Real moments in 2013

The Moulettes
The Moulettes

As the city takes a bit of a breather following the festivities, here are a few worthwhile musical dates for your 2013 diary.

Tomorrow, Friday, Real Music vintage disco returns to the Gregson Centre, in Moor Lane.

Their 96th gig from 8.30pm to midnight features New Wave and New Romantic hits. Admission is £4 (£2 concessions).

Organisers notch up their 100th disco in September.

On January 25, More Music in Morecambe presents Moulettes, with support from Stephen Hudson and The Fiat Pandas and Baines Ukulele Orchestra.

Moulettes have been playing together for several years now and after a couple of EPs and singles they released an acclaimed debut album on Balling The Jack/Sotones in 2010.

They also won an Innovation Award from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website.

Their charismatic, idiosyncratic brand of modern folk music incorporates elements of prog-rock, indie, Classical, jazz and blues.

Tickets are £8/£6 conc.

On January 31, Carolina Vendetta and The Dead Puppeteers perform at The Bobbin in Cable Street, Lancaster, and then on February 1, Sounds from the Hound at The Greyhound in Halton welcomes Ribble Valley musicians The Beat Based Conserve (TBBC) and Mark Duckworth.

TBBC - Adam, Danny and Duncan - meld together vocals, guitars, and a bongo/percussion section to create a soulful sound full of twists and turns and good vibes.

A few choice covers (including Cat Stevens and The Bedouin Soundclash) complement the band’s original material.

Joining them is Clitheroe based Mark Duckworth, guitarist from rock band Those Dirty Words, who will be performing his own material solo.

Entry is free, from 8pm.

On February 9, Lancaster Speakeasy launches its 2013 programme with electro swing, turntablism and hip hop at The Dalton Rooms.

Music comes from Liverpool based The Chicken Brothers, Edinburgh DJ collective The Frequent Flyers, and hip-hop outfit The Fire Beneath The Sea.

Entry is £5, from 9pm until 3am.

On Sunday March 3, Ian Prowse and The Ragamuffins perform at Chipping Village Hall, while on March 16, musician Iain Hunter brings his Afro/jazz/rock sound to The Dukes Round in Lancaster with N’DOdo.

The band is a reincarnation of his former group NO DODO, from the 1990s, but this time with a body full of “textured guitars, flapping and flowing with sinuous and feathery saxaphones,supported by two basses”.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. There will also be free music in the Dukes bar from 6.30pm.

On April 3 Sheelanagig perform for Lancaster Speakeasy, again at The Dalton Rooms, and at The Dukes on April 30, Hope and Social return to the city to promote their new album All Our Dancing Days.

The band, who met at Lancaster University, performed a fantastic set at The Yorkshire House before Christmas.

Entry is £8/6 conc, and fans will have the chance to meet them in The Dukes Galley before the show from 6pm. This is free but places need to be reserved at the Box Office.

Following a great day and night of music last year, Glastonbrewery returns to Lancaster Brewery with another 12 hour session of sound featuring some of the area’s best bands and artists.

The event, which starts at midday on May 18, and finishes at midnight, can accommodate 1,000 people, and is a fundraiser for charity Bay Aqua Therapy.

So far on the bill are Idol Minds, Amy Jo Clough, The Feud, Molly Warburton and the Shady Days...

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