Gig preview: Jimi Goodwin at Heavenly Records 25th anniversary weekend at Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Jimi Goodwin
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You may remember Jimi Goodwin as bassist from Cheshire-based indie band Doves. However, last year – four years since the band’s official hiatus – Goodwin released his debut solo album, Oudludek. Receiving a positive reaction, Goodwin says it surpassed his expectations.

“(Doves fans) have seemed to embraced me, which is good because no one likes to be put in a box. Now more than ever people have got such broad tastes. They aren’t just heavy rock fans, or whatever.”

As well as living in a more musically open society, the lack of Doves in his life has meant that Goodwin has been able to breathe new life into some old ideas. “(Going on hiatus) meant that I could look at some old song ideas, and say ‘no I’m not through with this yet’. It was nice to go back to something that was worth developing, and that was what got the ball rolling.”

Now he’s got his own solo career up and running, Goodwin will soon be performing at Heavenly Recording’s 25th anniversary bash this weekend in Hebden Bridge, entitled ‘A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge’.

“I’m certainly proud of my association with the label,” he says. “We signed them with Lost Souls, before we were Doves and before we were Sub Sub.”

While the weekend in itself is a big event, he only casually mentioned that it was his idea during a cigarette break, to hold it at the Trades Club – a place which already has a good reputation. “Everything they say about the venue is true, I loved it. The venue, the bar, the club, everyone in there”.

Jimi Goodwin plays at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Saturday January 24 at 1pm.