BACK yonder, in the early days of scribing articles for Index, I reported my surprise upon wandering in the Black Swan and finding it renovated to the charming place Devizes hipsters know it as today.
At the time, I was adamant I wasn’t there for antique shopping, stating “I’m not David Dickenson; I’ve come here for atmosphere, a pint and some live music, the quality of all above my expectations. To suit the off-beat character transforming the place a young Irish singer stands at the windowed alcove grasping his guitar with passion.”
That singer was, of course, Richie Triangle, and he bought a sense of cheerfulness with spritely enthusiasm, good humour and talented performances. Alas his campervan out back of the pub is no longer, Richie has been travelling, but we’ll still recall him busking in the Brittox and just his short stay in our town, he gained a local following.
Well it seemed we’ve good taste in Devizes, as Richie found success on his adventures and has hooked up with Adrian Sherwood’s ground-breaking On-U-Sound studio, to record Made from Broken Pieces, an album of original material, all written by him.
In his own words, Richie is, “describing and sympathising with all our situations. How despite being broken, beaten and battered, we’re still here, alive and strong, and have many crazy tales to tell” – the concept stemming from a rock climbing accident Richie suffered while travelling India.
Paralysed from the waist down, it was a struggle to make it back to the UK.
“After much determination and most of 2015 in a wheelchair,” Richie explains, “I managed to rehabilitate enough to be able to stand, and in time, walk. I couldn’t sit around, and I absolutely had to get back in the music.”
Good news is Richie is back in town, playing at The Crown on Saturday, thanks to the magnificent Marland Music.
This will make the ideal after-carnival party and hopefully, he’ll have copies of this acoustic magnum opus, with hauntingly sublime backing sounds, akin to a modern James Taylor or Neil Young. Or, you can download it for a tenner here: www.richietriangle.com – bargain.
Other after-carnival parties are available; Stuart Beck performs at Times Square, Mike Barham belts out classics at the Moonrakers, DJ Ramon’s getting funky at the Southgate (with barbecue).
What am I, some kind of human event calendar now? Bloody cheek, might start singing in the Market Square myself.
Fear not, that will not happen, not with Black Rat Monday out of the way.
While on the musical subject, I was lucky enough to be treated to an exclusive preview of the newly formed Full Tone Orchestra, at a rehearsal for their performance of Iconic Themes on September 16 at the Corn Exchange.
After just three rehearsals I can confirm they sound totally awesome and this should be a spectacular night as they accomplish numerous film scores.
Invited by the ever-busy Jemma Brown, who is promoting the event with husband Anthony, the conductor. I arrived fashionably late to which Jemma whispered I’d missed, Game of Thrones.
Fussed about this I was not, for it’s not something I’ve followed, rather I favour I arrived just on time as they moved onto the Star Wars theme with boundless energy, and this is much more up my street.
Having to close my eyes and allow the music to envelope me, rather than let my eyes wander over the school hall or the musicians attempting to concentrate, I could almost imagine Darth Vader striding up the corridor like the headmaster from a netherworld.
An attempt to bring the uplifting sounds of an orchestra to the Devizes masses, I’ve seen first-hand the hard work and dedication the Full Tone Orchestra are putting into this performance, I heard them still going for it hours later when the wind blew in the right direction and I was taking the recycling bins out!
All this and the anticipation of awesome Swindon based two-tone ska band, The Killer-Tones returning to our Con Club on October 21, with Easily Led supporting, courtesy of The Devizes Scooter Club. You can’t say for a town this size, #nothingeverhappensindevizes – hashtag or no hashtag.