Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe

Jack Grace

Tonight Chaplin’s have laid on a perfect pairing of two established local acts, who between them will make for one night of fine entertainment. With soundman and compere Conrad Barr at the helm things kick off promptly at 10 pm with The Villanovas. The four-piece have brought a small army of family and friends with them who create a positive atmosphere right from the start. There is really nothing negative you can say about the band who are young, stylish, confident and very talented. They all seem to just exist for their music and I’m sure there are no long periods in their lives when their instruments are far from their hands. Their 60’s inspired Rock ‘n’ Roll with a large injection of the Blues, is played out in their purposely high-slung electric guitars. It is extremely hot in here tonight, but that does not stop the band giving 100% with masses of energy put into each number.

The Villanovas
The Villanovas 123

The new single “Honest Man” sounds really fresh and new song “Bitter Seeds” shows a slightly heavier direction, with the band seemingly cranking things up a notch. These guys are what music is all about – you can see that they really love what they do and people love watching them. They end their set with the epic “Burning Planes” which sets the place alight, creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst the Chaplin’s crowd. This makes them a very tough act to follow.

Jack Grace is no stranger around these parts giving his all to the local music scene at every opportunity. Recently he has been playing bass for local rising star Drew Allen, as well as playing a host of solo gigs. Tonight though Jack has his full electric band with him. The drummer is Connor Fox who also tonight played Bass in The Vilanovas and is bravely putting in a double shift playing in both bands.

Jack Grace
Jack Grace 123

The set starts off with Jack playing his acoustic guitar coupled with the loop pedal; similar to his solo performances, but backed with his band. A new single called “Clocks” is played for the Cellar bar crowd, quite a departure from his previous material, a quirky acoustic-led number which makes good use of Jack’s passionately delivered vocals. Along with Joe Reeves on Bass and Lewis Ali on guitar the set continues with more familiar material such as the much requested “406” and a great version of “The Jammy Oneî from the “Borrowed Words” EP. The evening ends with two epic tracks “Dead & Cold” and “Self Destruction”, which brings together some really impressive twin guitar work. A night of two halves of very different bands, making them both put on excellent performances to more than entertain the late night crowd at Chaplin’s.

Set List
Jack Grace
The Best of Things Take Time
Weeks, Months, Years
Ever Changing Path
The Unknown
Tremble and Pause
(Jammy One) Don’t Stray Away
Taking the Lot
Dead & Cold

The Villanovas
Honest Man
When I Told You
Mysterious Ways
She’s Trouble
Stormy Monday
Bitter Seeds
Talking to Strangers
Last Week
Burning Planes