70s pop sensation on a roll without band

eric faulkner and his bay city rollers will appear at kirkhamgate village hall later this year
eric faulkner and his bay city rollers will appear at kirkhamgate village hall later this year

BEING in a band can be a double-edge sword, (or axe, to get all 70s rock music on you), as I learnt when chatting to Bay City Roller Eric Faulkner the other week.

On the one hand it means extra instruments and skills, other musicians to bounce ideas off, people to point you in the ‘right’ direction.

On the other it means extra instruments and skills, other musicians to bounce ideas off, people to point you in the ‘right’ direction.

The guitarist was only 16 when he joined the 1970s teenybop sensations just before ‘Tartanmania’ broke but it seems he was already as much a fan of folk and fiddles as much as pop, despite his tender age.

About to play an exclusive, two-set acoustic show at the Black Bull off the A59 at Kettlesing tomorrow night,Saturday for diners, Faulkner seems a happier, wiser man now on his own, though he still enjoys playing those hits.

“There’s so much more freedom when you’re not in a group. If you’re only benchmark is success you’re going to be disappointed. I enjoy what I do. There’s no barriers to music today.”

Tickets for tomorrow night’s show (including dinner) are available from 01423 564 058.

ANYONE who’s already bought their ticket for this June’s big Harrogate show with Sir Elton John shouldn’t worry too much about news that he’s gone from playing with Queen in the 1970s to playing for The Queen in the 2010s. . .

He may have been asked by his friend Gary Barlow to play for Her Majesty in the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 4, the day before his Yorkshire Showground appearance, but the royal line-up is so vast laden with stars this musical knight of the realm is unlikely to overtax himself before our big day.

The Diamond Jubilee Concert, which will be televised by the BBC live, only last a total of two-and-a-half hours anyway. . .

For tickets for Sir Elton John’s Harrogate show, telephone 0844 581 1317 or visit www.theticketfactory.com

FOLK fans are in for a treat at Frazer Theatre when Fairport Convention legend Dave Swarbrick appears in this fantastic, intimate theatre on Saturday, February 18, surely one of the best small venues in the UK.

Presented by Kula Productions, the famous fiddler will be supported by ex-Waking the Witch songstress Rachel Goodwin in a rare live appearance.

For tickets, visit Pear Records on the High Street, Knaresborough, Rock Steady Music in Harrogate or visit www.kula-productions.com

IT’S good to see so many local musicians now organizing their own gigs to raise funds for the Sadie Rose Clifford Appeal.

As well as Mojo Jelly who are playing rock and pop classics for this good cause at The Alexandra in Harrogate tonight, Friday, there’s also Sadie’s Groove featuring top DJs at Lure Bar in Harrogate in the same cause.

Young local band Royalty 3 are also playing a show for Sadie at Frazer Theatre on Knaresborough next month. (see page 30)

PS The gig at The Alex tonight starring Mojo Jelly will also include an impressive raffle for the appeal with all sorts of prizes donated by local businesses.

HAVING left Harrogate rock band Kasiuss to set up his own online and visual media markting business, VIDA, keyboard player Jason Odle has now launched a swish website for intimate live music sessions for name acts in a joint enterprise with Ben Davis (you might have noticed those two spending a week in a shop window on Parliament Street last year, in an amazingly successful fundraising idea for Saint Michael’s Hospice).

Named Ont’ Sofa, as well as quality local musicians such as Rob Reynolds, Becky Mills, Owen James, Youcef Preston and Kasiuss, it’s also attracting signed acts such as Universal and Decca recording artist Kristyna Myles who will be recording her Ont’ Sofa session next Monday night.

By the way, Kaisuss themselves are playing a rare gig at the Blues Bar soon.

THE Board Inn prepares to welcome a Leeds band next Saturday, February 18 when The Details bring their ska/soul/new wave sounds to Knaresborough.

This busy and popular band are particularly big in the MOD movement and are set to appear in front of a crowd of 4,000 at this year’s National Scooter Rally at Whitby Pavilion.