Corona time has been no fun, we all know that. We haven’t been able to get together to play, so here’s an attempt to play semi-live in Daniel’s back garden. Vocals & guitar from Daniel are live, played over a recorded-live backing.
You don’t need us to say it. But if you fancy a virtual trip to Norwich along the fabled A146, watch here…
We’re now on all the major streaming sites! It’s music you can already listen to for free on our YouTube or SoundCloud, but if you’ve got an Apple, Amazon, Spotify or Google Music subscription, you can add us to your playlist. Just search Hot Cold Ground.
EDIT 30 March 2020. What with the wretched bloody virus business, many gigs have been cancelled, most notably the Blues Festival. Check our calendar page to see what’s still on after all the nastiness goes away.
Coming up in the next couple of months will be a show at the Dereham Blues Festival – Friday 12th July, 9pm at DCs Bar. We’re just one of many bands playing over the course of this weekend of Blues. Before that we’ll be warming up at our favourite seaside venue The Sailors Home, Kessingland on Sunday 30th June, 3pm. Hope to see some of you there.
Welcome to 2019 – it’s February already so we’re gearing up for our first outing of the year on the 23rd at The Walnut Tree Shades in Norwich. Then, as March was the month of our first ever gig back in 2009, we’re celebrating with a special afternoon of music on the 31st March at The Sailors Home in Kessingland, where we hope to have some former band members back for a jam. It’s also Mothering Sunday, so bring her along.
We’ve plenty of other shows to look forward to throughout the year – St Ives Festival of Motorcycles in June and the Dereham Blues Festival in July to name but two. See our Gig Calendar for full details.
Here’s to 2019 – hope to see you at one of our shows.
This post is to wish all our friends a happy Christmas/Yule/Sol Invictus/Winter Solstice or whatever you celebrate, and best wishes for the new year – 2019 will see our 10th birthday and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate.
Here’s a silly video we made, with a recording of a seasonal version of our original song No Lyrics. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.
If you’re on SoundCloud, it’s on there too:
In November we were back playing at one of our favourite haunts, The Sailors Home in Kessingland, where we always get a warm welcome. Sailors regular Patrick Nugent left us this lovely review which we just had to share on the website.
“A beautiful, but blustery day by the sea at Kessingland today; so a brisk walk was the order of the day to clear the head of the Jolly Boys’ outing to Gorleston yesterday, and subsequent SH evening session. Blew into the Sailor’s on the way back from the Hundred River (I didn’t get very far), a bit windswept, to catch the estimable Hot Cold Ground (bit like wiring a plug: Live, Neutral, Earth). They have lots of history at the Sailor’s, though I’ve not seen them before myself. [Landlord] Paul Poppy informed us, from the stage, that they were the first band he ever booked for the Sailor’s Home thirteen years ago.
“I missed the first half hour or so, and they were well into their stride when I got there. At first I thought they were a straight R’n’B band but actually, though that might be at their root, they do cast their net a bit wider (sorry about the mixed metaphor). They are a tight, direct, no-nonsense kind of an outfit, with a brisk approach to their arrangements and playing, so the whole thing skipped along at a good pace. As well as some swing/shuffle type R’n’B they picked up Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry along the way. And there was a version of ‘Wipe Out’ with very convincing drum breaks by Richard. All this delivered with a crisp energy. There was also some more laid-back, Southern groove stuff too: including a segue from ‘Lay Down Sally’ into ‘Call Me The Breeze’ via a nicely executed key change, up a tone from A major to B Major (or was it G to A? Not sure, now I think on it). [Actually A to B flat – HCG]
“Mr Poppy got on board for a classic ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ and later returned for a fine edition of ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, which I’ve not heard him do before. He’s been hiding that one under a bushel, ‘cos it really cracked on. One for Thursdays Paul, I feel.
“A couple of reworkings: ‘There is a Pub In Kessingland’. I think you might know what that was. Actually, ‘House of The Rising Sun’ was the first song I learned on the guitar. It’s a very tricky song to sing though, because it’s a high key to get in full voice (à la Eric Burdon of the Animals), but Daniel did the vocal well. Impressive. Also, we got ‘Get Your Kicks On The A146’, which I caught just as I was leaving to go and cook me tea. I’m glad I caught it. It was a hoot.
“So, there you have it, Hot Cold Ground: Daniel, Dave, Richard and Trevor, long-standing friends of the Sailor’s who play with a nifty blend of energy and skill, creating a perfect musical atmosphere for a Sunday afternoon.”
Here’s what’s in the pipeline for the remainder of July and into August 2018:
28th July – we’re back at the Walnut Tree Shades Norwich. From 9pm
4th August – Beer & Gin Festival at GY Racecourse. We’re playing from 8pm
11th August – Ranworth Beer Festival (there’s a pattern emerging!) Evening, time still TBC, probably about 8pm
12 August – The Sparrow’s Nest Gardens Lowestoft – a charity event called Bands of Hope & Glory, from midday.
Hope to see you there!
Just one this month – 23rd June we’re at Walnut Tree Shades in Norwich. Sadly without Trev, so we’ll be doing a toned-down, sort-of unplugged set for a change.
Then on the 1st of July we’ll be back at the St Ives Festival Of Motorcycles for the 4th year in a row. A super event that’s grown and grown, so much so that the town of St Ives (in Cambridgeshire, not the other one) is too small so it’s just outside the town. Loads of bikes, bands and attractions. Go to their website for more information.
We had a session at our local rehearsal studio last week, and we recorded a handful of our (mainly original) tracks.
Click through to listen, or see the music player at the bottom of the page.