Real British to be found in community
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AFTER having the misfortune to witness a canine ‘hypnotist’ on a televised competition where more than half the entrants are there purely to humiliate themselves, I was assured of my age old conclusion that if Britain’s got talent then Britain’s Got Talent (the aforementioned TV show) is no true measure of that claim.
Real crafted talent lies outside the safety of your television screen, beyond the confines of your four walls and in various nooks and crannies of your local communities where you can also socialise with actual people.
Uxbridge Folk Club is one hidden gem where once or twice a month you can rest assured that yourself and your friends will have a night of high quality entertainment in the shape of pure musical skill complimented by reasonably priced drinks. The Flyers @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge Undiscovered @ The Brook House, Kingshill Avenue, Hayes Cool Beans @ The Carpenters Arms, Uxbridge Road, Hayes The Mentulls @ Tropic, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip Sticky Jack @ The Black Horse, High Road, Eastcote
Counterfeit @ The Six Bells, Station Road, West Drayton Dun De Bheal @ Ye Olde Crowne, Station Approach, Hayes Jason Stretch @ The General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge
So why not treat your pals this Thursday at 8pm (£8 entry. students £3) to an evening with the incredibly gifted duo Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff?
Caz provides spine-tingling vocals over her concertina, while Ste strums expertly away with warm accompanying vocal harmonies in the lower register.
Together they bring the past alive in a beautiful way. Uxbridge Folk Club can be found at Uxbridge Royal Naval Association, 388a Long Lane, Hillingdon.
Another cavern of creativity is the Crown and Treaty pub in Oxford Road, Uxbridge.
This Bank Holiday Sunday, that 8pm Tuesdays @ The Old Crown, Station Road, Hayes Town 9pm Wednesdays @ The White Bear, IckenhamI Road, Ruislip 6.30pm Thursdays @ Harris And Hoole Coffee Shop, opp Uxbridge Station 8pm First Thursday of each month @ The Crown And Treaty, Oxford Road, Uxbridge 8pm Last Thursday of each month @ The Brook House, Kingshill Avenue, Hayes one-man team known as Yuck Indie, or Steven to his mates, has three great groups guaranteed to get ya grooving and gyrating the night away.
Penny Dreadfuls are a mixture of all the best bits of Blondie and The Pixies, combined with their original twist.
Pretty Visitors are indie soul groovers from the US who can belt out beautifully from the bottom of their boots, as well as sing from the heart.
Karma Sheen are are a band full of 60s psychedelic sensationalism brought up to date with raw power and showmanship. You’ll be glad you went.
n GIFTED DUO: Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff