... a bit Suffolk
|su 22 ja 12|
♫The Maverick concerts used to be at the Easton White Horse but the function room at the back of the Framlingham Crown is bigger and early last night promoter Paul Spencer was already jubilant at the near heaving turn out for his first show there. Ukulele goddess Lucy Sampson now supported by bass player Ian Bearcroft delighted, the Henry (they're not really) Brothers at the end of their set sang without mikes and Brooks Williams who might be described as a light tenor played guitar with the deceptive ease and authority that only comes with having done it forever.
|mo 28 no 11|
♫ In the evening we went to Maverick's ranch party in Easton and got to see Norwich based Vagaband who over the past couple of years have polished up very nicely thank you. We love drummers who stand up ... especially when they use a box for their kick drum. Top of the bill Hank Wangford with his band including pedal steeler BJ Cole produced moments of pure country heaven.
|sa 15 oc 11|
Maverick tonight at the Easton White Horse is Kara Grainger and Andrew Duhon, really wish we could be there ... like we've said before they can all sing in country.
|mo 12 se 11|
♫Judging by all the parked cars in Easton Saturday night Buddy Morlock (recordees of his songs include Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith and Joan Baez) was being very popular in the White Horse.
|sa 02 jl 11|
♫ More stalls at this year's Maverick festival in Easton, perhaps fewer cowboy hats and Police Dog Hogan stormed the place with more dancers than we've ever seen plus youthful air banjoists. From Detroit the Orbitsuns' Vinnie Dombroski asked the audience What else you gonna do? Go bowling? Not round here Vinnie.
Today there are clawhammer, flatfooting and uke workshops and tonight more Orbitsuns, Otis Lee Crenshaw, Melanie and the excellent (if poorly named) Vagaband close the evening.
|mo 5 jl 10|
Found a bench in a shady spot at the last day of Maverick yesterday and was eating paella, drinking slightly cold fizzy water and watching the cowboy hats passing by ... couldn't see The Ragged String Band but could hear them ... thought Doesn't get much better.
|su 4 jl 10|
Pix of yesterday at Maverick on that there FacePack and step dancing at the Worlingworth Swan all this afternoon.
|sa 3 jl 10|
As always the Maverick festival in Easton is being joyously magical, pix on that there FacePack, and tonight Rayburn Anthony and Kim Richey ... who needs a world cup?
|sa 26 jn 10|
|mo 10 my 10|
Now a nearthecoast resident Thomas Dolby has been added to this year's Maverick Festival at Easton and after impressing at last year's Maverick Aussie Ange Boxall has a new video proving yet again that in new/alt country they can all sing.
|mo 6 jl 09|
Yesterday at the last day of the Maverick Festival in Easton the Young Zulu Warriors Gospel Choir received a startlingly fulsome welcome as they got on stage by walking through the audience singing and trilling in that great African way.
Maverick this year was again a wonderful, incredibly easy going affair that MUST happen again and let's hope that next year Suffolk Coastal doesn't require the half dozen security (and a dog!), they are totally inappropriate, the only faux pas we saw was Brigitte DeMeyer asking the little girl in the front row whether she was four when in fact she's five. The little girl was so annoyed she refused to clap ... or it might have been embarrassment.
|su 5 jl 09|
At Maverick yesterday Al Perkins got a knocked down by a double decker driving sound from his Telecaster, the Haley Sisters did a Kate Rusby (beautiful voices/northern accents) in a roasting hot Tack Room, Brigitte DeMeyer was just brilliant B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T and everybody's favourite drummer Brady Blade could make good vibeing an Olympic event. This is a gospel song but you can dance to it - Al Perkins
|sa 4 jl 09|
At the first night of Maverick we got to see cowboy hats, American Drew Nelson enjoyably doing an American moody minor key thing whilst not wearing shoes, Tasmanian Ange Boxall looking like a slimmer Xena in that headband and with a tasty band, and Two Fingers of Firewater who have got more confident, a bit rockier and bit showbizier (nothing wrong with that, two people playing one guitar and the brief appearance of a trombone) since last year. Decent beers, musical instrument stall and an easy atmosphere mean we can't wait for tomorrow when hopefully we can get a signal from Orange to update Twitter.
|th 2 jl 09|
The 2009 Maverick Festival starts tomorrow and our cats are looking forward to the Hayley Sisters because they sounded dead good on the wireless last year and to Alana Levandoski because they've been practising her last name.
|th 21 my 09|
We're looking forward to Charlie Dore and Hank Wangford at this year's Maverick in Easton.
|mo 30 mr 09|
Admittedly more than a bit of a ways off but Cajun quartet The Magnolia Sisters are playing Norwich Arts Centre 15 July. This year Maverick in Easton is the first weekend in July so maybe they'll still be round for that?
|th 13 no 08|
As we very much hoped Paul Spencer is planning another Maverick Festival for Easton next year. Can't wait!
|su 31 au 08|
Judging by all the people who wanted to be photographed with Devon Sproule after her set she was undoubtedly the hit of Maverick. Built in the same slight manner as Miss Olga she has a rewardingly mobile face and everything is just so straight forward, loved it. Concerns some of Easton may have had about the festival surely have been proved unfounded, the only disorder we saw were little boys kidnapping empty plastic glasses to get the deposit back! The festival HAS to happen again next year.
|sa 30 au 08|
|fr 29 au 08|
Looking strangely familiar the main stage is up at Easton Farm Park for this weekend's nearly sold out Maverick Festival. Showtime starts at seven this evening and ends with a mid-morning Gospel brunch on the Sunday. Stephen Foster will be broadcasting live from the Fest on Radio Suffolk tomorrow morning, Radio Cambridge is expected as is the Serbian correspondent of the World Service (alt country is v big in Serbia apparently) and BJ Cole will be giving a pedal steel guitar workshop. It's just gotta be a good 'un!
|tu 29 jl 08|
You can schlep to Halesworth to see Geno Washington and the Maverick Festival is back on at Easton Farm Park but slimmed down to a thousand alt country enthusiasts.
|we 16 jl 08|
August's planned Maverick Festival has been refused a license at Easton Farm Park by Suffolk Coastal District Council.
|th 17 ap 08|
Apparently Paul Spencer the promoter of the Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park is talking about an audience of 5,000 for the three days.
|sa 8 mr 08|
|we 27 fe 08|