Record Store Day (RSD) tomorrow will see hundreds of new releases to thrill music fans waiting patiently since the early hours outside Music’s Not Dead in Devonshire Road.
The Bexhill music store celebrates this vibrant annual event with exclusive work from David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Muse among more than 500 new releases; doors open at 8am with live music from 12pm.
One of those live artists will be Hannah Peel who is setting off on a unique South Cost tour taking in Brighton, Eastbourne and Bexhill to mark the release of her Rebox 2 mini-album on gold vinyl for RSD.
Hannah said of her jaunt: “I once performed with my music box for a whole day inside a red telephone box - this time I thought it would be fun to take it to the individual stores for Record Store Day. Being from the North, I don’t have any childhood connections to the South East but every time I’ve done a show there, it’s been one of the best... everyone has said I’m mad, but it’s an adventure.”
Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita), first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classical traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullabylike stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon. His songs undercut the dreamlike beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic, creating a powerful Lynchian duality that makes the heart swell and the head spin.
Also playing will be William The Conqueror, headed by a Ruarri Joseph, who is also a treasure of the folk circuit, but leading this double life musically. He said: “I want people to hear the stories from a different perspective. After three years of keeping William in the dark, I want to switch things up. Ruarri can go off the radar it’s William’s turn now.”
Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. One minute it’s a hushed JJ Cale that somehow finds its way to an angry Jim Morrison or a late-70s Dylan; the next it’s a grunge era Pearl Jam via Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. Simply put this is real, original music.
Ellie Ford is alternative folk musician based in Brighton. As a solo performer, she is captivating, and her songs are enchanting with her harp and guitar parts underpinning sultry vocals. With her band, Ellie ford fronts a five piece contemporary folk band, who make use of a mixture of modern and orchestral instruments (harp, violin, clarinet, drums, guitar). Ellie Ford and her band began recording her debut album at Broadoak Studios in Bexhill with producer Harvey Summers. Her debut album The Other Sun will be released next week on April 22.