Preview: Six gigs not to miss this week in Norfolk and Suffolk

Former Bellowhead singer Jon Boden appears at The Apex. Picture: David Angel

Former Bellowhead singer Jon Boden appears at The Apex. Picture: David Angel - Credit: Archant

Goth veterans The Sisters of Mercy and 90s indie favourites Cast return, Aussie rockers Airbourne raise hell and there is folk, blues and Americana. SIMON PARKIN previews gigs this week.

• Airbourne

UEA LCR, November 18, 7.30pm, £19, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Australian hard rockers, centred on Joel O'Keeffe on lead vocals and lead guitar, his brother, Ryan O'Keeffe on drums, and David Roads on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, who broke on to the scene when their first album Runnin' Wild became one of the most talked-about and best-reviewed debuts of the year, winning the band a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best Debut Album. They are a living, breathing, screaming, spitting, fist-pumping embodiment of Aussie hard rock, mixing rip-roaring, hard-partying anthems of fellow Australians AC/DC with the grandiose histrionic theatricality of someone like Judas Priest. They arrive off the back of their fourth album, Breakin' Outta Hell, full of rabble-rousers, including final track It's All for Rock N' Roll, inspired by Motorhead's late, great Lemmy, with whom they previously toured. Support from US rockers Crobot and Scottish band The Amorettes.


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• The Sisters of Mercy

UEA LCR, November 19, 7pm, £29.50, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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Formed in 1981 The Sisters of Mercy — aka Andrew Eldritch, Chris Catalyst and Ben Christo, plus Doktor Avalanche, a drum machine/sampler/synth device that has constantly evolved over the band's history, were one of the key bands of the goth movement. They arrive as part of a UK tour following a run of South American gigs. Catalyst says: 'We're looking forward to visiting a few places that The Sisters have not played for some time. We'll be playing some very classic songs and wearing some very outlandish shirts. And we'll be seeing you down the front.' The band's last studio album was 1990's Vision Thing but they have issued two compilations, Some Girls Wander By Mistake and A Slight Case Of Overbombing, since. However Eldritch told TeamRock earlier this year that if Donald Trump became US president it could lead to fresh material. Support from Membranes.

• Jon Boden

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, November 20, 8pm, £22, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, Jon Boden has become one of the outstanding performers of traditional music of his generation. In one capacity or another, he has won 11 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. But after 12 years, 250,000 album sales, seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and hundreds of sold out venues, Bellowhead split in May. And after the exuberant folk big band Jon has decided to explore a more simple, pared down sound. Here arrives for first time performing entirely solo, presenting the self-penned songs of Painted Lady – with a special 10th anniversary reissue of this album out, featuring material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, Songs From The Floodplain, and his A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Support from singer-songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop.

• Teenage Fanclub

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, November 21, 7.30pm, £17.50, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Teenage Fanclub, or the Fannies as they're affectionately known, return in support of new album, Here. The band formed in 1989 and released their debut, A Catholic Education, the following year. Something of an anomaly in their catalogue, it wasn't until their second and third albums, The King and the seminal Bandwagonesque, that they really found their signature, jangly sound. But for the arrival of Oasis to their record label, Creation, obliterating everything in their path, they might have seen out the 1990s as one of the UK's best-loved bands, releasing a handful of modern classics such as Grand Prix and Songs From Northern Britain. Here is their 10th album and is full of the Beach Boys-esque harmonies and jangling guitars the Fannies are so known for.

• Cast

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, November 20, 7pm, £20, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most lauded guitar bands of the time, The La's and Shack, Cast released four albums, the second, Mother Nature Calls, went platinum (three of them top 10), and had 10 top 10 singles, before disbanding in 2001. All Change became the biggest selling debut album of all time for Polydor Records. After the band's split, John Power released three solo albums, however they are back. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of All Change, they united with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a special live performance last December and here they visit ahead of a pledge funded new album, which has been preceded by new track Baby Blue Eyes. Support from The Islas.

• Guy Davis & Brooks Williams

The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, November 22, 7.30pm, £15, musicglue.com/thebicycleshop

Two guitarists display a level of skill and humanity on this special UK debut of the 'Inside the Delta' tour for New York blues legend Guy Davis and Statesboro, Georgia born roots and Americana singer-songwriter Brooks Williams, ranked one for the top acoustic guitarists of all time. The most recent album from blues guitarist and banjo player (and occasional actor) Davis is Kokomo Kidd, a combination of blues, folk and rock that includes a great version of Dylan's Lay Lady Lay with Professor Louie on Hammond organ. With nearly 20 albums to his name, Brooks walks the line between blues and Americana, and has amassed a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales.

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