Sunday 1 December 2013

Friday Night @ Trinity Church, Leeds

Last Friday evening (29th November) Yorkshire Gig Guide attended an event held at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds where we were entertained by solo artist Look Yonder, group Jacobean Ruff and headlining group Purple Emperors. This was the first time we have been to a performance at this venue and we enjoyed the whole experience. We were made very welcome even though we arrived somewhat early. It was well attended by a large number of young people who clearly enjoyed themselves too.
There are regular events at this venue.  find out more here
If you are looking for something a little different give it a try.
Yorkshire Gig Guide

Sunday 17 November 2013


Registration for Centre Stage 2014 is now open and Martin House Children’s Hospice, together with Leeds & Reading Festivals, look forward to the new search for the act who will ultimately claim the prize of playing at next summer’s Leeds AND Reading Festivals, and a music performance video with Shot by Sodium.
The competition has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2009 and continues to receive involvement and support from Yorkshire bands Embrace, Pigeon Detectives, The Cribs and Pulled Apart by Horses. Now in its fifth year, the Centre Stage Competition, which raises vital funds for the hospice, is inviting young bands and soloists of ANY genre to enter. Participants must be between 11- 21 years old and from North or West Yorkshire. 

Over the coming months, registered acts will undertake their own fundraising for Martin House, who witness the therapeutic benefits of music first hand within the hospice. Once registered, acts will be automatically entered into the Heats, which will take place mid-late April (dates to be announced very shortly). Having been judged by a professional industry panel, the lucky finalists will take to the stage at O2 Academy, Leeds, on 23rd July, following a professional mentoring day.

The competition is just about to hit the big £150,000 mark in terms of funds raised, and all of this has been channeled directly into the care of the children and their families. Sponsorship for the year ahead has already been secured from National Breakdown and Blacks Solicitors, so Martin House are hoping that, with such support in place, CS2014 will take them close to the £200,000 mark.

Centre Stage 2013 was a great success and welcomed its first winning band from North Yorkshire, King No-One, who received an amazing reception at Leeds & Reading. The band have remained involved with the charity ever since: they even performed as 6,000 runners ran by at the Yorkshire Marathon last month, for which Martin House was a partner charity!

Almost all of the funds raised over the last year have now been received, and Centre Stage Organiser, Sarah Smith, confirms: “the total raised over the last year exceeds £45,000, and we still have some to come. We continue to be overwhelmed by the support we get, not just from the amazing contenders, but from key venues, companies and individuals, many of who volunteer their professional services, which makes the whole project possible.”

Previous winners ‘The Mexanines’ are reaping the benefits of the exposure that Centre Stage has given them as they are enjoying life on the road as the main support for the Pigeon Detectives on their current tour…. Could you now follow in their footsteps?

It’s not just about the main prize, it’s also about the platform and exposure acts receive and the fantastic prizes awarded, including a recording session with Sound People at Eiger Studio for the runners up in addition to rewards for ‘best fundraisers’ and ‘best door tallies’, but mostly it’s about YOUNG PEOPLE HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE!

Martin House Children’s Hospice: cares for children and young people, throughout Yorkshire, who have a life limiting illness. They support their families too, through the life of their child and through their bereavement. On opening in 1987, they were only the second children’s hospice in the UK. They now have an established teenage unit, Whitby Lodge, which was the first in the world to open. Martin House needs to raise almost £5m this year to run, receiving less than 12% from Government sources.

“I’d encourage everyone to get involved; it could be you playing at Leeds & Reading”
Melvin Benn – MD Festival Republic

“Centre Stage has opened up a whole new network of bands, mentors and amazing people”
Glassbody – Winners, 2012

For registration forms and conditions, email Sarah:
Or they can be downloaded from the charity’s website:

Friday 27 September 2013

Winston still Running- Review

Winston On The Run is on tour around the country in a series of one-night performances and when it
 Freddie Machin. Photo: Rebecca Pitt
arrives near you this is one not to miss. 

We were lucky enough to catch the performance in Leeds at The Cariageworks. This granted us a very pleasurable hour and a half in the company of Mr Freddie Machin as the young Winston Churchill at a time in his life which is not usually common knowledge. Young Winston is in a dark hole, on the run and on the edge of success or failure.

The minimal stage setting and sound effects were outstanding and the performance was brilliant.

The play was written by Freddie Machin and John Walton and was produced and directed by John Walton.

An added bonus was the question and answer session for half an hour following the performance explaining how the play came about and telling us something of the lives of those who created it.

Set, lighting and costume cleverly done by Martin Thomas. Music and sound brought the set to life by Harri Chambers.

