Swindon Shuffle Music Festival is go!
The Renegade Brewery sponsored Swindon Shuffle music festival is celebrating its 10th year this week and has a bumper line up in place across multiple venues in the Old Town area of Swindon. Already sponsors of the Songs of Praise nights at Shuffle venue Baila, our beers are a regular fixture in the town, available on the bar at Baila and The Victoria and the shelves of Magnum Wine.
Tonight there is a warm-up event in the shape of a music quiz to get in the mood but it all kicks off in earnest tomorrow night (Wednesday 13th July) with the first session at The Roaring Donkey featuring some of the best local singer-songwriters performing from 8pm. Expect some dextrous playing and intelligent songs from Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper, Oli Norman and Mike Barham.The other key sponsor is local craft brewer Renegade Brewery.
Thursday 14th is split between The Castle and Baila Coffee & Vinyl. The big story is at The Castle where Gaz Brookfield (who opened the very first Shuffle 10 years ago) returns to the shuffle after a 6 year absence. He is ably supported by the brilliant George Wilding and band, the piano-indie of Familiars and the blues shuffle of Fake Walnut Dash. Baila, meanwhile, has a headline set from The Shudders who will be acoustic for the night, with Jim Blair of HipRoute playing some slide blues and local songwriting siren Emily-Jane Sheppard. Of course, there will be plenty of Renegade beer available here too!
The really serious business starts on Friday 15th when The Victoria hosts a night of punked up rock music from All Ears Avow, 2 Sick Monkeys, Raze* Rebuild, IDestroy and some crazy psychotic punk from Martyrials. Renegade Craft Lager is available on tap here! Over at The Castle you can catch a headline set from heavy shoegaze outfit Rain, some cinematic dream-pop from Polar Front and indie-pop from Misfires and Break Glass To Open.
Saturday 16th is jam packed, starting with lunchtime singer / songwriter sessions at The Central Library (in the courtyard if the sun shines!) followed by a night of crazy madness at The Victoria from the mental ska party that is SN Dubstation, Ruby Confue’s urban jazz Psychedelia, more upbeat ska from The Hat Club, Chaney with his dance-indie crossover and atmospheric dreamy acoustica from Dreuw. The Castle get rocked up with A Way With Words and the brilliant stoner riffs of Rewire The Time Machine whilst The Harlers take blues to new places, Horizon show indie music is alive and kicking in Swindon and The King In Mirrors remind us of the golden days of indie-pop. The Beehive join in with sets from Dead Pheasants, Black Sheep Apprentice, Luke De-Sciscio and the weirdly spelt Spida Sense. Baila meanwhile will host some top DJ’s playing out on vinyl on the Friday and Saturday.
Everything gets wrapped up on Sunday 17th with an afternoon chill out at Baila from Nick Felix, Canute’s Plastic Army, acoustic Ruby Confue and an upbeat closing set from young hip-hoppers Mutant Kids. This is followed by the traditional roots music closing party at The Beehive that stars Tamsin Quin, George Wilding & Stu Rowe, Mr Love & Justice, Splat The Rat, Auralcandy and finishing it all off the amazing music hall Americana of Kid Calico & The Astral Ponies.
Headline sponsor are The Swindon Robins Speedway team, who will not only provide the festival with the backing that helps to keep the festival free entry to the public, but they will help further establish the Swindon Shuffle name as an important part of the Swindon community, in the same way the Robins have been for the last 70 years. The Shuffle will also be helping Swindon Robins to raise awareness of the team and the sport to a younger audience who may not be aware that Swindon has a speedway team, especially an Elite League level team who have won the GB league title as recently as 2012.
As usual all events are free entry, and following a few sad losses to the music community in the last few years, money will be collected for Mind, the amazing mental health charity.
