Sound of the beautiful south

WE'RE JAMMIN': An open mic night at the Bay View Hotel in Port St Mary. From left - Stephanie Tomlinson, Nell Kneale and Adam Swales AKA The Bird and the Beards

WE'RE JAMMIN': An open mic night at the Bay View Hotel in Port St Mary. From left - Stephanie Tomlinson, Nell Kneale and Adam Swales AKA The Bird and the Beards

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DISCERNING readers of gig guides and the like will have noticed The Bay View in Port St Mary popping up recently with some frequency.

Since re-opening late last year, the southern pub has been quick to embrace the live music community.

Last Saturday it played host to a triple-header of talent with Your Gold Teeth, Mr Eliminator and the Deadly Vipers and The Fletcher Christian Mutiny all raising the decibel level, and the music continues in Phurt Le Moirrey this weekend when Ballagroove DJs begin their new monthly residency at the pub tomorrow night (Friday) with their Bored of Winter event.

It’s not just the weekends that the doors are open to music lovers either, as a Thursday open mic scene has been quietly thriving.

Organiser of the open mics, Andy Kneen explained: ‘It’s been great so far. I’ve been doing it since November last year. They’re every two weeks on Thursday nights (including tonight).

‘I’d hope everyone that’s been would agree it’s a friendly atmosphere with a good core group of talented folk who turn up for each one.’

As is so often the case, the informal and relaxed nature of open mics leads to new musical collaborations.

‘Already we’ve seen the birth of two bands – The Bird and the Beards, and Freaky Stiltskin – with hopefully more to come as people meet and hook up musically,’ said Andy.

‘There’s been a definite feeling that nights like this have been missing from the southern pubs so it’s great for a place like Port St Mary, with such a diverse musical population, to have somewhere to do this.’

He added: ‘All credit to Tony and Michelle at The Bay View too for wanting to make the place ultra music friendly.’

New Bay View residents Ballagroove DJs are also putting on ‘Hot Feet’ at the Schooner Bar in Ramsey on March 1, and the guys said if it goes well they’ll be make the trip ‘down north’ more regularly.

It’s an important weekend for the northern music scene, with the big Northern Lights Studio Project fundraiser at the Masonic Hall on Lezayre Road on Saturday.

The day-long gig is a collaboration between teenaged bandmates Ed Knight, Damian Wood and Ryan Corlett, as well as Sam Jenkins, co-founder of the Northern Lights Community Centre on Bowring Road in Ramsey.

Sam is working on a studio for the basement floor of the centre, which will run both on a commercial and charitable status, as he hopes to be able to offer recording and rehearsal time to young people for as cheaply as possible. The gig starts at 12pm and will rock till 9pm, with acts including The Shapes, Leagues, Honourable, Last Time We Spoke, Juan Hendy, Full Moon Fallout, Damian Wood, Charlotte Greenbank, Terry George, Leo Craig, Exit Left and Electric Railway. Turn up on the day for tickets, which are £2.

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