Harrogate Advertiser Gig Scene's Top 5 Local records of 2015

Flashback to the classic early 1070s line-up of Magna Carta - Chris Simpson, Glen Stuart, Davey Johnstone.
Flashback to the classic early 1070s line-up of Magna Carta - Chris Simpson, Glen Stuart, Davey Johnstone.

It’s not exactly the Brit Awards but the Harrogate Advertiser Series’ Gig Scene album of the year has been running for more than 15 years now.

Aiming to recognise the best recorded work by local acoustic and rock musicians, this year’s top five local records in the opinion of Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers have been:

Rock band The Wilde whose Libertine EP impressed in 2015.

Rock band The Wilde whose Libertine EP impressed in 2015.

1. Magna Carta: Fields of Eden (album).

What we said: “Brilliantly performed and produced, Fields of Eden is full of melody and spirit, the worldy-wise reflections of a great survivor.”

2.Karl Culley: Stripling (album).

What we said: “Something to live with and love, I can’t think of anyone writing better acoustic songs today.”

3.The Arc of Manapples: Out Country (album).

What we said: “Combining the relaxed charm of The Replacements and the aggressive flash of The Who and more, Arc of Manapples were born different and remain that way.

4.The Wilde: Libertine (EP).

5.Heath Common: Encounters With Light (album).

Bubbling under:

Hell Fire Jack: Sunday Best (EP).

Dan Burnett: Eponymous (EP).

Ashley Reaks & Joe Hakim: Cultural Thrift (album).

Paul Garthwaite: Up Close & Personal (album).