I paid a brief visit to the Grey Lady, for a Paul Dunton and Guests evening, ahead of Local and Live, which starts this Friday (22nd August 2014). It was a debut slot for Chris James (above) who we have seen at quite a few jam nights around the town. Chris lists his musical genre as “Punk pop,Ska,Rock N Roll”, and his lyric writing very much reflects this. Here is his set list:
If you fancy seeing him during Local and Live weekend he’ll be at No.9 Smokehouse & Bar on Saturday at 5.30pm.
Next to perform in the Grey Lady was Lily Denning, with her sister Jessie, and, playing for the first time at The Grey Lady, dad Guy Denning:
When Lily plays Local and Live it will be with her band, who she performed with at Trinity Theatre last month in July Sessions – see them Sunday 1pm on the main stage in Calverley Grounds. Straight after them on Sunday will be the same band who followed them this evening, the soulful trio Arcelia
who have a new album out – ‘Wrap Your Bones’ – worth a listen.
I then had to dart off, missing Marie White and her band.
Local and Live kicks off at 7.30pm on Friday with a night in The Forum, and carries on all weekend in eleven different venues around Tunbridge Wells. The main stage will be in Calverley Grounds during Saturday and Sunday, but it’s worth exploring the website and seeing what’s on at the fringe venues. All events are free to enter, if you go along and enjoy yourself – show your appreciation via the donation buckets, or purchase some of the assorted merchandise for sale (including CDs, sunglasses and rain ponchos!). Calverley Grounds will also have extra food and drink kiosks, and a children’s area with inflatables and face-painting. Finally
there is the chance to win this guitar (lovingly held by Paul Dunton), donated by JBs music Store, and signed by all the artists, and there is a second guitar, signed by Roger Daltrey, which will be part of a silent auction on the website. After last year’s scaled down festival, this looks to be the biggest ever, showcasing much local music, a chance to get out and enjoy Tunbridge Wells before we reach the end of the ‘summer season’, like the town’s founders back in Georgian times.