GIG SCENE week ending March 10, 2006


week ending March 10, 2006


The Reckoning: Three track demo.

WITH this recently-recorded demo, Harrogate rock traditionalists The Reckoning have put themselves in the running to be a genuinely good group.

All three songs unfold with a natural ease and strong pop hooks, particularly on rabble-rousing standout track Follow Me which dares to ape both Oasis and Stone Roses with a nice instrumental section a little reminiscent of I Am The Resurrection.

All that’s lacking is the icing on the cake – the vocal surprise, a rhythmic twist, more lead guitar, The Reckoning definitely need more lead guitar on CD.

Graham Chalmers

Toyshelf: Sex (5 track CD)

A MIGHTY powerful, if not subtle, band on stage, the most impressive thing about these gothic rock youngsters’s new CD is that it successfully reproduces all of their live strengths, and some of their weaknesses.

With a set of lungs and sheer ballsiness worthy of hip New York band Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Wendy O, (but without the hipness), each of these five tracks is essentially a showcase for Hannah Slater’s amazing vocals and Joey Young’s impressive 70’s rock lead guitar work.

The actual songs do the job without boasting anything great in the melody or hook department, which is why I like track three best, the five-minute epic Don’t Cry.

Slow to build, it’s all about the power of Hannah’s voice and Joey’s guitar and Jim Asstown’s drums and nothing else.

Toyshelf take no prisoners.

Graham Chalmers

What We All Want: Dance To The Radio sampler

IF a single illustration of why Leeds is currently the hottest city in the UK for indie music was needed, its this feisty compilation by local label Dance To The Radio.

Its 22 tracks may consistently fizz and spark with nation-shaking pop hooks but the biggest surprise is how few of them take as a commercial road as The Kaiser Chiefs, the city’ biggest cheerleaders.

Covering most musical styles from urban rap (Yes Boss) to Mogwai-esque post-rock (The Lucinda Console) it’s a relief to see that the biggest character trait of most of these bands is a peculiarly Leeds one – an angular and acerbic spikiness first laid down decades ago by previous local legends Gang of Four.

In saying that, most of the best tracks in terms of both originality and melody, from the sinister iLIKETRAINS to the pithy bedsit pop of The Lodger, don’t sound anything like the past. Recommended: iLIKETRAINS: ‘The Beeching Report’. The Lodger: ‘You Got Me Wrong’. Forward Russia: ‘Two’. Napoleon IIIrd: ‘The Conformist’. This Et Al: ‘The Loveliest Alarm.’ We Start Fires: ‘Hot Metal.’ Kubichek: ‘That Pop Carry On’.

Graham Chalmers

Gig listings: Friday, March 10-Thursday, March 16

Friday, March 10:

Bluesville, The Blues Bar, Harrogate. PSL presents DJs, Stalls Bar, Harrogate Theatre. Basically Blues, Worlds End, Knaresborough. Jazz with Tina Featherstone & guests, Harrogate Brasserie, Harrogate. Mike Graham & Pete Oliver, (weekly) Jacks, Harrogate. Boogie Man with Ian Shaw (weekly), Cross Keys, Knaresborough. 80s night (weekly), Three Legs, Wetherby. Dominic Halpin & The Honey Bs, Korks Piano Lounge, Otley. Los Feos, Holgate Social Club, Acomb.

Saturday, March 11:

Jed Thomas, Blues Bar, Harrogate. Dave Kelly Band & Christine Collister, Ripley Town Hall, Ripley. Beauty & The Beasts, Iron Duke, Harrogate. Speedsta, Worlds End, Knaresborough. Jazz in the Spa with Richard Leach’s Seven Stars of Jazz, Trustees Hall, Boston Spa.

Sunday, March 12:

The Port Bros (afternoon), (evening), Blues Bar, Harrogate. Sarah Bear & Nick Dunne (weekly), The Muckles, Harrogate. Jazz with Sandra Perhsson, Harrogate Brasserie, Harrogate. Nige Harrison and Phil Dean, (weekly) Monteys Rock Cafe, Harrogate. Jim Tomlinson’s Acoustic Jam, Iron Duke, Harrogate. Ripon Acoustic Club, Golden Lion, Ripon.

Monday, March 13:

Speedsta, Blues Bar, Harrogate.

