Feud are living the American dream

The Feud - Jamie Walker, Luke Paget and Stephen Mildwater - performing a couple of acoustic tracks high up in the Hollywood hills.
The Feud - Jamie Walker, Luke Paget and Stephen Mildwater - performing a couple of acoustic tracks high up in the Hollywood hills.

Lancaster electro-rock trio The Feud have had a hectic few weeks in America, with performances in Los Angeles, New York and Texas.

The band, who are recording their debut album in the San Fernando Valley, played two gigs at the world renowned SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas last month, before flying hundreds of miles via LA to New York, to perform at The Studio at Webster Hall on Tuesday.

US record label agents were present at The New York gig as well.

Vocalist Jamie Walker and drummer Luke Paget, formerly of blues rock outfit Tantrum, formed The Feud with bassist and keyboardist Stephen Mildwater in 2010.

Their shows are renowned for combining elements of rock and driving dance beats to produce a unique high octane sound. They’ve had Radio 1 airplay and toured extensively, but have still got plenty of time for their Lancaster roots.

Radio 1 DJ Greg James asked “How is this band unsigned?”

You may ask yourself the same thing, but perhaps by the time they return to the UK, the question could be a moot one.

Hopefully we’ll know more next week.

They’re due to return to Lancaster later this month and perform at the Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival which takes place between April 26 - 28.

I can now announce the lucky winners of two pairs of tickets for the Maiden United gig at The Yorkshire House this Sunday night, April 7.

Surprisingly, there were entries from as far away as Glasgow, Cambridge, Peterborough and Stowmarket following the competition in the Lancaster Guardian and online two weeks ago.

Maiden United are a six piece acoustic tribute to rock legends Iron Maiden, featuring big names from other rock and metal bands including Paradise Lost, Dearworld and Within Temptation.

The question posed was what is the name of Iron Maiden’s ghoulish mascot, and all who entered got it right with the name Eddie. Andrew Walker, from Lancaster, and Allan Smith, from Whitehaven, were the names picked out of the Lancaster Guardian competition hat. The gig has been organised by Lune Valley promoters Ridgeback Promotions, and kicks off at 8pm. Support comes from Massive Wagons and Inferno.

Entry is on the door only, priced £8 before 8pm and £10 after, and on a first come first served basis.

Well done to the two winners.

The new managers of The Dalton Arms at Glasson Dock are currently establishing a music night on Wednesday evenings.

Folk collective Fiddle ‘e’ Dees alternate with an open mic session.

Fiddle ‘e’ Dees feature between four and 10 musicians playing guitars, squeezebox, harmonica, keyboard, bodhran and more, although there is currently a lack of fiddles...

Speaking of fiddles, swinging jazz outfit Hotcha make a returm to Lancaster on Sunday April 14.

Fiddle player Heath Lavery, and guitarists Jon Moore and Alan Pill will be playing hot club style gypsy jazz at the Robert Gillow from 9pm.

Inspired by guitar mastro Django Reinhardt, the trio perform a range of classic swing jazz, together with modern tunes arranged in gypsy jazz style.

Their repertoire includes toe tapping up-tempo numbers, lilting waltzes and elegant ballads. Admission is free.

Also at The Robert Gillow this Saturday at 9pm, The Philip Clouts Quartet will be playing an uplifting mix of jazz, funk and world music from their acclaimed CD Sennen Cove.

Clouts is renowned for his work with Afrobeat band ZubopGambia.