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What’s on in December’s issue of MAG...

Editor’s Musings Pg 1 The Gloucestershire Music Scene Pg 2 Cheltenham MND Pg 2 Gemma @ BBC Intro Glos Pg 3 BBC Gloucestershire Introducing Pg 3 Lawrie’s Album of the month Pg 4 What’s on over Christmas in Glos Pg 5 Danny’s Music and...XMAS! Pg 6 Gig Listings Pg 7-10 MAG at Comedy-Dave Gorman Review Pg 11 Playlist of the Month Pg 12 Music According to Jen Duffy Pg12 Keziah @ ByLocal Pg 13 Futures Review Pg 14

Editor’s Musings... I cannot express just how excited I get at Christmas, it is by far my favourite time of year and what better than a Christmas themed MAG! We have had a fantastic year over at MAG HQ and we really hope that you have enjoyed the fanzine over the past 12 months. Not wanting to let you down we have a fnatastic end to 2011 with a special Christmas issue. We have packed our 16 pages full of listings (back to 4 pages again!) we have our usual columns from Gemma Dunstan at BBC Glos Intro, Keziah at ByLocal, Danny from Brown Torpedo, Lawrie’s Album of the Month and Music According to Jen Duffy. As well as all of that we’ve squeezed in a What’s On over Christmas Guide! MAG is deifnitely a labour of love, any money we make through advertising goes towards printing costs that have been very kindly subsidised by The University fo Gloucestershre. Everybody involved in the fanzine does it because they love music and want to support the local scene. If you are interested in getting involved then please email me ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk we’d love to have more people on board! Sadly December will be the last issue where we have covers from Dan Cooper, he’s been a great help to MAG and I just want to say a BIG thank you to him. January’s issue is going to be online only but with a brand new look and we will be back in print from February. Make sure you get out an about and see some live music this month. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

Amelia x

MAG Needs You! We are always looking for news and reviews for MAG from lovely people like you! Being a non-profit initiative we don’t pay but can get you into gigs and publish your work. Please contact Amelia if you want to contribute anything to this fanzine: ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk


The Gloucestershire Music Scene...

And now a brief word from Cheltenham’s MND...

Christmas is always a busy time of year and as you can tell from the listings, Gloucestershire is following that trend! I know we always say it, but December really does have something for everybody.

YES! FINALLY! IT’S DECEMBER AND I CAN BE HAPPY ABOUT XMAS!

Cheltenham is embracing the Christmas spirit, The Town Hall hosts a night of Christmas cheer with the All on a Winters Night concert on the 15th. Star FM takeover The Brewery and broadcast live on 17th December. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Cheltenham’s much loved Ska Skiffle Trio Thrill Collins’ Christmas Extravaganza! This year the boys promise it to be bigger and better than ever, entry is just £3 and this goes to a local charity and doors will be open at The Frog and Fiddle from 8:00pm. Gloucester never to be over shadowed by Cheltenham has some great gigs on this month. Funeral for a Friend make a welcome return to the Guildhall on the 15th. Then to celebrate Christmas The Beat will be getting the crowds skanking at their Christmas party at the Guildhall on the 18th. The rest of the county is just as festive. Stroud Sub Rooms has a Zumba Christmas Party on the 10th. The Tewkesbury Roses Theatre has a Christmas Big Band Concert from the 10th to the 11th. While in Cirencester the Roving Crows play the New Brewery Arts Centre on the 9th. If that’s not enough we have a special What’s On over Christmas in Gloucestershire Guide so there is no excuse for you to get out across the county and get in to the festive spirit!

