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27th November 2008

by Ben Davis on 27 November, 2008 | 0 comments

Here’s a lesson I learnt over the weekend; Always limber yourself up alley side before having your first ten pin bowling game in years. You’d think common sense would have told me to do some stretches but he wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

There’s a lovely acoustic show on tonight at The Talbot. Matt Nicholls (from Camera) and Meilir will be individually serenading you with lovelorn lullabies of irreversible heartache and tales of characters enshrined in timeless folk songs, all presented with vocals that could quite easily make a grown man break down and cry with sheer emotion. If you’re a bit emotionally unstable then it’s probably not a good idea to go down to this, otherwise, soak it in. Its £2 entry and starts at 8pm.

It’s the 2nd year anniversary of the Vic Rehearsal Rooms in Wrexham today. The Vic is run by the Wrexham Youth Service and they launched their rehearsal rooms with the help of the Welsh Music Foundation and the Live Music Forum, Feargal Sharkey (from The Undertones) officially opened it. Initially it was a 1 year pilot scheme, with no guarantee of it carrying on after that, but because of its popular success and the backing of local bands and musicians, they managed to secure further funding. To celebrate being 2 years old they are holding a free gig at Central Station featuring some of the bands who use the facility. Playing are No Room For Heroes, Burning Prophecy, Corruption, The Witherdons and Unseen Archives. Doors are open at 7pm.

It’s Record Fair time again and this time it’s on Saturday at the Pavillion in Flint. Like a travelling festival of collector’s arcadia, these immensely successful events have gone from strength to strength this year even with this media-hyped credit crunch business happening. Expect plenty more next year. On Saturday you’ll be able to pick up some vinyl for your latest sleeveface (Google it) as well as your ‘contemporary’ CDs, DVDs and T-shirts from the 30+ stalls. It’s open from 10am to 4pm but I’d recommend getting there as early as possible.

As always there is a Panic Promotions night at McLean’s in Pentre tonight. It’s an open mic night with Paul Gambino (any relation to Don Carlo?), Dominic Cranney, Kizz Mac and many more – to many to list here without it being a list. It’s £4 entry and kicks off at 7:45pm.

I’ve just heard about another of Wrexham’s music haunts being turned into a ‘trendy’ bar. This time it’s Milliners on the high street and it’s going to be re-launched as the ‘Red Bar’ with a full renovation and refurnish, I’m guessing with the predictable fake leather sofas, soft lighting, artwork from Habitat and artificial plants. There’s no word on when though, probably early next year I’m reckoning. Does Wrexham need another trendy bar? No is the quick answer to that.

Tomorrow night you can catch Led Zeppelin tribute act ‘Whole Lotta Led’ at the William Aston Hall in Glyndwr University. I’m sure I’ve seen these play before or it could have been a different Led Zep tribute act, it wouldn’t have been out of choice though – I think it was when I used to be a part-time till monkey at HMV in Chester at the weekends and there was a staff night out. Peer pressure can make you do strange things. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of Led Zep but watching a man screaming his manhood off trying to impersonate Robert Plant circa 1971 can be a painful experience for the ears. Tonight the William Aston Hall have ‘Abba Magic’ playing. Nice.

In Telfords Warehouse tomorrow night Circlesound are playing. Now this band have been around for some time and I’m amazed I’ve never got round to seeing them live. What do they sound like? Well, with a breadth of experience cultivates a set of finely crafted songs which deviate between the rawness of Queens of the Stone Age and a stripped down version of The Cooper Temple Clause. Previously they have supported the likes of The Departure, The Editors and Maximo Park but tonight they are all yours. It’s free entry before 9pm and £4 thereafter.

The Redi Nights return to Central Station tomorrow night following their ‘sessions’ gig at The Talbot Bar. Joining them for another headline slot are the ‘Welsh Kings of Leon’ The Roseville Band with Trader, The Django’s and Gintis (who were initially booked for the sessions gig). Following the bands there is an Indie Rock n Roll DJ set from Neal Thompson until the wee messy hours. Its £5 entry and doors are 9pm.

Email me at ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk with any news you have. Have a good one and remember to Google ‘sleeveface’, you’ll never look at your dad’s Leo Sayer ‘Silverbird’ vinyl in the same way again. Ever.

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