By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers
Apologies to whom it concerns but I’ve forgotten someone’s name - again!
Anyway, this person asked me a question when I bumped into him for the first time in a long time at a preview of movie-obsessed young artist Colin Wilson’s new exhibition at RedHouse Originals gallery in Harrogate last Friday which went something like this: “what are the regular live venues in Harrogate these days and who are the interesting local bands?”
Well, venues-wise, that’s easy – the Blues Bar is the only truly regular spot, though a whole host of other bars put on gigs occasionally.
Bands-wise, well, they all tend to be a lot more professional than in the 1990s but interesting, erm, let me think.
What I should have replied was get yourself to the first Friday Night Mix at Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Café in Knaresborough next Friday (November 29) – there’s three cracking bands.
Headliners FOLD are favourites of BBC 6 Music Show’s Lauren Laverne while support comes from Modern Day Dukes and Red Ocean Nectar. It’s a free entry with a licenced bar, too.
If any band locally deserves to be known far and wide at a national level it’s clever alt-popsters The Birdman Rallies.
In a way, they have already won a degree of fame. Band members Danny Webster, Dave Armstrong and John Davey (now an ex-member) have all been featuring prominently in a back page advert in 80s Pop magazine for nearly two whole years.
The image for the advert was clearly shot in Harrogate itself, by the way.
The BAMlive concert series is launched with BAMfest stalwart Henry Priestman of 80s band The Christians fame this Saturday, November 23 at The Riverside Club in Bedale with his band. Support comes from Scottish singer Dave Gibb and local music veterans Mic and Susie Darling – who are also part of the BAMfest organising committee.
Tickets for the BAMlive concert series are on sale via the BAMfest website at www.bamfest.co.uk or from The Green Dragon Pub and Riverside Club in Bedale.
If Harrogate has a musical DIY ethos, it’s best exemplified by North Yorkshire Hardcore and DJ Trev’s Bottom of the Bottle.
The two of them have come together to put on a metal and punk rock night at Rehab this Sunday night.
It’s actually for charity, an annual event for C.E.T.A. to be precise, and the proceeds go to Cancer Research. There will be five live bands and some DJs and all of them are giving their time for free, as well as the sound engineers, too.
Excitingly it will feature the debut of Harrogate’s first supergroup! Death of the Sun’s line-up includes Craig Gordon, Jamie Bramhall and Toby Matthews.
Other bands performing are **** with Fire, PesudoNympho, Hung and Reputed.
I made the mistake of thinking Fatboy Slim’s decidedly likable new single Eat, Sleep, Rave. Repeat sampled some dialogue by the late, great Lou Reed.
Idiot! Thankfully, top local DJ Rory Hoy put me straight – well, he does know Fatboy personally.
Hoy himself has been enjoying a busy and successful year - his fifth album has just been released.
Called Sketching Shadows, it’s available on all the usual formats from all the usual sources on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin Records label.
The album shows the full range of Hoy’s skills, from Big Beat to Acid House, a Kraftwerk tribute to electro swing.
The likable Rory also hooks up with Freddy Fresh himself on one track.
You can catch him live at the Knaresborough Christmas Market on Saturday, December 7 in the Market Place at 3pm.
Finally for fans of The Jam and their classic 1978 album All Mod Cons (and it is full of classic Weller songs), the most exciting thing happening this weekend is the arrival of From The Jam at The Cockpit in Leeds as part of a tour marking the 35th tour of this landmark release.
Led by original bass player and songwriter Bruce Foxton, the band will be playing the whole of All Mod Cons on Saturday night – plus more of those great hits by The Jam.