We’re always looking to keep up to date with whats going on in the local scene, and picking up on original music cultivation in the area is very much on the top of our list of what we want to support. This originals projects has a sense of revival to it, jazzy blues and swing, and it’s definitely a good thing!
We first encountered these guys via the ol’ social media, whilst looking for acts for our canal street event Live in the Village. Lucy, Luc Phan and Alex Martin of Ask My Bull graced the audience with jazz almost year and a half ago, and even now these musicians who currently go under Lucy Mae and are still on our radar.
The umbrella of projects is lead vocally by Lucy- Camba-Bermudez. Her voice has an air of arousal, with a rustic edge on a foundation of broken blues. She’s accompanied by a bountiful brass section, Soprano Saxophone (Ed Kainyek) Tenor Saxophone (Caitlin Laing) and Baritone Saxophone (Tom Harris). With Christian Van Fields (Keyboard/Organ), Luc Phan (Guitar), Joshua Cavanagh -Brierley on Bass, and Joe Wood on Drums . The potential of this outfit not to be doubted and we’re keen to see what 2016 will bring for them. The Mudez Project is the latest musical venture consisting of traditional jazz-swing in it’s more modern state; re-instilling the importance of classic musicality.
One track in particular ‘ State of denial‘ encompasses the sound at its most triumphant.
Another of the projects is a duet between Lucy and Luc (see image below), which sees the couple come together in a stripped back acoustic style, that silences crowds. Listen to more here: with this smooth rendition of Portis head’s ‘Give me a reason’.
These guys have got to be some of the most dedicated and active musicians in the area and you’re bound to see them on a live music line up in chorlton or the city centre whether its putting on their own music or providing a platform or house band for others. Revivalist, methodical and passionate Lucy Mae are doing what we (M20) like to see! Making music, movements and keeping the live music scene a-thrive!
You can also watch them for real! at their residency at The Lodge at Richmond Tea Rooms every Saturday, it’s an Alice In Wonderland themed bar that’s part of the Tea Room or experience the sound on Sunday 21st Feb at Hold Fast Northern Quarter and many other places for that matter! we’re spoilt for choice.
If, dare I say it, you were to leave M20 at some point, heading straight down Mauldeth Road, past the train station, through Burnage, across the park and to the left, you’d end up – well probably back where you started, my sense of direction is notoriously bad. But if you use a map or something, you might just be able to find your way to M20 once removed – or Levenshulme, M19.
In some ways, M19 is like M20’s friendly older brother: it’s bigger, a bit hard to get to/in touch with and always seems to have an upgraded version of your stuff. This last is definitely true if we compare our beloved but undeniably Greggs-y Withington bakery, Martin’s, to the homey, good smells n’ happy vibes factory that is M19’s Trove Cafe and Bakery, suppliers of all things baked and wheaty to many of Manchester’s gastronomic greats – inc. Chorlton’s Unicorn Co-Op and Electrik Bar, West Didsbury’s brand newest eaterie Volta, and the lovely Fig + Sparrow on Oldham St.
You could walk right past it if you weren’t actually looking for it. Amidst the myriad bric-a-brac shops, newsagents and supermarkets dotted around along Stockport Road, the tiny Trove Cafe, with its Scandinavian interior, all thick wood and minimalist decor peeking out from behind impossibly shiny glass under a simply illustrated sign, has the kind of unassumingly cool yet invitingly cosy atmosphere that any given venue Hoxton-wide would sell all kinds of limbs to achieve.
But Trove’s philosophy couldn’t be further from the pretension of the big city: the tables are arranged around a large central table designed intentionally to foster a sense of community and openness, where:
the people of Levenshulme can come and socialise and communicate. We love the idea that our neighbours can come to meet, talk and eat and new friendships might be made over a decent cup of coffee (or tea).
With frequent events like ‘FOLK + PIZZA’ night, or next week’s ‘BUMPS + BABIES COFFEE MORNING’ (where babymamas and mama’s babies get 1/2 price brews), Trove facilitates people meeting through food and fun. Ain’t that nice?
And most importantly – so is the food! The menu offers delicious twists on classic breakies – like spiced spinach + coconut with fried egg – and everything is lovingly homemade. Just try and resist the rows of cakes and breads as you head up to order…! I left with a fresh loaf of fennel seed rye, a half price ciabatta and some sage advice on how best to enjoy them both (the rye bread keeps improving from the day after it’s first been sliced; ciabatta makes a bangin bruschetta or simple garlic bread – just grill with some olive oil and mushed up garlic). And, needless to say, a big smile on my face. Actually, from their old blue delivery van affectionately named Cyril down to the hand printed brown paper bags you get with your purchases, everything about Trove makes me, and my tastebuds, smile.
See you at the next pizza night!
***All images taken from Trove’s site, and snapped by Giulia at www.onlovendphotography.com***