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June 21, 2017
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Too hot to go any gigs just now, I reckon. However, (in the absence of a listing elsewhere so far this week ignore that – here it is), it’s probably worth being a bit sweaty to hear the superb Iain Ballamy play at the Fringe tonight.

A cooler venue (in at least one sense) is Future Inns, who present Matt Hopkins’ Metheny project – well reviewed last time out – on Thursday. It’s a great band that includes Will Harris, Dave Newton, John Pearce and Emily Wright, with Mark Whitlam on drums completing a stellar line-up. Pat Metheny’s songbook is huge, so the band have a lot of scope to explore great compositions.

It was good, incidentally, to see a decent audience down there last week for Alison Rayner‘s quintet, getting a good dose of the excellent Steve Lodder on rather brilliant form. A fun band, with some nice original tunes, including Lodder’s OK Chorale – no relation to the Phronesis number of the same name, but just as interesting.

The weather will have turned by Sunday night, but it’s likely to be pretty hot in The Hen and Chicken, I imagine, when there’s a welcome appearance by Andy Sheppard’s Pushy Doctors trio with Tony Orrell and Dan Brown. This standards-with-a-twist outfit play jazz, rock and pop tunes as the fancy takes them, and are always outrageously enjoyable. They used to be regulars in pubs and clubs across Bristol and Bath but now Sheppard has moved abroad this is a rare chance to see them reunited.

Sheppard is actually in town for a grander project, which sees him appear at Clifton Cathedral the night before with the 70-strong Bristol Symphony Orchestra, for a programme of Copeland (Fanfare for the Common Man), Gershwin (Porgy and Bess), and Bernstein (west Side Story), finishing with Terry Riley’s “In C”. Should be fascinating. Details and tickets here.

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