Octopus Ride!

Octopus Ride! at the Globe Ale House, Hills Road, Cambridge
Saturday 6th September 8.30 - 1am

Folk music is a broad church, but Cambridge band Vile Bodies pretty much have a wing of that church to themselves (or should that be a transcept?). They're only a two-piece, but like the White Stripes or Two Gallants, they pack enough power to strip Arran sweaters from their owners. Frontman Alun plays 12-string electric guitar like a supercharged Richard Thompson, somehow managing to sing and play bass with his feet at the same time, while Animalesque drummer Leon whips up a blur of rhythm from behind the kit. Yet whereas other bands look to the blues and American folk for inspiration, Vile Bodies take their cues from the English folk-rock of Pentangle and Fairport Convention. It's folk, Jim, but not as we know it.

Supporting them at the Globe Ale House on Saturday Sept 6th are another of those Cambridge bands who don't sound much like anyone else. The Morning People fuse biting wit, catchy tunes and a hint of country & western to create a sound that is thoroughly entertaining and occasionally surprising. Like all music at the Globe, it's free to get in, and resident DJ Steve Fenton will be spinning gems from his amazing record collection into the small hours.