Black Parrot Seaside brings musical mayhem to Rugby music venue

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THE bizarrely named folk four-piece, Black Parrot Seaside presents a sideways look at life at The Boat, Newbold-on-Avon tomorrow (Monday).

The long-established local line-up is special guest for the monthly Monday night get-togethers at Rugby’s popular acoustic music venue. Combining fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and assorted unusual props, the band’s history goes back to the late 1970s when their single made it onto the play list of the late John Peel’s Radio One show.

The song in question included the strange lyrics, ‘I am a vacuum cleaner with the brain of a bird - I’ve heard of reincarnation, but this is absurd!’ It’s a number they still perform to the delight of their many die-hard fans who join in with the chorus with great enthusiam.

The years have seen many line-up changes and flirtations with blues and rock music, but Black Parrot Seaside are back in demand on the folk circuit, fronted by their Wolvey-based singer Geoff Veasey, known for his rich voice, laconic humour and occasional stage dance routines.

Geoff writes much of the band’s material with lyrics that include many humorous references to local landmarks.

Says one of the event organisers, Pete Willow, ‘This band is an institution on the local music scene and always provides great entertainment. We’ve been looking forward to this show for a long time.’

Pete plays guitar for resident band BorderLine Crossing who will also be performing its lively mixture of American and self-penned acoustic blues and folk. The line-up features Pete’s wife and former Las Vegas singer, Chele Willow.

The music at The Boat begins at 8.30pm. Admission is free although the club does run a prize raffle and guest collection during the evening. For further details, call 01788 832608.

The club runs on the third Monday of each month and its Christmas party night on Monday December 19th features lively Irish and Scottish music from Coventry and Warwickshire band Sly Old Dogs.