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Who’s Next The Jam Project 03/12/16 Chelmsford City FC, the Clarets Bar.

The Weekend started early this week with Thursday night at the Asylum watching those fine people from the Broadway Clash doing a benefit gig to keep the Asylum open. I seem to be seeing them quite a lot lately and they never disappoint. Two sets of covers from one of the greatest bands ever to come from our country. More importantly the reason they were doing the gig, the Asylum is a great little club that puts on events from all kinds of Rock music to Northern soul and Reggae do’s. A couple of weeks ago they nearly had the bailiffs in, so with donations, a few benefit gigs including one by Wilko Johnson and a record release they have managed to keep the wolves from the door. I have to admit that I don’t use the club as much as I should, about 10 to 12 times a year but in future I will endeavour to have a pint in there first when I am drinking on that side of town. There is another do there next Saturday the 10th of December which is a Reggae night. I think it is £3 to get in, all proceeds to keep the Asylum open. I know that quite a few of you will be going to see Skamite that night so why don’t you pop in after to listen to the real thing.  https://www.facebook.com/events/322286884802014/


There is also a gig there on Friday the 9th of December which includes the fabulous Steve Foster-Pilkington, well worth a watch.

I missed a good night Friday, I had to pick up my son from Stansted but all the boys went to see Joan V Arc at the Bassment. Apparently they were fantastic and Maurice hasn’t stopped talking about them since.

Saturday saw Maurice and myself turning up at the Clarets bar in sunny Melbourne to see a couple of tribute bands. The plan was to go to the Woolpack at 5.30, watch the Arsenal smash the “appy ammers” an hour of Northern Soul at the Woolpack, then to the Clarets Bar which should have finished at 11, then back to the Woolpack for a final hour of spinning and floating on the dance floor (well that’s what it looks like in my mind). Mo told me the support was on early so I had to forget about the first part of the evening. The Jam Project were first on, I have seen them before in their Alter-ego, the Most but never as the full Jam tribute. Very good they were as well as they rattled through all the Jam singles and a couple of album tracks. What’s not to like about the Jam and the band did them proud.

: The main band were a Who tribute, Who’s Next. They started with “Can’t explain” and kept it up with hit after hit. They were very good doing 3 from Tommy and Quadrophenia as well. Great versions of “Behind blue eyes” “Won’t get fooled again” “Baba O’Reily” shame there was no violin, “Love reign over me” topped by a fantastic rendition of “The real me.” That song is so powerful. Loved them, they were a great band who gave full value for money, two and a half hours worth which made them finish about 11.30. I missed the soul at the pub which was shame but had a thoroughly entertaining night in Melbourne.

Summing up 2 great tributes performing songs from 2 of the finest English bands that we have ever had. The Clarets bar is pretty good for music as well, good beer and very easy for me to get to. Also thanks to Nick Garner for putting the gig on. This is another promoter that I don’t support enough but living in Chelmsford we are truly spoilt at the moment with every weekend having at least 2 or 3 different events each night that I want to go to, without travelling too far.

Next week get to the Asylum for Friday and Saturday nights for what promises to be 2 great nights. The week after Eddie Piller is on at the Bassment in a Rubbersoul promoted night, highly recommended if you like Soul music.

Duncan December 2016