This months Renegade Session Live Music (pt1)
Thursday 30th June– Dreuw, Luke De-Sciscio + TriAmi – The Renegade Sessions @ Baila Coffee & Vinyl
This months musical opening salvo at Baila Coffee & Vinyl in Swindon is a real sweet show, as the guys at Songs of Praise explain…
“We have managed to secure three marvellous acts that are all hallmarked by their spine-tingling vocal styles and atmospheric music, so it promised to be a very special night. Headlining is Swindon’s own Dreuw, an artist we have seen many times, performing his beautiful, hushed and dramatic songs acoustically to largely indifferent pub audiences. Therefore, this step into a the cosy confines of Baila will allow an audience to appreciate the ethereal splendour of his art; delicate and ethereal songs built as much from atmosphere and expectation as from words and music – intangible, chilled, beautiful…
“Taking the middle slot is Luke De-Sciscio, an old friend of SoP; an artist who, despite still being a veritable youngster, has been one of our go-to guys pretty much since Ed started promoting. Luke is a songwriter with a supremely gymnastic vocal style, one for who silence and space in a song are of equal importance to the notes and who likes to follow a process of total immersion in song-writing that allows him to search his soul and find the voice of each piece. The result is always spine-tingling and highly emotive…
“Openers are Salisbury trio TriAmi, a band where hushed folktronica meets chilled acoustica and the harmonies, oh my god the harmonies, well, you’ll just have to come along and see what I mean but bring something to wipe the tears away with.”
Due to some physical changes at the venue, the rather wonderful space upstairs (The Loft) will no longer be suitable for live music, so all shows will be moving downstairs to the just as wonderful main room. This means that they will no longer be ticketed and we will be relying on the tip jar to help pay the artists.
For full details and to listen to the artists head to the event page here.
This month’s Renegade Sessions live music
Yes, it is that time of the month again when we decamp to the marvellous Baila Bar in Swindon for our live music sessions. We have some proper treats lined up for you music fans as well, so we leave you in the capable hands of our buddies at Songs of Praise to explain what is going on.
Thursday 26th May – Franc Cinelli, Monkfish (Acoustic) + Oli Norman – The Renegade Sessions in The Loft @ Baila Coffee & Vinyl
Franc Cinelli (pictured) has has been on Dave’s radar since he reviewed his album last year (which he thought “a sublime mix of all that is familiar but crafted together into new shapes and presented with a masterful touch”). He has carved a niche for himself in the industry by bucking trends with his free-wheeling alternative folk and doing things his way. Considered by many the songwriters’ songwriter his style ranges from uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and love struck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads.
Ed’s contribution to the line up has been to procure a rather special acoustic set from Swindon / Oxford band Monkfish. As a full on electric band they sound like the bastard sons of Johnny Cash and The Sisters of Mercy, with a dash of The Gun Club thrown in for good measure. Their acoustic set therefore promises to pitch somewhere around The Handsome Family but that is just a best guess. What ever it sounds like I think it will be something dark, lush and wonderfully unique.
Our opener, Oli Norman, kind of found us and is very much a raw prospect. Helping new talent gain an audience is one of our main drivers though, so it is a pleasure to be able to present an artist who so far has been only really been seen at open-mic slots. So let this be a lesson to all you other new faces out there – keep on getting up at open-mics and similar to hone and perfect your songs and performance, know your scene, network, ask for shows, get yourself out there and heard. Anyway, Oli presents simple songs sung with heart, and what more could you ask for than that from a guy with a guitar?
Entry is £5 and strictly limited in numbers. Music starts around 8pm. Full details to be found here.
Sunday 29th May – Phil Cooper + TBC – The Renegade Sessions @ Baila Coffee & Vinyl
Sop regular Phil Cooper (pictured) is a contemporary singer/songwriter with thought provoking songwriting and energetic, often unpredictable live performances. Phil has regularly (especially from Dave) drawn comparisons to Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook and Ben Folds, which is a very good thing.
Having been the frontman for The Haiku for 6 years, 2012 saw him go it alone, and since he has played a host of solo shows, including highly successful support slots for Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Dave McPherson (InMe). During his live shows, he makes a real connection with the crowd, often starting and finishing the shows entirely unplugged and shunning the stage to stand right in among the captivated audience.
Entry is free, music from 3pm. Details here.
The Renegade Sessions – live music with your favourite beer!
We announced the basics of our hook-up with the guys at Songs Of Praise Live and Baila Coffee & Vinyl to put on some live music a little while ago, but left out the important details like who will be playing. But we are very pleased to now be able to give you all the skinny on what is going on.
