MUSIC MATTERS: Sounding Off session part of continuing 2-Tone celebrations - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: Sounding Off session part of continuing 2-Tone celebrations

THE 2-Tone Village and The Coventry Music Museum continues to celebrate 2019 as the 40 Years of 2-Tone on Saturday (April 6) with the Sounding Off session that everyone has been requesting.

So here it is, John Shipley of The Special AKA fame is in the hot-seat. John was famously part of the Swinging Cats, a 2-Tone band that had a massive influence on head honcho Jerry Dammers and bands like Madness and far beyond.

I’m in the best seat in the house as I get to ask the questions and finally open it out to the audience. It all kicks off at 12 noon.

On the subject of the 2-Tone Village, massive thanks go to Christine and Neville Staple for bringing along to the village their famous friends. We always say you never know who you will see at the Village. Well on Thursday, we had a visit from BBC 6Music presenter Liz Kershaw, who loved the place and mentioned the museum on her show.

Then on Friday, Birmingham band Fuzzbox visited, and yes they all got to sit in the Ghost Town car.

Performance in Bloom-Shoot Festival

I’m looking forward to seeing “Performance In Bloom”.

It’s on (today) Thursday 4th & Friday 5th April at The Belgrade’s B2. Three compelling stories, each with a distinct and powerful narrative.

Featuring Nick Knibb’s Never Mind the Horlicks – Tales of Punk Rock & 2-Tone, using hazy memories, poetry and narrative, looks back at what it felt like to be growing up in the Midlands in the 1970s.

Sebastian H-W’s Rebels Atlas charts the impact of urban regeneration on local residents through a multimedia documentary performance.

And Susie Sillett’s Cheetah Sisters invites us to consider the intricacies of inter-racial adoption and the ups and downs of sisterhood.

It looks like a very special line-up, and Nick is the Music Museum’s Artist In Residence.

Shoot Festival, in association with the Belgrade Theatre, is proud to present these newly commissioned pieces from CV based artists who have taken part in Shoot Festival in previous years. Tickets £10.50, £8.50 concessions* *online price.

A booking fee will be added for bookings in person at Belgrade Box Office 7.45pm.

Fargo on the map

Big thanks to everyone who has purchased my “Coventry Music Atlas”, a publication that looks into where the music happened in Coventry, and also boasts an update of the famous 2-Tone Trail.

I can now reveal that my book is on sale at Fargo Gosford St at “Picker Pip” auction gallery at just £5. It’s also on sale at the The Music Museum, The Herbert and Just For The Record in Rugby.

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