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Date: Monday, 1st of August 2005 1122879600 (12 years 56 days ago)
Venue: The Labour Club (Website)
Location: 95-97 Charles St Northampton England NN1 3BG
Admission: £10:00
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Monday 1st August 2005

Upstairs at The Labour Club, Northampton NN1

draft dodgers deluxe present

BARRY "THE FISH" MELTON

JOE WOOLLEY

A genuine living legend of the San Francisco psychedelic underground is coming to play in Northampton Town. Barry Melton was the lead guitarist in Country Joe And The Fish. Hell, people, he IS "The Fish". He played at Monterey Pop. He played at Woodstock. He has played with everybody from Quicksilver's John Cipollina to the Grateful Dead. And now, by a quirk of fate which even we don't quite understand, he's coming to play - solo and acoustic - in the top room of the Labour Club! Barry has promised two 45 minute sets, taking in everything from folk to blues to the truly freaked-out. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the music lovers of Northampton to see The Real Deal up close and personal. You can check out Barry Melton's web pages at: www.counterculture.net/thefish

Support will come from Long Buckby's rising folk/blues troubadour Joe Woolley.

The event will take place across the entire top floor of the Labour Club, with an upstairs bar/chill-out room. If you good people show enough interest, the club will lay on hot veggie food (not included in the ticket price, though.)

There are only 40 tickets available for this unique, intimate show. Tickets will cost £10:00 and will be available from the Labour Club from Saturday 9th July (tomorrow, when, incidentally, Slipstream are playing the main bar for free). Alternatively, as a preferred trading nation, you can reserve your tickets by replying to this e-mail. When ordering tickets, please let us know if you would be interested in the food option so that the Labour Club can gauge demand for this.All tickets will be numbered and must be paid for in cash before the date of the show.

Don't delay - order your tickets today!

"According to the fabled Rough guide to Rock, Country Joe & The Fish "formed in Berkley, California, 1965" and made "substantial contributions to the halcyon days of psychedelic music". The very same Barry "The Fish" Melton graced Northampton with this intimate gig, taking to the hot seat only after Joe Woolley set the scene with his always delightfully affecting yet unaffected acoustic ditties.

While the rickety old Labour Club holds no more history for some than a few Friday night drinking excursions, Barry Melton is enamoured with its links to a labour movement arguably long forgotten. When they weren't fighting for workers' rights his parents introduced him to the wistful, witty and inspiring folk songs of the early 1930s American labour movement, mirrored in the union posters on the walls of Northampton's own Labour Club.

Turns out that like a fine wine you've never heard of but you know you're going to enjoy, Barry Melton is rich and satisfying in the drinking. Far from stuck in a 1960s time warp, he recalls Woodstock psychedelia with the wry humour of a man who knows that getting wasted and writing songs about hamburgers falling in love with hotdogs is a novelty that just won't last.

Still, he doesn't regret one moment of it, and neither do we as his awesome, and at times ridiculous, gravelly blues and traditional union chants float into the night air, reminding Northampton that there's a vintage you can't buy on Camden High Street. And The Fish has it, down to a T."

Credit: Natasha House (Friday, 5th of August 2005 - 12 years 52 days ago)
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