Baila is a really cool little place, the antithesis of the identikit chains which are taking over the high street, much like us at Renegade. Along with the very friendly vibe of the place there is a rather tasty vinyl rack, which follows the shops quality over quantity way of operating, stuffed full of seminal albums and underground collectibles, the cream of the leftfield, everything from rock and soul, dance and hip-hop, funk, pop and even more offbeat and unexpected treats. But it was their recent acquisition of an alcohol license that has resulted in us getting involved, as alongside some other great craft beers, classic cocktails and mental gin’s you will find Renegade brews alongside some West Berkshire Brewery beers! The Songs of Praise guys have 10 years experience putting the best local, regional and national acts on in Swindon and the surrounds, so are the perfect team to make this all happen.
We are starting with two shows a month, one downstairs on a Sunday afternoon and one upstairs in what is “baby Baila” during the day. The upstairs show will be a ticketed affair, on a Thursday evening and will be strictly limited numbers whilst the Sunday shows will be free entry. For both, the SoP team are curating a diverse and eclectic line-up and hoping to throw in things other than music when possible. Regardless of who is performing, you can be sure that it will very high quality and not the sort of thing you will see elsewhere in Swindon. If you are fed up with trying to experience the joy of subtle, intelligent and satirical music against a backdrop of Saturday night noise, then these gigs are the answer.
We kick things off this Thursday, 28th April with a a wonderful mix of smooth acoustica, poignant observations and downright weirdnesss. It’s a challenge to know how best to describe an artist like Grant Sharkey in just a few words. Musician who incorporates humour? Stand up comic who writes songs? Environmentalist cabaret? Mirthsome agitator? Arch-Liberalist? Poignant and insightful buffoon? It’s all in there somewhere. Falling between fringe theatre, satirical revue and regular music venue act and armed with his trusty bass, a bag of unique and often challenging songs, and a score of brilliant between song interludes and anecdotes, it is difficult to think who wouldn’t enjoy his show.
Local support comes in the very able guise of Canute’s Plastic Army, well crafted acoustic folk-pop vibes, very accessible and wonderfully memorable and the wholesome blends of West Country Folk and West Coast Paisley Underground pop that is Steve Cox, normally to be found fronting leading lights Mr Love and Justice. Tickets for this are priced at £5 and will be available from Baila or on the door, numbers allowing. Full details to be found on the event page here.
Our second show, the following Sunday 1st May, is a very different proposition to the first, marking a very welcome return to town for Vienna Ditto. Theirs is a pot-pourri of sounds, mixing rockabilly riffs with creative electronica and beats and soulful vocals. One of the most unique, original and exciting bands we have heard. In support, the creative and intelligent songwriting and electronica of Grasslands. Entry is free, be there for 3 pm, full details here.
Baila’s website is here.
Songs of Praise Live’s website is here.
Renegade Sessions – Live Music
I am sure you have noticed by now a certain musical leaning to things here at Renegade. With an experienced guitarist, a currently gigging drummer and a music promoter and writer among the brand’s core team it was always going to be the case. So it will come as no surprise to anyone that we are starting to sponsor some gigs and get involved with some music festivals this summer.
There will be more on the festivals when we can announce them, but in the meantime we focus on some upcoming plans as we link up with promoters Songs of Praise and our fellow music geeks at Baila Bar @ Baila Coffee & Vinyl to start programming some fantastic music to drink beer to in what we are styling the Renegade Sessions.
Baila Coffee & Vinyl is an oasis of brewed loveliness in Swindon’s Old Town district. By day they serve some of the finest coffees, alongside a great selection of vinyl records. It is a wonderful place to idle away some time over a hot brew and to flick through the racks of quality music. Then, in the evening the venue is transformed into a fabulous craft beer and cocktails bar (that serves Renegade beer) and they utilise this musical pedigree for regular DJ nights (vinyl only!) and occasional live music.
So, commencing on a twice monthly basis, from late April, we will be taking up residency and helping to put on some of the best in under-the-radar acts from the local region and beyond in both the venues main cafe / bar area, and in the upstairs room. We are very excited to announce that the first Renegade Session will be taking place on Thursday 28th April. We will be announcing the acts very soon.
In the meantime, here is a gallery from our first foray into music, a show at The Victoria in Swindon (again hosted with Songs of Praise) back in January featuring the bands Rain, IDestroy and Hollow Mask.
For more on the activites of live music promoters Songs of Praise, please visit their website by clicking here.