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rhythm and booze Passionate About Proper Pubs - Issue 18 - March/April 2013

Murray’s Score

Bert Murray, Landlord of The Bull, Market Deeping, is pictured during his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, July 1971. Photo courtesy of Former Chelsea winger Bert Murray is celebrating 20 years as landlord of The Bull, Market Deeping. Once a team-mate of Terry Venables and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris, Murray – who was capped six times for England U-23s – celebrated with a party which also marked his 70th birthday.

After stints at Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion, Murray moved to Peterborough United in 1973, playing for legendary manager Noel Cantwell, before retiring in 1976. Moving into the licensed trade, he spent time at The Winning Post and The White

Horse – also in Market Deeping – before moving to the Everards owned pub on the Market Place. Blessed with loyal staff and customers alike, Murray and wife Eileen continue to enjoy running the pub and hope to stay there for the foreseeable future.

Four-Play This Is Peterborough: Goes Forth The fourth (and final) compilation in the series features tracks from 21 local bands including The Destructors, Kiosk II, Strangers in Space and The Malingerers. Out Now

“Peterborough not only counts about 150,000 inhabitants and a beautiful cathedral, but also has, musically speaking, a rather extensive scene with many underground bands playing all sorts of rock and punk.” - Strutterzine



By Desmond Decadent

With The Burlesque Show on at the Key Theatre on Saturday 2 March, An Evening of Burlesque to be held at the Cresset in Bretton on Friday 12 April, and what is described as a ‘burlesque musical’ (Miss Nightingale) at the Key Theatre for 13-18 May, Peterborough’s titillation is on the up. I saw An Evening of Burlesque when it came to the Broadway Theatre a couple of years ago. The line-up is ever changing in that acts join the tour for short periods, leave and come back. Central to the art of burlesque is the strip tease but don’t compare the performances here with the sort of dance you might have seen at (say) The Locomotive years ago or at Angels. In burlesque the emphasis is on the tease rather than the strip with the dancer remaining in charge of precisely how much the audience see, or imagine that they see. Also the dancer may mix elegance and humour in various proportions. At the Broadway show one of the dancers started off in hard-hat, hi-vis jacket and jeans in a very witty performance. The entertainment is not just about the dancers though, expect the sort of acts you might have got in a variety show but with an adult twist. Thus comedians, jugglers or ventriloquists are all capable of fitting into the burlesque show. Internationally some of the biggest names in burlesque are the dancer, model and actress Dita von Teese and the French troupe Crazy Horse who recently created the show Forever Crazy for London. Indeed the brand (rather than band) Pussy Cat Dolls started off as a burlesque

review, featuring guest performers such as Carmen Electra, before moving into music. Locally, the best acts include louche accordionist Oscar de Winter and the Stamford based troupe under Madam Lucy Furr who created and performed the show Candyland at various venues, including in evocative Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s. Even Rhythm & Booze’s own Cardinal Cox has just published a poetry pamphlet on the theme, entitled Decadence/Circus Suite, stop him and buy one. One of the great things about burlesque is that it is inclusive for women in the audience. It isn’t an entertainment form that is about women performing for men, it is much more about women

performing for themselves and for other women. Burlesque isn’t about waif-girls presented as an artificial ideal; it is about real women of assorted sizes, shapes and ages. This means that it can be a great excuse for a hen party, so pull on your fishnets, grab a feather boa and have some fun.

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by Cardinal Cox

Pub Scrawl

While the final of the Fenland Poet Laureate Competition is to be held at Wisbech Museum on Friday 1 March (and I can vouch for how good last year’s final was) Stamford Arts Centre has also announced the competition to find the Second Stamford Poet Laureate. The deadline for your entries is 31 March with the final held on Wednesday 24 April. For full details go to the Arts Centre website at On the subject of competitions, the subject for this year’s John Clare Trust Poetry Prize will be announced in early March. Last year’s finalists were all of a very high standard. For full details go to Dr Jane Mackay continues her popular Literature at Lunchtime series of talks on 5 March at Stamford Arts Centre on Edith Wharton’s book The House of Mirth. Starting at 12.30pm, it’s followed at 2.30pm by a screening of the 2000 film starring Gillian Anderson. H.G. Wells’ satirical Tono

Bungay is the subject of the talk on 2 April. To book ring 01780 763 203 or visit As an end to my year as Poet in Residence at St John the Baptist Church on Cathedral Square, I’m having a couple of events. On 2 April as part of the Tuesdays ‘til Two series of lectures I’ll be reading some of the poetry I’ve written over the year. This starts at 1pm and is free but if you want to give a donation, I’ll not stop you. Then on Tuesday 23 April (which is World Book Night) from 7.30pm I’ll be part of an event along with Darren Rawnsley (Poet Laureate of Stamford), Elaine Ewart (the former Fenland Poet Laureate) and Simon Stabler (Poet Laureate of Peterborough), tickets £3. Top local author Tim Wilson will be starting a creative writing course at the City College in Brook Street on 15 April. The course lasts for ten weeks and costs £107 and the classes run from 7pm to 10pm. He is also running some daytime courses,

