Tuesday 31 May 2011

Topic Folk Club- Rodney Branigan and Tim Snider review 26 May 2011

A warm friendly atmosphere and people intent on an evening of music and fellowship, the Topic Club  packed a wide variety of artistes into Thursday evening. 
A warm friendly atmosphere percolated  throughout the audience from start to finish. This informal setting saw wonderful performances from Rodney Branigan and Tim Snider. Guitar player with a difference and the ability to impress Rodney kept the audience spellbound. Why play one guitar when you can play two, at the same time and keep a good rhythm going. 
His effortless command of the guitar and powerful voice make Rodney’s live performances so inspirational. Rodney from Amarilo in America wooed the audience with powerful rhythms and harmonies and took them through a journey of foot tapping songs.   
A perfect accompaniment to Rodney's playing like salt and pepper was Tim Snider from Nevada playing the electric viola,  his expressive fiddle playing  had the audience moving and tapping their feet. Tim played his own song Free Falling people dancing and swaying to the tune which was greatly appreciated by the audience. Tim and Rodney  are versatile performers and love to share their music. Their performance was met with a rapturous applause and two extra songs.
The Topic club welcomes  people intent on an evening of music and fellowship and saw performances from floor singers. Jim Timeny sang The path I took and  he was accompanied by the audience singing the chorus in hushed voices. Tim told us that he had penned the song that afternoon . The events of the evening were compeered by David Kidman who also sang some traditional shanties.   
  By Eve Winterburn
Yorkshire Gig Guide

Topic Folk Club

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Love Love Love at Hull Truck Theatre- Review

Satirical, polemical and funny, Love Love Love a new play by playwright Mike Bartlett arrived on Hull Truck Stage deftly directed by James Grieve and received a warm enthusiastic response from Tuesdays audience.
The play opens in the front room of  Henry played by Simon Darwen as a hard working traditional young working class man who has allowed his brother Kenneth to stay. Kenneth is a student at Oxford University played by Ben Addis as hedonistic and adventurous. Enter Sandra, played by Lisa Jackson, confident, sexy, audacious and libertarian to her soul. It is instant, self-indulgent, selfish attraction on sight.
The play follows Kenneth and Sandra's relationship in snapshots of pinnacle moments through three distinct periods of their lives, meet their teenage children Rose, played tempestuous and misunderstood by Rosie Wyatt, as the teenage daughter and Jamie played by James Barrett as the taunting, clever younger brother. Experience the dysfunctional effect of Kenneth and Sandra's love on their children as Rosie struggles to reach her dreams and Jamie is driven into compulsive neurosis. This experience is shared through witty and funny dialogue and the play races to its final climax as it explores many of the issues of modern day society and the responsibilities people have towards each other.
Lucy Osborne's simple stage design, three sets of living rooms each reflecting a different era work well in creating the ambience of the periods along with the lighting effects by Hartley T.A. Kemp and the music and sounds by Tom Gibbons.
I enjoyed this play, with its funny, and very human insights into modern family relationships. It was perhaps at times a little too strident in its message speaking directly to the audience instead of sharing insights in to human dilemmas through the actions of the characters- I recognised some of those dilemmas though and this is definitely a play I would recommend going to see.
The play is presented by the touring company Paine's Plough who specialise exclusively in commissioning and producing new plays and helping playwrights develop their craft. Hull Truck theatre have again fulfilled their promise of making new plays and drama accessible to Yorkshire Audiences.
Andrew Sugden
Yorkshire Gig Guide