I love Xmas time but that kind of nonsense should be saved for a blog, where it belongs. MAG is about music and here we are in December looking forward at an awesome set of shows around the county this month. If I could pick a couple for you I would say that Chris Townsend’s show at Slak on 9th December looks fab. With a bill topped by local indie-uns “Stressechoes”, you’ll get a chance to see the sublime Ellie Dussek, the musical smash-and-grab artists that are La Heroine and of course, Chris’ own Oui Legionnaires – definitely worth getting there early for. 17th December sees Trees on Fire at the Frog & Fiddle. Local label istf and local festival 2000 Trees get it together again for those of you who need a shot in the arm of new and underground music between 2000 Tree festivals. Finally – the Guildhall present an absolute gem this December with The Beat’s Xmas Party being held on December 18th. If there’s one Xmas show to see in Gloucester this year, this is the one so for goodness sake book early! In the meantime, I’m taking a break for a month due to a number of obligations (that will unfortunately dominate my own Xmas break) but will be back in full swing in February, so you go and enjoy the company of friends, tolerate your family and see a show. Merry Xmas! Ax


BBC Gloucestershire Introducing presenter Gemma Dunstan... I can’t believe it’s already December. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun! I started working on BBC Introducing alongside Paul Moss back in February and It has been absolutely fantastic. The music scene here in Gloucestershire really is exciting and I am continually listening to new acts that amaze me. One of my favorite bands to come through the uploader are ‘Kitten and Bear’ also known as Katy and Rob. Such a talented duo at the young age of 16 with their mix of beautiful vocals and catchy guitar. I strongly suggest you catch them on Facebook and MySpace if you haven’t heard them before, definitely an act not to be missed! My BBC Introducing highlight of 2011 has to be the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood Festival. It was such an amazing atmosphere and all of the bands from around the country were fantastic. This year from Gloucestershire we had Black Canvas, Swift Manouver, Charlie Baxter and Pink Crudge Caravan. All of which (trying not to be biased here!) were clearly the best bands on the stage throughout festival, and I think the crowd thought so too! Thank you to everyone who has been involved BBC Introducing over the last year, we cannot make a show without you and I cannot wait to see what 2012 brings us! We listen to every song that comes through via the uploader here at the BBC. You can upload your music here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/uploader/ Join me, and Paul every Saturday 5.30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7 FM or 1413AM. Shows are also available to listen again for up to 7 days on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Gloucestershire Introducing… is the show for your new music. Every Saturday from 5:30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, you can hear the tastiest new cuts of unsigned music from across the county. We might have only been on-air since the beginning of October, but the response has been fantastic with shed loads of you uploading your tracks at bbc.co.uk/introducing – keep em comin’! Catch Paul Moss and Gemma Dunstan presenting BBC Gloucestershire Introducing... every Saturday from 5:30pm to hear the tastiest cuts from the county’s up and coming artists. The 30 minute show also includes interviews with the people behind the music and a gig guide for who to see play live, and where. BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7, 95, 95.8 FM, 1413 AM and on the BBC iPlayer