We urge you to see this play. You will not be disappointed.
Next at Otley Courthouse (4 October).
For more information including tour dates

Denis Heaton
Yorkshire Gig Guide

Thursday 15 August 2013

Leeds underground begins

The first night of the Leeds Underground got off to a good start at Carpe Diem. 

Full Line Up Here>

This event will be continuing at various venues throughout Leeds untill the 22nd of August. 
Test Transmission

They are all hoping to raise lots of money for their charity which is Martin House Children's Hospice. 

Try to get along and suport this worthwhile cause whilst having a good time into the bargain.
Monster Jaw

Yorkshire Gig Guide

Saturday 10 August 2013

It's all happning at the Grove (Leeds)

 In aid of Martin House Children's Hospice and part of the Leeds underground festival.A two day music event is being held at the Grove in Leeds.raising awareness about the tremendous
work they do.whilst collecting funds that will go along way to maintain the upkeep of
running from the10/08/13to11/08/13 starting at 1-30p.m. both days.  along with the excellent artist  there is a good selection of ale and food. Come on down and join in a good day out.

Michell Dalgety and Matt White fund raisers

 Yorkshire gig guide

Thursday 18 July 2013

A New Year and another Superband

 An amazing start to the Centre Stage Final as 18 Rockschool drummers took the stage and gave a tremendous performance of their talents ably conducted by Isaac Haywood. Then to a crescendo of noise last years winners Glassbody joined them on stage soon to be followed by the contestants:-
Icarus, Jacobean Ruff, Roman Bison, The Imports, Headwire, Pony & Trap, Amazing Scuba Divers, The Puppeteers, King No-One, Quentin's Basement and  Yo Preston who entertained us for the next 2 hours all hoping to claim the prize to play at Leeds and Reading Festival 2013. All these young bands have raised over £1000 each for Martin House Children's Hospice

During the interval, whilst the Judges made their deliberations The Mexanines (winners 2011) gave a special performance with their new line-up. Eventually the results were in and all the bands were waiting with baited breath until  they were announced.
The Runners up were Jacobean Ruff
The Winners were King No-One who received their certificate to a roar of approval from the audience.
Centre Stage registration for 2014 is open in September 2013.
We will let you know how much was collected for Martin House when all the money has been collect

We wish all the entrants well as they clearly all have a great future and Congratulations yet again to King No-One. We are already looking forward to next years competition.
Yorkshire Gig Guide
          the winners King No-One

Monday 15 July 2013

Centre stage Final - the final battle looms


Back in April, Martin House Children’s Hospice held their fourth, annual Centre Stage Heats at The Wardrobe, Leeds. Over a thousand people came down to support almost thirty local, young bands and artists who battled it out to earn themselves a place at this month’s Final, where they will compete for a place on the bill at both the Leeds and Reading Festivals this August.

The Final is now looming and very eagerly anticipated, and is set to take place on Wednesday 17th July 2013 at O2 Academy, Leeds. The event will see their most diverse range of contenders to date, and will be judged by a high profile panel, including Jon McIldowie (Booker for Leeds and Reading), Mike Heaton (Embrace) and Colin Oliver (Futuresound).

The evening will be hosted by BBC Introducing’s Alan Raw, who will also be introducing the winners when they take to the stage at the Leeds Festival. 

The lucky finalists are: Icarus, Roman Bison, The Puppeteers, Yo Preston, Pony and Trap, Headwire, Jacobean Ruff, King No-One, The Amazing Scuba Divers, The Imports and Quentin’s Basement - all fine examples of young people utterly dedicated to performing music that they are so passionate about. Glassbody (2012’s winners) and The Mexanines (2011’s winners) will also be performing as special guests.

Since securing their places as finalists, the bands have been taking this opportunity very seriously – upping their rehearsal times, writing new material and getting lots of gigging practice. Not to mention continuing to fundraise and help raise the profile of the competition. As preparation for the final, Martin House organised professional mentor sessions at Old Chapel Studios, to answer any last minute questions and to deliver some constructive advice for their big performance.

Last year’s final saw over 1300 music fans support the bands and Martin House and this year looks set to attract an even bigger crowd! Tickets available now on O2 Academy, Leeds, website, only £6.50/£4.50 concessions. People are also welcome to pay on the door. Doors open and 6pm and the event will kick off just before 7pm.

Fantastic prizes also awarded to ‘the best fundraisers’, ‘the runners up’ and ‘the act to bring the most support’. Blacks Solicitors are assisting with sponsorship for the event.