17 May 2011 - 21 May 2011

Hull Truck Theatre

Box Office: 01482 323638


FILM CLUB FIRST FOR BEVERLEY FESTIVAL- For the first time in its 28-year history

For the first time in its 28-year history, there’s to be a Film Club at the Beverley Festival next month.
Launched in partnership with Beverley Film Society, the Club will feature 4 specially-selected films with a strong folk music theme.
The initiative will be launched  on the morning of Saturday 18 June in the Club Room at Beverley Leisure Complex with Travelling for a Living, a 1965 BBC documentary featuring the early days of the Watersons as they toured the country in an old van from their home in Hull.
Later the same day there is a chance to see how the Watersons have evolved over the years  with a special showing of The Waterson Family  -  Live at Hull Truck, recorded last August and due to be released on DVD on June 13.
This unique home coming concert was their first in Hull for 25 years and has been described by Radio 2’s Mike Harding as “the folk event of the decade”. It brought together the original Watersons, Norma and Mike, plus Norma’s husband, Martin Carthy and their daughter Eliza, Mike’s wife Ann, their daughters Rachel and Eleanor, and the son and daughter of the late Lal Waterson, Oliver Knight and Marry Waterson.
Together the extended family perform  no less than 21 songs from their rich and varied repertoire, including “White Cockade”, "Bright Phoebus", "Fine Horseman", "Some Old Salty", "Shallow Brown", "Three Day Millionaire". The film also includes exclusive interviews with the members of the family at their home in Robin Hoods Bay; creating a fascinating career retrospective of the life and times of England’s first family of folk. The Watersons’ film will be preceded by a live set from Martin Carthy.
At noon on Sunday June 19 there will be a screening of the mock documentary about the US folk scene, A Mighty Wind, made by the same team who made the hugely-popular “rockumentary” Spinal Tap. This will be followed, later in the day, by the much-acclaimed Morris, A Life with Bells On - a heart-warming comedy, following the fortunes of an avant-garde Morris team in their struggle to evolve Morris Dancing.
Cally Barker, Membership Secretary of the Beverley Film Society said “The Festival is a great opportunity for the Beverley Film Society to showcase what we do.  We’re looking forward to reaching a new potential audience over the festival weekend.  People can find out more about us at www.beverleyfilmsociety.org

Admission to the films is free to all festival Weekend and Day ticket holders.
Event tickets can be purchased online from www.beverleyfestival.com or call 01377 217569. 
£4.00 each (£5.00 for event featuring Martin Carthy live)
Tickets for these (and the other festival events) available from the Beverley, Hull and the Humber Bridge Tourist Information Centres.

For further information about the festival:
www.beverleyfestival.com or call 01377 217569

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Claire Cameron Band will perform a top notch Acoustic Set on 360 Club for BBC Introducing!- Friday 27th May 8:00pm

Hi Yorkshire Gig Guide
We are extremely excited to announce that tickets are now available for our next show
at 360 Club for BBC Introducing!
Claire Cameron Band will perform a top notch Acoustic Set on
Friday 27th May 8:00pm
Upstairs at The Library Pub, Leeds

Richard Watson (360 Club event manager) describes what 360 Club is about: '360 Club showcases the finest live music in Yorkshire, playing host to different acts each week showcasing a variety of genres and styles including, indie, rock, funk, electro-pop, electronic, folk and Jazz...if it's good I put it on!!'

We will be performing a half an hour set which is being filmed and recorded for BBC Introducing!

3 other excellent Yorkshire Bands will be showcasing their own sets- line up details to follow :) 

DJ Alan Raw from BBC Introducing West Yorkshire (BBC Radio Leeds) will not only be watching us perform live on stage for the first time, he'll be DJing in between the acts and after the live music is finished for the evening!

