I’ve always loved bands since I went by bus to see Mo and The Mystics, The Anglesey Strangers, and Dens Dimensions at the Anglesey Beat Club. That was in the mists of time, but I carried on liking the buzz of live Rock …and Reggae, Ska, Punk and Goan Trance.
Nowadays, I can combine this love with drawing – but I think it probably needs to evolve its own style to try to capture the music, and the excitement in the air and the pulsing floor. I haven’t even begun to do this yet, but I have tried to draw some of what I saw and felt.
This first one was such a cool character, and provided the music at an event in the waiting room of the expectant mothers clinic at The Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Musician at Wellbeing project, Liverpool
The first year of Chester Rocks had some great bands in the line-up. I tried to draw Iggy Pop and The Australian Pink Floyd by standing in the crowd close up to the stage; this moved like the sea, in waves, and I could barely hold my balance.
Australian Pink Floyd
I went with friends to Womad, the World Music Festival. Here, I did try some drawings of the varied bands playing.
Dennis Bovell Dub Band
Sarah Savy and the Francadians
The next one begins to explore different ways to catch the scene, beyond the traditional line up – Nneka had a magic in her stage presence….
Nneka and her band…. below one of the guitarists….
A total change of scene now – I was drawing at the Dinner that marked the opening of the 1st Manchester Childrens’ Book Festival. I sat having a sandwich with the band that were providing the dance music. They were superb and a different line-up to draw.
Frambuesas Tango Band
I took a bus over to Theatre Clwyd for The Absurd Music Festival – The Absurd put on poetry events as well, and had a good scene going. There was a mix of Welsh Bands, individual musicians, and a poet backed by guitar; I just drew non-stop while there.
With Meilir (below) I tried a different approach , by drawing him in 3 positions overlapping. He was a very interesting act, at times providing backing sounds by moving his foot back and forth in a box of gravel (see back of drawing).
…and here’s the poet, Rhys Trimble, with feather Boa and guitarist and harmonica player…..and great poems declaimed with style.
I did some drawing at Liverpool’s Brouhaha Festival – costumes, carnival, world music and yes…a punk bank. A girl whose boyfriend was in the band asked for a copy of the sketch.
Here’s a band well known on the Folk scene and Chester based; they play dance music from different periods in history, hence the name.
The Time Bandits
When the National Eisteddfod was in Wrecsam a few years back, Welsh Bands played nightly at the club – Central Station. The one below is more traditional than rock, but I’ve always loved his music.
Tecwyn Ifan Band – (that’s him at the back)
Lastly, 2 bands drawn at a Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool. Firstly, one I did a small project with for The Liverpool Echo – Fly with Vampires. This drawing was constructed from different photos to meet a deadline.
Fly with Vampires
Here are a band who, I believe, are quite big now on the Liverpool scene. I caught them on the local bands stage….
Tea Street Band
One more thing, I’m keen to draw more bands locally, and hopefully to experiment with getting the drawings to capture the action in new and more dramatic ways.
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