 Centre Stage Background: The premise of the Centre Stage competition is to give young bands a fantastic platform, exposure and once in a lifetime opportunity whilst raising vital funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice. In 2009, this new Martin House fundraising initiative was conceived: a musical talent competition, which would invite all secondary schools and colleges in West Yorkshire to take part and ultimately enter their most gifted musical talent. Since its initial launch, by The Pigeon Detectives in Autumn 2009, Centre Stage has so far provided a platform for over 130 young musical acts in West and North Yorkshire and raised over £130,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice. The competition has the support of Embrace, The Pigeon Detectives, The Cribs and Festival Republic.

In order to enter, artists must be under 21 years old and in North or West Yorkshire. To put themselves forward for this fantastic opportunity, artists/bands commit to undertake their own fundraising ventures and raise vital funds for the hospice: to care for children and young adults, with life limiting illnesses. The perfect example of young people helping young people.

Martin House Children’s Hospice: Martin House Children’s Hospice cares for children and young people, throughout Yorkshire, who have a life limiting illness. They support their families too, through the life of their child and through their bereavement. On opening in 1987, they were only the second children’s hospice in the UK. They now have an established teenage unit, Whitby Lodge, which was the first in the world to open. Martin House needs to raise almost £5m this year to run, receiving less than 12% from Government sources.

Official Twitters
@centrestage2012 // @MartinHouseCH // @OfficialRandL

Official Websites

Thursday 27 June 2013

Summer Jazz@Seven Arts Leeds (and elsewhere!)

