words and pictures by Mike Daish.
I arrived at Guildhall Square on Saturday (September 24) just as The Rock Choir was about to kick of the music for the day. After they finished the Soul Catchers upped the volume a bit and by now a good-sized crowd had gathered around the stage. I stayed a short while and heard a little of the St Andrews pipe band that followed. After a short walk down the high street I nipped into Lancaster vault and caught a bit of one of the bands in what was a really atmospheric setting.
Next was a visit to Holyrood church for the SOS Presents set. I stayed to hear some wonderful folk music performed by the Southampton Folk Orchestra. Carrying on down town I went to the Dancing Man which was very busy and listened to a couple more acts: Coastal Acustic Duo and When Harri Met Ali. My final stop was at Gods House Tower, sorry to say I lost the name of the singer but they sounded great. I had a lovely afternoon and heard some wonderful music. Such a brilliant event, a very big thank you to all who made it happen.
Sunday was the third time I had been to hear the AllStars perform at The 1865 and each time has been an amazing treat. They did not disappoint and we were treated to an impressive selection of Southampton talent. The theme for the day was ‘most requested’ so many very well known songs were covers; my personal favorite was Baker Street. Amongst the afternoons performers were Martin Perry , Tony Wright , Sarah Harrison , Shelly Mintrim , Matt Black and Sean McMenemy, to name a few. A full list can be found on The And Guide website. It was the best four hours I have spent on a Sunday and the fact it was free made it even better. I also had a little treat on my way in when I bumped into the ex-Saints manager Lawrie McMenemy who was there to support his son, he was kind enough to have a brief chat before going into The 1865. Another wonderful day of music thanks to Music in the City.
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