Lawrie Donohoe’s Album of the month... Oui Legionnaires ‘airships’ A few years ago, boisterous indie may have been the flavor of Gloucestershire, but recently it’s been a little malnourished. Cheltenham vanguard Oui Legionnaires, clearly not one for trends, look to drag it back into the frontline. ‘Airships’, their recently released debut EP, is a towering, metallic wall of slicing telecasters, cemented with tight, fuzzy bass, popping, splashy drums and a boyish indie confidence that defies the songs’ lost and world-weathered subject matter. Chris’ voice, a cocktail of Ryan Jarman and Conor Oberst, wobbles precariously at times, and sounds like it’s been recorded firmly in the red, but so what? What would The Velvet Underground have sounded like if they hadn’t overfed their mixing desk? Leave perfection for prog rock twats to worry about. Despite it’s boys-will-be-boys recklessness, the EP has an undercurrent of sweetness and innocence. The sawtooth keyboard lines that weave in and out sound heart-warming - like one of those little keyboards you have when you’re a kid. And if you sift through the mystery of the lyrics, there is a vulnerability in their uncertain perspective. Bad luck, losing touch with loved ones, and a sense of dizzying distance are recurrent themes that hover like unanswered questions. Refreshingly, the songs’ hooks defy instant gratification - after a couple of listens they’ll stick in your head, but in a reluctant, comfortable kind of way. They aren’t revolutionary, but they aren’t weary either. Chris is a singer who often returns to an idiosyncratic repertoire of melodic shapes, which is usually a bad thing. However, he pulls it off in the same kind of way that Elliott Smith does - it becomes a personal feature, a desirable mannerism that can be associated with him. In the vein of much indie of today, Oui Legionnaires sound more akin to post-punk than the 60‘s/70‘s nostalgia of, say, The Strokes or The Coral. However, despite the title track’s Joy Division-like intro, I think it would be fair to assume that the influence comes more from indie post-punk nostalgia than post-punk itself - it sounds like ‘Silent Alarm’ by Bloc Party being jammed out by Tokyo Police Club. ‘Foreign Seasons’, in particular, has more than a hint of Bloc Party’s ‘Helicopter’ about it. As is becoming increasingly common in this age of cheap technology, the EP was recorded and tweaked single handedly by the band in a practice studio. An effect of this trend is that the boundaries between musician and producer are becoming blurred, which can mean the results aren’t necessarily amateur - as in this case, the band are obviously able technicians. However, my one niggle, which I think is the trend’s major fault - the setup lacks an outside perspective - there’s no-one to give them a kick in the arse when needed. This can lead, for example, to mistakes such as the less-than-perfect time keeping in the rim tapping intro to ‘Old Friends, New Ideas’, which an outside producer may well have ironed out. However, whilst some bands can tend to over-embellish the production when left to their own devices, Oui Legionnaires keep their sound dry and modest. It’s a dynamic, real sound - there are no overdubs, patching or unnecessary instrumentation to be heard. Whilst I am a firm believer that there is no special claim to truth in avoiding the option to embellish (having no effect becomes an effect in itself), there is an appeal in hearing a record that sounds like they’re playing it live, just for you. Oui Legionnaires are still in their infancy as a band, so are likely to see some evolution in the future. Listening to ‘Airships’, I am impressed by the competent musicianship and convincing songwriting, but feel that the delivery has some space for improvement. Nice one guys, but next time give it some more welly!


What’s On over Christmas in Gloucestershire... Cheltenham Christmas Day Swim Jack and the Beanstalk Panto Friday 25th November-Sunday 1st January Everyman Theatre For more info go to www.everymantheatre.org.uk Santa & his Reindeer visit The Brewery Saturday 3rd December The Brewery 12:00pm-4:00pm Donations to Make-a-Wish charity Howlers at the Royal Oak Wednesday 14th December The Royal Oak, Prestbury £32 (including dinner and disco) Star FM takeover Saturday 17th December The Brewery 12:00pm-2:00pm The Borrowers Wednesday 21st December-Monday 2nd January The Playhouse Theatre For more information go to www.playhousecheltenham.org Thrill Collins Christmas Extravaganza Friday 23rd December Frog & Fiddle 8:00pm £3 entry (all money goes to charity)

Sunday 25th December Lido 11:00am-11:30am

Gloucester Choirs, Carols & Bands at the Tree Every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday in December Gloucester CIty Centre Christmas Carols Saturday 10th December Gloucester Cathedral Every hour on the hour The Beat’s Christmas Party Sunday 18th December Guildhall 7:30pm £12

Tewkesbury Sleeping Beauty Panto Saturday 3rd December-Saturday 7th January Roses Theatre For more information go to www.rosestheatre.org

Stroud Christmas Tree Festival Thursday 1st-Sunday 4th December St Laurence Church 9:00am Free entry


Danny’s Music and .... XMAS!

