The Music Exchange night organised and run by Dave Watts and Derek Harrison from
The Harri Watts Band is most certainly a civilised way to enjoy live music in the city. I remark as much, to
early arrival, Jim (Ernest bassist) as we tuck into the chicken curry and chips included in the modest ticket
price of £4/5. The night is held once a month on a Thursday, in the function suite at The Dorchester Hotel on Beverley Road.
Iíve been once or twice before and really enjoyed the respectable setting, the attentive crowd, the atmosphere
and of course the food isnít bad. First on stage tonight was Dave Abbott, having seen the recent article in
the local press about the singer/songwriter I was keen to see what he had to offer. What that was, was a mixed
bag of original material and covers sang with a confidence and gentle guitar sound.
The first song, What Separates Me From You was akin to Hessle band Still Lifeís song Seventeen
and introduced us to Daveís strong vocals that were more evident in a reworked version of Hard to Handle. Kiss For My Roses
original song, repetitive relaxed guitar motifs that will appeal to the MOR fan.
Vickyís Song had strong local imagery and was very Hull. Omerta, Daveís contribution to the Flood Aid
CD sounded different to the recording and even more redolent live.
Next on this night of acoustic treats was the HDM Talent Trail Winner 2007, Jess Bannister. On her big night
a few months a go I heard many people commenting on her voice and how theyíd all thought she was a most
Her rich country/pop vocals charmed the audience tonight and I could see why she had won
out over the other competitors at Talent Trail.
She opens with a cover then into Happy - a hopeful upbeat number that is sure to lift the spirits of the listener.
Her pop credentials show with a reworked song by popular boy band Five which she adapts well to suit her vocal
range and style.
Itís not hard to see the average Viking FM and Radio Humberside listener not latching on to her girl next door manner.
Sheís a sure thing, smiley personality shines through blithe sunny songs and she can actually sing.
Having been under whelmed by most of this years X Factor entrants (I hate all that Mariah Carey vocal gymnastics they
all seem to do) Jess was a pleasant surprise.
She confirmed my earlier thoughts with a rendition of Youíre Still The One and brought it up to date with
KT Tunstallís Black Horse and Cherry Tree - not a song I know, but I heard it again last week by the Love Spuds
and their version was very different to hers.
Jess has the makings of a strong recording artist, given the right opportunities she could become a local
singing star and with a request for an encore tonight may well prove to be a very popular choice in the future.
Harri Watts Band have been a favourite of mine for four years or more and with much talk about new technical gizmos on our table
we awaited the first number Sun Lady. And oh, just listen to that electric violin, all wired up so that it sounds manifold and
more haunting than of old.
I Donít Blame You Baby, rhythmic and fun, tells suggestive stories with tri vocal harmonies to please and placate. Whereas
Second Coming tackles much loftier subject matter in that it reveals the problems in our increasingly secular world, the loss
of spirituality and faith; just simple faith.
Angel Eyes the one thatís sung in conversation every time you utter the name Harri Watts. A popular song amongst
friends and admirers, tonight it has added colour and form by way of new toys and effects; just listen to that synth
violin sound, saucy Harri Watts.
A change of mood and the trio do a new song about the dangers of smoking. A weighty song, that was apparently written at the
behest of exiting Deputy PM John Prescott in order to put across the serious message behind the smoking ban. It opens
amidst a barrage of coughing and spluttering and moans of the deathly variety.
Ciggy Song is carried along with dark humour
and describes the very real danger of death from smoking. Serious stuff indeed. Opinions were divided on this one.
Music Reviews - Sunday 5th August 07 - Piney Gir, Analogue Consumption and Wendy at The Adelphi By James McGuire
The evening saw the Piney Gir Roadshow come to
The Adelphi, supported by Analogue Consumption and the Adelphi's own Wendy.
First up was Wendy, with her sweet vocals and calming acoustic sounds. Even though there were a few minor technical hiccups with the backing track, the audience loved her cat related performance.
Music Reviews - Live Music Reviews - Saturday 22nd September Metieval Festival Beverley Memorial Hall By Michelle Dee 14 Page Photo Gallery by Cilla and Michelle
A heavy metal festival in Beverley? Sounds like fun, so donning my Sworn Amongst tshirt,
Cilla and I drove down to the sleepy market town.
Cilla announced almost as soon as we were inside the darkened confines of
Beverley Memorial Hall that she was really up for it, and immediately began snapping
Face of Scars who were already on stage.
Music Reviews - Sunday 26th September 07 - Acoustic Gathering II at Peasholm Park, Scarborough By David Wright Photographs By Danielle Millea from efestivals
Peasholm Park looks beautiful tonight.
Headliner Chris Helme is singing a gentle song called Pure, his fragile voice floats above flickering
candles, up to the recently rebuilt oriental Pagoda.
Blinded By The Sun, a song he wrote for his former band The Seahorses sounds refreshing, stripped
down to just guitar and voice.
