Brizzle Beans – The Stiff Joints live!

Ahoy all!

Apologies for the lack of output with regards to Cool Beans related shenanigans in the past few months/years. It’s been a busy old time for all involved. Chris has moved to Bristol and now works for Made in Bristol TV as an Alan Partridge/Richard Madely impersonator, Jimmy spends his evenings sailing his boat through a sea of freshers, the Welsh Whisperer has smashed apart the welsh language scene and is now seen as a heavenly deity by many there, Dom is in London and has cut down his booze intake to only 6 units an hour and Mickey Michaels, well, Mickey Michaels married Nikki Michaels and lived happily ever after.

With Chris moving to the vibrant hub of creativity that is Bristol, it made sense to perhaps put on a little party, and he’s doing just that – so if you happen to live in Bristol, or be in the area on the 6th October, come on down for a special evening of live music at Mr. Wolfs!

THE STIFF JOINTS

The mighty Stiff Joints put on a hell of a show whether they’re headinling a festival billing or packing out a sweaty pub. Think Madness, Bad Manners, Reel Big Fish, etc – big brass hooks and catchy singalong choruses. A real treat to have them headlining our first Bristol show.

MAD APPLE CIRCUS

Mad Apple Circus have spent the whole summer slamming festivals (including a main stage apperance at Boomtown Fair!) and they’ll be performing a sweet stripped back acoustic set for us all. Ska/reggae/hiphop/jazz delights in a Bristone style.

COOL BEANS DJS + MR WOLFS DJS

A whole variety of DJs playing the platters that matter from 8PM right until 4AM!

No advance tickets, just £3/£4 on the door!

For more info, have a wander over to the FB event here here!

Along the way, there may be a few more Bristol based musical adventures on the way in the coming months so stay tuned!

Cool Beans. X

Dawn Penn Interview – Tramlines 2016

Let me set the scene for you guys. Tramlines 2016, a brisk Saturday morning, I wander down to the main stage and hear the sweet sounds of reggae blasting from Ponderosa park – the legendary reggae singer Dawn Penn and her band are getting ready for their afternoon slot. I meet all round great guy and Sheffield donk pioneer Alex Deadman, who has promised me an interview with the 64 year old singer herself. Alex has never let me down before and today was going to be no exception. I perched myself on a bench next to Dawn in the backstage area and she immediately started chatting about her very own perfume she’d been working on. It’s called The Dawn Penn Experience and despite it not being available publicly (yet, I must add) I had a little smell and I would even go as far as describing it as ‘divine’. Dawn spoke very quickly and jovially, she seemed very at ease chatting away and the conversation soon started flowing…

Chris Arnold: You’ve lived all over the place – New York, London, Jamaica, Virgin Islands…
Dawn Penn: Well I was born in Jamaica, but around the time I became a young adult I moved to Tortola where my Dad’s side of the family was from. But now I keep my whereabouts under lock and key, you got to think about your security!

CA: Is this your first time in Sheffield?
DP: Maybe I came here a long, long, long, long time ago. Because You Don’t Love Me No More was a hit back in 1994, I was touring a lot, was even on Top of The Pops.

CA: Nice! What was doing Top of the Pops like?
DP: I think I was in a dream world, I was so glad to be there. You know it’s always exciting to be on a TV show like that. It was a great experience.

I considered asking her if she remembered who presented the episode she appeared but then thought better of it in case it lead us down a Dave Lee Travis/Jimmy Savile conversation path. Although after doing some research I found out that Vic & Bob presented the episode Dawn appeared on! What a party that would have been.

CA: I want to ask you really quickly about the music industry, do you feel it’s improved over the years? Got worse?
DP: Oh my, well I have a song called Never Hustle The Music, because that what’s happened to me in the industry. The main thing about this business, and some people might called it ‘a dirty business’, is that you have to really PR & market your brand, your product. It makes you try to hook up yourself with people that do that kind of work, and it’s not cheap! That’s what it entails and every 10 years it all changes. Ultimately you have to remember that it’s about the music, and the music connects you with people.

CA: I hear you work a lot with your son, is that correct?
DP: Yeah my son and I run a label called Da Beat. I was signed to Big Beat Atlantic back in 1994, and I just get the idea that I’m going to call my label Da Beat, the ‘Da’ stands for Dawn. My son just graduated with his business law degree, he thinks money, he lives money, he dreams money! He says he’s a strategist but he very much keeps me on my toes. He is an artist as well and has a lot of very good songs, plus he’s been to school in Jamaica, the US and UK so he can do a lot of different styles. He thinks family members shouldn’t work together, but I think if you have your family together with you in a business you can be stronger. I like the idea of ‘so&so and sons’, like Mumford & Sons!

We then chuckled for a few minutes debating whether Mumford & Sons are actually a family business. Upon doing further research I can confirm that nobody in that band is related. What a con.