Woo yeah. Happy Massive Christ! Soon anyways. Let us forget all our differences and our daily bread and huddle. No matter colour or creed, we all celebrate Christmas (yes everyone, don’t argue)Slowly prised away from its religious roots everybody can throw their hard earned money in to the bank accounts of the capitalist scum that rule the world from within the human cloth that covers their dry lizard skin. Save up your benefits or your child tax credits, see if you can buy under 3 million jobs for the British unemployed. Do something good this Christmas, be selfish like you are every year. Buy a present for the equivalent value you expect to get in return for your friends and a thimble or ornament for your parent’s untouchable glass cabinet display. Eat, drink and be merry bloody Christmas. The sacrilegious hedonistic binge of the year. *Pop* Champagne faluting. Only kidding, Christmas is a fantastic time for people to suddenly find their self ’letting go’. We all make allowances at Christmas “Pub on a week night?”, “Oh go on, it’s Christmas”. Be nice to that person you wouldn’t normally be nice too. “Go on, it’s Christmas” Go out with associates or work colleagues you don’t even like, “I’ll get this round, it’s Christmas”. There is no end to the overwhelming urge to reveal your generous nature, normally only contained by constraints of normality and poverty juggling the rest of the year round. Music is it a beautiful thing at Christmas, we put away our stuffy musical snobbery and open our arms rejoicing in our preference for a shared

experience. All the great Christmas anthems of yesteryear come out of the dusty cupboards, to be loved by everyone for a short but joyful period of time. Differences are put aside with bands we dislike. Slade, East 17, Solo Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey etc. all have a Christmas treat that revisits like Santa every year and drops a gift down our musical chimney that we value in more of a way than some novelty toy played with for 5 minutes then kept in case the giver asks about it sometime in the future.

Some of these tunes won’t be Christmas songs, just big hits from the past. All we are looking for is an excuse to embrace our fellow man and bellow at the top of voices a primal scream. A Bohemian Rhapsody if you will. We know Christmas will be a mixed series of gatherings between family and friends or family and then friends. Some bits great, some bits not so great. It is likely that music will bring you together at some point. Dancing, singing or just reminiscing over the good times. So enjoy. Music is the gift that keeps on giving and as Noddy Holder said “Come on Feel the Noize” You thought I was going to says “It’s Chrisssss Massssss” Didn’t you? Danny Torpedo


Cheltenham

01/12/2011

Hillview Community Centre

JC Big Band

21:00

02/12/2011 02/12/2011 02/12/2011

United Services Club John Gordons Wine Bar Slak

Tubby Blues Club Steve Franks & Simon Turner Dan Cooper DJ Set

20:00 19:00 TBC

03/12/2011 03/12/2011 03/12/2011 03/12/2011 03/12/2011

Old Pats Albion House Charlton Kings Club St Pauls The Bayshill

Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters True Colours 20:45 D’Silver 20:45 Tavern Michigan Avenue 20:30 Darkfire 21:00

04/12/2011 04/12/2011 04/12/2011 04/12/2011

Royal Union Doubel Barrel Albion House Rising Sun

John Lawrence Sextet Paul Newman Sharon Stanton Rick Chase

20:00 20:30 15:00 21:00

05/12/2011 05/12/2011

Pizza Express The Venue (Wheatsheaf)

Steve Franks Duo JB Jazz & Blues Band

19:00 20:00

07/12/2011 07/12/2011

D-Fly Hatherly Manor Hotel

Paul Booth Christmas Tributes Night

TBC 18:00

09/12/2011 09/12/2011 09/12/2011 09/12/2011

Royal St Pauls Tavern Slak 2pigs

Bex & Alex Steele She and the Velvet Moon Stressechoes JUDDER!

