I arrived just after eight and most of the seats had already gone.
Lucky I found a table with two places and sat down in anticipation of Hull's
favourite multi instrumentalists The Rocky Nest.
This band have been quietly working away, playing noteworthy gigs including a
raucous night at the Sesh and building up a strong local following.
The Rock Nest start of the night in typical improvised way and bring us a menagerie
of songs that feature standard recorders, jumbo recorders, don't know whether
that's the right term but there it is.
What else? The odd accordion, a guitar, a bass, some keys and some humour, a rather
splendid trumpet; lending a jazz element to their rusticity, and a rather nice cello,
all manage to find their way into the songs.
This time, I have to say, that the cello could clearly be heard tonight and added a
deeper more luxuriant element to the jaunty sounds.
With songs that cheer the heart and gladden the soul The Rocky Nest gave the night a
bright breezy start and laid the foundations for some of what was to come.
Next the accomplished L.A. folk singer Catherine Feeny took the hallowed Adelphi
stage a fact that was not lost on the American songstress.
Halfway through her first song she had managed to capture the audience and silence rang
out alongside her fragile solo guitar and engaging vocal.
I wondered each time whether she was smiling because she knew that she had taken
the audience away from all those busy conversations, so completely, to listen to
her breathy Celtic tones.
Usually Catherine plays with a band thus adding different elements to the songs.
Tonight she stood firm but alone putting down rogue hecklers with Úlan.
I'll pick just two numbers from her set, but believe me there were many moments
worthy of a mention.
The first being the title track of her album Hurricane Glass available on Tallgrass Recordings.
This song caught my ear as I sat, head resting on hand, completely enthralled.
A song that had me hooked from the first line to the last.
A touch more country, a bit more Nashville than the previous folk ballads; I
was foot tapping and ears pricked to hear the well formed lyrics.
The second was the cover version at the end of her set.
As Catherine announced the song, I could feel the love she had for the
Bruce Springsteen number I'm On Fire.
She sang her last with underplayed intensity,
minimalist finger picking style and passionate voice.
Aberfeldy had just been at our BBC Building in the town doing a live interview for
the Raw Talent show so on their return an air of excitement grew in the by now
sweltering club, as the band took the stage.
The band were dressed rather differently from when I had seen them at the City Hall.
Lead singer Riley was dressed casual in jeans and top, keyboard player Ruth in a
very striking ensemble of white short skirt and pink knee highs.
Sarah I noticed was clad in lush silver boots and Ian Aberfeldy's percussionist
looking cool in dark shades and shirt.
Music Reviews - Leeds Festival - Part One By Joe Hakim Photos By Stuart Mountain and Mak
My mates decided to throw a party the night before we were due to set off for Leeds. I initially thought about taking it easy, but the alcohol began to flow and before I knew it I was as pissed as a fart. Some of my mates went outside to have a game of football in the street, so I necked a half and sat on the windowsill and watched them play.
Music Reviews - Saturday 2nd September 06 - The View at Yo-Yo By Michelle Dee Photographs courtesy and copyright Perra Negra
The visit to Hull by recent chart-breakers The View had been
talked up for weeks and 600+ music fans came to see one of the
hottest new bands to emerge from north of the border.
The View hail from Dryburgh in Dundee and are currently on a mammoth UK tour.
The chorus on Wasted Little DJs is exceedingly catchy and the song is quickly
reaching anthem status among
Music Reviews - Wednesday 23rd August 06 - Analogue Consumption Quick To the Observatory and The Clauberg Opera at the New Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee - NEW Photo Gallery by Tim Sinister
Tonight was a night of firsts, three of them to be exact.
The First "first" was Analogue Consumption's debut; a progressive three
piece with heavy New Order influences.
The bass driven sound was pleasingly at odds with the low key vocal
style of the charismatic front man.
Those around me said it reminded them of someone; that muted vocal style
Music Reviews - Tuesday 22nd August - GST Cardinals The Vultures and Park and Ride at
The Sesh By Michelle Dee Photos By Michelle and Rachel
Just got back from The Sesh on Princes Avenue, I had to strip off as soon
as I was in the privacy and comfort of my living room because I was so hot and sticky.
Sat naked now, I write this appraisal of tonight's eventful triple header.
GST Cardinals were in fine fettle taking a rare early slot they proceeded to
rock the Sesh to the rafters. They played a mix of
Music Reviews - Friday 18th August 06 - Disarm, Maeven and Slite Return at The Ringside By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
ROCK! This is something that seemed to be sadly lacking in Hull in recent years,
though once again Ringside seems to be at the forefront of this with some visionary booking.
Such was the case tonight, with RingsideLightning Jack Cane and his rock revival disco in
the downstairs bar of Ringside, with a sizeable number of real rockers
Music Reviews, Galleries - 16th June 06 - Cherry Cobb Cartel, The Vels
and Redshed at The Ringside By Mo
Checkout this 6 page photo gallery of Cherry Cobb Cartel, The Vels and
Redshed at The Ringside By Mo.
I know more about UFO's and the New World Order than I do about writing music reviews so you'll excuse my excuse.
Please link back to us ta.
Music Reviews - 27th July Bridging The Gap at Christopher's featuring So and So's, Kill Surf City, Iodo,
Ernest and Starter By Michelle Dee Photos by Mo - FULL Galleries Added !
We at thisisull had originally chosen the band Tarifa to go with Ernest to play at
Christopher's but sadly they had to drop out. Luckily Cilla kept her eye on the ball
and soon had vintage beauties Kill Surf City on the bill instead.
Yours truly did somewhat have the wind taken out so to speak, so all credit to
Cilla and Brian for holding this one together.
