Harrogate musician Scott Quinn shines at historic The Club
Review: Harrogate has many regular and popular live music venues such as the Blues Bar, Monteys and Major Tom's with their own strong, regular audiences and circuit of bands, writes Stuart Rhodes.
Sometimes the artists fight to get the attention of the audience, playing over the sound of chatting and laughter.The recent Harrogate-based Ont Sofa hosted evening at historic Harrogate venue The Club on Victoria Avenue was not one of those nights. Jason Odel and his team from Ont Sofa presented a showcase of three local singer songwriters to an enraptured audience who were there to listen good music and were not disappointed. First up on the triple bill was 19-years-old Yorkshire man Isaac Tyler from Haworth, playing some superb acoustic guitar and performing his own songs. Despite his youth Isaac held this atmospheric Victorian space in enthralled silence apart from the rapturous applause at the end of each song. Filling the middle slot was local hero and the front man of Kassius performing one of his brilliant solo sets, one emotional man and his guitar, no one can say Biz Denton does not give heart and soul to his performances, his Michael Jackson arrangements turning pop into pure rock show his personal skill as well as the quality of the songs he plays.Armed with a mix of bottles of wine and pints of ale the room refills for the finale, taking their seats, topping up glasses and suddenly the room falls into a hushed silence.Top of the bill Scott Quinn is probably better known for being front man of local band The Dukes of Bevington. Now striking out on his own Scott has an air of confidence and maturity matched with a perfect voice that pitches emotion into his songs in just the right places. Capturing the mood of the audience, felt only by the silence of their presence and their appreciation at the end of each song, Scott ploughed through selection of his own songs and covers. The acoustic version of his new single There For You, played solely on piano, is truly brilliant, which doesn't leave much room to extol the sheer excellence of the studio version which is out now. You can see the accompanying video on YouTube, it is worth taking the time to look and listen.There is clearly more to the regions music scene than the regular haunts and for those artists looking for more appreciative audiences, well here is a venue to put on your wish list.