I'd been excited, ever since I heard that the acclaimed Dutch solo artist
Signe Tollefsen was to return to play Hull.
Fighting against the wind on a very blustery Sunday evening Jane and I welcomed the
chance to sit down at one of the candlelit tables inside The Lamp.
We bought a pleasing light Ale that went by the name of Clarks and listened to
DJ Freeman spinning an eclectic mix of folk, blues and rockabilly including,
Jane informed me, one by The Watersons.
Just before Ade came on I saw Signe bringing her guitar case in on the back, of what
looked like, a sweeping brush. Clever idea.
Ade Webb opened his set with a song Streets Lined with Gold and immediately impressed;
showing vast improvements vocally, since I last saw him which admittedly was last year.
He follows this up with Afterlife, a song about trying to get to heaven in a secular world.
Strumming his way through uncomplicated chords, but increasingly complex poetic couplets
he brings us the rather gruesome Seven Severed Heads.
A song inspired by the news reports of brutal beheadings by militia groups in Iraq.
This commentary on current events both politically and socially appears to be the
most noticeable change in Ades' songs.
Where as previously he sang lengthy ballads evoking history and mythology -and
one about electric chairs- he is content for now with shorter well constructed songs.
Often he allies his swaying guitar sound to well suited trills of harmonica.
Searching for Epiphany comes after a rather long explanation but simply put it is
about looking for perfection. This song is taken from his recent second album Fixed Bayonets.
The songs come alive with lifted vocals and thought provoking lyrics armed with a
fountain pen he sings; in the right hands, a powerful weapon indeed.
There's a quiet humour in his songs as the number Satirical Vigilante Doctrine
Blues shows with its witty clever engaging slant on politics.
Jesus in a uniform uses opposing imagery and more of his trademark word play.
He finishes with a crowd favourite Forget the Dead and mourn the dying, although a
sombre title the rhythm is fairly upbeat as the rhyming couplets trip and spill
over each other.
Ade is clearly developing as a songwriter, lyricist and increasingly as a sharp musical satirist.
After a brief hiatus in the live entertainment Signe takes to the stage dressed
in a simple empire line Austenesque dress.
I managed a brief word with her before she went on and asked her how the radio interview had gone.
Signe had just that moment come from doing the Raw Talent show, broadcast live 8pm -10pm
from the BBC building in Hull every Sunday evening.
She described Alan the presenter, as
speechless after she had played and noted that the session band, were also eagerly
applauding her through the glass.
Quite simply put Signe has the most amazing voice.
Her vocal range has to be heard to be believed, the controlled and measured delivery
marvelled at, the maturity and richness of tone surprising in one so young.
Music Reviews - The Flaming Lips at the Manchester Apollo By Joe Hakim
The guy behind the desk barely lifted his eye-lids to speak to us.
I had to reach over and point to my name in the book.
"Oh yeah," he said, as he said as he highlighted my name. "Your room's upstairs."
After I got my shit together I went downstairs to the bar.
It quickly became apparent that this half man/half tortoise was acting as barman
Music Reviews - Tuesday 24th October 06 - The Tender Box, City of Glass and The Talks at The Lamp By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
It's hard to pin down The Talks' sound. Their music rides down different streets in a two-tone beaten up Ford Anglia.
It's back to the days of bouncy ska and white boy reggae rhythms; knees up numbers with the occasional
indie twist, that'll knock you into a pork pie hat.
Ring leaders Pat guitar vocals and Joe guitar and backing vocals formed the group in August after a
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th September The Romance She Likes Parties and The So and So's at
the Sesh Linnet and Lark Hull By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
After a cancellation by local band Hospital Fight Grimsby band the So and So's found
themselves down at the Sesh for their Hull debut.
After seeing them at the Bridging the Gap Lincoln Gig at Christopher's earlier this year I was
looking forward to see them live again.
They took to the sesh stage and immediately were beset with problems. First of
Music, Bands- An Interview with The Holloways at Yo-Yo - Saturday 21st October 06 By Michelle Dee
Tonight was the London based band's third appearance in Hull, the two previous gigs being at
Ringside supporting Towers Of London and a show at The Lamp during the heat wave in July.
This tour is now described as the fucking hot tour by Dave, the band's drummer.
The band recalled the crowd at the Lamp describing the mix of people as very strange.
There were those who had
Music Reviews - Zhain Down Under - Auckland, New Zealand By Tony
Well, after the knock out show in Glasgow (
read the review here
) I decided to bite the bullet and tag along with Zhain on their shows Down Under.
I have family in New Zealand so I combined the trip with visiting them.
I could only catch the show at The Dogs Bollix in Auckland, I dare not risk getting
lynched by the family if I did not visit them, and what a show it was.
Boy the flight to N.Z
Saturday 21st October 06 - Razorlight, The Like and Boy Least Likely To at Hull Ice Arena By Michelle Dee
Strangely he wasn't getting mobbed by screaming fans which I would have expected from all the
publicity and hype surrounding the band. I glanced over to him he looked back, nothing was
said, it was good.
Inside the packed out arena after what seemed like an inordinately long wait, the first of the
special guest's came on to fire everyone up.
Music Reviews 13th October 06 The Automatic at Asylum Hull University By Alison and Hannah
Friday 13th October, unlucky for some, but not for The Automatic fans who were
treated to a flamboyant 50 minute set from the Cardiff born quartet.
Support was from two bands, one of which was so crap we can't even remember the name.
