Many congratulations to our good friends at Ramsgate Music Hall, named by NME this week as the UK’s best small venue. Bands and music lovers have consistently praised the venue for its friendly atmosphere and superb sound system and the award is fitting recognition of the dedication, commitment and hard work of the team. We love you guys for what you’ve given to Ramsgate – and the UK!
An Extraordinary Expedition into Sound at The Ballroom, Canterbury on Saturday 25th found six bands from around the country performing a variety of alternative explorations of contemporary rock music with the finale provided by none other than The Ramsgate Hovercraft (once more teaming up with ace drummer Paula Frost). Check out Dig Ng’s Facebook album for a first-class photographic account of the day and Susan Kennedy’s Facebook album for more of The Ramsgate Hovercraft. Special thanks to Jon and Sooz of Sound Pilgrims for organizing such a great event and a particular raising of the hat to Longstone who provided a captivatingly beautiful electronic/acoustic soundscape.
I chanced upon local bluegrass band The Allen Family in Ramsgate’s Belgian Café and was immediately captivated. These are first class musicians and I was especially taken with young (15 years) Geary Allen’s banjo work, which is sensitive and technically accomplished. Their music is not strictly confined to bluegrass and they confidently convey the authentic working roots of American country music. Another unexpected great night out in Ramsgate.