Sunday, 29 March 2015

Malvern Spring

Paraglider in action by the Malvern Hills (Worcester Beacon).

Live music in Brum

To show the offering Birmingham hs these days, I coulld have been at three quite different events and styles of music in the same evening.
As it happened, I still got  two.
Thanks to one of the excellent groups in, I went first to see the regular very high-standard pub band at the popular Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath in South Birmingham - there most late Saturdayafternoons, I think - followed by a short trip on the famous number 50 bus to the also-popular if slightly more niche Ort Cafe in poorer Balsall Heath, where the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival featured a Congolese band playing gentle, rhythmic traditional music, and a young (more musicians are young these days ...) singer and guitarist manipulated Playback pedals effectively to layer his more contemporary sounds.
At the same time, others were listening to Bach's Magnificat in Birmingham's Anglican cathedral, St Philip's, in the city centre.
Wonderful variety and expertise on display.