friday afternoon had got the better of him and so an early morning departure from the North West left plenty of time to take in the sights of Worthing.  A beautiful sunny afternoon it was too – perfect conditions for following in the footsteps of the Charlatans with a stroll along the pier, relaxing with a coffee at the cool Coast café; stopping by to snap up those snazzy Velcro-fastening soft shoes from the pensioners’ outfitter in the Lido… read full article