Venue: The Labour Club (Website)
Event: Masters of Budvar present
Location: 95-97 Charles St Northampton England NN1 3BG
From Cheshire, the duo of guitarist/songwriter Jim Farmer and bassist Andy Shardlow has created a unique style that puts them at the leading edge of the developing New Acoustic scene. Their debut CD, Form Shape and Fashiion, produced by Nigel Stonier, is a fresh and accessible waxing, described as both "an understarted, raw, heartfelt sound" and "brutally tender". Their song "Tinderbox" secured them a headlining slot at Masters of Budvar as soon as we heard it. For this gig Jim and Andy will be joined by a drummer and by Incredible String Band violinist Fluff for what promises to be a storming performance.
Hailing from Sacramento, California, the eccentric Mr. Barbeau counts Andy Partridge of XTC and Nick Salomon of the Bevis Frond among his admirers. Masters of Budvar ran into him at London's 12 Bar Club last October and a deal was done. So here's what people are saying about him...
"Prolific, pretentious, precocious, intelligent, quirky, nasal, amusing, annoying to some, pop genius to others, and never ever boring -- this, my friends, is the cumulative description of northern California's musical auteur Anton Barbeau." -Pop Matters
"It's a rare thing these days to stumble upon musical genius. While many musicians are happy to travel a currently established road, Anton Barbeau veers off into a direction not heard since the heyday of 60's pop." -Amp3.com
Oh my God, it's you... I finally get to meet you!" -Andy Partridge
Northampton's lushest, dreamiest songwriter makes a welcome return to Masters of Budvar. Hypnotic tunes and elegant, world-weary wordplay are surely to be expected.
So there it is. It's all free and it kicks off at nine o'clock in the evening. Masters of Budvar, doing it for the love of a good night out.
Oh my god. It's Anton. I finally get to chase him round the Labour Club. So when's the Black Watch coming back?
So, after a tip off from a friend I finally discover
where the well known light fingered tea leaf
known to you as Curtis Johnson, to me Fraser
has been hiding himself these last few years!
Jazz Butcher people beware; double check
your record and CD collections, you may well
find them a few titles short, oh, and don't leave
your guitars unguarded, as you'll find them for
sale in the local pawn shop the next day. This
man had no morals - I had the misfortune to
have had most of my record collection stolen
by him. I guess he has even fewer still now
he's become a sasanach!
The Entrail Divider, Edinburgh.