The other of which was amazing - Mumm-ra
... Don't even ask me what the name means- it's a Topcat characterRead more...
Music Reviews -
9th 0ctober Monday Nex Above It All and The Clauberg Opera at Ringside Hull
By Michelle Dee
Photographs by Kate Langan
Having only seen The Clauberg Opera previously in the darkened confines of the Adelphi I found
tonight's setting rather strange.
The absence of light was replaced with dancing coloured spots and a disco ball.
One of the reasons Clauberg took this gig apart from their desire to pick up as
many gigs as possible was to try out a shortened version of their set.
Music Reviews - Thursday 7th September 06 - Dirty Rotten White Boys at Staks, Beverley Road
By Michelle Dee Photographs by Andrew Lord and Dennis Low
An air of something between curiosity and anticipation fills the Staks Café Bar.
Tonight is the last of these popular Thursday nights of acoustic artists and bands
and AlexHariboHunter's new band Dirty Rotten White Boys second ever gig.
They reflect the ethos that everybody wants to be in a band these days and
embrace the rock n roll lifestyle.
Music Reviews - Thursday 31st August 06 - Zhain at Vox at The Vale, Glasgow By Tony
What is it about a band that makes you want to see them again and again and
even buy their CD? If a stock answer existed every band would subscribe to
the formula and be a success.
Luckily, different answers exist making rock'n'roll so diverse and exciting.
It is an amalgam of so many things, music, image, personality, projection and
Music Reviews - Sunday 1st October 06 - Shindigg - Soup at Certificate 18, York By Lyle Tuttle Photographs By Kate Langan
By the time the portentous quip, If I keep myself low I'll never drop is delivered,
David Tomlinson is half naked. Fluorescent lighting is unable to penetrate the shadow
the brim of an army surplus hat has cast over his eyes, and assuming that those eyes
have again glassed over as they had done by this time last week at The Adelphi,
we notice that there exists a new
Music Reviews - 2nd October 06 - Soho Dolls Paparazzi Whore and Dance Bastards (debut) at Asylum Hull University
By Michelle Dee
Photographs by Kate Langan
After hearing on the grapevine about new girls, Dance Bastards and also watching the
cutting edge video created on a shoe string I was looking forward to their debut gig.
I had checked them out for a few weeks on myspace -watched that stark video a good few
times- and had the song Suckerrr firmly implanted in my head.
As the girls take
Music Reviews - 25th September 06 Sleepers Acoustic Night With AfterGlow By Michelle Dee
I just spent a very enjoyable evening in the pub Sleepers
on Newland Avenue; just the other side of the railway bridge.
First of all I drank a pint of Caffreys Cold.
Now any connoisseur will know how good it is to start a night with a Caffreys.
The cold just makes it that little bit better.
Next I believe was the wheat based beer similar to Hoegaarden.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th September 06 - Kill Surf City The Holy Orders and The Neat at The Lamp By Michelle Dee Photos By Mo
After a hop, skip and a jump I arrive at the Lamp with Dave lead singer of Kill Surf City.
Sound checks are under way in the newly refurbished performance space and I leave him and
the band to deal with the technical issues. I take this opportunity to do a brief
interview with new band The Neat. Having seen the post punk outfit supporting
The Dirty DreamersRead more...
Music Reviews - Sunday 10th September 06 - Fonda 500 at The Mela Festival at Pearson Park By Becky Martin Photographs by Kate Langan
As we slowly made our way to Pearson Park dragging our tired limbs behind us from a
drunken night at Spiders, we emerge in the middle of the Hull Mela 06,
a celebration of Hull's cultural diversity and acceptance of an alternative
lifestyle, with its catchphrase of bring nothing but an open mind.
The grassroots-style venue is a huge mixing pot of different cultures, foods,
Music Reviews - Stop It You're Killing Me, Monkey Boy and Freaks Union at The Adelphi By Becky Martin Photographs by Kate Langan
The crowd's full of teeny-bopper emos and hardcore metal fans tonight in a glorious mixture of piercings,
tattoos and spiky mohicans, as Stop It You're Killing Me kick off the rock night with their own
brand of heavy guitars, energetic drums, and screechy vocals.
The hot female bass player weaves in her own soft vocals towards the end of their set earning
them a great reception
Music Reviews - 6th September 06 The Cherry Cobb Cartel at Durty Nellies By Michelle Dee
So here's the set up you take an old Irish pub introduce a few musicians who jam their way through popular covers.
Hits from Chuck Berry to U2, The Beatles to The Eagles with
perhaps a few soul standards thrown in for good measure.
This blend of talent and refreshment paves the way to a relaxed evening of fun socialising.
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th August 06 - The Tommys and Garden Gang at The Lamp
By Becky Martin Photographs By Kate Langan
The set couldn't have been more varied as Lamp proudly presents Garden Gang and
The Tommys, one high energy glam punk rock fest, and the other contemporary
girl rock that'll knock your socks off!
German born band Garden Gang kick off their set with a mixture of influences
including American 50's rock'n'roll, 70's punk and the new wave
Music Reviews - 22nd September 06 - Tonik The Shine and AfterGlow at The New Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee Photos By Mo
Tonight is a night for Cilla to have a blow out; god knows she of all people deserves one.
We arrive in a very wet Adelphi car park where great puddles make the footing precarious and
more than one person ended up ankle deep in cold, muddy water.
Perhaps some kindly building contractor might dump half a ton of aggregate on the car park
next time they pass.