Monday 2 February 2009

A Funky Night of Music at the Gaslight Club

On a wintry first Monday in February it was well worth the battle through the snow to be entertained by such a treat of talent at Bar Oporto's enjoying the intimate ambiance of low soft red light against the red brick of the walls with the gentle flicker of candle light, that put us in just the right mood to listen to music.
The evening started with host Gary Stewart, playing acoustic guitar and singing his own songs, varied dynamic rhythms, and melodic grooves supporting a lovely soulful voice.
Martin Plock, playing acoustic guitar sang next, earthy gravely voice, bluesy folk, his own songs, "Six Foot Under" and "Another Violent Night" and the sombre "Beast In Me". Martin with cocked black trilby, entertained with a Folksy, cheeky humour and a rapport with his audience. A quiet unplugged moment in the middle of his performance had the audience listening in hushed restraint.
L-Mo performed next, now a band with Phil on Bass Guitar and Guv (Simon) on drums. Funky foot tapping bass and drums, induced a head nodding body moving audience. Broken guitar string was simply an excuse for bass and drum jam. L-Mo undaunted as the band played on- one of those moments in a live performance.
This was the first outing for L-Mo the Band.
Woolly Hatted to start, dynamic voice harmony, melodic riffs and guitar harmonics, from explosive to soft expressions, gasps and squeals, shouts and cheers from the audience. Accentuated by bass and drums strong beats which emphasized and pushed. L-Mo oozing personality an exuberant performance, the guys really looked like they were enjoying their music.
Look out for L-Mo the band they are going to be a force on the music scene.
Next up was Mr Pasty rock influenced funky grooves with a hint of metal and lots of catchy harmony. The audience responded body moving to the beats. Electric lead guitar (and another woolly hat), Bass and drums with acoustic rhythm guitar and vocals. The band are David Hedley Moorhouse, Ben "jammin" Burnett , T. Ramsden and Tim Roish.
A great night Eve and I will definitely be going back, and recommend it as a place to be on a Monday night for anyone who enjoys good, varied music and up and coming talent.
The Gaslight Club meets every Monday at Bar Oporto on Call Lane in Leeds (just round the corner from the Corn Exchange)
Next Monday (9th Feb) features the music of Ben Pike, Ruby Corsett and David Broad-
(Black & White photos by Steve Duttine)