Old friends brought together by music

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IF the audience at the farewell show at Harrogate Theatre in June by Wally was a bit like a reunion of old friends who liked 70s music, then the recent show at the same venue by Julian Cope during the Fringe brought together a lot of familiar faces who cut their teeth on 80s and 90s music.

Among the people I bumped into at the bar was the charismatic John Sutcliffe, a young musician who, as a teenager in Harrogate in the late 90s, had the looks to front up a few minor local bands without making much of an impact before leaving the town.

What a difference a decade makes. He’s now lead singer of Sulk, a new London-based shoe-gazer-ish indie pop band who’ve won some big name fans already. But more about them next week. . .

AS always, the programme for this year’s feva festival in Knaresborough is packed with live music with most of the town’s pubs getting in on the act.

Among the many events in this truly community festival are The Drouthies bringing songs, tunes and banter to Park Place Social Club on Monday night, not to forget lessons in ceilidh dancing, too, for the brave of heart and fleet of foot.

The Board Inn has live music with Rock Train on Sunday afternoon avec un barbecue but that is beaten by Nil Banter who are doing their own musical tour of Knaresborough by playing three gigs in three days, starting tonight, Friday. (www.nil banter.com)

As well as sax great Snake Davis and ska monsters Badness later in the festival, one of the best feva music events looks set to be the Orb day at Frazer Theatre this Sunday with a host of top local live bands, DJs and poets from 2pm-10pm.

See our What’s On section for more.

AN interesting way of promoting your new album is provided by Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Harrogate fans of the band can watch them play the debut peformance of their forthcoming new release live at the Harrogate Odeon.

Not that Flea etc will actually be on stage in Harrogate that night (Tuesday, August 30 at 8pm).

But the Odeon, having scored a massive success in the past few years with live opera beamed nationally, is now doing the same thing with rock music.

BUT back to Wally. The band may appear to be ‘dead’ after their farewell show but their recorded legacy will continue growing thanks to a new deal.

All of their recent albums will now be distributed by Gonzo records, that’s the excellent third original album Montpellier, the live double To The Urban Man and the live DVD of the first reunion show, That Was Then.

The Webber-Jackson recordings are also part of the deal agreed with Gonzo’s MD Rob Ayling. www.wallymusic.com

ALISON Krauss fans and aficionados of bluegrass are in for a treat at the West Park Hotel in Harrogate next Friday.

Union Central are returning to the town with an all-traditional instrument line-up and stunning vocals - plus some new Krauss songs from the acclaimed songstress’s latest album.

Booking in advance is recommended. For tickets, telephone 01904 783029.

More information at www.unioncentral.co.uk

ONE slightly further afield but it’s worth mentioning - a world music and folk festival at Scarborough, which is rapidly becoming the centre of culture on the coast.

Held at its open air theatre this Sunday, the live acts include Bellowhead, the Mighty Zulu Nation, Japur Kawa Brass Band, the Demon Barber Road Show and more.

graham.chalmers@ypn.co.uk