Julie Buckley – landlady extraordinaire of the Award Winning Music Venue Cask Corner Dive Bar kindly offered to celebrate Doncopolitan’s second birthday by throwing a Norther Soul party at her venue on Cleveland Street.
Martin the Mod is on the decks, spinning all original vinyl and from 8.30pm the amazing Side Keys will be performing this includes outrageously talented musicians from Doncaster prestigious Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Come and have a beer with us or three! We’ll be down there from 8.00pm you can pick up a past or current issues of Doncopolitan. Our co-editor Rachel has been practicing here moves this week. See you in the dancefloor Doncolites.
Sophie Brown discusses her graduate collection exploring Culture & Continuity
Being brought up in a predominantly white community in Doncaster, I had
very little knowledge of my black history and culture. It’s not till now that I have
begun to have opinions on my culture and interest in my history. My work
focuses on cultural appropriation and the dilution of black history. Cultural
appropriation is a big topic in fashion and with celebrities at the moment.
I aim to make people more aware of what they are doing when they take aspects from a culture and wear/do them simply because they are the ‘in’ thing. Often they have no understanding of how or why people of the culture it originated from do it, and the meaning behind it, for example tribal tattoos, African markings, hairstyles and cultural garments. Is it disrespect or appreciation? I feel history is often forgotten and diluted when cultural appropriation happens. I aim to make a dent in making black history, a history that has sculpted so much of how we live today, more acknowledged. I feel that black history has been extremely diluted over the years. We are only taught the minimum in school. There is so much in today’s world that slavery had such a big impact on. Due to the lack of education, people are unaware of this. Is this a failing in the school curriculum or does it go deeper than this?
Karl Scott is a Doncaster-born travelling DIY singer-songwriter and artist who can be found performing at venues such as Cask Corner, Mason’s Arms, Rum Rooms and Vintage. Alongside being a staple of the Doncaster music scene, Karl often travels across Europe and in particular Germany, where he has become a mainstay of the house concert scene. Karl’s music and art is based on an upcycling philosophy, whereby he uses materials around him to create his work. Last year he used past copies of Doncopolitan as covers for his EP, Locating Life. His other projects have included transforming juice cartons into useable and useful purses and recording in derelict buildings for their natural acoustics. Vinyl Icons pays homage to the great and good of the music world, whist upcycling vinyl which would otherwise end up in landfill.
You can check out Karl’s latest creations at Vintage on Silver Street.
Far back in the mists of time (well, about 4 years or so ago), two men took to a stage armed with a guitar, a drum, a washboard, two voices and some choice songs. The 13 Women, for it was them, seemed to slip under the radar despite some glowing reviews.
Four years on, Bob Hughes and Danny Foy have replaced the washboard with a fiddle player, a harmonica, a double bass, a full drum kit and a brand spanking new album. With some epic live gigs under their collective belt and a growing fan base, the album was eagerly awaited. I hate eagerly-awaited albums. Unless it’s a blinder then it can only be a disappointment. Thankfully it is a blinder.
‘YTS’ (no idea – Youth Training Scheme?) opens with a lone fiddle, joined by some out
of tune guitar and then an Ennio Morricone harmonica takes us into spaghetti western territory. Every album should start like this. It draws you in perfectly.
‘Feed The Wolf’ pumps its way towards old favourite ‘WWW’, a gorgeous waltz masking lyrics that tell of the pitfalls of social media. Pete Howe’s fiddle is achingly beautiful.
‘Inward Bound’ is a dem bones hoe down. If your foot isn’t tapping by now you’ve probably shuffled off this mortal coil. ‘Arse Of Barnsley’ (has there ever been a better song title?) chugs. There’s no other word for it. It’s like a relentless steam train.
It’s at this point that you realise The 13 Women make music that sounds like it came from the Deep South but is firmly planted in 21st Century Yorkshire.
‘Elaine’ is a love song to a lost love called Michelle. Brilliant. The song belongs to Mick Holmes mourning harmonica. We’re back upbeat again with ‘H & H’ (Hungry & Homeless – I worked that one out). It’s ‘Cotton Fields’ rewritten. Not the woeful Beach Boys version, but somewhere between Leadbelly’s original and The Pogues 1989 take.
‘On The Farm’ is probably the weakest song on the album. It’s not a bad track, but it just seems a bit lost surrounded by everything else happening here. Still, how many 12 track albums come without filler? Maybe with the “I’ve got a deep sea diver’s point of view” lyric, that’s the point. And to prove a point, ‘Time Traveller’ is for me the strongest song. It pumps along, interspersed with the most gorgeous hook.
Nine tracks in and we think we have the measure of The 13 Women, so they throw ‘Jawbone’ our way. It’s like nothing else on here. Christ, it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before, yet it fits and is unmistakably 13 Women. It’s unique, which is no mean musical feat these days. It’s a beautiful earworm. ‘Bad Temper’ and ‘DeadlyCobra’ have a job on to follow that and close the album, but they do it nicely. ‘Bad Temper’ throws the album title into the lyric, sounding both pretty and ugly at the same time. ‘DeadlyCobra’ takes us back half an hour into The 13 Women’s spaghetti western world, a superb and fitting ending. An eagerly-awaited album that does what we want and more. It’s a magnificent effort. Their only real issue now is how to follow it.
This review has been written by Simon Saynor radio host and proprietor of Notorious Aadvark Record Store in the Waterdale shopping centre. He’s a #DonnyLegend.
Made in Accrington, Lancashire, Billy Bibby moved to the seaside resort of Llandudno, North Wales at the age of eight with his parents and younger brother. He first picked up a guitar shortly thereafter and has been teaching himself and honing his guitar skills ever since. From his teen years onwards, Billy’s existence has been divided between living by the sea in North Wales and touring extensively throughout the UK and abroad. The combination of life on the road and a relaxing home base as a haven for songwriting provides a nice pace of living, perfect for creating new tunes.
The bulk of Billy Bibby’s music career thus far has been with Catfish and the Bottlemen. As a founding member of the band, Bibby cut his gigging teeth for seven years across the UK, Europe and America as lead guitarist and backing vocalist. This voyage started when he was just 17 and ended when he was 24. One of his greatest achievements to date is earning a gold disc for the band’s top ten debut album, The Balcony, which has remained in the UK charts since it was first released in September 2014. This breakout success culminated with a win for Catfish and the Bottlemen at the 2016 Brit Awards for British Breakthrough Act.
At the helm of his new band, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Billy seeks to forge his way in the industry with a project showcasing his own songwriting. His expressive voice surprises and delights the listener with its flawless, timeless and effortless qualities. Possessing powerful, melodic pipes and a set of songs to match, Bibby prides himself on making meaningful, relatable records that resonate with everyday people. Influences from such greats as Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher and James Bay are prominent but not defining, supporting an approach that legendary Manchester DJ and recording artist Clint Boon describes as “classic British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana.”
Bibby spent much of 2015 on tour, trialling new acoustic material and garnering praise and positive feedback. That led to a series of auditions to recruit a full band with the help of Simon Jones, former bassist for The Verve.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are appearing at the Black Smiths Arms in Harworth on the 28th May hosted by Ginger Beard. This Haworth collective of musicians and promoters are becoming a destination for local and national unsigned touring musicians. They are also hosting the Scarborough Arms Stage at Tfest which will see Billy Bibby return to Doncaster alongside Sheffield’s Velcro Teddy Bears and Scunthorpe’s Twisted Revolution.
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