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Byline: Dayle Crutchlow

THE truly legendary Robert Cray and Dr Feelgood both play in Coventry this week.

Robert Cray, of course, was a driving force in the renewed popularity of the blues in the 80s. He plays tonight at Warwick Arts Centre.

And Dr Feelgood also drop in tonight at the General Wolfe, in Foleshill Road - raw, uncompromising and with more than 30 years of mileage behind them.

THERE'S more stuff going on this week than you can shake a stick at.

The rock 'n' roll high-jinks start tonight at the Jailhouse in Coventry's Much Park Street,

Headlining are FULC, described as "the most vibrantly inventive young band in the UK today".

They drop in at the Jailhouse as part of their 18-date national tour to promote recently released album Biting Insomnia. Support comes from Lowdrive and Insomnia.

Alternatively, The Session are doing their thing at The Earlsdon Cottage. High Street, tonight. The local songsmiths will kick things off with some acoustic numbers, followed by a full-band set.

SCUZZY guitar garage pop, laced with lashings of English irony and alcohol, are the highlights tomorrow.

The Moonbears will be performing at The Colosseum, in Primrose Hill Street, Coventry. Support comes from Sundown and Lost the Plot.

Meanwhile, Malachai will be playing at the Caddy Club, in Hill Top, Nuneaton, tomorrow.

Manager John Oliver says: "The overriding thing about Malachai is their sense of fun and despite the seriousness with which they treat their music, they have never lost sight of the value of entertainment."

The band will also be holding a prize draw for a custom, hand-made electric guitar and copies of their album.

RICK WITTER proves that there is life after Shed 7 by performing a DJ set at Scholars in Coventry on Sunday.

Rick will be playing at the venue's Bobs Yer Uncle night. Shed 7 were famed for many Top 20 hits during the height of the Britpop era.

Bobs Yer Uncle spokesman and DJ Mark Somers says: "We are expecting another packed-out night. Together with the DJ debut of Rick Witter we also have live performances from local bands Scarlet Phere, Russian Girlfriend and Detour."

THERE'S some good news for a band who were among Coventry's most loved a few years back. Broken Dolls have emerged from what was left of local ska-purveyors The Superheroes and have landed a deal with Southern Fried Records.

The band, comprising Neil Lole, Jay Langdell, Michael Wilson and Neil Himmons, will make their Coventry debut at Browns, in Gosford Street, on Wednesday night.

Neil says: "The music is not a million miles away from the Superheroes', just without the ska and a lot more techie sounds."

THE HEARING, supported by The Lake Effect, are at the Colosseum in Coventry next Thursday.

The Hearing's Rich Gardner says their sound is influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, The Pixies and Fugazi, as well as more British sounds like Biffy Clyro, Seafood and Mogwai. Rich says: "Expect a fierce stage show and deafened ears."


VIBRANT: Inventive new band FULC play the Jailhouse in Much Park Street tonight while Blues icon Robert Cray (top) is at Warwick Arts Centre
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 7, 2003
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