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The line-up and schedule for the 33rd annual New Orleans French Quarter Festival has been released. Attracting up to 750,000 visitors in recent years, this celebration of Louisiana music and culture offers high quality entertainment provided by over 1700 performers across twenty-three stages.

Opening on Thursday 7 April, with a parade from Bourbon Street to Jackson Square, the four-day festival also includes literary presentations, a film festival and plenty of activities, such as dancing lessons - definitely necessary to get those feet-a-tapping, and a Battle of the Bands competition.

Thursday's highlights include, at least, Deacon John opening the Abita Beer Stage, and there's a tough choice to be made between Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band on the Chevron Cajun / Zydeco Stage or the Hot 8 Brass band on Popeyes Brass Band Jam with Offbeat Stage. Or maybe see a bit of both? And then there's some more...with the Tribute to Toussaint after-party hosted by the world-famous New Orleans House of Blues, with proceeds from the event going to non-profit organisation, 'New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness'.

Saturday headliners include Flow Tribe on the GE Digital Big River Stage, and jazz, Gospel and R&B singer Lillian Boutte and Gumbo Zaire on the Smokefree NOLA Jackson Square Stage.

Sunday sees Stax hit "Mr Big Stuff" singer Jean Knight and Buckwheat Zydeco, with his big accordion, both make their French Quarter debuts on the Abita Beer Stage. headliners include Corey Henry's Treme Funktet on the GE Digital Big River Stage, and Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Starts, before the House of Blues brings the 2016 festival to a close with the Cedric Burnside Project on their Voodoo Garden Stage.

Check out the free French Quarter Festival iPhone / Android app for a full schedule and information about stages and performers, or take a peek at

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Saint Raymond - Sheffield Plug Saint Raymond - Sheffield Plug


Review by Becca Jordan

Just a week away from his return to his home city of Nottingham to take part in Rock City’s 35th anniversary celebration, Saint Raymond staked a claim to be the UK’s number one pop-indie merchant. Sheffield’s Plug venue was bursting at its seams to hear the Saint himself (also known as Callum Burrows) blast out 17 bangers, many taken from his new album, Young Blood.

Any Friday night blues quickly melted away with an immense entrance of dimming lights, smoke pouring across the stage, crashing sounds and flashing strobes, illuminating the anticipation on the faces in the crowd. As the audience erupted into screaming cheers, Saint Raymond stood, all in black, centre stage, silhouetted against the lights, perfectly poised as he launched straight into his opening track, Letting Go, followed by Be There.

It wasn’t long before we saw the return of ‘the tongue’, Callum’s much-loved signature move, sparking even more cheers from the crowd. Grinning like the proverbial Cheshire Cat, he shouted “HELLO SHEFFIELD, LET’S HAVE A PARTY”, ramping up the enthusiasm of the crowd to bursting point, before throwing himself into performing Everything She Wants, followed by crowd favourite I Want You, then Don’t Fail Me Now and Come Back To You, which was recently used in a River Island advert - the atmosphere was electric.

After an energy-packed cover of Lean On he performed Wildheart, messing up one of his lines, which if anything just made the audience love him even more as they sang it for him while he grinned cheekily. The tone of the concert then became more emotional and the lighting softened as the audience swayed in time to As We Are Now, which he explained was written about the time when all of his friends went off to uni, and Movie In My Mind.

Picking up the party atmosphere, St R then introduced a song which had not made it onto his new album, and dedicated it to his brother whom he said shouted at him for not including it in the album, which provoked cheers, just about heard over the screaming crowd, from the group of lads behind us, which included Callum’s brother, who had been enjoying their night to the fullest since the first song. He then went on to perform a song for his next album, We Are Fire, which was met with a whole lot of excitement. Young Blood and Ghosts came next, and the euphoria of performing was written all over his face as everybody chanted the chorus’ back at him.

The lights went dark and Callum and the band disappeared from the stage - the audience were having none of it. They chanted “WE WANT MORE” until the musicians reappeared, laughing, for their encore of Never Let You Go and Bonfires, which St Raymond revealed he had written at the age of 15, which only made the whole thing even more impressive. His closing song was Fall At Your Feet, during which he encouraged the audience to dance like they never had before, and they definitely did. The energy was insane, the exhilaration on the faces of all of the band spurred the crowd on to completely let loose and dance until the very last note had been played.

Unlike a lot of egocentric musicians who get kicks from crowd-surfing and showboating, St Raymond was much more interested in interacting with the crowd, running onto the podiums and grinning at thrilled fans, jumping down to join them and take selfies, absolutely making their night. The concert was a staggeringly impressive 90 minutes of entertainment and elation, and an experience that I would repeat in a heartbeat. From those super-fans who knew every single word to all of his songs, to those who just came to have fun, every single person in the crowd was singing along and connecting with the music from start to finish. Anybody lucky enough to have tickets for his Friday night performance at Rock City in his hometown of Nottingham is going to have absolute blast.

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An Interview with Ash Moss, Dark Bells. March 2014. AFTER HEARING Dark Bells headline at the Manchester Kraak Gallery, we caught up with Ash Moss, bass player, to find out a bit more about the London-based psych-gaze band. Chatting about musical influences, songwriting with fellow band member Teneil (Teneil Throssell, guitar and vocals) and their recent tour with Temples, we also find out that Ash likes a good glass of Shiraz...