The Cardinal’s Calendar

5 March/2 April – Poets United meet at the PCVS building on Lincoln Road (roughly opposite Geneva Bar) For full details ring Viv on 01733 340560. 8-10 March – The 25 th King’s Lynn Fiction Festival ( 11-15 March – Oundle KidLit Festival ( 13 March/10 April – Pint of Poetry, Dash of Drama @ Charter’s The evening now starts at 8pm, if you want to read you need to be at the pub before 9pm. 27 March – Stamford’s Pint of Poetry takes place from 8pm at the cellar bar at the Arts Centre on St Mary’s Street.

Mike Harding will be at the Key Theatre on 24 April.

Further Creative Writing starts on 17 April at 1pm and Get Writing starts on 19 April at 2pm. To enrol for either, call (01733) 761361 or go to Imelda Clift will be speaking at John Clare Cottage, Helpston on 17 April about her book on the marriage in 1839 of Charles Darwin to Emma Wedgewood, daughter of Josiah, part of the family famous for their ceramics. This union of two important dynasties offers the author the chance to explore unusual aspects of Victorian society. Tickets cost £6 (which includes a glass of wine and light refreshments) and are available by calling (01733) 253330 or emailing Folk musician, broadcaster and comedian Mike Harding will be at the Key Theatre on Wednesday 24 April from 7:30pm. For details ring (01733) 207239 or visit Cardinal Cox’s reign of terror as Poet in Residence at St John the Baptist Church in Peterborough ends at Easter.

Second Time

Clockwise from left: The Crown, Lincoln Road is back in business; Landlord John Lawrence and Manager Pam Mead; open mic nights are just one of the pub’s music offerings; the function suite may have gone but one impressive looking feature has been retained for the new smoking area

There was a time when The Crown on Lincoln Road was a popular destination for weekend revellers. This was due to bands playing in the function suite, not to mention being the starting point for the infamous Crown to Town pub-crawl. While the function suite is no more and pubs between here and town are few and far between, new landlord John

Lawrence hopes that The Crown will once again entice visitors from all over the city. Having been closed for almost a year, John who took over at Christmas has improved his real ale offering with an ever-changing selection, which has included beers from Hopshackle, Blue Monkey and Hunter’s, not to mention the introduction of real cider.

Priced under £3 a pint, there are occasional discounts to card carrying CAMRA members and lager promotions while sporting events are shown on the big screen in the side room. For those not wanting alcohol, the pub also serves a selection of Costa Coffee along with Suchard hot chocolate and Twinings Tea. Plans are underway to

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introduce meals and at the moment individual pizzas are available along with the usual crisps and nuts selection. The loss of the function suite hasn’t put an end to live music and every Friday you can find bands, acoustic acts and open mic opportunities. There’s plenty of music at all other times with a theme night, which often features ska, 80s or Motown, on

Thursdays. There’s usually something a little more relaxing on Sundays with a quiz taking place in the evening between 8pm and 9pm, offering drinks prizes to the winning team. A real coal fire is the perfect antidote to our seemingly arctic winter, while smokers can take advantage of the new shelter at the rear. With plenty more planned for the coming

months including a taxi-led Crown to Town, it looks like the pub is back on the map. The Crown, 749 Lincoln Road Peterborough PE1 3HD Open: Monday to Thursday 12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm. Friday to Sunday 12pm-11pm. For further information call 0843 523 5181, email or visit

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Lonnie Donegan By Patrick Humphries, The Robson Press, £25 It is to my eternal regret that I never got to see Lonnie Donegan in the flesh. Call it bad timing, or general apathy, what makes it even more galling is the fact that he died in Market Deeping. November marked the tenth anniversary of the death of the man recognised by many as the father of British rock ‘n’ roll and with it, the release of this engrossing book. Not only does it interview the jazz musicians that he worked with before releasing Rock Island Line but also those he influenced including Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. Add to that interviews conducted with George Melly

and John Peel before their deaths, this book does much to put Donegan’s legend back in the public eye.

