Monday, April 02, 2007

Captain Dangerous Live in Nottingham

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My nephew Mark is the bassist in the Nottingham-based band Captain Dangerous (click on the banner above for more information, and to hear their first single, "You Could Be My," which will be available for download on iTunes at the end of the month). The band won a competition to open the weekend of music celebrating the opening of Nottingham's new market square. On Saturday afternoon, Nottingham was treated to fifteen minutes of Captain Dangerous's "outrageously catchy melodies." Nottingham is not a beautiful city, although it does have a lovely "castle"—not the Sheriff of Nottingham's castle, but a 17th-century ducal palace on the hill where the original castle stood. Nottingham is also home of the oldest pub in England, the Trip to Jerusalem, established in 1189. The name comes, of course, from the Crusades, led by England's King Richard I. The pub is built into the side of the hill on which the castle stood, and incorporates some of the caves underneath the hill.

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