Cilla, Mo and I
Music Reviews - Wednesday 9th August 06 - Prologue to Leeds: The Unsigned Bands Showcase at The Welly By Joe Hakim Photos By Mo
So I get up late, overwhelmed by an uncontrollable lust for hummus.
Goddamn those funky mashed up chick peas, I can't get enough.
I'm still managing to hold onto my common-as-fuck credentials though - I eat it with chips.
Putting my nibbles issues aside, I get my shit together and head off to The Welly to
see the Carling stage warm-up event,
Music Reviews -
Bloc Party, Mystery Jets and The Infidels at The Welly - Thursday 21st October By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
- NEW GALLERIES.
Once again, Sweet and Sour at The Welly have provided the people of Britain's
critically acclaimed crappest town with another great line up including one of
Britain's hottest new bands.
I've heard that Bloc Party are the favourite band of the kid who plays
Harry Potter in the films, and as I stand in the queue
Music Reviews - Sunday 16th July 06 - Humber Fest (otherwise known as DarrenFest) By Michelle Dee Photographs by Roland Standaert
If you were there that Sunday, a mile outside of Barton on the North bank of the
Humber River halfway down the Far Ings Road, in the glorious sunshine, you will know you
were part of something very special. If you were not then you missed out, unbelievably so.
Yesterday's nine hour Humber Fest music marathon will become the stuff of folklore.
Myths will be created
Music Reviews - Monday 10th July 06 - The Briggs at The Ringside, Hull By Jason and Jordan Carroll Photographs by Mo
My son and I had just drove up from Stockport where on Sunday night we saw The Briggs,
and yes we are big fans.
On Monday night there were only about 60 people there, which is a shame for a great band from the USA.
They came on and it was 100 miles per hour from start to finish with great songs like
One Shot Down, Waiting in the shadows, Dungeon WallsRead more...
Music Reviews - 6th July Stripped 1st Birthday at the Wellington Inn By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
Stripped acoustic night is one year old and I have finally managed
to get down to one of the increasingly popular nights of live music.
I order a pint of the Stripped birthday ale produced specially
for the occasion and slip into a seat near the front.
The music takes place in an area to the left of the main bar in a fairly small
Music Reviews - Tuesday 13th June 06 - Bon Jovi at KC Stadium By Steve Rudd Photographs by Brigitte Freeman
Fans of rock music in Hull haven't really had much cause to complain over the past couple of
years, given the fact that the likes of Bryan Adams and REM have both played at the KC Stadium.
I could hardly believe it when Bon Jovi were announced to play as the final date of the band's
European leg of their world-wide Have A Nice Day tour, and thus I duly
Music Reviews - Sunday 25th June 06 - Wireless Festival with The Who, The Eels and Turismo at Harewood House Leeds By Moggy SideWinder (Good friend of Pete Townshend)
After careful, strategic, military organisation (something that has always come
naturally to Hull bands) Turismo and their entourage were ready for lift off
which would launch them bang in the middle of Harewood House in Leeds for the
Sadly, much to the distaste of your humble narrator, the organisation committee
had exempted me
Music Reviews - 27th June Shindigg Le Shed Franks and Khi at Piper Club By Michelle Dee with photo gallery
Tonight was a break from the norm, Piper on a Tuesday instead of the Sesh?
My step-dad once said enough is as good as a feast and a change is as good as a rest.
He also had things to say about fruit machines, one-legged men in arse kicking
competitions and matchboxes, but they aren't particularly relevant here.
So there we were,
Music Reviews, Galleries - Friday 31st March 06 - Pure Techno 2nd Birthday Party
Checkout this 4 page photo gallery of Pure Techno 2nd Birthday PartyBen Sims (Ingoma/Hardgroove/Primate/Theory)
Wilko (Ignition Technician) B2B Phil Walls (Primate/Yin Yang/Player)
Swiv (R3TOX/Pure Techno)
Maily & Biskit.
Bungle (Larkin Out)
Ben Jammin'DJ Long
Live visuals by Eyeball ToastRead more...
Music Reviews - Friday 2nd June 06 - Outspoken Silence Jack Knife and Screaming Sorrow at The Ringside By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
In the last month I have spoken about trying to publicise different genres on
thisisull.com so to this end I accepted the invitation from Outspoken Silence to the
half term gig at The Ringside on Beverley Rd.
First off I am not versed in the intricacies of the Emo genre, nor do I have any real
knowledge about the subculture built around the Emo bands.
But I can simply
Music Reviews - Thursday 25th May06 - iLiKETRAiNS, Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames and The Minor Fall at Piper Club By Michelle Dee Photographs By David Robinson
Tonight was the night that Leeds came to Hull problem was not many turned up for the welcoming party.
Sure enough Piper Club on Newland Avenue was peopled with a number of discerning music fans ready
to witness the fine selection of bands chosen by the Silver Star/Raw Talent partnership.
It also played host to a bunch of students who sounded like they were
Music Reviews, Galleries - 27th May 06 Star Attraction Photo Gallery at City Hall by Mo
Checkout this 10 page photo gallery of Magnet Man, Georgia Taylor, Da Maniacs, D-Koy, Hollywood, Dari, Kill Surf City, Ronson Kiplin,
Sidewinder, The Maker, Claudette Tiller, Thief, R.D. Terry, Afterglow, Andy Whitehouse and
Elf 27th May 06 at Hull City Hall. Read more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 1st June 06 - The Johnsons, Unless, The Everydays and special guests from Japan The Warm at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
Thursday night saw four different live music acts playing the De Grey Street venue.
The night was organised by Matt from The Johnsons and new management team
Silver Star Media fronted by Gareth Jones.
Their night was once again up against some fairly stiff competition in the
form of The Paddingtons who were playing Staks Café Bar fifty