Recently I’ve been observing my Mum and a friend of her’s endeavour to bring live music to Fleetwood. Whilst this is great, and I blogged a few weeks ago about the brilliant talent that is Alex Hulme gracing our small town with his presence, they seriously need to move into the 21st Century.
To date, they’ve been using traditional media methods, such as having adverts & articles printed in the local papers & putting up posters around town. Whilst this has shown some success with most of the gigs being pretty well attended despite the lack of any web presence I had to step in and get them set up with a facebook account!
I’ve been spouting the virtues of advertising via facebook and twitter to them for the last few weeks, explaining that it will encourage a broader range of age groups to attend the gigs, not just the over 40s that take the time to read the “events” section in the newspaper.
I don’t know anyone that reads the Fleetwood Gazette or weekly news around my age group, either a physical copy or online. However I do know what’s going on in Fleetwood that might interest me, because my friends on facebook post about it, or add an event or photo, or whatever!
So here we are, with our facebook page, which needs much more content in order to drive people to the site, I know, but it’s only 24 hours old, so forgive me! The direct URL (which thanks to facebook, I no longer have to wait for 25 likes to get) is www.facebook.com/thepastairwell
and here’s my little widget thing, that facebook generated the code for! It’s all very clever, as I keep trying to tell my Mum.
So anyway, I’d love it if you could bob along and like the page for me, but even better than that if you could actually turn up to one of the gigs and enjoy some free live music, then like the page on facebook and tell all your friends about it.
So last night I went to see a local act named Alex Hulme at the Prince Arthur on Lord Street in Fleetwood.
Support was provided by Steve Aldridge & another great guitarist whose name I didn’t catch, as well as the fabulous Steph Fraser, a talented student of Rossall School.
The venue was good, the toilets leave a bit to be desired but cheap and decent pints with a good sound system for the band and a friendly atmosphere.
I was really blown away by Alex, he uses a loop pedal in a similar fashion to Ed Sheeran but produces a very different style of music. He sang a few songs from his new EP There Was A Boy, as well as some of his older stuff including a song called Drifting which was beautiful to listen to, about his grandmother who suffered with dementia before passing away a few years ago.
As well as his original material, Alex put his own spin on a few covers, with a spine tingling rendition of Smile, and a funked up Bittersweet Symphony.
Alex has a great vibe and a certain charm about him which builds a great connection with the audience, with them being so pliable half way through the set that he was able to get a little sing along going to a rarely aired original.
It’s great to see local talent being showcased in Fleetwood, and I hope to see more of both Alex and Steph who played a couple of originals and a cover of Dancing in the Dark.
There’s plenty more coming up at the Prince Arthur in Fleetwood (locally known as the Bug) over the next few months, hopefully they can live up to the standard that Alex & Steph in particular set last night.