There used to be nothing much happening jazzwise in the summertime – but no more! Firstly there are Seven Jazz’s presentations at Seven Arts in Leeds….
This Sunday afternoon 30th June, 1-4pm: PHIL MEADOWS GROUP - ‘ENGINES OF CREATION’ UK TOUR
Phil Meadows sax/electronics, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin piano, Conor Chaplin bass, Simon Roth drums
We’re looking forward to seeing Phil back in Leeds again. Phil trained at LCM and since moving to London his career has blossomed. He’s now musical director at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, has performed at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, a member of the Future Beats horn section, a journalist for Jazz UK magazine and his compositions and arrangements are played by many others. Touring his debut album, saxophonist and composer Phil takes joy in capturing snapshots of situations that have triggered personal 'Engines of Creation'. From tales of cartoonish characters and trivial battles, to marking pivotal situations, arrivals and departures – Meadows' clever episodic writing balances an eclectic range of contemporary influences, strong improvisational language, and wit. Combining soaring melodies, a collection of grooves and elements of the avant-garde the group showcases players from an important new wave of rising British talent, featuring acclaimed trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Elliot Galvin, bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer Simon Roth. "His music is perfect, really accessible with a tight sound and great buzz” – Special FX, Royal Exchange Theatre. ”A highly professional, diligent, creative and enthusiastic musician. Certainly one to watch and definitely one to listen to." – Jason Yarde
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
This Thursday evening July 4, 8-11pm JAMIE TAYLOR AND OUTSIDE LINE
Jamie Taylor guitar/ Matt Anderson sax/ Gary Jackson bass/Dave Walsh drums. Also featuring the North Leeds Jazz Orchestra and the Matinee Band
A concert to celebrate the life of Leeds guitarist Colin Watson who died last year, with music commissioned by Seven Jazz and written and performed by guitarist Jamie Taylor and his group “Outside Line” to celebrate the life of our biggest supporter Colin Watson who died last year. The concert will also feature a set from the local big band the North Leeds Jazz Orchestra and the Matinee Band
Tickets £12/10 concessions. Tickets in advance from one of our gigs or from here Doors open at 8pm, music 8.15-11.00pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD full time student standby £5 on the door only
Sunday afternoon 7 July 1-4pm: JAZZ CAFÉ AND JAM SESSION – featuring spots from the Seven Jazz workshop band and the Seven Jazz Voices choir plus many more. The jazz trio is led by young pianist Matt Aplin from Leeds College of Music. Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Concessionary price includes performers. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoon 14 July 1-4pm: “LEEDS LOCAL HEROES” two top local jazz groups led by popular Leeds based guitarists
Will Powell's "Short Stories" with  Andre Celik on keyboards and trumpet, Tom Welsh on electric bass, John Settle on drums
Dominic Moore’s band drawn from his Friday evening Seven Jazz improvisation group.  
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoon 21 July 1-4pm: “DREAD SUPREME” WITH RICHARD ORMROD
Richard Ormrod  saxes, Simon Pugsley  trombone, Chris Campbell guitar, Bob Birch organ/synths, Spear percussion, Sam Hobbs drums
John Coltrane given the dub treatment!
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoon 28 July 1-4pm: “SOMETHIN ELSE” WITH BRENDAN DUFFY
Brendan Duffy reeds, Richard Hardy trumpet, Gary Jackson bass Steve Green drums, Bones percussion
Leeds’s favourite saxman with his resident band from the Vic in Leeds City Centre!
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoons August Sun 4th and Sun 11th 1-4pm: JAZZ CAFÉ AND JAM SESSIONS – come along and play/sing/listen!
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Concessionary price includes performers. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
The last of the Seven Jazz workshops at Seven Arts for the summer is this Sat 29 June 2.30-4.30 at Seven Arts 2.30-4.25pm and the last Jazz Voices Choir rehearsal of the summer on Monday 1 July at Inkwell Arts 7-9pm. Dominic Moore’s Friday night improvisation group continues however, with sessions on 28 June and 12 July 7.30-10pm at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre. The workshops start up again in September – if you are interested in joining the workshops or the Seven Jazz Voices choir in the autumn just let us know by replying to this email.
This autumn we spread our wings! Our main gigs continue to be Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, but we are trying out new places too. We will be putting some of our Sunday afternoon gigs on at Inkwell Arts on Potternewton Lane – our “new shoots” series. We will also put on a concert in partnership with the University of Leeds and our Christmas Party will also be at a bigger venue - the Leeds Irish Centre.  
Our summer break is three weeks from August 11th through to September 1st  at the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival where we present the jazz blues and salsa Sunday afternoon in the open air on Regent Street (next to the Regent Pub,12.30-5.30pm) with five bands – including Las Camaradas/the Nick Svarc- Russell Van Den Berg quartet/Tessa Smith’s Quintet and the James O’Hara Blues Band.
Our six evening autumn jazz concerts are stunning – Beats ‘n Pieces, Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams quintet, Impossible Gentlemen (again, this time with Pat Metheny’s bassist, Steve Rodby), Jerry Bergonzi Quartet (featuring pianist Gareth Williams), Art Theman and Dave Newton,  and Lee Gibson with the Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra.
We will be starting our “New Shoots” series at Inkwell Arts on Sunday Sept 8th 1-4pm Steve Hanley Quartet featuring Steve on drums, Riley Stone Lonergan sax, Ant Law guitar and Brodie Jarvie bass. The second is on Sunday Sept 15th 1-4pm with the Eirik Svela trio with Eirik on guitar, Simon Read on bass and John Arnesen drums.  Our first Sunday afternoon back at Seven Arts is the amazing jazz piano trio of Kit Downes- Sunday 22 September 1-4pm with Kit on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and James Maddren drums. Our first evening gig at Seven Arts is the amazing Beats ‘n Pieces big band - Saturday evening 28 September 8pm. Keep an eye on our Website/Facebook/Twitter for the latest information.
Tickets for all our Seven Arts evening and Sunday afternoon autumn gigs (and our Christmas party) can now be purchased on line, or on the door at our gigs. Seats can also be reserved by “contacting us” via the Seven Jazz website We offer a season ticket for all our six evening concerts at a cost of £60 full price and £50 concessionary price, a saving of 40%. Please note also there is a small rise in ticket prices this autumn to cover the increase in cost of using our main venue, Seven Arts.
Seven Arts is based on Harrogate Road near the centre of Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Find us just below Casa Mia Grande at  31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD.
Inkwell Arts is a very short walk from Seven Arts at 31 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton,  Leeds LS7 3LW (the old Shoulder of Mutton pub)
It’s jazz festival time folks, and what a fantastic choice we have in the North of England over the next couple of months….
·         Cleethorpes Jazz Festival this weekend 28 Jun-30 June, run by Gill Wilde, is a lovely festival by the sea – it has Jim Mullen, Gareth Edwards and Dave Green, Dave Newton, Claire Martin, Tina May and Nikki Iles, Nicola Emmanuelle and the Classic Jazz Orchestra
·         Garforth Arts Festival run by Dave Evans from 30 June- 6 July at Garforth Community College has Ruby Turner and Eduardo Niebla plus loads more
·         Burton Agnes Hall Jazz Festival 5-7 July  near Driffield has Gwyneth Herbert, Rob Law and Trudy Kerr headlining
·         Wigan International Jazz Festival July 12-14th has Darius Brubeck headlining this year with many big bands on show
·         Hull Jazz Festival 2013 20-29 July has Bobby Watson, Jazz Jamaica, Django a la Creole, Yoruba Women Choir, Christine Tobin, Bossa Revista, Freedom Chorus, Michael Cretu and the Give a Little Love Jazz Orchestra
·         Halifax Festival 5-14 July includes Leo Blanco, a pianist from Scotland, Buster Birch from London and Jamie Taylor/Russell Henderson from Leeds
·         Manchester Jazz Festival 26 July -3rd August features 80 concerts and gigs, mostly featuring contemporary bands from the North, plus Pharoah Sanders, Emilia Mårtensson & Ivo Neame, Trish Clowes, Iain Ballamy etc. Phew…..
For all details of all these events and latest news updates see us on, follow us on Twitter or befriend us on Facebook – all these links (plus our YouTube clips from gigs) are available through our website, which also has news and links to other northern NORVOL jazz clubs and festivals.
Steve Crocker
Seven Jazz Leeds

Thursday 20 June 2013

Platform 3 present...


