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Hayseed Dixie – Brooklyn Bowling London 06.02.15

Hayseed Dixie are a fantastic band to see live and I absolutely guarantee that their unique bluegrass cover versions of classic rock songs will have you grinning from ear to ear!

The musicianship between all four band members is impressive (unless you’re a complete git); acoustic bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, acoustic and (occasionally) violin vary the tunes out so well that things never sound repetitive.  In fact, banjo solos never get old do they!?

The arrangements are so damned clever that you can easily distinguish and identify songs that randomly find their way into others halfway through (‘War’ and ‘Lets get it on’ is a beautiful marriage!).

Quite frankly, you’d have to be some kind of massive prat not to enjoy the humour and atmosphere that saunters around a Hayseed Dixie gig, all the while they play up to their gimmick/cult band tag.

Folk music has taken over the UK music industry like the ‘blob’ and I find it repugnant how much the scene is up its own arse in faux intellectualism; so to hear a song about a poo in a jar about an ex girlfriend was incredibly righteous.

Favourite moments for me, hearing them belt out ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath and ‘Ace Of Spades’ by Motorhead.  Fucking brilliant.

And now, some video that I recorded!

Lovely Jubilee

Today is the last day of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Queen! ::Salute::

It’s been wonderful to see everyone around the UK and Commonwealth celebrating the service of such an amazing woman; I hold her maj in the highest regard for her dedication, professionalism and unparalleled intelligence on global foreign policy.

I spent Saturday at the Jubilee Summer event in Warlingham, Surrey. Warlingham is just down the road from me and it’s a lovely old town with a big village green.

The Summer Fair was brimming with eccentric British people who braved the traditional English Summer rain to have a jolly old ‘knees up’ and generally get pissed on cider, lager or Pimms with lemonade.

I got to see Isabelle (Dave and Jane’s daughter) brilliantly perform her Olympic themed dance before ‘God Save The Queen’ was belted out by a ten year old girl from Belles dance group.

I’ve spent the rest of the weekend relaxing (watched E3 with Angelo yesterday) and chilled with Cheeks today. Lovely stuff!

Long to reign over us, God save the Queen!