20:30 20:30 21:00 21:00

10/12/2011 10/12/2011 10/12/2011 10/12/2011 10/12/2011 10/12/2011 10/12/2011

Exmouth Arms Bayshill Albion House Strand Bar Charlton Kings Club Reddings Community Centre St Pauls Tavern

Kim Cypher Band Over the Hill Ramrods Vince Freeman Attic Band Vintage Swing Band Dance The Coronettes

21:00 21:00 20:45 21:00 20:45 20:00 20:30

11/12/2011 11/12/2011 11/12/2011 11/12/2011

Royal Union Albion House Reddings Community Centre Rising Sun

Steve Franks & Friends Marcus T Vintage Swing Band Dance Dave Beale

20:00 15:00 20:00 21:00

12/12/2011 12/12/2011

Pizza Express Hatherly Manor Hotel

Steve Franks Duo Christmas Tributes Night

19:00 18:00

14/12/2011 14/12/2011

Bayshill Slak

Bex, Franks & Friends 20:30 The Courtesy Group & Chimprovisers (Feat Brown Torpedo)

15/12/2011

Cheltenham College

Maggie’s Christmas Concert

19:00

21:00


15/12/2011

Town Hall

All on a Winters Night Concert 19:30

16/12/2011

St Pauls Tavern

Vigil

17/12/2011 17/12/2011 17/12/2011 17/12/2011 17/12/2011 17/12/2011 17/12/2011

Bayshill Strand Bar Daffodil St Pauls Tavern 2pigs Forg & Fiddle The Brewery

Ocassionally Big Band 21:00 Jim Blair 21:00 Steve Franks Trio 12:00 Winter Blues Festival 20:30 Hook Line Riot 20:00 Trees on Fire 20:00 Star FM Christmas Show Takeover

18/12/2011 18/12/2011

Rising Sun Thistle Hotel

Brian McCabe Ramrods

21:00 TBC

19/12/2011 19/12/2011

Pizza Express Hatherly Manor Hotel

Steve Franks Duo Christmas Tributes Night

19:00 18:00

22/12/2011

Royal Union

Shelia & Steve

20:00

24/12/2011 24/12/2011 24/12/2011 24/12/2011 24/12/2011

London Inn Bayshill Hillview Community Centre Daffodil Frogmill

Touch of Blue Dan & Gordy Paul Newman JB Jazz & Blues Band Bex & Franks

17:00 21:00 TBC 20:00 12:00

26/12/2011 26/12/2011

Pizza Express Frogmill

Steve Franks Duo Bex & Franks

19:00 11:00

31/12/2011 31/12/2011 31/12/2011 31/12/2011 31/12/2011

Exmouth Arms Albion House Daffodil The Wheatsheaf Town Hall

Jay dudley 21:00 Over the Hill TBC JB Jazz & Blues Band 20:00 The Vibe TBC New Year’s Eve Party with The Chip Shop Boys 19:30

