Thursday, 16 June 2016

Bartholomew & The Red Cards

     I managed to catch these guys at the Record Cafe in Bradford last week.  The band are Anatol Mcginnis, Michael Sharratt and Matt Carter from Ottawa.  I thought the guys would be unlikely to pass this way again and so made an effort to get down to the Record Cafe to see them (it wasn't really an effort as the Record Cafe has a nice cosy atmosphere and some really nice craft beers)!                  
     I had a quick chat with the band after their set and they have recently been in Southern Ireland with gigs in Dublin and Galway (with a rather lucrative busking session on the streets of Galway) and are travelling on into Europe when they leave the UK.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Cory Henry - The Revival Project

     I managed to catch Cory Henry at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds last month on his Revival Project tour.  Cory was travelling with assorted keyboard instruments including a classic Hammond B-3 organ which he apparently has played in public from the age of four.  He was accompanied on drums by Mr. TaRon Lockett, an incredible percussionist.
     If you want to see Cory he is returning to the UK (and Dublin) later this year with his band The Funk Apostles.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Amy LaVere & Will Sexton

     I've got to say that this was a real treat, all the way from the USA, Amy LaVere & Will Sexton.  The couple are  touring with dates in Europe and America following the release last year of their album 'Halleleujah I'm a Dreamer.'  They managed to fit in one of their performances at Al's Dime Bar, North Parade, here in Bradford during the UK leg of their tour.  What did I think?  Just sublime!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

James Choice & The Bad Decisions

     I had intended to post at least once a week but I'm already behind schedule so I'll try and do a bit of catch up.  I spent last Saturday at The Exchange in Keighley where Austrian based band James Choice & The Bad Decisions were making an appearance on their European and UK tour.

     On tour with the band was singer/songwriter Perkie who I believe is from Stratford-Upon-Avon in the UK.

     The band also did a combined set with Perkie, an altogether memorable evening with support from Bradford based Silver Damn Chicks.  James Choice have a new CD on sale, I bought a copy at the gig and was given a free tour poster as well.  Apparently some of the posters glow in the dark, I haven't checked mine out yet!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Alex Eden's Blues Jam

     I spent a very enjoyable evening at Factory Street Studios in Bradford on Tuesday.  The event was a new monthly blues jam session hosted by Factory Street owner and Crosscut Saw band member Alex Eden.  It was a true jam session, various musicians with a love of the blues up on stage just jamming together.  The next session is scheduled for Tuesday 19th April.  Pictured is Alex Eden.

Monday, 14 March 2016

The Bill Laurance Group at the Wardrobe

     I'm going to kick off this blog with a few pictures of the Bill Laurance Group performing at the Wardrobe in Leeds last week.  This is not going to be a review of the band as I don't feel qualified to do the job of a reviewer, I simply have a life long interest in music, all kinds of music, and I also like taking pictures, put the two together and you've got my little blog.  Although I'm starting out with Bill Laurance, an artist with an international reputation, it's my intention to cover local bands and artists (that's in the Leeds and Bradford area) with maybe a bit of news about future events and how the bands and artists are getting on.
     Back to the Bill Laurance Group though, and Bill Laurance.  All I'm going to say is that the guy plays keyboard for Grammy award winning band Snarky Puppy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
     On the upright bass and electric bass was Michael League, band leader of Snarky Puppy.                                                                                                                                                                                            

On the drums was the highly acclaimed drummer and record producer Richard Spaven.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
And brilliant young percussionist Felix Higginbottom.

     As I said earlier this is not a review but there was a fantastic vibe on the night, between the musicians themselves and between the audience and the band, my son Paul who was with me summed it up on the way home, he said "that's got to be the best gig I've ever been to - in my life" and I think I might have to second that.