On Monday nights, in the small, comfortable Rescue Rooms bar, the best acoustic acts in Nottingham take their first steps in the world of music.
It is here that Jake Bugg, Nottingham’s favourite son, learnt his trade, before going on to attack the rest of the UK, resulting in his recent number one album. As the whispers grew louder and louder across the city, Acoustic Rooms became as busy and as popular as the ‘official’ gigs next-door, with people flocking to see the ‘Bob Dylan of the East Midlands’.
In terms of the next batch of musicians to graduate from the Acoustic Rooms school, Georgie Rose is the next to break through. Progressing from solo singer-songwriter to now playing with a full band, Georgie Rose always silences the Acoustic Rooms crowd when she plays.
Solo pianist, Rosanna O’Brien, has also been making waves, along with jazz-inspired funk band, Cheshire And The Cat. 16 year old Frankie Rudolf also looks set to have a bright future with his intelligent singer-songwriting.
Sadly, attendance has waned over the past months, but with the Nottingham music scene truly buzzing, it is just a matter of time before the next Bugg emerges. Make sure you’re there when Acoustic Rooms next falls silent.