A couple of events coming up at Firstsite this weekend.
It’s not all about the art. y’know…
Saturday afternoon sees the fine folk of SlackFolk staging an Autumn Acoustic Mini Festival in the Firstsite foyer.
They like their folk almost much as we like out alliterations.
It’s a decent line up that celebrates the folky talent that we have around the town:
Inside Out Trio – Rock, blues, classics and little known obscurities: all played with vim, vigour (and plectrums!)
Mike Chapman – a gifted solo acoustic guitarist with a range of styles from classics to jazz.
Martin Walker – a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a unique, dry style deftly combining humour and heartache.
The Four Blokes Trio – Laid back Americana – the songs of life to sparkling tunes from a much-loved country folk band.
Suzy Cramer – an outstanding singer, guitarist and ukulele player with a session of her own songs and her take on some others.
Grasshopper – Toe tapping country folk with a bluegrass flavour and some great harmonies.
Dave Rado – With a session of acapella song to join in and enjoy.
It all starts from midday on Saturday, running through until 5pm.
Entry is FREE.
Plus don’t forget the second Saturday SlackFolk sessions that take place at Piatto Cafe. We like the idea that one of the offshoots from Slack Space is still doing some decent things around the town.
Later in the evening at Firstsite and there’s a geographic nod to the east.
Nope, not Rowhedge, but Russia.
The Colchester Trades Union Council is presenting Back in the USSR Again with Nash Albert, a Russian singer songwriter:
“After receiving and listening to a smuggled in copy of a Beatles album in the old USSR, Nash bought a guitar formed Blast, had some hits and played with Blur, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, and Muse.”
Phew. Rock ‘n’ Roll, etc.
The songs will be mixed in with some conversation about life in Russia since the 1989 revolution.
Entry is £5.
There is talk of a Russian vodka raffle.
Chin chin, Comrades.