Tuesday, March 14:

Jam Night, Blues Bar, Harrogate. Harrogate Jazz Club feat The Watermelon Men and guests, The Regency, Harrogate. Echo 42’s Big Band Revival, Anchor Inn, Whixley. Weekly folk jam, Tap n Spile, Harrogate. Live music, Qs Knaresborough. Jazz with Magnolia Jazz Band with James Evans, Upper & Lower Wortley Liberal Club, Leeds. Tigerbomb, The Vine, Leeds.

Wednesday, March 15:

The Blueflies, Blues Bar, Harrogate. Jazz with Jerry Green (weekly), Black Swan, Burn Bridge. Jazz with Simon & Lucy or Simon & Danny, Harrogate Brasserie, Harrogate. Live music + Revolver (Indie DJs), Revolution, Harrogate.

Thursday, March 16:

Paul Middleton, Blues Bar, Harrogate. PSL presents folk night, Stalls Bar, Harrogate Theatre. De Silva, Rat & Parrot, Harrogate. Jam Session, Tap n Spile, Harrogate. RipleyBlues’ Jam session, The Blues Room, Ripley Town Hall. Kasbah (Indie/alt DJs), Carringtons, Harrogate. Sacred Ledge, Josephs Well, Leeds.

REVOLUTION new rock night on a Wednesdays got off to a storming start last Wednesday.

Using the full size of the main room, what is now Harrogate’s biggest and most stylish venue was very busy.

Two live bands - Harken and Knievel - went down a storm and it was good to hear rock/indie DJ-ing in such a large venue under the new longer opening hours.

Long may it continue!

The next live Revolver event is scheduled to be a heat of Stray FM’s Knock Out Rock Out competitoon on April 5.

MONDAY, March 21 is the date when DJ Trev relaunches popular rock night Bottom of the Bottle with the kicker of Taking Back tuesdays.

Now taking place monthly at Cardinal Sins, its full-bloodied rock/metal form with live bands, too..

This month’s live acts are Standing in the Shadows, Just F Die and Drowned in Flames, a new Harrogate rock band with hints of Foo Fighters.

DJ Trev will be playing metal, rock, punk and EMO. 10pm to 3am

Harrogate’s busiest DJ is also launching a new rock/indie night weekly at Moko Bar (we think that’s the name, apologies if it isn’t) (ex-Po Na Na) on Thursdays.

CHARM continues to push back the boundaries with last Monday night’s mobbed event where two contrasting versions of new British pop – the majestic and upbeat The Call and decidedly downbeat but brilliant NME favourites The Lodger (making their Harrogate debut) – surprisingly won over an audience of all ages and musical preferences.

SURE to be one of the highlights of another RipleyBlues year, The Dave Kelly Band & Christine Collister perform at Ripoley Town Hall this Saturday, March 11 .

Promising to be a superb two and a half hour set, singer-guitarist Kelly will be familiar to many RipleyBlues regulars from The Blues Band while Collister was hailed by Q magazine as “one of the world’s finest white female singers.”

The backing band behind them is also a bit of a ‘supergroup’.

Reports are that tickets are selling fast for the event, which will cover most of their favourites including a bit of country, soul, blues and folk.

Tickets costing 12 members (15 non-members) are available from or by sending a cheque and SAE to Andy Herrington, 1 Foundry Gardens, Knaresborough, HG5 8BB.

Later in the month, the first of the RipleyBlues’ quality tribute acts appears in the shape of The B’Eagles, who reportedly boast state of the art equipment and stunning harmonies, on Friday, March 31. Tickets online at

Other forthcoming shows at Ripley Town Hall include Connie Lush, (April 8) the Wilko Johnson Band (May 20) and the Ian Parker Band (June 16)

LIAM Gray is to be the special guest performer at the Harrogate Advertiser Voice of 2006 grand final, a competition which has already attracted more than 4,000 votes from readers.

The town’s most popular singer, if attendances at hisrecent spectacular shows in Harrogate International Centre, Liam will entertain everyone at Harrogate Theatre on Tuesday, May 16 while the jduging panel decides between the final 10 contestants.

Liam’s former bands IV Play and MILEHIGH were handled by London-based Ten Management who also look after Take That’s Mark Owen.

