Tag Archives: Swing & Shout

Artist Review: Lucy Mae

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.

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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’.

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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!

Click here to watch their latest video “Through You” and check out more about this collage of musicians on their Facebook page.

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.

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An Interview with… Rachele Whatever

The line-up for tonight’s (Tuesday 11th March) line-up for Solomon’s LIVE at Solomon Grundy’s includes Brighton-born, Manchester-living soundstress Rachele Whatever. I caught up with her ahead of the gig to get to know the woman behind the guitar…

 

Here’s how it went down:

1. How’d you get into music?

My gran bought me a guitar when I was 16 and it started from there. I used to get lessons from an old punk, but I never practised so I’d go and play him songs I’d made up instead.

2. Who, or what, inspires your music/sound?

My lyrics are generally quite topical or social commentary – I’ve never been able to write love songs! I have a song about dogging, one about crap jobs – a lot about politicians 

3. What social message or experience does your music try to evoke? 

I spent my teen years in Brighton – there was a lot of the free party vibe left over from the 90s and still a lot of “political” music then, and that’s the scene I started out in, the DIY punk/ska scene and the free party scene and I guess the Do It Yourself and question authority stuff has just stayed with me.

4. What is special to you about Manchester’s music scene? 

I like the way there’s little suburbs in Manchester with different crowds – you can play a city center gig one night then the next night be in Levenshulme and be playing to new people.  I’ve found in Manchester the best thing to do is start a night yourself.  I launched an events company with my friend Craig called Galivantes and our main club night is Swing & Shout – a 2 stage event with bands, DJs, jam sessions, swing dance lessons, face-painting and crazy décor… We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had so far. We started as there wasn’t much scope for gigs in the reggae/gypsy/ska punk scene and we wanted to offer well attended and paid gigs for bands outside Manchester.  The next Swing & Shout is on 19th April at Underland

5. Any particular gigs/releases that we can look forward to from you? 

Yes – I’m releasing 5 tracks with my jungle punk opera band Neghed through Ancoats based label Longevity Records. 

6. If you had to sum it up, what’s the Rachele Whatever dream? 

Lol me and my friends have a pirate ship stage with a 20k soundsystem – my dream would be travelling round the world to festivals with it performing and putting on events.   

 

Sounds amazing – can I come with you Rachele?!? Find her on the interwebs at these sites:

facebook.com/RacheleWhatever

facebook.com/pages/Neghed/231779143580775

and have a listen to some tunes below…

 

***Catch Rachele performing TONIGHT at Solomon’s LIVE from 7pm***