20 May 2008: Mark Chadwick, Jason Pegg, Tom White – Joogleberry Playhouse, Brighton, England, UK

On a warm summer’s evening in Brighton we walked across the seafront and made our way up the north laines towards Kemptown to the Joogleberry Playhouse theatre. Upon arriving at this picturesque little venue we were greeted by friendly staff who led us downstairs to what seemed to be a secret basement. The room was dimly lit with glitter stars shining on the back wall, candlelit tables and a mock backdrop of a Manhattan skyline. The mood lighting at the bar enhanced the warmth of the cosy and intimate setting. The petite dimly lit stage was set for Mark, Tom and Jason to perform exclusive acoustic tracks from their new albums.

Mark Chadwick performed tracks from the Levellers’ forthcoming album ‘Letters From The Underground’, including the melodic Pale Rider. Other classic songs featuring Maid of the River, Don’t You Grieve, and What A Beautiful Day, with Jason on Harmonica and Tom doing BV`s and Tambourine.

Jason Pegg performed tracks from Clearlake’s previous album ‘Amber’, including It’s Getting Light Outside, Good Clean Fun, Dreamt That You Died, and Clearlake’s new record release entitled One of a Kind, whilst Mark and Tom did BV`s guitars and tambourine.

Tom White played Clearlake’s classic song Jumble Sailing on his own and then launched into The Devil in a Trojan Horse and The Runaround with Mark doing BV’s and guitar and Jason playing harmonica. Both songs are from Tom’s new upcoming solo album called ‘I Dream of Black’.

It was a real treat to hear the new songs from their new albums, in this cracking little acoustic venue.

The artists performed this gig at the start of a themed week ‘Songs from the Canyon’ . The week climaxed on Bank Holiday Monday with a Free All-Dayer including performances from Brighton’s home-grown talents. If you get chance on your next visit to Brighton, be sure to visit this highly recommendable venue for live music.

Roy & Debbie Sandbrook

17 May 2008: Bearded Theory – Derby, England, UK

This new little colourful festie consisted of several hundred happy folk wearing fake rainbow beards having a fun time all in the name of charity for Oxfam and for a very reasonable price of only £12.

The setting seemed hidden deep in the hillside of the Derby Dales wrapped around the Knockerdown Pub near Carsington Waters. This is quite a scenic pub all secluded and private with a few geese & ostriches running around in the neighbouring farm. Families enjoyed the wooden carved playground and kids marquee containing face paints, musical instruments, circus toys and more.

The 3 stages at the festival, included, Main Stage, the Dance Tent, and the Open Mic Stage for random stand up comedians and musicians.

Artists this year included Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkeys, Rev Hammer, Beetroot Kings, Hobo Jones & the Junk Yard Dogs.

There were plenty of homemade food stalls dotted around the site, including a Teeny Tiny Tea Tent, Merch tent, and not forgetting the Real Ale Bars offering Bearded Theory Real Ale.

Congratulations to the management and roll on Bearded Theory 2009.

Roy & Debbie Sandbrook