A.G. 2 began perfectly at midday, with 15 year old Alastair Schmuck; his version of
Music Reviews - Monday 17th September 07 - Open Mic Night at the Adelphi Club featuring So So Modern By Michelle Dee Our (Kiwi) Friends Electric
Another open mic review from Adelphi - that must mean Paul Jackson is booking some great bands
for the very popular Monday nights.
Yes it may be free but it's still hugely popular with the growing hip hop and rap fans.
They take to the stage after practicing their rhymes in the cold and wet giving the smokers
something to listen to
Music Reviews - Thursday 13th September - Hull Explosion - The Talks and The Favours At The Welly Club By Michelle Dee
Much anticipated by local media, laudable attempts by BBC Look North to promote
The Favours and The Talks recently, via coverage of Grassroots, and Favours
interview plus live performance of their new single, Islands the night before
the Hull leg, should have made this one of the hottest tickets for months.
As it was, the Hull date
Music Reviews - Saturday 21st July 07 - Over The Wall at Gallery 49, Bridlington By Katie Ashworth
A poetry and music night in an art gallery in Bridlington? Sounded fun - so off we
went to Gallery 49, which although small, managed to fit in a lot of people!
Performers that night included a French accordion player named Jon Pierre,
Fudgey playing some acoustic songs, Phill Wilson/MyOneManBand with a more
stripped-down pedal arrangement and a band called Over The Wall.
Music Reviews - Monday 10th September 07 - The Skies At Open Mic Night at Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
You never know what you're going to get at Adelphi on a Monday, the flyer states
featuring the best and sometimes worst that Hull has to offer, but ever so often
there's a full band on, after the individual slots.
I've seen a great band Alfa 9 on one of these nights as well as artists like,
Paolo Nutini, Paul The Girl, and others, so if you pick the right
Music Reviews - Saturday 1st September 07 - East Park Rocks Hull By Michelle Dee
I arrive at East Park and make my way straight to the main stage.
I'm late due to having been to see Tonik and new singer/songwriter Tom Dorridge.
Both were in fine fettle at Alderman Kneeshaw Park open day on Amethyst Rd.
A good sound being provided by the Springboard chaps from Cottingham and a bright sunny
day to listen to
Music Reviews - Sunday 26th August U2OPIA King Billy Pub Hull By Michelle Dee (Joshua Twigg)
Sunday night I hailed a cab to the King Billy in Hull, to see a U2 cover band.
They had an impressive set up with big speakers and spotlight racks all linked to
a modest mixing desk in the capable hands of itsl (In The Spotlight) Sound and Lighting company.
It was just £3.00 on the door. Some people didn't want to pay
Music Reviews - Friday 24th August 07 - Thisisull Live - Soulflame, Nato and Sworn Amongst at the Adelphi By Metal Mickey Photos by Mo, Michelle and Cilla
ThisisUll.com doing a metal night? That's a first. Not all metal because the first band were
more rock, a bit loud but not really heavy metal.
I'd seen them before at Goose and Granite pub in town.
The singer/guitarist Nic was screaming the lyrics a bit more tonight on certain songs.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 14th August 07 - Open Mic Night at Durty Nellies with David Elf, Cox Brothers and The Peasants Revolt Words and Pictures by Lady Of Leather
It was most certainly a damp grey night, but cobbles glistened reflecting the streetlights,
spirits were cheery and bright on entering the old town Irish pub Durty Nellies.
I sashayed to the bar in tight leather to order a pint of Masham's finest ale Black Sheep.
Drinking in the atmosphere were customers from Queens Pub and more than a handful
Music Reviews - 19th July 07 - Stripped 2nd Birthday At Wellington Inn By Perry Farrell Photographs By Michelle Dee
I made notes at the gig, then got a bit too drunk and dropped them into the bar room spittoon at The Queens Hotel just before last orders. Thankfully, I can still remember enough to provide this brief but highly accurate and concise review of proceedings.
By the way - for those of you who can't be arsed to stray off Prinny Ave these days -
The Wellington InnRead more...
Music Reviews - Tuesday 3rd July 07 - Classic Rock Music Night At The Wellington Pub, Russell Street By Michelle Dee
After a hard day at the office, I sallied forth to Wellington Pub , home to the
ever-successful Stripped nights run by Pat Gradwell on Thursdays, and to
a little known Classic Rock Night on Tuesday evenings.
We were in the special pub last Tuesday about eight o' clock when a group of
chaps came up to us and said, "Hey you'll have to move, it's our music night."
Music Reviews - Wednesday 11th July 07 - Lecorum, The Riffs and Riley and The Mumps at Lamp By Katie Ashworth Photos by Michelle Dee
Despite the recent smoking ban that was predicted to cause a blow to bar and pub custom,
it is safe to say that this is one of the fullest Lamp nights we have seen - the stage
front becomes packed towards the end of the night, and you can still see people in the
seating area and outdoor area, all providing ample support for these all-Hull bands.
First support is Riley and the Mumps. Hard to guess
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th June 07 - Maul and Reign Of Chaos and Mechanical Breeding at Ringside By Ian Johansson Reign of Chaos Photos by JWA Photography
This was one night that shouldn't have been missed.
