UK’s answer to Joan Jett

Louise Distras and Joe Solo
Louise Distras and Joe Solo
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A bloody minded troublemaker and a man who cycled to Australia for inspiration are just two of the acts performing at The Yorkshire House tonight, Thursday.

And that’s before you get to headliner Louise Distras, who is coming to Lancaster as part of her 24 date Street Revolution UK tour.

The memories of Lancaster Music Festival may be slowly fading into one of those dreams you wish would never end, but the city’s venues and promoters barely got caught napping and are now back in full swing.

Carrying forward that momentum which could quite easily put Lancaster Music Festival on a par with SXSW in Austin, Texas, according to its founder Ben Ruth.

Grand claims, but why not?

Back to this week, The Guardian said Louise Distras is “putting punk and protest back into the mainstream” and she’s trumpeted as the natural successor to Billy Bragg, Joe Strummer, and the UK’s answer to Joan Jett who has been described as “so good, so truly punk rock” by Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes).

Support comes from Joe Solo, who has, in his time, been a busker, a barman, a kerb-counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play in seven countries either as the lynch-pin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of folk, punk and blues in his own right.

Sammy H Stephens cycled to Australia and back for inspiration. The talented singer/songwriter with powerful vocals plays blues/folk influenced original songs.

Self-proclaimed anarchist and “bloody-minded trouble maker” Beau Nafyde from Lancaster presents “non-poncey spoken word poetry” and is the fourth support on the night.

Tickets for the show are £6 on the door. Doors 7.30pm.