White Lies to The Wailers: this week’s best gigs in Norfolk
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Heavily influenced by 80s synth pop trio visit the Waterfront, while the iconic reggae band play Bob Marley mega-seller Legend in its entirety, plus folk trio Leveret, party-band The Baghdaddies and rockers Black Star Riders.
The Cut, Halesworth, March 10, 7.30pm, £14, 0300 3033211, www.newcut.org/Colchester Arts Centre, March 13, 7.45pm, £12 (£11 cons), 01206 500900, colchesterartscentre.com
Three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instruments and are involved in collaborations with a huge range of artists. Cutting is a unique player of the melodeon, known for his work with Martin Simpson, Blowzabella, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby, to name a few. Harbron practically reinvented the English concertina, while Sweeney is fiddle player for Bellowhead. Their music is firmly rooted in the English tradition, with ancient tunes sitting harmoniously alongside new compositions.
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Norwich Arts Centre, March 11, 8pm, £10 adv/£12 door, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
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This 'Balkanistic' boogie dance band will be mashing some Balkan sounds, klezmer and ska to whip the audience into a frenzy as they bring their lively live show to Norwich. Adding a touch of The Specials live intensity, they are an exuberant and rampant brand of world music featuring brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour. They take themselves incredibly seriously so you don't have to. They will be joined by the Horo Quintet, a group of musicians who also love Balkan and folk tunes and compositions from all over the world, especially Eastern Europe, Ireland, Britain, China, Japan and Africa.
Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, March 12, 7pm, £22.50, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
London rock-trio who released their fourth album Friends at the back end of 2016, long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Big TV, which had the dialling down on their synth-heavy instrumental palette for chart-friendlier influences like Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears. New tracks like Don't Want To Feel It All include more nods to 80s synth pop romanticism, boasting a melange of tropical sheen and yearning uproars of supercharged melody to a dynamic tempo as frontman Harry Mc'Veigh who sings the catchy chorus; 'I don't want to feel it all, but know what fuels it. I don't wanna feel it all, but don't wanna lose it.' Support from Anteros.
LCR UEA, Norwich, March 14, 6.30pm, £21, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
Following the success of their previous UK tour when they performed entire sets devoted to songs from the Exodus and Survival albums, the iconic reggae band will be performing the 'best of' album Legend live in its entirety featuring chart-toppers Three Little Birds, I Shot The Sheriff, Jamming and many more. Legend was the second posthumous album released by Bob Marley and The Wailers and is the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 30 million copies sold. Steered by founder and bassist Aston 'Familyman' Barrett, on this tour he is joined by original Wailers' band members Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey and a new-generation talent.
The Jazz Worriers
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, March 14, 7.30pm, £12, £6 under-25s, 01603 620917, norwichjazzclub.co.uk
Dean Masser and Neil Yates arrive at this Norwich Jazz Club night (in the Maddermarket's Redwell bar) offering to make us stop worrying about the state of the world by playing some uplifting jazz to raise our spirits. They've delved into jazz history and combined some new compositions with arrangements of some of the pivotal jazz tunes from history that are exciting and, crucially, humourously presented. By bringing back a simple combination of witty banter and musical seriousness that Britain became famous for in the 1960s through the genius of national treasures such as Humphrey Lyttelton and Ronnie Scott. Swing and jazz, with a twist of 21st century innovation.
Black Star Riders
LCR UEA, Norwich, March 15, 7pm, £24, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
Black Star Riders – the latest incarnation of what was Thin Lizzy, formed by four ex-members Scott Gorham, lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick, co-lead guitarist Damon Johnson and bassist Marco Mendoza – return for a headline gig. When Lizzy rose to fame in the 1970s, led by legendary frontman Phil Lynott, it was Gorham – alongside Brian Robertson and Gary Moore – who defined the band's trademark twin-lead guitar sound on landmark albums such as Jailbreak, Bad Reputation, Black Rose and Live And Dangerous. Expect tracks from this band's second album, The Killer Instinct, plus Lizzy classics. Support from Backyard Babies and 1990s rock favourites Gun.
Waterfront Studio, King Street, Norwich, March 16, 7.30pm, £12, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
Hard-gigging blues rock and hard rockers who hail from Malmö in Sweden. In 2017 they are celebrates its 10th anniversary and visit for one of 14 gigs in 14 days across the UK to reinforce a reputation built on live shows. There is no-nonsense retro hard-rock. Frontman Pontus Snibb said: 'We've made a lot of friends in the UK and outside of Sweden it's the place we love best and are loved best. But we're likeable guys. We love beer, we love curry and we love rock.' Support comes from Australia's Tequila Mockingbyrd, a scrappy, larger-than-life trio with a penchant for high-octane rock'n'roll, and Swedish-Canadian rock outfit Killer Bee.