MUSIC NOTES: Welsh wanderers’ Roar talent

The Joy Formidable
The Joy Formidable
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IT’S taken a while but with their major label album now out there Wrexham’s The Joy Formidable are out there shouting about it – meaning they land at Plug tonight.

The Big Roar sees the band, above, break out of their DIY existence to deliver what their live shows have always promised, the likes of singles such as I Don’t Want To See You Like This and Austere capturing their potent mix of overdriven guitars with a pop chorus.

Sea of Bees

Sea of Bees

Rich Costey produced with the trio to harness much of the energy that have made them a talking point on the festival circuit, in spite of singer and “cool list” tip Ritzy’s curious attempts to trash her guitar at V last summer.

Nice to see all the hard work paying off for the band. The Chapman Family open.

Pole dancing from an old hand

OLD enough and you’ll remember Ed Tudor Pole as the leader of punk legends Tenpole Tudor. A bit younger and he’s the presenter of Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze.

Tonight he’s in Barnsley - namely The Cedar Room above the White Bear pub on Church Street - in his singing guise as part of a three date whistle stop tour of Yorkshire.

Ed, right, fronted Tenpole Tudor from the late ’70s and wrote their biggest hit Swords Of A Thousand Men.

Support is from local alternative rockers Straight Razor Angels after the acts hit it off playing together in Sheffield last year. Watch out for the joint encore.

“I am very much looking forward to visiting Yorkshire again, where the crowds have always been fantastic,” says Ed.

“I just love to rock and roll, so having the chance to perform with a like-minded band is just great.”

Bee-have as heavens cave in

HEAVENLY Recordings have a credible past and the label shows it has an eye for the future with a showcase that sends some of its newest signings to Sheffield venue The Bowery tonight.

There’s a rapid return from Sea Of Bees, pictured left, and James Walbourne, both recently in town as supports, alongside very English ’60s folk hubby and wife duo Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou.

Freak folk femme Sea Of Bees, from Californian capital Sacremento, released her début album Song For The Ravens last week, displaying a unique, alien new voice.

James has worked with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Edwyn Collins, Shane MacGowan and The Pretenders. His debut album The Hill emerged in January.

It would be Rude not to join in

AFTER finding rather more kindred spirits during their Anti-Valentines Festival in 2010 than they might have thought, Sheffield’s Rude Shipyard cafe and bookshop has expanded the event this weekend.

Cupids In Nooses will feature couplets instead of couples - with poetry, magic and comedy as well as music at the Abbeydale Road venue.

“There’ll be tears in jars, broken hearts, dead flowers, fancy dress, balloons, cake, meals for one, cupids in nooses, story time and our world-famous poetry competition,” say organisers.

It begins 1pm tomorrow with Ransac with tunes from flute-hugging country pop band Cuckoo Clocks in the day, Dead Rabbit Sisters and surf rock types Jesus Loves Heroin Band headlining at night. In between there will be magic from Dan Ellis, comedy theatre from Dan and Matt Skinny, and Story Time which offers an open floor for anyone with something to say, while local writer Cassie Kill and poet and broadcaster Andrew Mitchell will also be providing pieces.

Sunday starts at the same time with Gemfleur and finishes with Letters To Fiesta with bands such as Little Robots and Flamingo Love Parade featuring during the day alongside comedy from Ben Qureshi and a poetry section featuring the winner of the Anti-Valentine Poetry Competition, chosen by Shipyard regulars.

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