Alan Raw
'With over 700 live sets from local emerging artists recorded on his shows and now in his 9th year of BBC broadcasting he is an integral cog in the positive development of the Yorkshire and UK unsigned music machine.  The man behind the BBC Introducing stage at Leeds Festival, (started with Melvin Benn and so successful a sister stage has been added at Reading Festival) he has presented tomorrow’s stars to festival goers for the last 5 years. With Irish musical roots, Alan plays percussion and button accordion and sessions include a dub album with Benjamin Zephaniah and he can claim to have got John Peel dancing!' Claire Cameron article, No Title Magazine: Introducing Alan Raw

Buy Tickets Now:
It would be fantastic to see you at this momentus gig for Claire Cameron Band- for tickets please email clairecameron.music@hotmail.co.uk or simply transfer £4 per ticket into our paypal account (choose 'send money' and just enter clairecameron.music@hotmail.co.uk as the recipient) with the names of the ticketholders and I'll put your tickets on the door!
Hope you can make it- grab a ticket quick though as we sold out last time!
Big Love,
Claire, Pete & Jim XXX

Monday 16 May 2011

Friday 20th May will bring the penultimate BAND NIGHT- it's going to be a real hot-pot of music - from rock hard metal to fun-loving, up beat covers from the likes of the Beatles and lily Allen!! - Crown of Lights

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Hi there YorkshireGigGuide!
Friday 20th May will bring the penultimate BAND NIGHT night before our summer break, and it's going to be a real hot-pot of music - from rock hard metal to fun-loving, up beat covers from the likes of the Beatles and lily Allen!!
First off, prepare yourselves for the hard rock/metal sound of IDLE CREEP. The variety of ages and influences within this new band to the Crown of Lights stage makes for a very entertaining and unique sh...ow.
Next we have the relatively new alt rock band SMALL PRINT. They are busy gigging around West Yorkshire and put on a great show with a mixture of original and cover material. Should be fun!
Last up will be the very experienced MAINSTREAM 53 who will also bring us a mixture of original and cover material, this time from more mainstream artists. This will be a rocking finish to the night.
As usual, we will have our acoustic artist playing between bands, and this time sees the very popular return of Creme Brulee frontman, JOHN MILLER doing acoustic covers from the like of Greenday, Oasis and maybe even Lady Gaga! Not to be missed.
As always, entry is FREE and the beer CHEAP. so come on down and have a right good night with us. You know it makes sense!
If you'd like to avail yourself of our new free text notification service where we can also message you the day before each glorious Crown of Lights production simply send 'Hi' to 07533 466129. How cool is that!

The Comrades Club
Regent Street
West Yorks WF16 0HD - 01924 403672 
Friday 20th May
Doors open 7:30pm  Free Entry!

Constellations Festival returns for 2nd Year: Wild Beasts, Yuck, The Antlers first names.


Constellations Festival returns for 2nd Year: Wild Beasts, Yuck, The Antlers first names.

Futuresound are pleased to announce the return of Constellations, a new music and arts festival in it’s second year. Former Leeds residents and current hot property, Wild Beasts will headline the 2011 Constellations with Yuck and The Antlers also announced today. Constellations will take place on Saturday 12th November 2011 at Leeds University.

Saturday 12th November 2011
Wild Beasts
The Antlers
+ Many more

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Early bird tickets are currently on-sale from Crash, Jumbo and www.seetickets.com

This year sees the introduction of the Constellations Exhibition Hall and Constellations TV. An exhibition of submitted art plus film screenings throughout the day. We will also see the return of some of last year’s hugely popular collaborators.

Event: Constellations Festival
Date: November 12th 2011
Twitter: @cnstlltns  #constellations2011
Tickets: £20 Early Bird Tickets from www.seetickets.com and Jumbo and Crash Records

Other Constellations events:

Thursday 19 May 2011 - Warpaint - Leeds Metropolitan University £12adv

Friday 20 May 2011 - Yuck - The Cockpit - £8adv

Tuesday 31 May 2011 - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - The Cockpit - £10adv

Box office: 0113 2444600 and www.seetickets.com

Friday 13 May 2011

"Scenes in the City" - the music of Charlie Mingus@Seven Arts


"Scenes in the City" - the music of Charlie Mingus@Seven Arts

This Thursday, May 19th 2011, at Seven Arts Centre, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS73PD
Seven Jazz present “Scenes in the City” – the music of Charlie Mingus

