Music Friday, April 28th Words by: Mark Bowen

Gig guide: Live music in Herefordshire this May

Music Friday, April 28th

Gig guide: Live music in Herefordshire this May

According to old superstitions, it is unlucky to marry, buy a broom or wash a blanket in May. But according to this month's guide gig it's a very good time to get some live music in your life. Rarely have we seen such a varied bill of pure entertainment to tantalise you - all the more reason to scroll through it to find those unmissable gigs you didn't know about. 

For even more happenings across Herefordshire, take a look at our What's On pages. 

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 Hellens Music @ Much Marcle

May 3 to May 7/ tickets here

Not just a gig but a whole festival. Inspiring, both in terms of its aims and seriously gorgeous Herefordshire setting, Hellensmusic 2017 will run from May 3 to 7. The classical music festival unfurls every spring at historic Hellens Manor in Much Marcle, between Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury. This year's event will feature a performance by celebrated pianist Christian Blackshaw and get underway with the award-winning Cantabile Girls Choir of Hereford Cathedral School.

 Linerunners @ De Koffee Pot, Hereford

May 5/ 9pm/ free

Defying categorisation, Linerunners' thoughtful melodies and dark vocals continue to evolve. With masses of percussion, a loudhailer and driving bass, the Hereford band perform original material with a distinctive sound and style. Influences include Nick Cave, Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Alabama 3 and P J Harvey. Recommended. 

Dabbla, Illaman & DJ Frosty @ The Venue, Hereford

May 5/11pm/ £6/ tickets here

One of the UK's most original rappers and an electric live performer whose fast flow incites riotous behavior. Supported by key radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM the future is bright for this talented MC. Check out his debut album entitled 'Year Of The Monkey'. 

HCA Collective presents Under Exposed @ The Booth Hall, Hereford

 May 11/7pm/£4 in advance, £5 on door

HCA (Hereford College of the Arts) Collective presents Under Exposed at The Booth Hall. You will be able to see sets from up-and-coming acts such as The Shift, Daisy Bloy, Michael Shepphard, Maddie Mew, and Sean Duggan. So in the words of Jock Scott 'the next generation, bring 'em on, bring 'em on, bring 'em on.' Money raised goes towards taking HCA's final degree exhibitions down to the Free Range Shows @ The Old Truman Brewery in London.

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Headsticks, Under a Banner and Terminal Rage @ The Booth Hall, Hereford

May 12/8.30pm/£6

A night of anthemic alternative rock, folk and punk featuring Headsticks, Under A Banner and Terminal Rage. Headsticks are where folk and punk collide to provide a passion infused commentary that is as raw and honest as it comes. Under A Banner combine intelligent composition with Adam Broadhurst's coruscating lyrics, producing an uncompromising sound. Terminal Rage are a Hereford punk band loud, angry, political, and proudly anti-fascist. They will be releasing their debut album 'Where's Our Democracy' at the gig. 

Everything Fritz @ Richard's Castle Village Hall

May 18/7.30pm/£10, child £5, family £25/tickets here

Everything Fitz, or The Fitzgeralds to use their proper name, are two sisters and a brother with a knack for Canadian folk. Expect a rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction and genuine sibling connection. 

The Lonesome Stampede @ The Globe at Hay

May 20/8pm/£5

The Lonesome Stampede return to the The Globe to launch their new album (hear one of the tracks below) and play it in front of an audience for the first time. The folk funksters will get you coming out of your shell and up on your feet. The date in Hay-on-Wye will form part of the band's UK tour which includes performances in London, Glastonbury and Bristol.

  Dominic Kirwan and Lisa Stanley @ The Courtyard, Hereford

May 20/7.30pm/£19.50. Concessions £18.50/ tickets here

Ok. Not everybody's cup of tea but no one can deny Dominic Kirwan is firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest entertainers. He'll soon be here in Hereford with a brand new show accompanied by Lisa Stanley, one of Ireland’s top female vocalists. Dominic and Lisa will bring their own inimitable style to the rich musical heritage of their homeland.

Johann Jacob Froberger harpsichord recital @ Lion Ballroom, Leominster

May 21/3pm-4.45pm/£12, £6 students

When you think of classical composers Johann Jacob Froberger might not be the first name that springs to mind. May 2017 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of the German composer whose keyboard works are widely acknowledged to be among the richest of the early Baroque era. Harpsichordist and musicologist David Ponsford will not only play a programme of works celebrating ‘Froberger and his Legacy’, but will introduce the pieces placing them in historical context.

 Lisbee Stainton @ The Courtyard, Hereford

 May 27, 8pm, £15, concessions £12, tickets here

Lisbee Stainton is an English singer-songwriter who launched her career by becoming the first unsigned singer-songwriter to play The O2 Arena in London in 2007. Known as ‘The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar’, her folk acoustic style and distinctive use of an eight-string guitar has secured her a growing fan base. Watch the video below to hear how songs should be written. 

Shirehall Sundays: Romantic strings from English String Orchestra @ Shirehall, Hereford

May 28/3.30pm-5.30pm/£5.90-£23.95

Snuggle up for a Sunday soundtracked by some romantic strings courtesy of conductor Kenneth Woods and star cellist Matthew Sharp. This concert will celebrate the glories of masterworks by Tchaikovsky and Grieg, and include a rare performance of Hans Gál's Concertino for Cello and Strings. 

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