Charlee Drew, The Leopard, West Street, Doncaster: If the pressures of being tipped to make it big is playing on Charlee Drew’s mind, he doesn’t show it.
The Leicester-born singer/songwriter looked completely at ease as he played the first of The Leopard’s new Ones 2 Watch gigs. “Shall we just sack off the gig and I’ll do a question and answer session about love problems instead,” he told a small crowd on Monday night. He’s already built up an impressive following with 1.2 million Youtube views. Last year, he performed and wrote on UK rapper Skepta’s Doin It Again tour. He quite obviously enjoys performing and was intent on giving those who came to his Monday night gig a show to remember. Some of his lyrics are quite emotive - and express sentiments not often heard from the mouths of good-looking guys in their mid-twenties. He introduces Frightened to Lose as about the kind of girl who you know you should avoid and who ends up ‘tearing your heart to shreds’ and I almost want to give him a hug. His voice is distinctive and had those watching him completely captivated. There’s an R&B influence but its pop with an unusual talent behind it - he was likened by one gig-goer to Kate Nash. I felt like I was in the presence of someone whose voice had the potential to fill arenas. And he was belting out the lyrics like he meant it. His debut single - You Did Me A Favour - is due for release on September 16 and is guaranteed to turn more heads. A gaggle of Doncaster admirers had already spotted Charlee’s talents - both musical and otherwise - on the Skepta tour. They’d been following him on Twitter, and were “praying” for the chance of a photo with him. They got their dream and were obviously thrilled at the chance to talk to Charlee both before and after the gig. Unfortunately, the small number of gig-goers means it’s hard to say to many that they should remember that they first saw Charlee Drew at The Leopard. But, I strongly suspect, there will come a time when future fans will mourn the fact they didn’t take up the chance to see him for free. Let’s hope the second Ones 2 Watch pulls more of a crowd - it’s New Zeland band I Am Giant on September 17. Jen Foster
toccata tuesday, doncaster Minster: The Toccata Tuesday concerts, in four different Doncaster churches – inaugurated in 2011 by Simon Lindley and revived this year – are a valuable addition to Doncaster music-making. Firstly, they raise a substantial sum for Doncaster Choral Society. Secondly, in August, they enliven a ‘dead’ period in the town’s musical calendar. And third, they are organ recitals with a difference, and appealing to a wider constituency than the conventional organ fare. Dr Lindley’s concerts last around an hour and comprise mainly short pieces, mostly “lighter” material originally written for the organ but others transcribed from orchestral or vocal originals. The first recital, at Doncaster Minster on August 7 began appropriately, for 2012, with Elgar’s stirring Imperial March, written for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897; one of its finest moments was Delius’s Walk to the Paradise Garden, in a transcription bringing to the organ the sensitive colour of the composer’s orchestration. Popular original works included Yon’s Humoresque, Vierne’s Les Cloches de Hinckley, Parry’s Chorale Prelude on Rockingham, a tune long associated with Doncaster Minster, G.B. Nevin’s featherlight Will o’ the Wisp and William Mathias’ cheerful Toccata giocosa. The most substantial item came at the end with a splendid account of Percy Whitlock’s Plymouth Suite of 1937. One could always rely on Whitlock, to come up with light-ish, tuneful fare and this was no exception. The next Toccata will take place on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church, Tickhill. Orpheus
The Watch (15, 102 mins): As law-abiding citizens, we rely on the police to protect us from the shadier elements of society who would intentionally do our families harm. However, resources are finite - increasingly so with proposed cuts under the government’s austerity plan - so residents are sometimes compelled to take matters into their own hands. In the late 1960s, the concept of the neighbourhood watch gained traction in America, uniting communities in their desire to prevent crime at ground level. The idea took root in the UK in the early 1980s and today, millions of people willingly give up their free time to assist local police with their investigations and provide support to the elderly and vulnerable. The Watch pits one such coalition of concerned residents against a full-blown alien invasion in the fictional idyll of Glenview, Ohio. It’s a preposterous premise, ripe with humorous potential. Screenwriters Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg throw a relationship sex comedy and a goofy buddy movie into the mix and this pot pourri of competing genres creates an almighty stink. The Watch misfires on every level, failing to generate laughs or excitement as Evan and his dysfunctional pals search for extra-terrestrials.
Keith Lemon The Film (15, 85 mins): LEIGH Francis brings his vulgar, sexist alter ego to the big screen in this raucous comedy directed by Paul Angunawela. Small time businessman Keith Lemon (Francis) doesn’t have a nose for industry and all of his inventions flop with the public. So he heads to America to seek his fortune and manages to snag a guest spot on David Hasselhoff’s chat show where his latest creation - a mobile phone with a glowing lemon stuck on the handset - becomes the big craze. Overnight, the Lemon Phone becomes the must-have gadget, making Keith a small fortune. He pursues the beautiful Kelly Brook (playing herself) for a date but success comes at a price.