Shaun: That was a great gig - a great first song, a great set and about 200 happy punters.

Ash: Thanks. We played Manchester just a few weeks ago, supporting Temples on their UK tour. We’re opening our gigs with a new track – Do You Remember? Our followers have given us some amazing feedback about it – it’s a really strong song. Originally, I titled it 70s. The bassline reminds me, maybe, of 70s cop show chase music. It’s a period of time, musically, I listen to a lot, like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown…


Shaun: American soul music is good – that comes through in some of your funky basslines. Is there anything else in there?

Ash: I’ve got a pretty wide range of tastes. I grew up listening to Black Sabbath, as a lot of kids do, and we had Wicked Lady on in the van a couple of weeks ago, on the way home after a gig. We were having a great time…


Shaun: I see on your Facebook site you have posted a YouTube link to “Good Name” by William Onyeabor – a guy celebrated by David Byrne and Damon Albarn, among others, on the Luaka Bop label. That’s uber cool!

Ash: I’m also into Afro-beat and Anatolian (Turkish) music, quite an eclectic taste. David Axelrod too…I’ll put a mixtape together for you. I’ll sort one from Teneil, too.


Shaun: Fantastic. Back to the gig. You’ve got some strong tracks in your set. The second song was your first single, Wildflower.

Ash: Yeah. That’s our oldest song. Teneil and myself wrote that a long time ago. As far as I remember, we had two guitar parts, and then put the bassline down and then the drum part. Our songwriting has evolved since then. There’s no absolute process that we have to follow though. Usually we have a bassline, which gives us a kind of groove feel, and then we use a drum machine to set up the beats. Geno (Carrapetta), our drummer, will come in and make it more real, and then we’ll lay the guitars on top, and then the vocals. Other times, we’ll start with a guitar or melody, and work on the structure from there…


Shaun: And your third song – that’s new as well, isn’t it?

Ash: It’s called R-Beat at the moment. We haven’t really discussed whether we’ll end up calling it that, or not. When we started out supporting Temples, it wasn’t quite finished. But playing it live over two or three gigs really sharpened it up – we got some fresh ideas.


Shaun: I saw Tom, Adam and Sam from Temples at the Manchester Kraak gig. Was it good to see them again?

Ash: We had a great time with them. They’re really nice guys. It was so good to tour with them, and good to see them again. We travelled all over the UK with them…


Shaun: You then played Run for Daze and Paradise, and ended with In Head. There’s some banging basslines and drumbeats in there, and Teneil’s voice is pitched on an ethereal level. By then, the crowd had lost it…

Ash: In Head is our next single. Again, we’ve had some fantastic feedback from our fans about it. It’s just a brilliant way to finish the set. Everyone leaves on a high…

We put In Head on social media to coincide with the tour.  Teneil’s been working on the video for the radio edit version – but the live version is extra long. We’re going to put that version on the album.


Shaun: Ah, you mentioned that you’ve been back in the studio. What are your immediate plans?

Ash: Yeah. We’ve written a couple more tracks this week. Teneil and myself have been working such long hours. We’re deep into it.  It's rewarding because when you go home you know you've done a solid full day's work, yet you've also created something from nothing.

We've recorded five songs for our album, and we're going just go in and probably record another five or six more. It should be out in vinyl, CD and MP3 later in the year. We hope to have a 7” single out in advance too.


Shaun: And more gigs?

Ash: Absolutely. We’ve built up a following since we started playing here, back in 2011. We started playing venues local to where we are in North-East London, then moved around the capital. Our first gig outside London was in Brighton. Last month’s UK tour was a first for us, though we have played festivals in London (2013 Field Day) and outside (2013 Beacons). Our next gig is the infamous London Cave Club over Easter Weekend. And then we’ll be looking at festivals. We’re dying to visit the Europe mainland soon too – that’s a main ambition.


Shaun: I see that you DJ too?

Ash: Yeah. Both Teneil and myself. There’s a great music scene in London’s Dalston and Camden Town. We’re DJing at the Lanzarote Party at Camden’s Lock Tavern Festival over the Easter Weekend too.


Shaun: Partying with a drink or two?

Ash: Probably. But I do like a bottle of good, fruity Shiraz wine.


Shaun: Groovy basslines, funky drumbeats, reverb guitar, dreamy vocals – and a glass of decent red wine, now that sounds like an evening to enjoy.


Teneil mixtape


1.     Onuma Singsiri - Mae Kha Som Tam

2.     Black Brothers - Saman Doye

3.     Edip Akbayram - Daglar Dagladi Beni

4.     The Funkees - Break Through

5.     Ray Manzarek - The Golden Scarab


Ash mixtape


1.     Fab 5 Freddy - Cuckoo Clocking (Instrumental Version) (1983)

2.     John Cameron-Swamp Fever (1973)

3.     Pan Y Regaliz - Waiting In The Monsters Garden (1971)

4.     Mogallar - Mogol Halay (1971)

5.     Harald Grosskopf - So Weit, So Gut (1980)


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