Hardest thing on the Harrogate live music scene? Let me think. Putting on good bands, especially from outside town, and then charging entry - especially if it’s not a club night, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.
Well, it’s great to see those go-ahead imaginative guys behind the succesful Ont’ Sofa sessions, Jason Odle and Ben Davis, pushing the boat out on this matter.
Tonight Friday, October 26 sees a highly-rated band playing Ont ‘Sofa’s latest live night at the stylish Lure Bar in Harrogate.
Called Extra Curricular, this Huddersfield based group combine soul with elements of rock, hip hop, and modern bass culture.
The event kicks off with acoustic sets from Ben Jones and Lewis Fieldhouse. There is no ticket price but Ont’ Sofa are asking guests to pay on the door what they think is a fair price.
Once the event is over there is an opportunity to amend contributions whether it be more or less than what they originally paid!
There will be limited spaces at the venue for this event so please get there early to avoid disappointment.
Extra Curricular, Ben Jones and Lewis Fieldhouse videos can be found on YouTube at Ont’ Sofa’s channel www.youtube.com/ontsofa.
Last week I promised more details on local photographer Ceri Wilkins’ latest CETA charity fundraiser rock night Zombiefest. Well, here it is.
Taking place both upstairs and downstairs at The Regency in Harrogate this Saturday, October 27, this fancy-dress, Hallowe’en-themed night of music runs from 7.30pm-1am and features the following local acts:
Waking Theo. Pseudonympho. Foul Mouthed Outburst. Lobo. Stiletto Farm. Modern Day Dukes.
Talking of Hallowe’en, popular Harrogate rock/metal/punk night Bottom of the Bottle has its now traditional Pre-Hallowe’en Hosedeown at Rehab this Sunday night with live music from Day Old Hate, Decayed Messiah, Little Drafts and Banquo. Manning the DJ decks will be Damien S Fear’s UnDead Freakshow and, of course, DJ Trev. Kick off is 8.30pm.
“Two things that will kill a band - money and women. Except for Fleetwood Mac who turned it to their advantage.”
So ex-Robert Plant producer Phil Johnstone tells me on the phone from Devon or somewhere down south.
Not only did this gregarious and likable rock n roll character produce Plant’s Now & Zen, Manic Nirvana and Fate of Nations albums, he played and toured with the ex-Zeppelin frontman (“the greatest lead singer there’s ever been”) and co-wrote many of his tracks, including the huge international hit one, Tall Cool One. Pretty damn impressive.
I tell you this because the versatile musician and larger than life character who also produced The Levellers’ Hello Pig album (“their least successful at the time, down to bad luck but that’s another story”) is bringing his fantastic Fabulous Fabbies band to Pateley Bridge this Saturday for their first-ever northern gig.
He’s not the only great act playing Harefield Hall that day.
Thanks to the hotel’s owners and music fans Elaine and Mike Little Scarefest, will takes place from 5.30pm onwards with live bands and DJs and a Hallowe’en decor and fancy dress theme.
As well as Johnstone’s fun-packed Fabbies band in resplendent Rocky Horror outfits, there will also be signed band New Groove Formation - an eight-piece ska band. Dan Donnelly, an Irish singer-songwriter and acoustic musician. Lukas Drinkwater; a solo set from the bass player in The 3 Daft Monkeys. Kasiuss, Harrogate’s leading original rock band. In Echoes, an indie rock band from Leeds. The hotel will also be putting on a Feast for a Fiver at a ‘Banquet for the dead’ between 5.30pm and 7pm .
For tickets, call 01423 711429.
On a more gentle note, the five-star Scottish folk duo of Anna Massie and Mairearad Green are coming to the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough shortly. More news about this exciting concert on Saturday, November 17 next week.
Talking to Wally fan and music photographer Stuart Rhodes recently, he entertained me with enjoyable tales of his recent visit to Berlin where he hooked up with Wally’s fiddle player Pete Sage who seems to be doing rather well for himself.
The rootsy band he formedacross there, Santiano is now selling out 2,000 capacity venues across that mighty nation, where their album is sitting at number one after selling by das boat-load and the band are greeted as the German Pogues.