Punk’s not dead - and win Pigeon Detective tickets

Play with Fire.
Play with Fire.

IT’S one of the peculiarities of Harrogate which many people will be unaware of that this quintessentially Victorian town and bastion of classical music is also a stronghold of punk, writes Gig Sceen Editor Graham Chalmers..

And it’s been that way for quite a while, partly because of the efforts of underground promoters North Yorkshire Hard Core and partly through the enduring energy of bands like **** With Fire.

**** With Fire nearly got me in trouble once when I used their full name in print rather than the asterix-ed version (my blunder rather than theirs).

The reason I’m risking mentioning them again is that they are the stars of a gig in a few week’s time which marks their 10th anniversary as a band.

To be held at The Empress on The Stray, the show on Friday, May 25 is a fundraiser for the CETA charity and will also feature other local punk bands such as Homebrew, Pure Graft, The Grebs and Guilty Parties.

One last thought. Perhaps it’s because it is such a quintessentially Victorian town and bastion of classical music that Harrogate is also a stronghold of punk?

HARRY James, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie. . .if you are a fan of Big Bands and the era of swing, you’re strongly advised not to miss a show coming to Harrogate Theatre featuring a vocal talent that’s been hailed widely.

The History of the Big Bands sees singer Andy Abrahams joined by a 13-piece big band in a night which revives not only the spirit but the music of the legendary jazz clubs and concert halls of New York at the theatre next Thursday night. Reportedly these guys really swing.

SPEAKING of jazz, the Harrogate Brasserie has been quietly pushing the ‘genre’ for a long time. Rather than putting on less live music, this restaurant on Cheltenham Parade is now stepping up its commitment with acts such as Frankly Jazz, Aspects of Jazz, the Tina Featherstone Trio, the Frank Brooker Trio, the Bob Mason Trio, Les Sans Noms and the Nicki Allen & Simon Parkinson Duo appearing very Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

THE Pigeon Detectives are bringing their brash, indie guitar pop hits to The Scarborough Spa next Monday May 14 and, thanks to promoter Tim Hornsby, we have one pair of tickets to give away to the first correct answer out of the hat (whatever that means).

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email me, Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers at ackrill.gigs@ypn.co.uk wity your name, address and telephone number by 9am, Monday, May 14 with the missing word of their single This Is An ?????

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STICKING with music with soul and swing, hotly-tipped UK soul and Northern Soul outfit Stone Foundation are playing excellent jazz venue Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton in Leeds tonight, Friday.

This stunning live band are fresh from supporting The Specials on their arena.

Doors 8pm. £7 entry.

STEVE Mosby of popular Harrogate indie rock band D’Nile has his new offshoot in live action for what I reckon must be the first time. Strangers in Paradise, a musically adventurous, genre-busting outfit support The Four 45s at Northern Monkey in Leeds on Friday, June 1.

LONGTIME electro/breakbeats/bass heavy kings of Harrogate, 601 have a new track out on the Downbeat Allstars compilation EP which is the 50th release on said US label.

The track, called Deadline, can be found at Trackitdown.