Alan Barnes- saxes, Tony Kofi – saxes, Jeremy Price – trombone, Tim Lapthorn – piano, Arnie Somogyi- bass, Clark Tracey - drums.
“Scenes in the City” led by bassist Arnie Somogyi, combine the talents of some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians in an all-star line-up, playing music of the great composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. Expect to hear familiar jazz favourites such as ‘Boogie Stop Shuffle’, ‘Fables of Faubus’ and ‘Better Get Hit in Your Soul’ played with the freedom and drive that define one of the most important and colourful figures in Jazz. 
"Soaring, beautifully realised interpretations which made a respectful nod to Mingus-era performances, while giving each musician enough space to create the individual solos which are essential to the all-star line-up”  Mike Wall
See more details about Arnie Somogyi’s Scenes in the City (and our other concerts and workshops) by visiting  www.sevenjazz.co.uk.  

Seven Jazz, Seven Arts Centre, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD
Doors open at 8.00pm, music starts at 8.30pm.  Finish time 11.15pm.

Tickets and reservations in advance from Seven Arts (info@sevenleeds.co.uk) or on the door
Full  £15, Concessions £12 
The concession prices apply for unwaged, senior citizens & MU members.
Full time students £5 on the door

We ask audience members to help us by paying the full price if you can afford it. Thanks!

Steve Crocker
Seven Jazz Leeds

Saturday 7 May 2011

Summer at Otley Courthouse

 Tickets for all events can be purchased online at http://www.otleycourthouse.org.uk/whats-on, by calling our Box Office on 01943 467466 or in person from the Courthouse, situated on Courthouse Street in Otley.
Science Cafe
Thursday 12 May - 7.30pm
Tickets: £4/£3. For adults and young people.
Tackle our three speakers about sport science, sport and celebrities and Quantum Informatics! Expect a relaxed yet informative evening. 
Michael O'Raghallaigh
Music - Irish traditional
Sunday 15 May - 7.30pm
Tickets: £10/8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door.
Some of the best Irish music is coming to Otley in the form of Michael O'Raghallaigh. With his outstanding, controlled technique on the concertina he is sure to blow the audience away.
Young Person's Fame Factor Club Night
Music - Young People's Events
Friday 20 May - 7.30-10pm
Tickets £5. 12-16 year olds only
Brilliant night for young teenagers - come and see young would-be stars and bands compete for the title of best solo artist, best band and best material. With disco, young comedians and juice bar..
Courthouse Plant and Cake Fundraiser Bring and Buy Sale
Saturday 21 May - 10am-1pm
Free event
A wide variety of vegetables, flowers, shrubs and delicious home made cakes and baking.
Otley Film Society Quiz and Bar
Quiz Night
Friday 27 May - 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 per person, including a ploughman's supper.
Questions on all topics (not just films).
From Here to There: Tell Tale Hearts
Theatre - Interactive, including 'freeplay' session
Friday 3 June - 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Tickets: £5. For children aged from 18months-4 years. (max of 30 children and 30 adults for each show)
Using rhythm and vocal play, shoe boxes, card and the world of imagination this is a fabulous introduction to theatre for the very young, with the opportunity for childern to explore some of the materials and build their own bridges.
Frankenstein Live: Angus and Ross Theatre Company
Saturday 4 June - 7.30pm
Tickets: £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on the door.
Produced in partnership with The Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, this show is based on the classic horror story by Mary Shelley.
TG Collective
Music - Gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and classical influences
Friday 10 June - 8pm
Tickets: £10/£8 in advance. £11/£9 on the door.
A superb ensemble, built around a core of two guitarists, set alongside flute, violin, trumpet, double bass and percussion. Featuring eminent flamenco dancer Ana Garcia, this performance is set to be incredibly stylish.
Threads Orchestra
Music - orchestra (jazz and classical)
Friday 24 June - 8pm                      
Tickets: £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door.
The Threads Orchestra combine musicians from the jazz and classical worlds including Mercury Prize nominee pianist Kit Downes, virtuoso 'Troyka' guitarist Chris Montague and BBC philharmonic violinist Julian Gregory.
Loved your chocolates!: An Evening with Tim Bentinck (David in The Archers)
Saturday 25 June - 7.30pm  
Tickets £11/£9 in advance, £12/£10 on the door.
A whimsical show mixing anecdotes, impressions, comedy songs, video clips and 'live lip-synch'.
Otley Film Society present 127 Hours (Otley Walking Festival Event)
Film (certificate 15)
Thursday 30 June - 7.30pm
Tickets: £3
Based on Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place '127 Hours' stars James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, for more than five days in 2003 before amputating his arm with a dull knife.
Steven Sogo and Hope Street
Music - World
Saturday 2 July - 8pm
Tickets: Limited number of seats: £11/ £9 in advance, £12/£10 on the door
Standing: £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door.
Steven Sogo, from the central African country of Burundi, sings about life, love and peace in a style that mixes traditional Burundi music with jazz, blues and pop.
Songs That Never Die
Music - Classical, Opera, Musical Theatre
Friday 8 July - 7.30pm
Tickets: £10/£8
Elizabeth Cameron (soprano) and Ian McTeer (piano) present an evening of well known Classical Song, Opera and Musical Theatre.
An Instinct for Kindness
Saturday 9 July - 7.30pm
Tickets £8/£6.
This powerful, bitter-sweet and sometimes comic performance explores both the profound personal ramifications and the wider ethical issues that surroung the contentious topic of assisted-suicide.
Science Café
Thursday 14 July - 7.30pm
Tickets: £4/£3. For adults and young people.
Another challenging evening as 3 top scientists explain their theories and you come up with the tricky questions!                                                                              
A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Faction Theatre Company
Friday 15 July - 7.30pm                  
Tickets: £9/£7 in advance, £10/£8 on door.
The Faction bring their trademark visual inventiveness to this striking new production. A must-see fot theatre-goers and new audiences alike.

