Now Then Folk & Blues #2: The Calimocho Club / Rory Charles / Eleanor Lou / Mat Gray
A live showcase featuring some of Manchester’s finest original folk & blues music.
The Calimocho Club
The Calimocho Club
50% cheap Cola.
50% of the nastiest red wine you can find.
The Calimocho Club are as raw and low-rent as the drink that inspired their name.
Salfordian natives Gary Calimocho (Vox/Guitar) and Tommy Calimocho (Drums) deal in a gloriously ragged concoction of fuzzy two-man blues.
Gary backs his bittersweet soulful howl with fuzzed-up riffs.
Tom has designs on the frontman role; every attack of the drumkit is a challenge to his compadre.
The gauntlet is ALWAYS accepted; The result is electrifying…
Their debut EP Whoa Whoa, Hey Hey is 13 minutes and 5 tracks of trash blues soul, recorded amidst a haze of rum, cigarettes and a desire to just get the fucking tracks down.
They have shared stages with The Jim Jones Revue, Bob Log III, Dave Arcari and Band of Skulls, to name a few. They have also played shows in Spain, and to models in a moonlit courtyard in Amsterdam.
“Soulful and melodic, songs to get wrecked and hit the town […] it’ll have you kicking things over just to show some fucking appreciation. 4.5/5” Alex Lynham, What Is Music? blog
“Just listen to the way ‘She Told Me’ carries a swivel-hipped groove into a battering-ram chorus section before seductively slipping into its natural swagger… already one of Manchester’s finest exports… 4.5/5” David Edwards, Manchester Music
“Crepuscular back-alley street hassle that intermittently explodes across a Voodoo Chile soniscape.” Eyeplug.net
Locally infamous for busking in St Ann’s Square and beyond, Rory Charles performs his folky tales with a guitar playing virtuosity radiating skill and guile. He also performs with a band in the equally compelling The Age Of Glass and has earned fans both in Manchester and further afield, having recently returned from gigging and busking in Germany.
“I was wandering about downtown Hamburg when I passed a large crowd around a street performer. I paused to listen, and as it turned out I really liked what I heard. The performer is a guy named Rory Charles, who is from Manchester, England. His sound is a little like Bon Iver and a lot like Fleet Foxes. It’s folksy with liberal use of falsetto. They were selling CDs so I bought one, and have listened to it a good ten times since yesterday. It’s nice chill music, perfect for the cold autumn weather we’ve been having here in Germany. I definitely recommend you check out his website and support his music.” Arbiter Elegantiae blog
Eleanor Lou’s attitude with guitar in hand is reminiscent of early PJ Harvey and has earned her slots at Latitude and In The City festivals in the past. She has also performed regularly as a resident at the now-discontinued Some Drum I Would Never Hear eclectic live music night at An Outlet.
“Bluesy, articulate songstress Eleanor Lou […] has a haunting Alison Mossheart vs. PJ Harvey quality to her voice, as well as her abrasive strumming” Latitude Festival 2010
“Distorted electric guitar, guttural vocal and a set of killer songs.” In The City 2010
“Gray carries a good story which makes a refreshing change from this very over populated and subscribed genre. The finger-picked guitar carries the melody of his songs without dominating his soft voice.” Louis Gilbert For Folk’s Sake Magazine