Annie Dressner

Annie Dressner - Credit: Archant

A weeky round up of local music news, by Paul Richards


The beautiful, 400 year-old River Tea Rooms in St Ives is once again the location for another fantastic evening of Rhythm At The River. The established event, now on it’s second year (many of which sold out last year) is fast becoming one of the most popular live music events in the region thanks to it’s intimate setting, good food and excellent choice of performers. Headlining the second show of 2013 is Annie Dressner, a singer-songwriter who is no stranger to this column thanks to her extensive gigging schedule and impending new EP release. Born and raised in New York, Dressner recently moved to Cambridge and her poignant live shows have rightly established the guitarist as an exquisite talent. She will be joined by her husband, singer-songwriter Paul Goodwin, who will be accompanying her on keyboards. Support comes from Will Mak, a soulful songwriter performing self-penned, heartfelt material. Rhythm At The River featuring Annie Dressner and Will Mak takes place this Friday at The River Tea Rooms, St Ives – tickets are £17, admission includes supper and there is a licensed bar. Tickets are available from the venue itself, or from


Outstanding covers band The Ghost Repeaters have announced details of their confirmed gigs for 2013. Always an excellent night out, the lively band play a wide range of material and can be seen performing at the following local venues:

Friday, March 8: The Bell, Sawtry

Friday, April 5: Eternit Sports & Social Club, Meldreth

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Friday, May 3: The Rivermill Tavern, Eaton Socon

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A new website has been launched offering up-to-date gig listings for St Ives, Huntingdon and St Neots. The excellent – run by local promoter Mike Wilson, is now live and local bands are also invited to email the site to have their act added to their database.


Friday, March 1

In Cambridge it’s the first heat of the much anticipated Cambridge Band Competition at The Portland Arms – battling it out for a place in the final will be Simon Panrucker, DAFM, Ltee and Love Hats. Perry Dennis And The Twylight Shadows – a Cliff Richard tribute band are performing at The Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon, Mr Rainmaker are playing at The Bulls Head in St Neots and over in St Ives there is Rockface at The Seven Wives and karaoke at The Royal Oak.

Saturday, March 2

Midlife Crisis will be playing rock covers at The Market Inn, Huntingdon, Beer Belly are at The Pig n Falcon in St Neots and The Soulman can be seen at The George And Dragon in Eaton Socon. Meanwhile in Cambridge, Allan’s Promotions are behind a cracking gig at The Portland Arms which features acoustic music from Daisy Bell, Mark Cheeseman and Soloman Smith, with electric performances from We Are Godzilla, Eureka Stockade and Mojo Slide. In St Ives there is live music from Scratchplate Reloaded at The Royal Oak.

Sunday, March 3

Highly acclaimed blues harmonica player Steve Lockwood is performing at The King William IV in Fenstanton alongside Tom Colborn from 1pm onwards, and from 3pm at The Nelsons Head in St Ives there is music from Legacy.