The Destructors/TV Smith @ The Met Lounge 12 December 2012 If the Destructors spent as much time gigging as they did in the studio, they’d be playing live almost nightly. Instead their gigs are one-off events and tonight’s, their first in 14 months, sees the launch of 12:12:12 Ragnorok; their seventh ‘date’ CD, a tradition which started with 06:06:06 on 6 June 2006. Despite largely playing material produced since their 2006 reformation, the band’s last song of the night was Bullshit, taken from 1983’s

Hand & Heart

infamous Wild Thing EP. While it often polarises audiences, its appearance tonight featured a guest spot from former Destructor, and occasional local legend, Gizz Butt; making this the first time in almost 30 years that the guitarist has shared a stage with the band’s founder and current lead singer, Allen Adams. Following the Destructor’s tightly played, highly energetic set, the mood went down a gear with Smith’s acoustic reading of his back catalogue. However with Butt and a couple of chums joining the former-Adverts’ frontman for an encore, we were treated to high-powered renditions of Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, One Chord Wonders and Bored Teenagers; ensuring that tonight’s largely middle-aged crowd were anything but. 12 Highbury Street, Peterborough PE1 3BE 01733 564653

4th St George's Beer & Music Festival (18th-23rd April) A selection of over 70 real ales, including many from new breweries. Live music during the festival, check the listings for more information.


The Crown, 749 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 3HD 0843 523 5181

07 - Open Mic Night 21 - Captain Backwash et al


04 - Open Mic Night 18 - Captain Backwash 19 - One Nation, Raidon, Ignition (one more tbc) 20 - The Black Cases, The Librarians, Columbian Necktie (one more tbc) 21 - Dave Reid & friends, Riot City Blues, Ian Graham & Kat Moore, Uncertain Midnight 23 - Uncertain Midnight/Help 4 Heroes Presentation

2Acoustic Party Night Quick Pub Quiz Free Pool (6-10pm) Twisted Tunes from the 80s 08 - James Edmonds 09 - Party Night 10 - Mothers’ Day/ Quick Pub Quiz 11 - Free Pool (6-10pm) 14 - Twisted Tunes of Northern Soul 15 - Comic Relief Comedy Night 16 - Party Night 17 - St Patrick’s Day Party/ Quick Pub Quiz 18 - Free Pool (6-10pm) 21 - Twisted Tunes of Motown 22 - Crown To Town With A Twist 23 - Party Night 24 - Quick Pub Quiz 25 - Free Pool (6-10pm) 28 - Twisted Tunes from the 90s 29-1 April - Easter Party Weekend: Live music. Beer Festival. Family activities.

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The Hand & Heart, 12 Highbury Street, Peterborough PE1 3BE 01733 564653 March 02 - Dave Reid & Chris Barrie

23 - Amplified April


The Palmerston Arms, 82 Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9PA 01733 565865 March 07 16 19 23

- Ukulele for Beginners - Ewa Reciak – Philosophy Night – Whisky Tasting

13 - The Pulse 19 - Karaoke 27 - Porky Pig The Ostrich Inn, 17 North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA 01733 746370 March 01 02 08 09 15 23


Les Woods Psycho Bombs White Spirit Kurmujun Faster Mutley The Guards

The Woolpack, 29 North Street, Stanground, Peterborough PE2 8HR 01733 753544 March 02 - The Rocket Dogs (9pm) April

April 23 – Philosophy Night The Prince of Wales Feathers, 38 Peterborough Road, Castor, Peterborough PE5 7AL 01733 380222 March 08 - Children of the Revolution 16 - The Malingerers

07 - Steve Bean plays Classical Guitar (4-6pm) All listings given in good faith, Rhythm & Booze cannot be held responsible for any discrepancy. All events are listed free of charge, to ensure inclusion in the May/June issue, or have any other news included in the magazine, please email before 7 April 2013.

Rhythm & Booze, Issue 18 - March/April 2013. All written material, unless otherwise stated, © Simon Stabler

The Palmerston Arms 82 Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9PA Tel: 01733 565865

Philosophy Night

(19th March, 23rd April) Share ideas about life's big questions in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Whisky Tasting

(23rd March) Sample a selection of rare malt whiskies and enjoy a complimentary cheese board.

Lazy Sundays

Enjoy Peterborough’s finest acoustic acts, every Sunday from 3pm. For more live music and events, please see our Facebook page O p e n i n g T i m e s : Monday - Thursday 15.00 - 23.00 Friday and Saturday 12.00 - 00.00 Sunday 12.00 - 23.30

The Woolpack North Street, Stanground, Peterborough PE2 8JF (01733) 753544

Stanground's Best Kept Secret - A 15 minute walk from the centre of town Open all day, every day Up to four real ales available Food served Tuesday to Sunday lunchtimes and Monday to Saturday evenings n Quiz on Sunday evenings with cash prizes n n n

Live Music

Saturday 2 March - The Rocket Dogs (9pm) Sunday 7 April - Steve Bean plays Classical Guitar (4-6pm)

Spring Beer Festival 3-6 May 10+ beers, live music, bbq More details to follow

Rhythm & Booze 18  
Rhythm & Booze 18  

We celebrate Bert Murray's 20 years at the Bull, discover Burlesque and visit the reopened Crown.