February is here. The shortest month, but by no means the least important: you just have two or three fewer days to cram in a month’s worth of entertainment. I saw something online today about “Facebook Free February”, which whilst I agree that people could do with getting out a little more, I think that Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for its success. Also, with my work now involving and mostly comprising of social media, I am personally hoping that not too many people are “offline” this month, as it would make my working days rather dull!
That being said, if you are looking to get out a little more this month, here’s my picks of what’s on and what to see. Unlike usual, a few of the shows are unfortunately already sold out, but these are ones to watch out for next time so that you don’t miss out.
Enjoy your short month. See just what you can do in 28 days. Set yourself a target and go for it. Keep music alive and live!
Friday 6th February
Brighton’s professional comedy improv group The Maydays will be performing a set based on Newspaper clippings cut out by the audience before the curtain goes up (so if you want to get involved, be sure to show up early!). If you are new to improvised comedy, it’s definitely an experience. I saw The Noise Next Door in June last year and was completely blown away with them. So if you like topical, improvised and slightly mad comedy (think Mock The Week but less scripted), then why not check out the Maydays and see if they’ll have you sending out signs of distress (from laughing so much)!
Saturday 7th February
St. George’s Church – 7pm – SOLD OUT
Seth Lakeman is a name that I’ve heard a few times but never really paid much attention to, until I listened to his music. I can definitely see where his appeal comes from. He has a kind of old-school Bryan Adams vibe crossed with acoustic guitar. It’s great driving music (in both senses of the word driving). Check out the video for The Wanderer below and keep an eye out for his next Brighton tour date. With a sold out gig in hand, I am sure that he will be back for more very soon.
Thursday 12th February
This alternative roots/folk singer-songwriter has some seriously infectious and penetrating songs with lyrics that you will fall for like a teenage girl falls for Justin Bieber’s music (I know, powerful stuff). She is refreshing and easy to take in on a first listen, so if you’ve not heard of her before, then she’s a great one to take a punt on! Check out her video for ‘I Am The Night’ below, and her album They Promised You Mercy.
Friday 13th February
QM and Green Door Store Presents: Tommy Sissons + More
Green Door Store – 7pm – £FREE
The guys behind QM are very busy guys indeed. Between putting on gigs at The Mesmerist, shooting music videos with their band Normanton Street, they still find time to work with all the young musical talent that they can in Brighton, doing so much to nurture it that I am sure they will receive some kind of National Lottery Funding for their efforts soon (if you are from the National Lottery, then get on this asap). This night is no exception as they host a night of live music, providing a backdrop for local rappers, spoken word artists and singers to showcase their freshest material, headlined by linguistic Heavyweight Tommy Sissons. Check out my review of his EP and check out the gig. You won’t be sorry!
Wednesday 18th February
Concorde II – 8pm – SOLD OUT
I first heard of these guys when I heard their track Above The Clouds of Pompeii live on Radio 1. I was instantly drawn in. They have a slow and less over the top folky feel compared to Mumford and Sons. The banjo is less prominent but the tunes have a Ben Howard rawness to them, instantly catchy and memorable. Unfortunately sold out, why not follow them on twitter to make sure that you don’t miss out on them next time around. I predict they will be at a larger venue next time, as they will certainly grow over the next year. One to watch for 2015 for sure!
Thursday 26th February
Folk Off Sessions
Fiddler’s Elbow – 7pm – £FREE
Shameless bit of self-promotion here – I am playing this gig – but there are also 3 other acts, and it’s free, and it’s Thursday so really you must be running out of excuses not to come! Also playing are Butterfly House, Rough Chowder and Jamie Smart. I’ve heard that the nights always fill up and have a good reputation for great live music, so I hope to live up to the expectations and look forward to being a part of it. I hope you can make it along. Check out a music video I shot a few years back. If you’d like to shoot a new one for me for free, get in touch!
Friday 27th February
When was the last time that you saw an Ivor Novello winning songwriter performing in a beautiful Church? If the answer to this is never and you are still one gig down from your monthly target for February, then I strongly recommend that you check out the video (and artist) below. Scott Matthews has received critical acclaim on every level from The Guardian to the BBC, and with due reason. His recent album Home part I leaves you longing for its sequel with his Nick Drake-esque melodic line and intricate acoustic guitar lines. Scoot will be playing the gig with his band, featuring Danny Keane (celllo, piano), Sam Martin (drums) and Jon Thorne (double bass). Beautiful music for a date, man-date or somebody just looking for a break from the busy weekdays. A perfect way to ease into the weekend.
Saturday 28th February
Tiago Saga Single Launch
BLEACH – 7:30pm – £3
Brighton-based troubadour Tiago Saga, who some of you may recognise as the front-man of local band Time for T, has been toiling away in secret (not really so secret) on a new solo expedition. Having seen him perform last year at one of Jacko Hooper‘s Folklore Sessions, he was as usual bang on form so I know that this Saturday night will be a special one. As well as his single launch, there are set from another fantastic three artists: Alex KP, a Cambridge-born singer-songwriter residing in Brighton, Konoba aka Raphael Esterhazy, a Belgian musician who collaborated with Tiago on the recording of the single and headlining are Common Tongues, whom I haven’t seen play since The Great Escape last May (a poor effort on my part). I’m really looking forward to seeing all of these artists performing, and as I’ve never been to BLEACH before either, its going to be doubly exciting. If you want to join in the hype and check it out, here is the facebook event.