Day: March 18, 2019

Daniel Kemish

Daniel Kemish

Daniel KemishAnd Nashville came to Bridport. The country vibe was strong and good at the Electric Palace. The evening kicked off with Bridport’s No Country for Old Men, a train-track rhythm and tight guitar licks that set the mood.

Headline act Daniel Kemish is a Nashville recording artist hailing from round the corner in Southampton, with Portugal and Devon connections and two members of the band from Sweden. Yet they could be pure-bred Nashville.

Kemish has an extraordinarily beautiful voice that he stifles dramatically. Many catchy original songs and a fabulous band half picked in Nashville. Looking like a hippy version of Bruce Springsteen, he runs through the most gorgeous collection of guitars imaginable.

The show is slick and it’s easy to picture Kemish as the next country-music pin-up.

Their van-driving companion and companion act, James Weston from Chicago via Nashville, had the beautiful raspy voice of the evening. Echoes of Tom Waits. He endeared himself to Bridport with plenty of personality by offering round-the-clock serenading in exchange for a property in town. An offer worth considering.

All in all, a fantastic night for country built around two sensational voices.

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Alison Lang Design

The shocking pink awning is the giveaway and promises a brighter world. Inside, Alison Lang, an illustrator and designer of international renown who has pitched her tent among us, sells her very classy tea towels, T-shirts and soaps.

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Alison is originally from Toronto, where she trained at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Canada’s premier art school. When she moved to London, she produced weekly illustrations for The Sunday Times, as well as the New Statesman and many other publications and book covers. (To see more of Alison’s work visit her website www.alisonlang.com)

Now resident in West Dorset, her screen-printed tea towels celebrate Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis as well as Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, with three choices of colours. There are also T-shirts of West Bay in all men’s and women’s sizes and homemade cold-process Jurassic soap.

Bull….

Bridport’s great coaching inn has reopened after its makeover. Sam Barker is not impressed

What were they thinking? What crossed their minds when they removed the block-coloured seating and replaced it with triangles? When they dispensed with the comfortable sofas? When they went for the black-tiled-mirror-prefaced-by-floral-array, like a thing you’d find in beauty parlour in 1980s Romford?

I don’t know who the designed the new interior of the Bull Hotel, but it’s hard to commend them. Their vision seems to have been for all that’s ‘posh’, its expression a pastiche of cognitive dissonance. Hence we have the geometric shapes on the chairs alongside the waves on the walls, the Sea Blue seating alongside the Tardis Blue bar, that incongruous tiled mirror, the furniture reminiscent of bamboo and conservatories.

Are we having a wash and set in Essex, a coffee in Dorset or a tea in Tunbridge Wells? Whatever, we’re in a place of deeply disparate visual influences mitigated only by the wooden tables (look down and rest your eyes). Someone who ventured upstairs to the loos reported that it’s even worse up there. “I wouldn’t go in after a few drinks,” she said. “I think I’d pass out.”