The Manx Sound Exchange: Hop-tu-Naa the musical way
THE world may or may not have noticed the Manx Sound Exchange took a break over the last few weeks, as this writer took temporary leave of the workplace. Normal service is now resumed.
While the reporter rested, the Manx musical community did not, and we return to find ourselves on the brink of a truly rocking weekend, as the nearest Saturday - this Saturday - to Wednesday’s Hop tu Naa is a busy one.
My pick is Halloween with the Gentleman’s Musical Emporium, as the quirky five piece ‘invite you celebrate All Hallows Eve with an evening of sinister delights and supernatural skulduggery at the Laxey Working Men’s Institute’.
Credit to the band’s fine live reputation, the ticketed gig is a sellout.
Expect the unexpected as the gypsy/metal/sea shanty/rock’n’roll/barbershop boys – frontman Rich Little, bassist and baritone Gareth Whorral, drummer Simon Talbot, guitarist Aaron Forster and accordion and keys player Chris Flood – serve up their usual energetic wackiness.
Fancy dress goes without saying, though in fairness all of their gigs are fancy dress!
Support will come from the soulful Peace Chiefs, who share bandmates Whorral, Talbot and Flood with the addition of singers Teresa McNulty and Helen Morrison, who also add respective ukulele and trumpet melody.
Those without tickets for Saturday can catch the Peace Chiefs for free at the Upper Room on Broadway tomorrow night (Friday). Also on Friday The Ballaghs play The Creek and there’s the exciting One Night Stand show, see page 21 for more on that.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the mighty Jacoba follow up their Mannifest comeback with a medieval Halloween-themed show at The Manor Hotel in Willaston. Fancy dress theme is reportedly Celtic/pagan/horror, and The Manor is a great little venue and will be inevitably packed, good news for the Cancer charities and Rob Vine Fund the gig will raise money for.
Out west on Saturday night the Highwayman in Peel is holding a Rock’n’Ghoul party, featuring lively rockers Nine Bar Gypsies, while Ed Force One will tear it up at The Engine Room in Castletown.
On Wednesday itself there is an All Hallows Gig at the Crescent on Douglas promenade, featuring singer songwriter Clara Barker, the Crooked House contemporary community choir Magpie Choir and support from band Only Just. Get tickets from.CrookedHouseAgency.com
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Weather for Isle of Man
Saturday 18 May 2013
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