Apart from what musicians recommend to you, what have you been listening to recently?
God, this is going to sound weird, but mostly fiddle music. From the Appalachians from 1927 – 1939 Wow. It’s very good. I also really like the Smithsonian archive Alan Lomax did with all the field recordings too. Whatever equipment they had in the 1930s, it sounds absolutely brilliant because it really feels like you’re there. That’s about all I’ve listened to really recently, except for demos or whatever.
Have you ever had any moments of writing your own music? Or are you just an admirer of music?
No… I always think of it as like, you know, if you go for a good dinner, you don’t have to be able to cook it.
Despite our conversation being light and fun throughout, the current climate for venues during COVID still weighs heavy. The slow response to helping venues has left people feeling like the arts are not of high priority to our government.
How have you found the governments attitudes and attempts at support for the venue?
We got enough in grants to cover costs up to the end of September but now we have a capacity cut to 30 seats and with a 10pm closure, we’re unable to get anywhere close to covering rent and standing orders. We’ve done everything they asked of us, such as giving artists an opportunity to play and providing jobs in a Covid-safe environment yet there seem to be no more money forthcoming. We were ineligible to apply to the Cultural recovery Fund as the business is not run as a limited company. If we had been able to it would have got us through to the end of March. But it didn’t. I don’t wasn’t to talk about this anymore.
Um, you might find this a bit cheesy, but I thought I’m just going to mention some bands that have played here. And I’d like for you to sum them up in 3 words but…
Wow, I wasn’t expecting you to be up for it!
Just don’t ask me to rank them out of 10!
Okay, first one. And I’ll say this one because you and me have had numerous conversations about this band. Black Midi.
The house band.
very special night. You’re looking for the adjectives aren’t ya??
Fat White Family
Pioneering, Hard-working, DIY.
Just to round things up Tim, if you could think of one song to encompass 2020… what would it be?
I still feel like 2020 is 3 months old, I still think we’re in March! I dunno…. Maybe ‘Sunglasses’ by Black Country, New Road. They’re a great band and they were supposed to come to our SXSW show. You just said 2020 so, I’m not thinking about Covid, I’m thinking about before. There’s that line “and there are so many roadmen on this street, and you cannot tell that I am scared, I am invincible in these sunglasses.” I’ll just wear sunglasses and hope for the best.