During the band’s time in London, Liam encountered celebrities such as Rachel Stevens, Blue, McFly, Will Young and Lionel Ritchie.

Last year he released his debut solo album Leaves of Grass, written largely by fellow local talent Nader Mabadi.

The Harrogate Advertiser Voice of 2006 is sponsored by FT Audio Visuals of Harrogate, Maxwell’s of Northallerton and Carringtons Nightclub of Harrogate.

l Ticket/coach packages for Liam Gray’s forthcoming shows in Northumbria (Saturday, May 6) and The Cavern in Liverpool (Sunday, August 6) are now available on

DANNY Webster’s Harrogate/York-based intelligent popsters Tigerbomb are venturing out on their biggest tour to date, including a gig in Leeds next Tuesday, March 14 at The Vine, Liverpool (The Cavern on Sunday, March 19) and the Night and Day Cafe in Manchester (Thursday, May 11).

This excellent band have been strengthened by the arrival of new member Nick Ash (multi-instrumentalist).

Visit for info and free downloads of Tigerbomb tracks.

TOP local modern British rock band Juma bring hints of Kasabian, The Rapture and Britpop to a highly impressive new demo. Visit or

Watch out for Gig Scene’s review of Juma’s new tracks shortly.

VERSATILE seven-piece covers band The Nightjars bring a varied programme of “floor-filling classics” with their customary tight harmonies and sense of fun to Harrogate’s Rat & Parrot this Thursday.

Next Thursday, March 16 De Silva bring their distinctly contemporary, up to date version of classic pop and rock tracks to the R&P.

ALL-female Yorkshire acoustic band Waking The Witch are playing a special gig at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough on Thursday, April 6.

For details and tickets, tel 01423 550519.

PUMPLETON Sonic Landscaping bring some proper rock to their regular Thursday night at the Stalls Bar in Harrogate Theatre this week when FWF and The Atom Bomb play. Friday night sees the usual DJ night at the Stalls.

Next Thursday PSL present a great-sounding folk night at the Stalls.

THE Blues Bar in harrogate has Bluesville this Friday in the build-up to its appearance in the final of the PRS Music Pub of the Year awards shortly.

Other live bands this week at the Blues include: The Port Bros (Sunday afternoon) and those veteran musicians The Blueflies next Wednesday, March 16.

Next Monday sees the Blues Bar debut of Speedsta. Featuring guitarist Matt Padden (ex-The Makers) and lead vocalist Jay Apperley, the boys’ set of very moden covers include the likes of The Hives, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more - plusthey’ve just added Green Day’s Warning and the Foo Fighters’ Monkey Wrench, we hear.

RIPON Acoustic Club should be back this Sunday, March 12.

Organised and hosted by Lyn Geddes, this fortnightly event kicks off at 8.30pm at The Golden Lion in Allhallowgate in Ripon. Check with venue before travelling.

All are welcome and the music policy is admirably open and eclectic (over-used word!)

TICKETS are now available for the arrival of the God of Hell Fire, ie The Crazy Acoustic World of Arthur Brown.

The 60s legend appears at Ripley Town Hall on Saturday, April 1 with singer-songerwriter Lyn Geddes and rock band Toyshelf in support.

Tickets costing 10 are available from 01765 601447 or by sending a cheque (made payable to Grapefruit Sounds) with an s.a.e. to Ripon Natural Health Centre, 27 Market Place, Ripon, HG4 1BN.

ENTERTAING local live band Beauty & The Beasts’ much-delayed appearance at the Iron Duke finally happens this Saturday, March 11. The band now with Melaney, a new backing singer, in their line-up and a super-dooper new website with new features and free downloads of their songs.


Sunday night at the Iron Duke has the regular Jam Session hosted by Jim Tomlinson from 8.30pm. All musicians welcome.

THE Reckoning, who specialise in a big slightly Britpop rock-pop sound are looking for a new drummer and keyboard player.

If you think you’re up to the job, contact Colin at

KEEPING Harrogate’s flag flying in the rock/metal stakes are Scared Ledge (ex-Placenta) who do battle in an international battle of the bands competition next Thursday, March 16.

Held at Josephs Well in Leeds, if the band gets through the first round which features seven acts in total, they might eventually make the UK final at the London Apollo before, fingers very crossed, playing the grand final at a festival in Germany!