Hold yer diaries folks, cos this is gonna be the best summer yet for music lovers. David Clayton and Chris Martin have taken the reins of Platform 3 and look at what they have come up with, top musicians from far and wide along with great local talent.

With a monthly Blue Friday and Jazz Sunday series, and lots of rock and acoustic sessions, there will be something for all tastes, the common theme being talent and quality every week on the best outdoor stage for miles with its very own pub attached :) Bring it on!

8.00pm every Friday
4pm every Sunday

Julian Socha and Ken Tucker – 21st June

Julian SochaJulian Socha; acoustic finger style, with a blues and classical twist accompanied by  Ken Tucker.
On Platform 3 at 8:30 on Friday June 21

Angelo Palladino – 23rd June

Angelo PalladinoPerhaps the blues came up the River Thames before it reached the Mississippi… – Angelo Palladino.
Appearing on Platform 3 on Sunday June 23 at 4:00pm.

Arizona Rifles – 28th June

Arizona RiflesArizona Rifles are a 4 piece rock band from Leeds.
On Platform 3 at 8:30pm on Friday June 28.

Garron Firth – 30th June

Garron FrithGarron Frith is a musician from Manchester, England who is steadily building up a reputation as a great live performer and an original songwriter. Over the last few years Garron has performed headline shows across the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe and has opened for many acts including Peter Green, Madeleine Peyroux, Jack Bruce & Robert Cray.
On Platform 3 at 4:00pm on Sunday June 30th.

Further from the truth – 5th July

Further from the truthFURTHER FROM THE TRUTH are a super-charged, female fronted heavy rock band from West Yorkshire, UK, formed in 2008. The band members are Kat Birch (Lead Vocals), James Preston (Lead Guitar), Craig Freeman (Lead Bass) and Mark Lightwood (Lead Drums).
Platform 3 on Friday July 5 at 8:30pm.

Thursday 13 June 2013

Seven Jazz gets the blues....

Seven Jazz are laying on a fabulous Blues Fest starting tonight Thursday 13 June, 8.30pm, with three top blues bands over three days
This Thursday 13 June there is the nine piece Al Morrison’s Blues Experience, a band that celebrates the music of the great blues artists, BB King, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and many more (£12/10 conc. doors 8pm)
On Friday 14 June, 8.30pm, you can look forward to Colin Hodgkinson and Back Door. He formed the original Back Door in 1971 but went on to play with the Spencer Davis group and Alexis Korner. This Back Door reunion band features Colin on bass and vocals, and Rod Mason on sax. (£12/10 conc. doors 8pm)
On Sunday afternoon 16 June, Blues Fest 13 finishes with the James O'Hara Blues Band. James O'Hara is a Leeds based blues musician fronting bands since 1985 including The Detonators and The Giantkillers. (£5 /£4 conc. 1.30-4pm)
Tickets obtainable on the door, or online for the two evening concerts
More information
@Seven Arts Leeds 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LeedsLS73PD
Ps if you like soul and blues singers watch out also for our presentation on Sunday week 1.30-4pm 23 June with Terry Shaltiel and her band@Seven Arts! Info here:

Saturday 18 May 2013

Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June Doncaster Folk Festival

Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 

Doncaster Folk Festival

The Festival returns for its 6th year after a phenomenally successful 2012, marking it out as one of the must-attend events of the Doncaster Arts calendar

Concerts will be held at the main venue, The Ukrainian Centre on Beckett Road, showcasing national and international Folk and Acoustic performers. On offer will also be home-cooked food and an extensive selection of real ales.

The weekend will also feature folk dancing displays throughout the town and a Ceilidh on the Friday evening, music workshops and plenty of opportunity for participation singing.

This year we have for your delight: 

 Graeme Knights




·Jack Harris


·Graeme Knights




Leon Rosselson


 Something Nasty in the Woodpile




 What’s the Point?



 Haddo (Will &Nicky Pound)



The Maz O’Connor Trio


 Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes



See our website for line-up details and tickets –

Email Mick Jenkinson at or by phone 07774 196124

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