The now well established Suffolk Acoustic Showcase kicked off 2014 at the John Peel Centre with Dragonfruit performing an acoustic version of “Love is a Blanket Expression”. Dragonfruit’s guitarist Ian Heywood performed this song at a Peel Session some 30+ years ago with the band “Agony Column”. We like cool links like that to the Sessions!
Cambridge based Flaming June will support Christina Martin in February.
Louise Hamilton is an award winning songwriter and has been performing her heartfelt, passionate indie/folk songs under the name Flaming June since 1995 with various line-ups. For the past few years she has been working with Paul Richards on Percussion and Di LLewellyn on violin.
Matthew started his career at Richmond Theatre in Surrey during the early ‘80’s, he went on to the Everyman in Liverpool where he was involved with shows such as Return to the Forbidden Planet (Shakespeare’s Forgotten Rock & Roll Masterpiece), he was stage manager at the Royal Albert Hall, looking after several Proms seasons, the Gracelands tour, a Sumo wrestling event and a tennis tournament to name but a few. This was followed by a spell touring Rock and Roll, The Joshua Tree & Lovesexy/Batman (Prince).
Watching first time visitors admiring the building that is the John Peel Centre is always a pleasure. Our first Country and Western evening brought many first timers in to admire the conversion of this Victorian corn hall. But it was Hank Wangford they had come to see and all thoughts of high ceilings, tall windows and exposed ironwork disappeared when the “four-tette” arrived on stage to enthusiastic applause.
On Sunday 20th Oct the John Peel Centre bid farewell to someone who has supported the centre from its inception. Tall with a mop of blonde hair, he is difficult to miss in a crowd, with a winning smile and a gentle nature – oh, and not half bad as a musician either!
Introducing his farewell gig, Jon Hart, claimed that it was something of a personal indulgence. Gathering his favourite musicians and friends and family together in a venue he has had so much to do with, just so he could hear them play, and indeed play alongside them.