20:30

Gloucester 02/12/2011

Guildhall

Shaun Ryder

19:30

03/12/2011

Ridge & Furrow

Rockology

21:00

05/12/2011

Guildhall

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 19:30

08/12/2011

Guildhall

The Undertones

19:30

10/12/2011

Guildhall

Kai Fish & Loftbeat

19:30

15/12/2011 15/12/2011

Cross Keys Guildhall

Sons of Delta Funeral for a Friend

TBC 19:30

17/12/2011 17/12/2011

Oliver Cromwell Boat Kingsholm Stadium

Firefly Roving Crows

TBC 17:30

12:00


18/12/2011

Guildhall

The Beat’s Christmas Party

19:30

22/12/2011

Guildhall

Roving Crows

19:30

23/12/2011

Guildhall

Whole Lotta Led

19:30

Stroud Sub Room

Stomp

20:00

04/12/2011

Sub Rooms

if…

20:00

08/12/2011 08/12/2011

Stroud Valley Artspace Sub Rooms

Jazz Jam Dreadzone

20:30 20:00

09/12/2011

Sub Rooms

Doreen Doreen

20:00

10/12/2011

Sub Rooms

Christmas Zumba Party

19:00

16/12/2011

Sub Rooms

Friday Night Live

20:00

17/12/2011

Sub Rooms

All on a Winters Night Concert 19:30

03/12/2011

Tewkesbury 07/12/2011

Roases Theatre

Steeleye Span

20:00

08/12/2011

Roases Theatre

Steeleye Span

20:00

10/12/2011

Roses Theatre

Brass Band Christmas Concert 19:30

11/12/2011 11/12/2011

White Bear Roses Theatre

Alex Chapman 16:00 Brass Band Christmas Concert 19:30

15/12/2011

Roses Theatre

Christmas Crooners

17/12/2011

YMCA

Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters

20:00

Birdlip 02/12/2011

Royal George

Alex Chapman

21:00

09/12/2011

Royal George

Last Man Standing

21:00

10/12/2011 16/12/2011

Royal George

Greg Winters

21:00

Royal George

Revue

21:00

17/12/2011

Royal George

Tom Jurgens

21:00

23/12/2011

Royal George

M I Brown

21:00

21:00


30/12/2011

Royal George

Rick Chase

21:00

Winchcombe 06/12/2011

Corner Cupboard

Bluegrass Session

21:00

15/12/2011

Corner Cupboard

Song Session

21:00

Woodmancote 01/12/2011

Apple Tree

David Beale

21:00

08/12/2011 15/12/2011

Apple Tree

Leon Daye

21:00

Apple Tree

Steve Degutis

21:00

22/12/2011

Apple Tree

Roger Lendon

21:00

29/12/2011

Apple Tree

Dave Miles

21:00

Cirencester & Broadway 02/12/2011

New Brewery Arts Centre

Keith James

20:00

03/12/2011

Cirencester Church

Cantores Chamber Choir

19:30

09/12/2011

New Brewery Arts Centre

Roving Crows

20:00

24/12/2011

Crown & Trumpet

Tom Jurgens

21:00

31/12/2011

Crown & Trumpet

Tom Jurgens

21:00

Open Mic Nights

Tuesday St Paul’s Tavern, Cheltenham Tuesday Salisbury Inn, Cheltenham Wednesday Wednesday

Cross Keys, Gloucester Norwood Arms, Cheltenham

Thursday Thursday Thursday

The Strand Bar, Cheltenham Hogs Head, Cheltenham The Restoration, Cheltenham

Friday Friday Friday

The Fiery Angel, Cheltenham Royal George Hotel, Cheltenham Gardners Arms, Tewkesbury

Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday

Royal Union, Cheltenham The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham Under the edge Arts, Wotton Under Edge Walls Country & Western Club, Gloucester


Words: Dan Simpson

Dave Gorman’s PowerPoint Presentation Sunday, 20th November 2011 Cheltenham Town Hall

I’ve always been fairly indifferent to Dave Gorman. He’s just sort of passed me by whilst a lot of my friends have been ‘hardcore’ fans and talked about him intently. This was one of the reasons, when I found he was coming to Cheltenham, I immediately wanted to go. I like to consider myself fairly clued up on modern comedy, and I’d also like to think I’m fairly clever when watching it. That is why I’m bored. I’m bored of all the comedy that’s thrust onto our T.V’s every night. I’m bored of all the panel shows featuring comedians I’ve never heard of, or have heard too much of. And I’m also very bored of the constant regurgitations of old material on a seemingly exponential amount of ‘comedy roadshows’ or chat shows. This coupled with my curiosity, led me to see Dave Gorman at Cheltenham Town Hall.

Dave is an instantly refreshing comedian and is at full comfort with all the tools at his disposal. He is unique in his ability to make fairly mediocre happenings and observations gripping and funny through the use of technology – an area of comedy that he has always pioneered and which raises him above all the other dross on every night on Dave. Gorman’s style is extremely energetic and he is full of enthusiasm for a show he has performed over 30

