Friday 12th June

Two excellent things on for local music fans this Friday.

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Hidden Trail Records are launching their charity compilation ‘Hidden Brighton #2′ on Friday 12th June at the Latest Bar in Manchester Street, featuring some exciting live music from three blog favourites: the rockin’ Black Rooster Black Shag and two superb electro-pop acts Curxes and Becky Becky, both of whom have released very well-received albums this year. Doors at 7:30pm. Entry is £8 on the door.

The album is the Hidden Trail label’s second compilation and features an excellent array of local acts: Curxes, Black Rooster Black Shag, Becky Becky, The Delta Bell, Matthew the Oxx, Clowwns, Cate Ferris, O. Chapman, Momotaro, Grasshopper, Elin Ivarsson, Garden Heart, Jetglo and Alex KP. If this is anything like their first compilation it is going to be really lovely.

The launch and album are raising money for an excellent local charity, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, a day centre providing support to young insecurely-housed or homeless people in Brighton and Hove. All profits from the gig and album release go to the charity.

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If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a wonderful celebration of folk-based music at The One Church, featuring poetic songstress Kristin McClement whose new album The Wild Grips has been getting excellent reviews, along with experimental music from Astra Forward, beautiful alt-folk from Philippe Nash and Hilary Repko‘s heartfelt vocals.

It should make for a beautiful evening of gentle music in a charming venue in Gloucester Place, just a few doors along from the North Laine Brewery Pub. Doors open at 7:30pm, entrance by donation.

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Hidden Trail Records album launch

Last night we attended the Hidden Trail Records album launch for their new compilation ‘Hidden Brighton’. The launch gig at the Palmeira pub featured four stellar acts from amongst those who donated their time and efforts to the new charity compilation. Headlining were Brighton’s own Fairport Mac / Fleetwood Convention, The Self Help Group. They were ably supported by the electric Hella Better Dancer, folk-chanteuse Ellie Ford and the Americana slide-riding twang of Kokopelli.

The new album is in local record shops now and is an excellent selection of new local bands with not a bad track amongst them. It’s well worth the money, which will help support local charity Grace Eyre, helping people with learning difficulties.

You can listen to it and buy it on-line here via bandcamp.

The Self Help Group

Self Help Group at the Hidden Brighton album launch at the Palmeira Pub in Hove

The Self Help Group

Self Help Group

Hella Better Dancer

Hella Better Dancer

Ellie Ford

Ellie Ford

Kokopelli

Kokopelli

All photographs by Jon Southcoasting.

Weekend Gig Pick – Hidden Trail Records album launch

Normally around this time of week we post up our recommendations for the forthcoming weekend’s gigs. This week we’ve picked out just one for your attention, which is also an album launch for a new compilation which features some great Brighton bands.

HTR Album Launch Poster - FinalHidden Brighton is a new compilation from our friends over at Hidden Trail – the label associated with the Some Of It Is True blog. It’s being launched with a gig on Friday Night at the Palmeira with three of the bands who contributed to the compilation playing live. The Self Help Group, Hella Better Dancer and Ellie Ford will be performing, and the album also features contributions from Kill Moon, The Raving Beauties, The Standard Lamps, The Hundredth Anniversary, tiNhearT, Flash Bang Band, Woodland Blue, Kokopelli and Us Baby Bear Bones. Proceeds from the album will go towards charity Grace Eyre, who support local children with learning difficulties, and all acts have donated their tracks free of charge. Tickets for the gig will be available on the door or in advance from the venue or Resident Records.