May 27th, 2010

COUNTRY DIRT 8pm-ish - 2b broadcast on

The Others, Stoke Newington, London – 16th April ‘10 – The Others isn’t your conventional rock venue, no, tonight we’re upstairs, above a 70’s looking snooker hall in some kind of DIY community space. No stage as such, bands down one end, on the floor, old armchairs scattered around, friendly space, relaxed atmosphere, boundaries blurred, where does band end and audience start? Slight air of chaos and punk rock, the more than healthy spirit of do it yourself. We’re deep in the depths of Stoke Newington, some kind of police incident up on the main road outside as we head for the venue. You’ll know you’ve found the place by the broken vintage synths chained to the wall in the stairwell.  
                    There’s all kinds of strange people walking around in colourfully strange dress, there’s rather home made looking art on the walls (the venue doubles as a lo-fi art gallery that also hosts life drawing classes on Monday nights), the art isn’t that inspiring, then again, hard to get to it amongst the chaos of the cowgirls, the sweet dealers – “got some Dolly Mixtures here” says the dubious looking “punk” in the wrap-around glasses as he produces a sweaty looking plastic bag with three sticky looking sweets “five pence each, don’t tell anyone, three for twelve pence to you”. DJ’s are spinning cheesy 70’s/80’s disco pop alongside classic slabs of wholesome Black Sabbath, the place fills up pretty quickly… 
           Somewhere through the healthy chaos and confusion, once Cornellius has finished politely ranting and singing and telling us all we know nothing about anything (and just about gets away with it because he does it with an innocent smile and some harmless lefty-hippy good intention), a band finally takes to the ‘stage’… They take to the stage from the crowd, they appear to be called COUNTRY DIRT. She’s a star in her red stockings and white cowboy boots, the stage is hers, the fake redneck drawl and her talk of putting the cunt in country, you almost want the song to end so she can get in to the teasing performance once more.  The songs are good though, countrified bluegrass, banjos, sunshine, they throw in a rather decent Gram Parsons cover alongside what we assume are their own rather good songs. Songs with great titles, titles like Pussy Whipped, as she coverts around her microphone stand and makes sure you know she’s the centre of attention. Country Dirt are fun, they have their tongues stuck firmly in cheek as they bring a collective smile to the face of the venue, they have some seriously good bluegrass country rock there though, they’d be good without her, they’re excellent with her. They go down extremely well, she’s a star in her big cowgirl hat, her name is Marieanne Hyatt.. 

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The NO:ID festival was and is part of the NO:ID network, anetwork of artists in East London, a gallery, and a question of identity, working equally with fine arts, performance arts, and musicians. here’s some links… /

War HWUAHH What is it good For – 16th May – The FlowerPot 147 Kentish Town Rd

May 16th, 2010



Singers, Songwriters, Poets, Speakers, Journalists, Bloggers, Writers, Video Makers, Film Makers, Activists.This is a serious event, which will feature Video Projections, Music, and Spoken Word ‘Live’.

DJ Stan Brennan (Pogues Producer, with veritable trove of tunes)

Many Video Projections +

Gaynor O’Flynn (Singer-Songwriter)

Paul Howard (Singer-Guitarist: 3 great covers on Acoustic Guitar)

Rosamund (Poet-Performance Artist with excerpts from Lily Marlene)

AnnaLeDoesPoetry (Spoken Word Poetry for our times)

Pennie Quinton (Re ‘I’m A Photographer – Not A Terrorist!’ + Palestine)

Aine Duffy (Acoustic Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter from Cork) TBC

Mic Wright (Writer-Journalist-Speaker)

Siskin (Upcoming Duo who have been receiving Press adulation recently)

Grassy Noel + APE (Truly unique music)

Sonja Kristina & Special Guests (formerly singer with Curved Air, The Strawbs) Clifford Slapper, pianist (David Bowie, Boy George, Billie Ray Martin, Finlay Quaye, Jarvis Cocker) speaks about ending war, and performs John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ – with Sonja Kristina on vocals.

The Supernovas (5 Stars in The Daily Mirror Music Column)


Suzanne Moore (Speaker: Journalist & Columnist from The Mail & The Independent. Standing as INDEPENDENT candidate for Stoke Newington in May 6th General Election).

Sterling Roswell Band (Inc Rosco formerly of Spacemen 3)+
Martin Belmont (Guitarist with Graham Parker & The Rumour,
Elvis Costello (Trust), Carlene Carter, Nick Lowe’s Cowboy Outfit, Hang Wangford, Carl Perkins, and the late Johnny Cash!) WITH vocalist Barbara Marsh (Singer on Martin’s new GUEST LIST CD) PLUS vocalist
Marianne Hyatt (singing Texan Tunes and providing Country Vibes from Austin, Texas)

Singin out w Martin Belmont n Sterling Roswell on the night

Country Dirt play Hope Weekender Benefit 2nd May 6pm

May 2nd, 2010

Country Dirt are vyin for a slot at the Hope Weekender 4/5 June 2010 by playin…


Hope London Benefit Gig, Mayday bank holiday Sunday 2nd May – 6pm – The Hob Gobblin in Forest Hill SE23  (opposite the station). Entry charge £5 on door.

Free entry if you buy your Hope Weekender ticket on The Door (creditcards and checks not accepted).

HOPE WEEKENDER 2010 – 4th/5th June –

This year looks set to be one of the best ever. We’ve found a fab new site, just for us, on a working farm (no animals) and inside the M25.

The line up is coming together and looking great. Details to follow. Features:

Live entertainment on 2 stages and the piano + Ska-Bar

The big fire.

Kids workshops and the magic shows

Kids dome

Big bouncy castle slide.

Licenced bar with draught guinness and ale

Cafe and coffee stall, burger van, ice cream

Site Details:

Fires allowed. Wood for sale on site  NB Fires must be off the ground on most of the site so bring something to burn on. This will be enforced. Areas available for fires on ground

Wristbands must be worn at all times.

Recycling facilities available.

Flushing toilets, no showers this year

No dogs please.

The ground is hard so we advise you plan for that. Special tent pegs are for sale on site.

Camping separate from parking this year, camper vans have an area for themselves There are no hookups for these.

Please respect the boundaries of our event or you will be asked to leave. (you’ll get it when you arrive).

The nearest railway station is 3 miles away and a bus does go past the site.


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