times before, which, to the extent of Dave’s passion, is rare in a modern comedian. The show itself is essentially about nothing, it is all one long digression of the introduction, which is a fact-file about himself. In his ramblings he meanders through topics of Jim Davidson, Judaism and urine. Gorman’s slick way of manoeuvring through subjects and aspects of his life is extremely mastered and assured. In this tour, he specialises in using PowerPoint as a platform for his comedy, and his timing and manner of setting up a joke and delivering it using slides and animation tricks is encapsulating and clearly very expert. It should also be noted that he doesn’t ever use classic, primary school PowerPoint, clicking F5 and reading off bullet points. Dave Gorman’s presentation is far more assured and rehearsed, which makes for a very funny, entertaining and entrancing performance. What you leave Gorman’s show with however, which is perhaps the most important thing, is a sense of inspiration. He makes you want to try new things and embark on adventures you had never thought of until you witnessed his curiosity and success. I can now safely say to the man who has been in front of me the whole time, that thanks to his passion, energy and enthusiasm I can finally be bothered to open my eyes.

A big thank you to all at the Cheltenham Comedy Festival for the Comedy interviews in the run up to the festival. Watch out for January’s issue where Jack Higgins will be reviewing some of the events from the Festival. If you went to the Comedy Festival and want to submit your own review or comments then email ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk


Christmas playlist of the month from...Thrill Collins! Everyone’s favourite Ska Skiffle band Thrill Collins have chosen their favourite Christmas songs... Jona Lewie “Stop the Calvary” Andrew Lansley Personally, I love Xmas time. Not so much Xmas itself, by the actual time where you get to see family and friends and everybody gets excited whether they’re cool and admit it or a loser and they don’t. Which is weird, because my favourite Xmas song was never intended to be an Xmas song. Stop the Cavalry is a war themed song with a refrain that refers almost bitterly to the recruitment employ of WWI: “I wish I was at home for Xmas” something that is, as they say, as relevant now as it was then. To be honest, I don’t care about the lyrics; what I like it for is the brass band, Ian Duryesque vocal delivery and for some reason it always makes me feel cold when I hear it. It shouldn’t work, but it does. Jona Lewie now plays a Ukelele, but don’t let that put you off. He also wrote the “Always in the Kitchen at Parties” tune that Ikea snaffled, but I’d say check out “I Think I’ll Get My Haircut” - a lost 80s classic, in this double-bassists’ humble opinion...

Chris Rea “Driving Home For Christmas” Robbie Pert Along with the far too obvious choice of “Fairytale of New York”, this is the only Christmas song that’s actually a good song. When I used to work in Clinton Cards aged 17 I used to light up when this came on the Christmas tape and wander around the store grumbling the lyrics just like Chris himself. I also like that he clarifies “driving in my car, driving home for Christmas” just in case anyone thought he was going down the M5 on a unicycle!

Bing Crosby “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” Pete Harper I’m a real softy for a crooner and music from years gone by, so my choice has to be, “Have your self a merry little Christmas” by Bing Crosby. It’s a great song and really gives you the Christmas feeling when you hear it.

Thrill Collins’ Christmas Extravaganza is Friday 23rd December at the Frog & Fiddle. Entry is £3 which will go to charity.

Music According to Jen Duffy.. Christmas is fast approaching, and wherever we look there are adverts and displays demanding that we buy presents for people, the normal Christmas cliche. But that’s not what Christmas is all about. Spending time with family and friends, having a little break from work or studies, and probably lots of drinking. I’ve started to see lots of events on Facebook and some posters for gigs in Cheltenham around Christmas time, which I am gutted I will not be attending as I am back home for the holiday. Thrill Collins Xmas Extravaganza looks to be one of the best gigs this December, along with Swift Manouver and Emmett Brown playing the Frog and Fiddle the week before. So whatever you’re getting up to this Christmas, make sure you head to some of these shows. A great excuse to get merry with friends and watch some amazing band!