Patrick Monahan + Support Alan Seaman
Saturday 16 July - 8pm
Tickets: £10/£8 in advance, £11/£9 on the door.
A brand new stand up show from international award winning Irish/Iranian/Teeside comedian Patrick Monahan.
Summer Salsa
Friday 22 July and Friday 19 August - 7.30/8.30-10.30pm  
Tickets: class only £5, Dance only £6, Whole Evening £8  
A new scintillating, sizzling salsa night starting with a basic steps class from 7.30-8.30pm. Come with or without a partner. Everyone welcome, from beginners to freestylers.

Monday 2 May 2011

A Fulsome night of Music At Crown of Lights Friday 6th May

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Hi there Andrew
This Friday sees three more acts BRAND NEW to our Acoustic Nights. DAVID TATTERSALL and AELFEN both from Wakefield and DANIEL LUCAS aka BOSS CAINE from York.
Also from York the welcome return of female duo TWO promoting their second album. One of this region's finest fiddle players also makes a welcome return (Sarah Horn) in the rousing duo that is SARAH & JAMES. 
We're incredibly fortunate to have right on our doorstep one of the best singer/songwriters that is JASMINE KENNEDY. She has been a bit elusive of late due to a busy gigging schedule but we're assured an early appearance this Friday at 8:10pm after a four month absence!
Add to that the hauntingly beautiful vocals of our regular show opener FINOLA and bringing us all back down to earth with his excellent wit, patter and wonderful blues guitar is our ever fateful 'man in the hat' CHRIS MARTIN.

Entry is entirely FREE and the venue is FAMILY FRIENDLY although we do ask for quietness from the audience during the performances. Friday 6th May 2011. Doors 7pm.
Comrades Club, Regent St, Heckmondwike, WF16 0HD. 01924 403672.

Another great line-up!