Saturday night saw Local and Live Electric return to The Forum, as a fund-raiser towards the summer free Local and Live Festival. Four acts, Chameleon (top), Searching for Pie (missing), Dan Clews band (centre) and Wheels (bottom). All the bands bios can be found on Paul Dunton and guests.
Chameleon were a very good band, but the difference in their performance between the other bands shows what a ‘few’ years experience does! Singer Jenni has a lovely voice, and I wish them well, aged between 14 and 17, this is a band which will probably evolve over the coming years. It was the fourth time I’d seen Searching for Pie, another slick performance, even though they had a stand-in bassist, and they always bring along a group of loyal fans! Dan Clews brought along a lot of guitars, and a complete stand-in rhythm section. We talked to Mike Wilton of the Standard Lamps before he went on stage to play bass – the look on his face in the photo is one of great concentration as he plays though the set without a rehearsal, something he successfully achieved without stress (that was visible to the audience!). Wheels live is always a performance, with great band inter-action. Let’s say, they look like they are enjoying themselves.
Anyone wanting to help support fund-raising this week, Local and Live sessions will be at Trinity Theatre on Saturday 29th March with Intraverse headlining, Steffan James as main support and The Floodgates opening. The plan for Local and Live in the summer is to be sited in Calverley Grounds, with evenings in The Forum. With cuts in central government funding to local councils, there’s no big pot of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council money to throw at free town events, so anyone wishing to support an active town may like to consider how they can help anything from the Winter Lantern Parade through to the Mela, unfest and Local and Live.