By Local’s Keziah on Crafty Christmas Gifts! So it’s getting close to Christmas again. I love Christmas but I hate Christmas shopping, crowds of grumpy looking people, pushing and elbowing each other out of the way. Massive queues and cheesy music and people fighting to buy that all important imported tat from China. Not much to be jolly about at all. So here are my favourite places to do a more Christmassy Christmas shop. Good will guaranteed. Airmail Republic is a Gloucestershire based online outlet that brings you a good selection of locally made arts and crafts including original art, textiles and soap. Jewellery designer Kate Michelle sells through this site, her beautiful sterling silver hearts are painstakingly knitted and shaped to create a truly beautiful range of pendants and earrings. Browse from the comfort of your arm chair! Visit www.airmailrepublic.co.uk By Local is beautifully festive at the moment. Stardust Glass maker Jackie Hawkins has bought in a great collection of decorations, guaranteed to spread the seasonal goodness. For the awkward uncle, Dad or Grandpa look no further than the expertly turned wooden delights by John Jacques. For the little monsters (or mum’s to be) Hawkins Hats are built to last and fantastically fun. They range from newborn to five years. Sort out your troublesome teens with funky goods by Kath Cooper and Ali Corder. The person who has everything will be delighted with a Jane Vernon mug or a beautiful porcelain tea light cover by Tara Jane Ceramics. I think it’s fair to say that this year By Local’s little elves have done themselves proud. Pop in and enjoy a delightfully relaxed shopping experience. And if you pop in on 8th December between 6pm and 8pm we are offering mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy while you shop! The Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre has an excellent assortment of goodies including handcrafted mosaics for by Baobab Tree, ideal for brightening up your home in the dark days of winter. Now in a new location on College Street, Gloucester, the centre offers customers the chance to shop in a warm a friendly setting. And remember the Elf code: 1)Treat every day like Christmas 2) There’s room for everyone on the nice list 3) The best way to spread Christmas cheer is signing loud for all to hear. (I tried this one year in a super market queue worked pretty well!) Other great shops for some crafty Christmas shopping include: M.A.D.E and the Brewery Arts Centre, both in Cirencester. Art Shape and The Bath Road Markets, Cheltenham, and The Craft Emporium, Stonehouse. (Glass Robin decoration by Jackie Hawkins and knitted hat by Hawkins Hats. Both are available in the ByLocal store, Regent Arcade, Cheltenham)


Futures, Young Kato & Harbour Saturday November 19th Words: Sam Wall Everyone knows that a library is a place to go to read books and have some quiet time, right? Well that’s what I thought. So when I found out that Futures were playing in a library I didn’t really know what to expect. I had never been to a gig in a library before so it was a new experience for me. The gig was in the lounge area which seemed cosy with comfy seats in front of the set up. It was a full band set up to an intimate crowd of 20-30 people. Because it was so intimate you could feel the excitement and the anticipation of the crowd. This was their first time performing acoustically, which meant they had to pause to retune their guitars between songs. What made it more intermit was that Ant West (lead singer) spent time talking to everyone and promoting their gig at the Frog and Fiddle later on that night (see below to find out more). They played a total of 6 six songs 3 of which were from the new album which has yet to be released and also their debut single ‘Start a Fire’ which was released at the start of November. They ended the gig with their most popular single which is also my favourite, ‘The Boy That Cried Wolf’ which went down well with the audience who sang just as loud as the band. Later on Futures headlined a gig at The Frog and Fiddle. They were supported by Young Kato (formerly known as Dirty Tricks) and Harbour. Young Kato kicked off the night with their single ‘Drink Dance Play’. Their performance was lively and was a perfect start to the gig. Harbour came on stage and by their second song the venue was almost full. The energy of their performance was great to watch especially when the lead guitarist and lead singer switched roles. When Futures came on to the stage the liveliness of the crowd provided a great atmosphere. The set list was similar to the library gig but played a few more of their popular songs such as ‘Oxygen’, ‘Sal Paradise’ and once again ended with ‘The Boy That Cried Wolf’. Both gigs were a great success and the band definitely knows how to work a crowd.

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MAG December  

December's festive issue of MAG