Gig Scene: Keeping (good) local music live!

Book of Job. (Picture by Rick Parsons)

Book of Job. (Picture by Rick Parsons)

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It’s heresy to say so and a bit odd, I suppose, coming from someone who’s put on 90 odd gigs himself over the years, mostly in Harrogate, too, but I’ve never believed in ‘keeping music live’ or ‘supporting local music’, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.

Not, that is, unless it means keeping good music live or supporting good local music – or at least local music which shows the potential to be good.

Which means that when I say Harrogate rock band Book of Job really deserve your support at the launch night for their debut album, Hamartia, this Sunday night as part of DJ Trev’s rock night Bottom of the Bottle, I really mean it.

The album is on sale now at iTunes and Sunday night ‘s big shindig at Rehab in Harrogate will include playbacks and giveaways and all sorts from the action-packed foursome.

The full-on metallers with the slight prog tinge are not only talented but they’ve got admirable determination to to do things their way.

Having won the AMP Awards, they were on the way to success when their original guitarist left.

Their reaction was to switch instruments and write a whole new bunch of songs in drummer Luke Nelson;s basement flat under a print shop on Station Parade.

“It was a blessing in disguise. It led to a lot of good, new material. We’re very proud of the album.”

If you’d like to find out more about Book of Job’s album on Wormhole Death Records, email bookofjob@hotmail.co.uk

PS Sunday’s Bottom of the Bottle will also feature live perfformances from Us Amongst The Rest, Little Drafts and more.

What a waste if you miss The Blockheads at Ripley Town Hall shortly.

Playing for local promoters RipleyBlues on Saturday, December 29, the band, who famously backed the late Ian Dury and co-wrote classic hits like Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, are going stronger than ever in their 35th year.

Recent album Staring Down The Barrel garnered good reviews while Dury himself is back in the news again with a new book of his lyrics called Hallo Sausages.

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Harrogate’s incredibly successful Ont’ Sofa guys are stepping up a gear again.

Having done so well with their online music sessions and their live shows at Lure Bar in Harrogate, Jason and Ben’s latest impressive venture involves a TV pilot for a Jools Holland style show.

The recording took place last night at Prime Studios in Leeds.

Here is the news. Prog rock lives! But there’s been a setbacks locally. The bad news is local, multi-talented musician Tim Hunter has had to pull the plug on his annual Prog Yes Festival, along with the Prog Yes Internet Radio station.

The good news is that Hunter and free jazz duo H2 are playing a new show called Winter Solstice at The Orb in Knaresborough on Friday, December 21.

Tickets costing £5 each are available at progyes.com and Pear Records in Knaresborough.

Additionally, the monthly Prog Yes radio show on Phoenix FM is continuing.

Christmas comes early at The Alex next Thursday when legendary covers band MFOR play their festive show. Word is some real 80s cheese will feature time time. Chesney Hawkes, anyone?

Finally, a rumour, but it’s a good one. It seems a new Battle of the Bands is to take place in early February in Harrogate courtesy of DJ Trev and Rehab. reXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

What waste if you miss The Blockheads at Ripley Town Hall shortly.

Playing for local promoters RipleyBlues on Saturday, December 29, the band, who famously backed the late Ian Dury and co-wrote classic hits like Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, are going stronger than ever in their 35th year.

Recent album Staring Down The Barrel garnered good reviews while Dury himself is back in the news again with a new book of his lyrics called Hallo Sausages.

Prog rock lives! But there’s been a setbacks locally.

The bad news is local, multi-talented musician Tim Hunter has had to pull the plug on his annual Prog Yes Festival, along with the Prog Yes Internet Radio station.

The good news is that Hunter and free jazz duo H2 are playing a new show called Winter Solstice at The Orb in Knaresborough on Friday, December 21.

Tickets costing £5 each are available at progyes.com and Pear Records in Knaresborough.

Additionally, the monthly Prog Yes radio show on Phoenix FM is continuing.

The incredibly successful Ont’ Sofa guys are stepping up a gear again.

Having done so well with their online music sessions and their live shows at Lure Bar in Harrogate, their newest venture involves a TV pilot for a Jools Holland style show.

The recording took place last night at Prime Studios in Leeds.

Finally, a rumour, but it’s a good one. It seems a new Battle of the Bands is to take place in early February courtesy of DJ Trev and Rehab. We’ll let you know more when they let Gig Scene know more.