The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers has a respectable (if a tad long) name and provides alternatives to the usual live music venues, which is welcome in the current climate. The smallish venue Peculiar Disco Moves chose for their single launch is a meeting room that resembles an oversized old fashioned living room. The bar acts as an ante-room and provides refreshments at very reasonable prices, also a welcome change. The room was very cosy and the upholstery provided perfect acoustic conditions for the artists. You can tell I'm impressed with this venue, can't you?
The first of the evening's acts was The Shoeshop Quartet. A group of ladies specialising in the art of creating barbershop harmonised versions of popular songs. Their acapella skills impressed the small crowd and they covered material from the '40s right up to a bit of Lady Gaga. I thought Bad Romance was quite a feat!
Next up was Tony Bengtsson. Tony is well recognised on the local live circuit for his quality Americana-esque songwriting. He also has an amazing singing voice and enviable guitar skills. Despite his concerns that the Shoeshop Quartet were a hard act to follow, Tony entertained the audience no problem. His album "Snake in the Woodpile" is definitely worth getting hold of. You can find out all about Tony, his band and how to get his music on his website.