It was one of the biggest nights I had seen at Ringside in my two years of living in
Hull and attending a lot of local gigs.
The night kicked off a bit late but the atmosphere strong and tense, the first band up
was a band named Mechanical Breeding.
The guitarist was possibly the only decent member in the band,
Music Reviews - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals By Chris Warne
I'm always amazed by the amount of musical talent on MySpace that goes
unnoticed, often hidden behind endless streams of lesser artists
trying to promote their "songs" by friend requesting the world and
But sometimes - just sometimes - you make a rare discovery that blows your mind!
Last week I logged on to the profile of Grace Potter and The NocturnalsRead more...
Music Reviews - Sunday 24th June 07 - The Sonic Hearts at Lamp Words and Pictures By Michelle Dee
Just lately I've found myself down at the Lamp checking out the very different range of artists
performing there. Tonight was a pleasant surprise; one new band The Sonic Hearts.
Another reformed, with a new name in Kalels Cape and one with two new members and new songs,
Red Night Strip.
I'll start with Red Night StripRead more...
Music Reviews - Monday 2nd July Amy Macdonald at The Lamp Hull By Michelle Dee
Monday night I went to see Amy Macdonaldwww.myspace.com/amymacdonald
at the lamp in Hull.
She came recommended to me by a good friend but I hadn't actually heard anything by the
Glaswegian singer/songwriter signed to Melodramatic Records.
Now I can't stop singing the gloriously catchy Mr. Rock & Roll her new single out
Music Reviews - 28th June 07 Jelly V Club NME South Central (DJ Set) Welly Hull
By Michelle Dee Pictures
by Kate Langan
Thursday arriving early before all the prom kids arrived we slid into the lounge downstairs at the Welly.
Drinks in hand we grooved to the Latino sounds of the Spanish Hustle and kudos to the DJ downstairs
for spinning the Junior Jack track featuring The Cure's Robert Smith. As more prom kids came in,
ready to party, the sounds
Music Reviews - Friday 22nd June 07 - ThisisUll Live at New Adelphi Club By Guest Reviewer Kane Fulton Photos by Michelle Dee
I'm sweating like a bitch was a common utterance echoing around the Adelphi - the nightmarish
toilet sauna that is the most, like, punk venue Hull has to offer. Does this detract from the enjoyment? Well, not as
much for the punters, but most of the bands look practically in agony on stage.
At £2.40 for a pint of Labatts (albeit deliciously chilled Labatts)
Music Reviews - Saturday 19th May Great Green Concert Featuring cowfisH, Talamasca and Shindigg At Beverley Green Fair By Michelle Dee
In the evening after the majority of stalls and stands had been taken down at the Green Fair in
Beverley, the Great Green Concert took place. It was held in the darkened confines of the auditorium
in Longcroft School between 8pm and 10.30.
The audience who'd travelled from York/Hull and the
surrounding area were treated to some top class
Music Reviews - Friday 11th May 07 - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York By Steve Rudd
It might have been raining outside, the weather comprehensively showering a sense of
profound doom and gloom upon the grand old city of York.
Fortunately, inside the cosy confines of Fibbers, Jesse Malin fired out
a ninety minute set of sheer joy, as the New York singer-songwriter extraordinaire
returned to the venue for the third time in his career
Music Reviews - Saturday 27th May 07 - The Who, The Ordinary Boys and Jackson Analogue at KC Stadium By Julian Thorley Photographs By Roland Standaert
The 'classic' British summer and the 'curse' of the KC Stadium looked to have struck again
on the evening of the 26th May, when The Who played in Hull.
It rained yet again. Not the torrential downpours of past gigs there, but it was
chilly and damp enough to make it uncomfortable for those out in the open.
It just goes to show though that a bit of lousy weather
Music Reviews - Saturday Night at Jack Rabbit Slims By Cilla It's Showtime!
Jack Rabbit Slims bar on the corner of Holderness Road and Wincolmlee seems an unlikely
place for a night out - during the day you'd barely notice it as you pass by.
Saturday night is where that all changes; the neon lights burst into life and it's
time to get ready for a rock n roll extravaganza!
The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a bunny girls serving drinks.
Music Reviews - 16th May 07 Soulflame Cowfish at Goose and Granite George Street Hull By Michelle Dee Pictures By Natalie Dudding
Astounding, incredible sounds from both bands due in some part to the excellent work by
Dr. Mike Shindigg at the sound desk.
For award-winning five piece band Cowfishwww.cowfish.me.uk
tonight was a rehearsal for their headline appearance at the Great Green Concert in
Beverley the coming Saturday.
So aside from telling you that Simon (Cowfish keyboards)
Music Reviews - Thursday 10th May 07 - The Meatloaf Trilogy With Steve Steinman At Hull New Theatre Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It makes for a rare treat when a tribute act is almost as amazing as the real thing.
In many respects, when Steve Steinman 'does' Meatloaf, the net effect is sometimes even better.
A couple of years ago, Lancashire singer Steve toured with a show called
The Meatloaf Story in which he sung a whole host of classic tracks as