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Jul 252014
 

Joel Fisk & Jon Amor Electro Acoustic DuoIt is a great pleasure to announce I’ll be doing some gigs with the fantastic Jon Amor in August.

I’ve known Jon for a couple of years, with our paths crossing at various gigs on the Blues circuit, as well as seeing him many times with The Hoax.

Having jammed with Jon and Ian Siegal at Scarborough Blues Festival earlier this year, we got talking, and decided to get together for some gigs.

We share the same tastes in music, comedy and alcohol, so this promises to be a fantastic few days on the road.

Firstly, we’ll be playing The Spread Eagle, Ipswich on Monday 18th August, then off to Guisborough RnB Club on Tuesday 19th, finishing up in Carlisle at the King’s Head on Wednesday 20th.

We’re hoping to have an extra date for Sunday 17th too, so watch this space.

All I know is that it’ll be great fun for everyone involved!

 Posted by at 10:37 am
Jun 242014
 
Blues on the Farm © Roy Cano 2014
Blues on the Farm © Roy Cano 2014

Joel © Roy Cano 2014

It’s been a while since JoJo, Cupsey and I have done a big festival on the Blues scene. Not since the days of Hokie Joint have we been able to drink, eat and sleep for free, so I was greatly looking forward to Blues On The Farm near Chichester.

We made a fleeting visit during the last world cup, between a gig in Belgium and Linton Festival, so it was nice to be back and catch up with Julian, the fantastic organizer.

After what seems like an eternity since we played last, and just concentrating on the album, we had a rehearsal on Tuesday night, brushed up on a few things and put a setlist together. I always enter gigs on the Blues scene with a slight edge of trepidation with LaVendore Rogue, as what we’re playing isn’t technically “Blues”. JoJo, Cupsey, Tank and myself are all primarily Blues musicians, but have always wanted to put a different twist on it.

We hit the road at 11am, and arrived at Appledram Farm around 2:30pm. Greeted by Mark Ede at the gates, we unloaded our gear and had a quick refreshment in the form of a couple of cans of Carlsberg, courtesy of the festival.

I managed to catch up with a new pal in Ian Jennings, double bass player-extraordinaire with Lisa Mills and Mud Morganfield, who I had the privilege of supporting a few months ago with Tim Aves & Wolfpack.

Anyway, we took to the stage at 5pm, opening with “The Maze” – not a Blues track by any stretch of the imagination, but was warmly received. The deeper we got into our set, the more the crowd were behind us. From what I can remember, the standout applause was for songs such as “Tattoo”, “Siesta Resistance” and our last minute encore, “Goodnight Irene”. Always a popular song with the Blues crowd.

Blues on the Farm © Ken Ansted 2014

Cupsy © Ken Ansted 2014

We left the stage feeling confident about what we’d achieved. Continued to pack away our gear, then tuck into our dinner. I opted for a hog roast as quiche just doesn’t cut it after a gig.

As the night went on, more refreshments were consumed, resulting in Cupsey purchasing a Native American head dress, me purchasing ANOTHER pair of sunglasses, and JoJo asking Kate Winslet (yes, Kate Winslet), whether she was Kate Middleton. Nothing out of the ordinary there then.

We arrived safely back in Colchester at 3am, thanks to some splendid driving by Tank, unloaded the gear, and slumped into approximately an 11 hour sleep.

Not bad for LaVendore Rogue’s first festival. We’ve got a few more lined up over the next few weeks, including Kelvedon, Bures, Chidfest and Maryport; check the gig guide for the full list

Here are some great photos by Sarah Reeve, Ken Ansted and Roy Cano

 

 Posted by at 10:24 am
May 232014
 
Joel Solo © Terry Crouch

Hello and welcome to joelfisk.co.uk

The aim of this site is to keep you all updated on what I’m doing in all aspects of my musical life, as well as give you a background of what I do, and how I could be of use to you.

As you can see, the menus above direct you to the relevant areas of the site.

So, what am I up to?

At present, I’m working on mixing the début LaVendore Rogue album. This is my second production for the band, using ProTools, and so far I’m very pleased with what I’m hearing. Hopefully you will think the same when the album is released later in the year. I’m very proud of what we’ve done with the album, and feel it contains the best material JoJo Burgess and I have written to date.

There’s also a new Tim Aves & WOLFPACK album on the way too. I was “just” a guitarist on this one, which was quite a pleasure. It carries on from where the last album, “The Burnham Sessions” left off, but includes a few more original tracks, as well as some more Howlin’ Wolf songs played in our own unique way.

In addition to that, the BBC’s very own Stephen Foster has kindly invited me to open the set for Gerry McAvoy & Friends next Thursday (29th May), at the Cult Café, Ipswich. Gerry & Co will be paying tribute to Rory Gallagher, which promises to be a fantastic night. I’m really looking forward to this one.

 Posted by at 10:30 am