It is a much quieter week than normal this week, but we need that (although we still have non-SoP covers bands shows going on too) as it has been so frantic lately, and next week is another bonanza of original music. Having said all that, of course the big show this week is our 10th anniversary show, so a bit of a mega milestone for us.
Wednesday 1st June – Jamie R Hawkins – Unplugged @ The Roaring Donkey
It is always a pleasure to welcome Jamie R Hawkins back to a Songs of Praise show. He is one of the nicest guys to work with, as well as being a highly talented musician and songwriter.
Jamie’s songs have won him critical acclaim in the UK and around the world with ‘Bloody Good Xmas’ winning the acoustic/folk category in the 2011 UK Songwriting Contest where it was described as “Bloody brilliant!…. powerful, utterly original, articulate, heartfelt, emotional, very well constructed and superb in every way.”
Described as “a powerful mixture of storyteller, philosopher and poet”, with lyrics that are “poignant and witty’ and performances that are, “emotive and captivating” Jamie can usually be found either in the studio scribbling away in his dog-eared note book, or performing his songs to the masses… like tonight.
More info on the event page here.
Thursday 2nd June – The Songs of Praise 10th Birthday Party – Port Erin, Raze*Rebuild, The King In Mirrors + Canute’s Plastic Army @ The Victoria
There are times when a whole community comes together, like on the release of a new Richard Curtis movie or the hunt for a serial killer, well here is a show for the whole of Swindon’s musical community to get behind. A fortuitous series of alignments has meant that one of our regular Thursday slots also happens to fall on Dave’s 62nd birthday (give or take) and…with a bit of chronological license, the 10th anniversary of Songs of Praise. And where better to celebrate it than where it all began, on the first Thursday of the month at The Victoria.
Technically, the first Songs of Praise happened in February 2006, but lets not worry about accuracy, we are in the right year. Started by esteemed pairing of Rich Craven & Phil Dyson (with plentiful support from Paj, who is still has a cameo role in the story) the first show featured the band The Sturgis Armory, they showed Trainspotting (there was originally a plan to show a film early doors before the bands but that fizzed out after a few months) plus Rich and Phil DJ’ed 60’s garage rock.. and got rather hammered. We shall be recreating on Thursday as best we can the exact same playlist the lads played out 10 years ago, bearing in mind how obscure some of the records were, and of course the whole getting hammered part.
We have a cracking line up for you: Port Erin bring their strange, psychedelic soulfulness meets proggy melodic rock, Raze*Rebuild add some punky Americana to the proceedings, The King In Mirrors offer a dash of post-punk jangle and Canute’s Plastic Army open the night with some lovely intricate folk-pop.
But more than that these bands all contain people who have helped build and develop Songs of Praise into what it is today through their support and friendship, help and wisdom. Si Hall of Raze*Rebuild actually played the 3rd ever SoP in April 2006 as part of Buzztone, a gig that featured a showing of This is Spinal Tap and a support act in the fine shape of Gaz Brookfield, still a regular performer with us.
Add to the great line-up and the killer (maybe) playlist a few nostalgic visuals and and it should be one hell of a night. Why not come along and help us celebrate a decade of original music in this town and look forward to at least a decade more from us.
Full details and music from the bands can be found on the event page by clicking here.