August 2006

Hi everyone, I do hope that you have had a great holiday, that is if you have been away, and if you are about to have a great time. I can't believe that they have re-worked "Horny" I still love the original, but to milk a track for all its worth is just mercenary!

A Rum Do summer festival - Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August 2006, Baskerville Hall, near Hay-On-Wye

Festivals offer you a field, leave you to put up your tent and invite you to look at a stage. That is, unless you go to A Rum Do the three day weekender to be staged this August near Hay-on-Wye. A Rum Do is the summer festival for those who demand quality music and cabaret but who also like some creature comforts.

This is five star festival-going. Set in the grounds of Baskerville Hall - birthplace of the Big Chill and home to Sherlock Holmes' famous mystery, with the stunning Black Mountains as backdrop - A Rum Do promises a three day party where the emphasis is on extravagance with its focus on entertainment, luxury and laughter - all built on the success of A Rum Do's sell-out cabaret nights in Bristol.

It is perfectly possible to join the other festival goers in traditional camping style but those who want more can choose from a range of onsite accommodation - tipis or beach huts or even a double-decker bus - or can book a tent (from single to family size) to be already erected and awaiting them on arrival.

There are three main stages: the Saddlespan open air stage, the Crystal Palace Spiegeltent (a ballroom of mirrors, stained glass and waited tables) and a huge double peaked tent, Madonna's bra, hosting live music and acoustic sets during the day, and DJs, top comedians, and cabaret performances in the evening. Music focuses on broken beat and hip hop from artistes such as Bugz in the Attic, The Nextmen, DJ Mr Scruff, MC Wrec, Quantic, and Skitz and Rodney P. In cabaret, the emphasis is on fully produced shows, including comedy from the likes of Rufus Hound and Alex Horne. More artistes are to be announced. Saturday evening is Showtime and extravagant or (even vaguely flamboyant) garb is invited, but not expected.

The grand life continues with other attractions including open air swimming pools in the beach area (complete with electric palm trees - an oddly satisfying fibre-optic glowing cornfield), a specially commissioned geisha house, a 150 seated Japanese restaurant, themed cafes with table service, a 'sleeping bags and canapés' cinema, and a luxurious Relaxation Centre offering massages. And to ensure 'good toilet times' for all, the toilets will be well attended to make sure they're fresh and sanitary.

Richard Mauger, co-founder of A Rum Do, explains: "We'll be making sure that at every opportunity people are comfortable. At A Rum Do, people will always have somewhere to sit and relax, from parasol shaded seats outside in the daytime, to cozy, clean lounges where relaxing horizontally doesn't mean getting your back covered with mud."

The keys to A Rum Do's success are meticulous planning and organisation. Richard Mauger continues: "Essentially, we want to make the festival a self-indulgent experience, rather than a survivalist one. There's been a lot of careful, intelligent thinking behind our production - it goes far beyond sticking bands in a field and just asking them to do their thing. We have very high production values and a strong love of comfortable surroundings AND we really love a good party!"

Tickets cost £85 for a weekend pass to all the shows and parties and include free camping. Tickets can be bought from or phone the 24 hour ticket hotline on 08700 600 100.

Captain Black

A couple of months ago I was sent a CD to review called "Captain Black", which contained 3 songs. Firstly, I must apologise for not reviewing it, as I always give bands a mention that send me their CD's. Secondly, here is a bit about them and what I think! Well there out of Camden, North London, there music is sort Country/Skiffle, if there is such a thing! It certainly is a breath of fresh air, from listen to the usual guitar band that sounds like clones of Oasis or The Kinks meets the Who. Though it isn't my type of music, I did find them entertaining, especially there lyric, which are either about lunatics or pigs. I suggest that you give them a listen, try their website


Joe Brown

JOE BROWN, rock n roll pioneer, master guitarist and true British legend, heads out on a major tour this autumn encompassing 37 venues across the country. Well known for his energetic and accomplished live shows, these live dates promise something extra special. He'll be joined on the road by his daughter Sam as Special Guest and son Pete who has produced Joe's new album "Down To Earth". The tour comes in support of "Down To Earth" and the single "One Trick Pony". "Down To Earth" is released on August 28th while the single comes a week earlier on August 21st. The live show will feature many of the tracks from the new CD giving UK audiences their first chance to hear the material live. Accompanied throughout by his stalwart Bruvvers - Phil Capaldi, Neil R. Gauntlett, Dave Rico Nilo - Joe goes back to his roots with songs from Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tony Joe White, Richard Thompson, Gallagher & Lyle, Bill Monroe and Hoagy Carmichael

Joe has headlined shows which have featured The Beatles, The Crystals, Del Shannon & Dion and spent his early years playing in bands for Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Johnny Cash. Recently Joe played the tribute concert to his old friend George Harrison bringing the house down with his version of 'See You In My Dreams'. The same year he played Glastonbury Festival and has consistently toured to sold out houses as a major touring artist.

Tickets for the new tour are on sale now from all usual outlets priced £10-£26.50, check with local venues for variations. You see all the tour dates on his website

Marie Lawson
I happened to see her debut video "Sleep Walking" and found the video boring and the song is awful! This girl can do far better than this! I am afraid we won't hear much from her after this pitiful effort, which is a shame as I always believed she was a great artiste.

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