ONCE again, a bumper week ahead of live music and a veritable smorgasbord of genres to suit even the most outré of tastes.

Kicking off tonight, Friday, July 28, at Finns in Weymouth and it’s another evening of moshtastic metal headlined by Weymouth’s very own Fissure of Riddles.

The band have been busy recording their new album and plan to tour it later this year, they tell me.

A quick look at the band’s FB page and it’s evident they have adopted the Friends-style of naming episodes when it comes to giving their songs titles.

I for one can’t wait to hear The One That’s Got Bongos On It, or, The One That’s A Wall Of Noise Shoegaze Monkey Smash.

They’re also finalising a beer endorsement deal and I’ve been lucky enough to sample some: It has a very metallic taste with smokey notes of impending doom. You’ll love it.

Also appearing tonight are London sludge merchants My Bitter Half, Bristol-based axe wizards Altitudes and the curiously-named aAnnd?, who specialise in Morph suits and farmyard noises, apparently.

Doors open at 7pm and it’s free to get it but heaven knows how much to get out.

Moving on, the phenomenon that is the And Finally, Phil Collins tribute show is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a UK tour which comes to the Weymouth Pavilion on Sunday, July 30.

The 11-piece band, which includes the And Finally Horns, have had an amazing decade, touring packed venues across the UK and Europe with their tribute to the diminutive left-handed tub thumper’s solo work and Genesis catalogue.

And it’ll be a hometown gig for several of the band who have strong local links: That’ll be Dave Phillips, Rhea Soulsby, Eddie Harper and show producer Tim Harper.

They’ve picked up the Best Tribute Act award from the top-notch Agents Association for the second year on the spin and are very much the real deal.

Tickets are £21.50 from the box office on 01305 783225.

And it’s the Warm Festival in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens on Sunday, July 30. Jilly Ann gets the party started from 12.30, with Neil Coad, Sixteen String Jack, Edd Bleach and Vanilla Radio all helping raise money for the Stevie Charles Help a Friend charity.

And finally, next Saturday, August 5, it’s OsFest, a great day out and a fundraiser for local causes in the delightful village of Osmington.

There’s all the usual shizzle you can expect at a village fun day and a great line-up of live music, including Elfentale, Raising Kaine, The Cronk Brothers, and amazingly, all the way from America, guitar legend Brooks Williams.

He’s rated as one of the top 100 axe-swingers in the flippin’ world and it’s quite a coup for the organisers to land the finger-pickin’ giant with a terrific voice and easy-goin’ stage presence.

While it’s free entry for the day, tickets for Brooks’s gig, which will be in the village hall from 7.30pm, are just £9 and are available from wegottickets.com or 07816 832554. Right, that’s it. I’m off to celebrate winning the bet that I could get smorgasbord, genre and outré in my intro.

Till next time…



Fissure of Riddles, My Bitter Half, aAnnd? (Finns, Weymouth)

The Alibi (Ship, Dorchester)

Mike Walker (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Sheryl Lee (Park, Weymouth)

Bog Dog (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Aaron Carter (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Regulation 9 (Boat That Rocks, Portland Marina)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Drive By Jammin’ (Black Dog, Weymouth)

The Prairie Dogs (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Martin Freed (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

The Schmoozenbergs (Beach and Barnicoat, Bridport)

Gut and Steel (Anchor, Burton Bradstock)

Zoe Schwarz (Y&Ys, Brewery Square, Dorchester)

Fluke (Spice Ship, Preston, Weymouth)

Billy Boy Miskimmin (Star, Weymouth)

Tripod (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Unknown Identity (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)


Splinter (Finns, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Sidewinder (Boat That Rocks, Portland Marina)

Tracks Band (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Blue Keys (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Tripod (Market House, Weymouth)

Steve Allan (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

The Katz (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Lions Street Busk (HSBC, St Mary Street, Weymouth)

Captain’s Beard (Boot, Weymouth)

The Katz (Belvedere, Weymouth)

The Refusal (Bull’s Head, Fordington, Dorchester)

Average Wyke Band (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Watkins and Swarbrick (Mission hall, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth)

The Silhouettes (Admiral Hardy, Weymouth)

Dale Fender Band (Conservative Club, Blandford)

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (No 10, Bridport) 12.30-2.30pm

Monkey Jump (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Haze (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Hokum Society (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Lost Property (Victoria, Dorchester)

George (Bridge Inn, Preston, Weymouth)

Martin Freed (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Lewis (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Retro (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Strings & Reeds (Tides Inn, Weymouth)


And Finally, Phil Collins tribute (Weymouth Pavilion)

Jilly Ann, Neil Coad, Sixteen String Jack, Ed Bleach, Thank Yous and the Raffle (great band!), Vanilla Radio (Warm Festival, Borough Gardens, Dorchester) From 12.30pm to 7pm.

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm

Sheryl Lee (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 9pm.

Strings and Reeds (Park, Weymouth) 5pm.

Finn (Boot, Weymouth)

Precinct of Sound (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth) From 3pm.

Nina Garcia (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Rat Pack (New Vic, Weymouth) From 2pm, and later…

Nina Garcia (New Vic, Weymouth)

Singalong with Roger (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Johnny Mac (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4-7pm.

Kipper (Three Compasses, Charminster)

JD Acoustic (Britannia, Portland) 4-7pm.

Duke and da Broad (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth) 7.30pm.

Replay (Red Lion, Hope Sq, Weymouth) From 2pm

Rocking Rich (Golden Lion, Weymouth)


Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Blazing Strings (New Vic, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Acoustic Session (Rock, Weymouth)

Danny Adams (New Vic, Weymouth)

Matt Wallis (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Andy Grant (Boot, Weymouth)

Quaystage 2 Folk Session (Pilgrim House, Hope Sq, Weymouth)

Jazz Night (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Open Mic (Bull, Fordington, Dorchester)

Stacey Lou (New Vic, Weymouth)

Dave Bowen and Jazz Friends (Three Compasses, Charminster)

Skint Imperials (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Open Mic (Rock, Weymouth)


Leggomen (George, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

JD Acoustic (New Vic, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Sean C (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Jam Night (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Sainty’s Sexii Show (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Working Title (Finns, Weymouth)

Lewis Craven Band (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Retro (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Finnian (Park, Weymouth)

Sheryl Lee (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

The Leggomen (Café Jagos, Dorchester)

Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band (Belvedere, Weymouth)