Coachwerks is a former motor garage in the backs of Hollingbury which also acts as an occasional community hub and very rare live venue. It has started brewing its own beer on-site too in a rather special micro-brewery and last night I can vouch for the tastiness of the Old Bastard bitter, which is also available at a good price.
Last night the garage was packed for a live music show, featuring the Knights Project, Kristin McClement and Dom Prag and the Pillow Biters.
First up was Dom Prag who plays some inventive new wave songs, which his bassist tried to convince were a record of the lead singer’s sex life. The most memorable was an excellent song called ‘Unemployment’,
There was a slight pause before the second act which gave us good time to sample the home brew. Kristin McClement was en route direct from a support slot that evening for Sam Lee at the Brighton Corn Exchange, so it was quite a switch to come to the tiny Coachwerks on the same night. However, we were privileged to have her and she and drummer Jools performed an intense set of her melancholic poetic folk songs. We’ve written about Kristin before, but if you haven’t heard her new album ‘The Wild Grips’ yet we highly recommend that you do.
Last up were the Knights Project, a folk super group comprising the Pillow Biters from earlier plus assorted others, and led by Lucy Day. Theirs is a joyful sound of guitars and violins and accordion, which provided an enjoyable way to close the evening.
Photographs by Jon Southcoasting