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Eclectic Night

Up to 15 original acts from Norfolk who write their own material will be part of a new venture taking place on the second Saturday of every month in 3 different venues.

The new night is to be called Eclectic, and will be organised by Richard Penguin of Future radio’s acoustic and eclectic radio show and the front man and songwriter in Penguins Go Pop.

Richard ran the successful Acoustic and Eclectic night in Norwich between 2009 and 2012 but has found that while the acoustic scene has flourished with a range of venues and nights many local bands playing original music have been getting in touch to say that they can’t get many gigs as they play their own material.

As a result he gathered members of 13 bands together recently, has got 3 venues on board, and will be running the nights from Saturday June 10th.

The inaugural night will take place at Gringos on Prince of Wales road in Norwich on Saturday 10th June and will include his own band ‘Penguins Go Pop’, who write quirky, catchy songs with humorous stories, ‘Tres Pantalons’ who are a poly rhythmic quintet who have been described as ‘post funk’ by BBC Introducing and include bold guitars, heavy bass, and syncopated horns , and the hauntingly beautiful songs of the ‘Rain Valley People’ who have been championed by BBC 6 musics Tom Ravenscroft.

The night on Saturday 10th June will run from 8-11 pm and will cost a mere £2 entry for 3 bands.

Following the June event, the next will be on Saturday 8th July, at the Cottage on Silver Road and will feature ‘Daisyhead’, plus one other act to be confirmed (which will hopefully be The Mcguilty Brothers, of whom 4 members used to be in the Farmers Boys), while the final night is on Saturday 12th August at the Garden House and will hopefully feature the ‘Desert Sleds’ alongside one other act.

Event organiser, Richard said: 

Andrew who runs Gringos was the first to get on board with the new venture and really wanted to help promote original music. Sam at the Cottage and Oscar at The Garden house came on board more recently and are enthusiastic about having original music in their pubs which is refreshing to hear. 

Eclectic is how I have felt about the wide range of music I listen to, and try to play on my radio show, so it seemed like an apt name for the new venture. 

We have got everything from quirky and jazz bands, to country and Americana, a 70s rock inspired band, an electro-pop duo, a melodic indie band, 60s psychedelic pop, old blues and punk inspired band, a reformed prog band, and a drum and rap inspired outfit who describe their music as Krunk.

Hopefully there will be a band that suits most people’s tastes, and I am really looking forward to putting on very contrasting and different acts together on the same bill. 

A Facebook page will be created soon and if the nights prove to be successful, more nights and bands may will be added.

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