The 41st Steel City Beer Festival planning continues apace with planning across a variety of areas happening all at once and being co-ordinated and taken forward at monthly meetings (see Beer Matters diary section for upcoming meetings, all volunteers welcome). The festival involves a myriad of tasks outside of just location, equipment, beer and staffing, such as sponsorship, publicity and entertainment. This years entertainment is already starting to come together and looking really good.
On Thursday upstairs we have 2 sets from 9pm form Leeds City Stompers ared hot blues band, conjuring the spirit of prohibition America who headlined the acoustic stage on Friday at Europe’s biggest blues festival in Colne last year. With real 1920s drum kits, slapped double bass, metal resonator guitars from the 1930s and three voices—“making old sounds in a new way” we are really looking forward to hearing them at this years festival.
On Friday night from 9pm the Downtown Roots will be taking to the stage. If you are luck enough to have seen them play in Sheffield already you will already know they have gained an enthusiastic following in a very short time and are now plying their musical wares up and down the country and getting the same response. With Pete Botterill, Bass, and James ‘Skinny’ Darnill, Drums, providing a solid rhythm section, Moz Casserly weaves his guitar with the ability of the some of the guitar greats they will bring their psychedelic tinged, Blues Rock to the festival to create a truly memorable evenings musical entertainment.
Saturday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm sees the welcome return of Loxley Silver Band, established in 1889 in Loxley Methodist Church and rehearsing there until very recently, the band has a friendly family atmosphere with players ranging from 10-80 years. Last year saw the band celebrate their 125th anniversary and they recorded a CD, which is now available to buy. Loxley were also asked to help a Cornwall-based folk-rock band called ‘Love Street’ and played on their hit single “Susanna”, which is all about the Sheffield Pals regiment and their ultimate sacrifice in WW1. An EP including this single is also available, with part of the proceeds going to The Royal British Legion.
Look out in future Beer Matters for details of Saturday nights band as well as something different for the afternoon entertainment.