Great musical memories of 2011

Front cover of The Lovely Eggs album Cob Dominos
Front cover of The Lovely Eggs album Cob Dominos

IT’S been a great year for me personally, music-wise, a year of discovery, and of realising a few ambitions gig-wise.

Before I give you my top five Lancaster shows of 2011, I’ll head back to the start of the year, when, after a slow awakening due to hibernation, I nipped back to my home town of Clitheroe on February 4 to catch Leeds’ China Shop Bull at the Keystreet venue, who ensured a raucous and brazen musical wake-up call.

Later that month, The Dukes hosted beatboxer and general noise maker Shlomo Mouthtronica, who turned out to be a thoroughly decent chap in interview, and in the flesh, as well as an extremely talented voice. He was joined on stage by Lancaster beatboxer Jack Bee, who also pleased the crowd at the Kendal Calling Festival in July.

In March, The Dukes showed director Danny Boyle’s take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, screened live from the National Theatre in London.

See the Lancaster Guardian (29-12-11) for full story.