Live music across Suffolk and Essex over the next seven days


Pam's House. Picture: MARK BARLEY / MB IMAGE STUDIO - Credit: Archant

Club nights, gigs, folk sessions and more over the next few days

Pam’s House 22nd birthday and UEA reunion, Ipswich Corn Exchange, February 3, 10pm-3am

The longest running dance music event in the east of England, instead of having to book babysitters people now have kids old enough to come along.

There will be two rooms of music, one for the Pam’s House reunion with house music classics and another with UK Garage classics hosted by Tonic.

The headline acts are K Klass LIVE, with the 1990s chart-toppers performing dance anthems Let me Show You and Rhythm is a Mystery; Seb Fontaine, one of the original superstar and BBC Radio One presenter; Bongo Ted, the legendary percussionist from Hollywoods Ipswich and Club UK plus Pam’s House residents Pete Walkden and Basil Hayes.

Jack Rundell’s Western Wardrobe, The Smokehouse, Ipswich, February 3, 7.30pm-11pm

The Suffolk songwriter performs songs from his extensive back-catalogue.

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He’s launching his 73-track debut album, Home Recordings 2005-2015, being released as a three-CD boxset by Ipswich-based Antigen Records on February 2.

His backing band features Tom Armstrong of Dingus Khan and Bessie Turner on bass and Benjamin Brown - AKA Mick Squalor of SuperGlu and Dingus Khan - making his debut on drums.

Support comes from Grof, a new project from Dingus Khan ukulele player Josh Court; and Polly Preacher - Ashleagh Hurren to her friends - who’ll perform with a backing band featuring Krista Lynch of SuperGlu, Gaz Burney of Dingus Khan and Connor McBurney of Tropic of Xhao.

The Sandlings Sessions, Snape Maltings, February 2-4

A weekend of folk music, song, dance and workshops from award-winning folk artists including The Young’Uns, Sam Sweeney, Miranda Rutter, John Ward, Dave Shepherd and Rob Harbron and Rumpus Ukulele.

Tonight kicks off with a ceilidh with Boldwood in the Britten Studio. On Saturday the studio hosts a concert where Peter Knight of Steeleye Span and John Spiers of Bellowhead preview their forthcoming tour and anticipated first album. The event ends with a Sunday Singing walk along part of the Sailors Path and a Sunday Lunch in the Concert Café.

BurySOUND, The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds, February 2, 6pm

The music contest continues, with The Cornhill String Band, The Getaway, In My Disguise, Kyanos and Phoebe Austin taking the stage. Heat two’s special guest headliner is Sudbury-based, BBC Radio One and 6music-endorsed ambient-pop duo Amethysts.

The University of Essex Choir, Chelmsford Cathedral, February 3, 7pm

Joined by the London Mozart Players, the programme includes Duruflé’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Copland’s Appalachian. Conducting is Richard Cooke with soloists Hannah Cooke and Dominic Sedgwick.

Swinging at the Cotton Club, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 7.45pm, February 3

Celebrating Harlem’s hottest nightclub during its halcyon days in the 1920s and 1930s when you would’ve seen Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers. The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra play hits of the day including Minnie The Moocher and The Charleston while the Lindy Hop Dance Company recreate the dazzling jazz moves.

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Hot Rocks, The Railway, Ipswich, February 2; some familiar figures on the local music scene launch their celebration of The Rolling Stones.

The Quo Experience, Haverhill Arts Centre, February 2; Suffolk’s very own Status Quo tribute act will have them rocking in the aisles.

Chris Ingham Quartet, St Peter’s-by-the-Waterfront, Ipswich, February 2; Bury-based Chris and his all-star group play the music of Dudley Moore.

Charlie Wood Band, Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Friday, February 2; the husband of Jacqui Dankworth brings his classy blues-based music to Fleece Jazz.

Graeme Clark, King Marsh Stadium, Sudbury, Friday, February 2; one of the members of Wet Wet Wet plays an intimate gig to help raise funds for the Smile charity.

Fisherman’s Friends, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 8; Port Isaac’s finest folk collective with their hugely popular shanty-style choral singing.

Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick, Colchester Arts Centre, February 4, 7.30pm; the duo have worked together on the London scene in many different ensembles, including the London Jazz Orchestra. They will be joined by the Essex Youth Jazz Sextet.

Lunchtime Concert, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, February 5, 1.10pm; Sam Piha and Louise Garner have returned entertaining audiences on the open sea, running aground just long enough to launch their first CD of Sam’s own music at this concert.

An Evening with Burt Bacharach, Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, 7.30pm, February 4, performance by the Seagull Community Choir.

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