CA: You seen very busy at the moment, What have you been up to recently?
DP: Well I did a video in Mexico you know! I can’t tell you when it’s coming out though, even though I have it in my bag, watch out for it coming out soon though.

CA: To finish us off as I know you need to go and get ready for your set – you’ve been performing for quite some time now, do you still enjoy it as much as you do when you started?
DP: When I started I didn’t really know what it was, but now I can see why it’s so necessary to me – I get to see the world for free, I live in hotels but I love it. It’s funny when I was younger and in Jamaica I couldn’t travel at all, I would start to puke. But now I can happily travel all the way to Australia! And then stopping in Hong Kong, Dubai, wherever! And I’ve been to Hawaii, that was very nice, I got up very early to see the sunrise, it’s all good.

CA: It’s all good indeed! Thanks for taking time out to chat Dawn.
DP: Thanks for having me.

Dawn & Chris
© Jenn McCambridge

For those who caught Dawn at Tramlines this year will know already that she was certainly a weekend highlight. If you get the chance to go and see her, make sure you pop on down, fantastic voice and fantastic show woman.

Thanks to Alex, Nicola and James at the Tramlines Promo Office for hooking me up! Go grab a ticket for Tramlines 2017 while they’re hot!

Cool Beans X

The Indecision Debut UK Tour!

Roll up! Roll up! The Indecision are hitting the road! Starting in Liverpool on the 28th March and finishing up in London on the 20th April, the ska/reggae 8 piece shall be touring their uplifting party set which features a plethora of fresh originals as well as some rejigged cover versions.

The band themselves create their uniquely flavoured music with ideals (and love) firmly rooted in 1960s ska and rocksteady ideology. Their exciting combination of elastic up-tempo rhythms and narratives of life create an energetic, purposeful sound to pick up your feet to.

‘New Faces’, released in September 2013 with Do The Dog Records, showcases a rich and refreshing blend of ska and rocksteady, recorded and produced entirely by the band themselves. Through three singers and a three-piece horn section, ‘New Faces’ gives a definition to their sweet and soulful sound, from the bouncy ska of ‘Sweet Girl’, to the spacious, solid rocksteady groove of ‘Who Are You Dancing For?’

The Indecision’s music creates an atmosphere that comes across in no better place than its natural live environment! So if you live nearby any of the following places, make sure you get involved, get down to the venue and get your skank on.

28th March – Threshold Festival, LIVERPOOL
30th March – Korks, OTLEY
3rd April – Hoochie Coochie, NEWCASTLE
11th April – Full Moon, CARDIFF
12th April – Mr. Wolfs, BRISTOL
13th April – The Lighthouse, DEAL
16th April – Smokestack, LEEDS
17th April – Leadmill, SHEFFIELD
18th April – Dog & Partridge, BOLTON
19th April – Boar’s Head, KIDDERMINSTER
20th April – International Ska Festival, LONDON

MORE INFO ON TOUR DATES!

28th March
DISTRICT in LIVERPOOL
Also performing: China Shop Bull, The Indecision, Bolshy, Arnivore
£8 advance
https://www.facebook.com/events/220603918126426/

30th March
KORKS in OTLEY
Also performing: Local support
£3 OTD
https://www.facebook.com/AllDoneFor9/photos/a.327038657424614.1073741826.327033990758414/454164158045396/?type=1&theater

3rd April
HOOCHIE COOCHIE in NEWCASTLE
Also performing: Local support
Free entry
https://www.facebook.com/HoochieCoochieNewcastle

11th April
THE FULL MOON in CARDIFF
Also performing: Local support
Free entry
https://www.facebook.com/TheFullMoonCardiff

12th April
MR WOLFS in BRISTOL
Also performing: The Scribes
£3 OTD
https://www.facebook.com/events/687655444618625/

13th April
THE LIGHTHOUSE in DEAL
Also performing: Local support
Free entry
http://www.thelighthousedeal.co.uk/?tribe_events=sunday-service-feat-indecision

16th April
SMOKESTACK in LEEDS
Also performing: Local support
Free entry
https://www.facebook.com/events/1513864802173221/

17th April
LEADMILL in SHEFFIELD
Also performing: New York Brass Band, Smiling Ivy, Brigantii,
£4
https://www.facebook.com/events/523165994448723/

18th April
DOG & PARTRIDGE in BOLTON
Also performing: Local support
TBC
https://www.facebook.com/dogan.dpartridge.9?fref=ts

19th April
BOAR’S HEAD in KIDDERMINSTER
Also performing: The Stiff Joints, Too Spicy, Counting Coins
£5
https://www.facebook.com/events/621451947902869/

20th April
INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL in LONDON
Also performing: Rebelation, The Meow Meows
£130 (for full festival)
https://www.facebook.com/events/589924734389147/

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