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Seán Heely: A Violinist with Beer Spilled on Him

Seán Heely: A Violinist with Beer Spilled on Him

By Jim Roberts   What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Seán Heely has a lot of witty answers at the ready, but one of his favorites is: “A fiddle is a violin with beer spilled on it.” It’s appropriate, given the Chesapeake native’s upcoming performances in the Virginia International Tattoo, which derives

Britain’s Vinny Peculiar to Play Colley Cantina This Saturday

By Jeff Maisey Britain’s Vinny Peculiar will perform an intimate gig Saturday, March 18 at Colley Cantina. He’ll be joined by a backing group of Norfolk musicians tasked with learning a variety of his works, including tracks from his critically acclaimed concept album, “Silver Meadows (Fables from the Institution).” In 2014, Uncut Magazine called Peculiar

Setzer Struts Holiday Tunes, Rockabilly Riot

By Jeff Maisey The Brian Setzer Orchestra has embarked upon its 13th annual Christmas Rocks tour while also touting a new DVD called “Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka – Live in Japan 2016.” Fans of the neo-rockabilly/big band singer/guitarist/arranger will get a full evening of Setzer’s recorded holiday classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

Alabama Shakes and Rolls into Portsmouth

By Shannon Jay   Brittany Howard wanted to start a band ever since she witnessed former classmate and fellow bandmate Heath Fogg perform a concert in their middle school gym. Later, after meeting bassist Zac Cockrell in a psychology class, the peers joined forces after Howard taught herself guitar, bass, and drums. What started off