Organised by Emergenza, it sounds one monster of a competition. More info at

To hear Scared Ledge tracks, visit

THE Worlds End in Knaresborough plays host to Basically Blues this Friday, March 10 and very modern, rocky covers band Speedsta this Saturday.

HARROGATE International Centre plays host to Chris Rea on Wednesday, March 29. For tickets, tel the box office on 01423 537230.

IF we’ve got our calculations correct, it’s Crabtrees’ fortnightly DJ spot this Saturday from 8.30pm with DJs from Leeds playing sounds from commercial to underground - the emphasis being on Latin funky house and classic old skool house.

HARROGATE Jazz Club is relocating to the Rowan Tree on Hookstone Chase, as from next Tuesday because of refurbishment at the Regency.

Vocalist Sharon Colgan will be The Watermelon Men’s first guests in their new home.

By the way, Snake Davis and Jim Diamond will be returning to Harrogate on Thursday, May 4 at The Manhattan Club this time.

THE Yorkshire Lass says farewell to singer-songwriter Robin Van Zelst as part of its forthcoming St Patrick’s weekend.

Robin, who’s off to pastures new, will play on both Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 with The Drouthy Band.

THE Harrogate Brasserie launches a new Thursday night jazz event next Thursday, March 16.

In the meantime, it has live jazz from the Tina Featherstone and guests this Friday while vocalist Sandra Perhsson appears this Sunday, March 12.

There’s also live jazz every Wednesday night with Simon & Danny and Simon & Lucy playing on alternate weeks. The Chris White Trio appear the first Friday of each month.

FANS of big band music - think Miller and Basie and Ellington - shouldn’t miss a show by Echo 42 next Tuesday, March 14.

A 17-piece big band with a growing reputation, the band will present their Big Band Revival Night at the Anchor Inn in Whixley from 8pm.

RICHARD Leach’s Seven Stars of Jazz star in Jazz in the Spa at the Trustees Hall in Boston Spa this Saturday, March 11. Entry costs 6, doors open 7.30pm, bring your own bottle.

LIVE music returns to Leeds Jazz Club at Upper & Lower Liberal Club next Tuesday, March 14, when the live act are Magnolia Jazz Band with James Evans.

YORK-based eight-piece salsa/Afro-Cuban jazz band Los Feos play Holgate Social Club in Acomb this Friday from 8.30pm. Entry is 5.

KORKS Piano Lounge in Otley has live swinging sounds (Sinatra meets Elvis) from Aussie favourites Dominic Halpin & The Honey Bs this Friday, march 10.

For tickets (5) tel 01943 462020.

A FOLLOW-UP is to be held to last year’s successful Thornborough Free Festival.

Bands already confirmed include The Asassins of Silence, Nuns Bleeding Guns, Nothing, The Purple Mushrooms, The Alice Syndrome and The Smokestacks.

While last year’s event was held in one day in the centre of Masham, this year’s will take place over two days on July 15-16 in what organisers describe as a rural location near Ripon.

They say their aim is to celebrate the diverse talents of the local music scene while highlighting the plight of endangered historical and sacred sights both locally and abroad.

If you’d like to take part in the event, email Matty Jacobs at or send a demo to Matty c/o Ripon City Music, 41 Kirkgate, Ripon.

THE track listing has been unveiled for the debut EP by young female-led rock band Toyshelf, last year’s winners of Knock Out Rock Out, Stray FM’s battle of the bands,.

The five-track CD called Sex was recorded as part of their winner’s prize and features the following tracks: Ladykiller. Ride Me. Don’t Cry. Butterflies & Bubbles. Little Miss Perfect.

The CD is available now priced 5 from Ripon City Music shop. If you’d like a sneak preview of tracks like Ladykiller or want to know where the band are playing next, visit

Incidentally, the competition is about to be launched again with the heats leading to semi-finals and a grand final in May.

MONTEYS’ Knaresborough music venue and bar is changing name and direction.

Iguana, as it will now be known, is mixing big name live music acts with comedy shows and special events.

First up is are the ultimate hen night party outfit The Dreamboys on March 2, then it’s infamous comic Bernard Manning on March 9.

Later in the year there are plans to bring back live band Hayseed Dixie plus an evening with world boxing champion Ricky Hatton and a Leeds Utd legends night during the World Cup.