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Wykeham Gathering 2013

Words by Katherine Dunn-Mines
Pictures by Simon Heaton

Wykeham Gathering takes place in the charming surroundings of The Downe Arms, Wykeham.  Blessed with decent weather, when we arrive there is a party atmosphere, it's busy inside and out, children enjoying the large expanse of grass, the activities and face-painting, friendly dogs taking advantage of the play time and as enamoured of the barbecue smells as their human counterparts, whilst inside, where the tage is, there are full tables, the french doors letting the outdoor atmosphere seep into the interior.  Bunting hanging from the gazebo and trellised seating adds to the funky garden fete-feel.

Wingnut  & The Wizard

This fun duo consisting of Ben Vickers and Jordan Lapping play a mix of covers & original material.  The covers range across Madness, The Raconteurs, U2, the Beatles and more.  Jordan varies between guitar and ukulele, the latter used to great effect on 'Smile (though your heart is breaking)', while Ben brings in harmonica in between his vocals on a number of tracks.  Even had the set been without an uproarious stage invasion from Stanley Vickers (age 5), this is a fun and varied musical performance guaranteed to raise a smile, and perfect for a pub environment.  

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

David Echevarría.

Starting with his own composition, 'Man in the Moon', David displays his guitar skills with an extended intro followed by some soulful vocals.  His set is engaging, and he has an emotive voice.  'Let's Go' written by his brother, is a catchy tune, partnering nicely with well known covers such as The Fratellis' 'Whistle for the Choir'.  His set showcases expert changes of rhythm, and a variety of styles. 

Wykeham Gathering 2013

 First Quarter.

This trio features a a female double bass player (Shelagh Revel), female vocalist (Elaine Minns) and male pianist (Chris Minns).  'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' shows off some honeylike vocals, and this mostly jazz and blues act is a nice change of styles from other acts today.  The mood is languorous and evocative of smoky lounge bars.  The trio are due to perform at Nomad Cafe on 31st August as part of a performance project entitled 'The Hull to Scarborough Line', which will also travel to Hull Truck Theatre.  More details can be found on their Facebook page.

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Ben Lane

Bringing a welcome injection of energy from the outset to wake up the teatime lull, this set was a definite highlight.  The repertoire is another good mix, there's little in the way of oft-repeated covers in this day of entertainment and that's a good thing.  Aztec Camera's 'Somewhere in my Heart' highlights Ben's vocal talents.  'Sunny Afternoon' by the Kinks ironically meets a slight turn in the weather; although fair to say the air has turned a little cooler, it's testament to those talents that many are held captive watching the set rather than just heading for the bar.  Beautiful South's 'Rotterdam' sounds equally good with a male vocal; other offerings that help to get the 'evening party' aspect of this event underway include 'Teenage Dirtbag' and a good smattering of eighties hits including 'Mary's Prayer' which showcases some lovely guitar work and vocal inflections; it's not a song I like that much, but I liked it today.   Ben certainly seems to have the most engaged audience thus far, and ends with a stunning a capella version of 'Mercedes Benz' and well-deserved appreciation.

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Everyone Loves Ernie

The funky beats of this trio, the eponymous Ernie Acquah on djembe, Damion Pickup on guitar & vocals, and Paul Stear on bass, start with 'The Power of Love' (Huey Lewis and the News), giving it their fun and funkified treatment.  Describing themselves, without taking themselves too seriously, as sleazy pop, that sleaze is borne out in the groovy djembe-drum beats of Blackstreet's 'No Diggity', a recent addition to their set list.  The party has definitely started now, as there is a sizeable contingent shaking and shimmying on the dancefloor.  The song also gets the loudest cheer of day yet.  With their cover of 'Billie Jean', an intriguing sinister vibe is emphasised in the vocals.  Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' is given a twist too, starting a capella then kicking in with the dancing beats that lure more to the floor.

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

At this point, we have to leave, knowing that not only have we missed the considerable talents of String Theory and Jez Echevarría earlier in the day, but that the party and the quality only promises to carry on with Lewis Marrow and Dirty Beach later in the night.  It has been an enjoyable day, with lots to offer for families as well as those looking for good music and a relaxed party atmosphere.  With admission at £5 (under 12's free) and £2.50 a pint, it is decent value and a great venue.

 Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

Wykeham Gathering 2013

 

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