Friday, 20 July 2012

An Old White Hart charity fest, just what the doctor ordered

Having already raised a whopping £5050, this Saturday (21st July) will see The Old White Hart Inn showcase another awesome charity concert all in the name of the children-specialist wards at Northampton General Hospital. From 2pm till midnight the inn will play host to six live acts as well as a massive raffle and auction to raise as many funds as they can to help those unfortunates in our county suffering from heart problems and cancer at such a young age. With the incredible Whiteroom headlining, the event is a fantastic opportunity to help benefit the lives of others and witness some brilliant live music all at the same time.

If anyone ever told you that weather didn't make any difference whatsoever to how you enjoy music, well they were lying. And with a blissful heatwave expected over the next week, Northampton's awesome pop rock fourpiece Whiteroom are going to sound even more mindblowing than usual. Distorted rumbling basslines, guitar riffs bouncing around, thumping thuddering juddering drums and epically-sung heartbroken lyrics packed into every second tighter than a gnat's chuff. Six years from the band's formation and still no debut album? But when it's finally released then boy is it gonna be epic.

Hana Bushnell Trio
The acoustic Pied Piper of Northampton, Bushnell's been mesmerising and magnetising musicians into her bare-boned melody-sprung music parade for years, dragging in everyone from the rock 'n' roll-tastic Cousin Avi to local indie label Loose Change Records to her current band lineup Lewis Butler and Aaron Burbidge. Still making fresh indie pop, the trio also meddling in some much funkier jams, head-boppin' grooves to the max.

Mesmerising unique, this year's Y Factor champion will blow you off your feet as, sitting on stage with only a guitar, he proceeds to strum up a phenomenal wall of stripped-back, empowering acoustic brilliance - warming you right up to the cockles - that anticipates massive feats to come from this mega-talented teenager. Charlie Sloth isn't the only one who's got Fire in the Booth!

Tim Winstone
Described on the gig info as "a songwriter playing covers" (because that makes perfect sense!), this Black Bottom Club regular is the man responsible for Embers Fire's powerfully bitter vocals - a Midlands-based heavy metal band rousing from their doom-filled slumber to raise their gnarled heads to the sky and let out a rip-roaring eruption of epicness. Now disbanded, Winstone's performing those old Embers Fire anthems as a solo guitarist, not to mention a number of beautiful stripped-back covers.

Recently released his debut album Nothing More, Nothing Less with Harley-Joe Arnold, this cheeky singer-songwriter has been tipped by just about everyone as one to watch from our town's pop scene including myself. Just an average kid - chinos, trainers, dark hair and dark eyes - but Herbert's got versatility by the bucketload: putting a refreshing spin on some luscious 30s jazz classics alongside those infectiously brilliant pop songs, with a slice of hip-hop on the end as well.

Iain Watson
An EP titled Life Without The Sun, song names like Into The Sea, Y Factor regular Iain Watson certainly is a natural. Have no fear though, he sounds miles better than that pun was funny (mind you a stray cat attempting a rendition of The National Anthem would sound better than that pun), an infectious guitarist springing into life, a gorgeously romantic lyricist and one of the county's stand out young singer-songwriters. It's elementary dear Watson.

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