New Model Army – The Roadmender, Northampton

It’s been 3.5 years since I was last at The Roadmender, this is the 5th time I’ve seen New Model Army there, and I believe the 26th time I’ve seen them as a full band. As always it was a superb gig, but a little bit warm and sticky.

R&R
Winter
Here Comes the War
Strogula
The Charge
Angry Planet
Born Feral
Eyes Get Used to the Darkness
No Pain
Die Trying
Did You Make it Safe?
Burn the Castle
Devil
51st State
Between Dog and Wolf
Get Me Out

Poison Street
My Country
Green and Grey

Half Man Half Biscuit – The Empire, Coventry

It was a wet and miserable trip up to Coventry, although Half Man Half Biscuit were there to save the day. They ambled on stage to “Mouldy Old Dough” by local band Lieutenant Pigeon, and proceeded to play and chat for the best part of two hours.

Hedley Verityesque
Fuckin’ ‘ell it’s Fred Titmus
Tonight Matthew I’m Going to be with Jesus
Running Order Squabble Fest
Old Age Killed my Teenage Bride
Totnes Bickering Fair
Bad Review
Joy in Leeuwarden (We are Ready)
San Antonio Foam Party
When the Evening Sun Goes Down
Lock Up Your Mountain Bikes
Gubba Look-a-Likes
All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
“Bat Walks”
The Bane of Constance
Lark Descending
For What is Chatteris
The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman
Rock and Roll is Full of Bad Wools
We Built This Village on a Trad. Arr. Tune
Everything’s A.O.R.
Trumpton Riots
Vatican Broadside
National Shite Day
The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Is the Light of an Oncoming Train)

You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover)
Outbreak of Vitas Gerulatis
Time Flies By (When You’re the Driver of a Train)
Joy Division Oven Gloves

Given the date it’s a shame they didn’t play Epiphany.

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

I think this is the 5th year at Rock City for the pre-christmas gig. Hopefully next year will make 6.

Better Than Them
Higher Wall
Lights Go Out
No Greater Love
Into the Wind
Strogoula
Stranger
Beginning

Winter
White Light
Weak and Strong
Part the Waters
Fate
Devil
Angry Planet
Born Feral
No Rest
Autumn
Stormclouds
51st State
Family
Bad Old World
Wonderful Way to Go

Christian Militia
Between Dog and Wolf
Poison Street

Get Me Out
High
I Love the World

Half Man Half Biscuit – O2 Academy, Bristol

A Half Man Half Biscuit gig is the only occasion where I’ll wear something resembling a football shirt. Thanks to my Dukla Prague away kit I got asked by the barmaid if I’d been to Prague, I had to explain it was a reference to a song which would likely be played later.

Support came from The Flux Capacitors who weren’t too bad.

Half Man Half Biscuit were on good form, the cover version tonight was in honour of great influence who had died earlier this year, Dan Haggerty. Overall a very enjoyable evening, although the six pints I consumed might have helped with that.

Westward Ho! – Massive Letdown
When the Evening Sun Goes Down
Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes
Petty Sessions
Outbreak of Vitas Gerulatis
Running Order Squabblefest
If I Had Posession Over Pancake Day
Left Lyrics in the Practice Room
Everything’s A.O.R.
Paintball’s Coming Home
Bob Wilson – Anchorman
Old Age Killed My Teenage Bride
Lock Up Your Mountain Bikes
Floreat Inertia
Tommy Walsh’s Eco House
The Bane of Constance
Look Dad No Tunes
For What is Chatteris
Ode to Joyce
Rock and Roll is Full of Bad Wools
Fix It So She Dreams of Me
Vatican Broadside
Joy Division Oven Gloves
All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
National Shite Day
We Built this Village on a Trad Arr. Tune

Trumpton Riots
Maybe (Thom Pace cover)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel (is the Light of an Oncoming Train)

Fairport Convention – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

This was our seventh year in a row seeing Fairport, and the fourth at Weston-Super-Mare. Support came from Roger Davies, and as usual Fairport Convention joined him on stage for the last song before doing two sets of their own. If anything the jokes were even worse than usual this year.

James Dean (with Roger Davies)
Ye Mariners All
Myths and Heroes
Walk Awhile
Devil’s Work
The Man in the Water
The Gallivant
John Condon
Hawkwood’s Army

The Fylde Mountain Time / Roger Bucknall’s Polka
Lord Marlborough
Clear Water
My Love is in America
Crazy Man Michael
Bring Me Back My Feathers
Lalla Rookh
Crudités (Parody of Gaudete)
The Festival Bell
Mercy Bay
Suicide is Painless/Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge (with Roger Davies)

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

It’s a Saturday in mid-December which can only mean one thing, New Model Army at Rock City.

We headed up early and popped in to Spanky Van Dyke’s for a pre-gig burger, and were lined up outside Rock City by 5:15 ready for the doors to open at 6. We were one of the first through the doors and headed down to the front, not realising early enough that we were stood in front of the aircon and would spend the rest of the night freezing cold.

The gig started out with a Justin and Dean acoustic set slowing building up to the full-band lineup, before the first break. The second set was a more normal affair. We got one new song during the first set, Die Trying, and the promise of the release of a new album at some point in the next year or so, they aren’t rushing things. By the sound of it we’ll be back at Rock City again next year, most likely on the the 10th of December.

Snelsmore Wood
Autumn
La Push
You Weren’t There
Die Trying
Lovesongs
Summer Moors
Rivers
Fate

Bloodsports
Christian Militia
Breathing
March in September
No Greater Love
Nothing Dies Easy
Devil’s Bargain
Orange Tree Roads
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Another Imperial Day
Stormclouds
Heroes
Between Dog and Wolf
Angry Planet
Family
Get Me Out

Stupid Questions
Wonderful Way to Go
Green and Grey

I Love the World

Bellowhead – The Forum, Bath.

The gig was part of the first half of Bellowhead’s farewell tour, a fairly drawn out affair which eventually finishes in Oxford next May.

Bellowhead appeared on stage just after 9, and stormed their way through a near two hour long set, culminating with a low-key rendition of Richard Thompson’s Down Where the Drunkards Roll, something apparently performed at their first ever gig.

Once we made it out of the venue we ambled round to a pre-arranged pub for a post-gig session featuring a few of the band plus assorted hangers on. Some of the band played, some propped up the bar, and some were elsewhere. We managed to drink all of the beer on tap before everything wrapped up at about 1am.