Music Sunday, December 13th

Review: Giving Peace A Chance at The Victory

Collaboration and mutual respect were, appropriately enough, behind the defining moment of a Hereford gig to celebrate peace.
An unscheduled jam between headliner Troy Redfern and Owen Whittall, of event openers Sweet Talk, was a breathtaking climax to the ‘Give Peace A Chance’ event at The Victory in Hereford.
The two blues guitarists traded licks in such a scintillating and spontaneous fashion that made it difficult to believe they had only met on the night of the gig.
After the performance Troy told me the way musicians interact and improvise is what he loves about the blues.
“When I was a kid some bands got me up (on stage) and it meant a lot, so I want to carry on that tradition,” he said.
His set was everything you would expect from the established Kington bluesman – high octane and proof that he is a powerhouse of raw blues.
If like me you’ve seen lots of blues bands treading water on stage, you need to go and see Troy to restore your faith in the genre.

Troy Redfern and Owen Whittall of Sweet Talk jam on stage.

Preceding him was grunge band A Hundred Suns. Rarely have I seen a performance (and I really mean performance) of such extroverted confidence as the one vocalist Claire Perkins gave.
Given the nature of their music the band won’t be everyone’s favourite brew, but I can see Claire’s way of fronting the band working well in a much bigger arena.
The band really could steal the show at the right summer festival with her ballsy vocal delivery and quirky dance moves. 
A Hundred Suns can sound gut-wrenching when they need to but they certainly aren’t predictable or alienating.
Terminal Rage served up their own brand of punk madness with songs ironically dedicated to politicians Iain Duncan Smith and Nigel Farage.
As well as a couple of originals, including Casual Racist, they performed numbers by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Anti-Nowhere League.
Not bad for a band featuring new bass player Raph La Roche who hadn’t played a gig for 30 years!
The gig was organise by John Hales of Porkbelly Productions, with the support of Rich Lovell and Clare Foster. Proceeds are to be split between Greenpeace and Hope Not Hate.

Clare Foster's video about the Give Peace A Chance evening at The Victory in Hereford.

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