Cold Hands-Warm Hearts
First show of the year and first show with revamped equipment went well at the weekend.
A huge Thanks to all who performed, traded,toiled behind the scenes and everyone who came to support at "The Pav".
Back there in June, so everything should be a little warmer for everyone concerned ( this must be the fantastic summer,coming soon, that we have missed for a year or two).
More thanks go out to all those who helped raise an excellent sum on and around the day towards BB's equipment replacement fund. I won't reiterate the details here since Dale has placed a personal post of gratitude also detailing how the fund is being used and where they are at with the task, on the facebook page, so please have a shufty at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/BBBLACKDOG?fref=ts.
On the subject of returning to The Pavilion in June, this is for "The Steampunk Summer Solstice", which is moving down from it's inaugural site last year in Wirksworth, to allow for expansion to a full weekend, the last one in June and increase in magnitude of the event.
This event and a return of "The Steampunk Illuminata" to coincide with "The Venetian Nights" festival in October form the basis of an idea to elevate Matlock Bath to a centre for Steampunk enthusiasm.
For anyone unaware, the village in The Derbyshire Dales, was developed in The Victorian Era as spa town and it still carries a strong Victorian appearance, plus with its riverside promenade it gives a feel of a seaside town.
The precipitous sides to the valley led to Lord Byron bestowing the name of "Little Switzerland" upon the village and they now allow for one of The UKs few cable cars to whisk people from valley level to the old Victorian attraction of "The Heights Of Abraham" high above.
If more is required to commend the area, it sits at The Northern end of "The Derwent Valley Corridor" which stands as A World Heritage Site being where "The Industrial Revolution" began.
Also nearby, "Peak Rail", "The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway", The Steeple Grange Light Railway",
Middleton Top Winding Engine", "Cromford Canal", including "The Leawood Pump House and "The National Tram Museum and Tramway" at Crich.
So before we deviate completely into becoming a "Tourist Information" broadcast, on behalf of "The Matlock Bath Party, suffice to say, worth making a weekend of it!
Of course prior to any of that Matlock Bath is also playing host to the equipment replacement fund raiser "The Day Of The Dog" at The Fishpond on Saturday April 13th.
As mentioned last week Belper based punk band "Gripper And The Gurnards" have joined in, which is especially nice' as ex BB bassist John "Dark Horse" ferguson is now their drummer.
In another very welcome addition, local two piece rock/blues "The King Bains" have also come onboard.
Tickets for this one should be available next week and some accomodation possibilities soon, for now exsisting details at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/445535842180074/.
More immediately BB are in on Friday night, the 8th, at another "home" venue, The George And Dragon on Derwent Street(The A6) in Belper. Derwent Valley line trains, Transpeak and TrentBarton Sixes buses accomodate from Derby and surrounding areas.
Some more from the archives next week. For now, have a good week and an especially good Friday if you can make it to Belper.