Cromford gig for Pretend Best Friend

The Boat in Cromford is the venue on Saturday, November 9, for the first Derbyshire gig by Birmingham-based power pop band Pretend Best Friend.

The gig presents something of a homecoming for Pretend Best Friend’s lead singer and bassist, James Jeffery.

Originally from Matlock Bath, James played in the area for many years in the highly successful Firegarden, regularly gigging locally (in such venues as the Fishpond, Matlock Bath and The Royal Oak, Chesterfield) and subsequently nationally (supporting the likes of Slade, Thunder, Budgie and Easyworld) before going solo in 2008.

During his tenure as solo acoustic artist, he could be seen most weekends at various small pubs and venues across the county, bringing his eccentric brand of hyper-active acoustic wizardry to the Derbyshire masses.

James has been away from the Matlock music scene for over three years due to moving away, first to Italy and then to Birmingham but he is back this weekend for an eagerly-awaited appearance by Pretend Best Friend.

Pretend Best Friend play a mix of power pop covers and originals with the focus being on great melodies and strong three-part vocal harmonies.

They are fresh from a whole host of gigs around the West Midlands and have a full calendar of events lined up to take them to the end of 2013.

The gig at The Boat is seen as one of the highlights of their schedule and they are hoping for a great turnout for this special homecoming gig.

Pretend Best Friend are then intending on going into the studio in early 2014 to lay down their first original tracks, hopefully in the Peak District.

For more on the band and the forthcoming gig, log on to

n Cotton Grass Theatre will present You Might As Well Live - An Evening With Dorothy Parker, at Wirksworth Town Hall on Friday, November 8.

Written and directed by David Fredrickson, it stars Susan Daniel as Dorothy Parker, plus the Steve Salfield Trio, playing the music of the 1920s and 30s.

The show features the wit, wisdom and wisecracks of one of the foremost American writers of the jazz age. Her short stories and journalism are characterised by rapier wits, her poems by melancholy and aching vulnerability.

Tickets cost £6/£4, from Traid Links on 01629 824393.