photo: Paul Dunton singing with Jennifer Maslin, and part of the orchestra.
As well as being a four day festival in the Pantiles in August, Local and Live continues during the year through smaller events. Twice weekly at The Grey Lady, on the Pantiles, and also every two months at Trinity Theatre – as Local and Live Sessions.
Last night was the first Trinity Session after the August Festival, with a bill of Paul Dunton Orchestra, Cyrano and David Migden & The Dirty Words. Full details of future events can be found on Paul’s website Paul Dunton and guests with full details of all the artists involved.
The Paul Dunton Orchestra started the evening, with Paul also compere throughout the evening. The set was a complete mix of originals, covers, instrumentals and vocals, and the orchestra consists of piano, guitar, bass, cellos, violins and flute with vocalists Poppy Alice and Jennifer Maslin.
Second act, Cyrano, formed as a three piece in 2001, but are now a four piece rock group, with enthusiastic drumming and bass playing. Comments had been made through twitter last week about the cost of Rolling Stones stadium tickets, and going to see local bands, well have a look at myspace Cyrano , listen to ‘Continuum’, and then hear why you don’t need to go further away than Tunbridge Wells.
Anyone who had seen and heard David Migden and the Dirty Words in the summer knew what to expect with the headline act. Starting with ‘Rev Jack Crow’, they played lots of tracks from their well promoted second album, ‘Killing It’, and went on to perform two encores, a first for Local and Live Sessions. My favourite track is ‘Heaven’, but then what do I know? A set full of funky, blues, Trinity theatre was full of sound that filled your soul like a marching band, and encouraged audience participation. The only downside of Trinity is it’s seating, as by the end everyone was foot tapping and head swaying, but, mostly, sitting down. David Migden is also here on wordpress but really, go and listen live!
The next Local and Live Sessions will actually be in Sevenoaks, at the Stag Theatre on Saturday 17th November, featuring Jane Taylor & The JT Band but there are lots of other places to hear music locally… Oh, have I said that before?