Tuesday 29th January 08 - Alison Moyet at York Grand Opera House
By Steve Rudd
Striding on in front of an eye-catching stage backdrop, Alison and her backing band
immediately made themselves temporarily at home on the stage. And even sat up in the
rafters of the fabulously preserved venue as I was, the sight down below was one to behold.
It's not very often that Alison hits the road, making this date in York one to be
savoured all the more. Promoting her new album The Turn, her seventh studio affair
no less, she mixed and matched many of her new songs with a smattering of old
classics that duly whipped her fans into a barking mad frenzy.
It wasn't until she was a couple of songs into her set that she realized there was
no set-list at hand for her to refer to. Thus, she called to one of her roadies who
meekly scampered on-stage with a copy of her set for the night, prompting one punter
in the crowd to declare Alison a diva of the highest order. But he didn't mean it to
At the end of the day, she'd probably admit to being something of a diva herself,
but Alison isn't one for throwing petty strops or allowing her confidence to mutate
into arrogance. She's a woman of the people, and in no time at all she had the crowd
in stitches through being so self-deprecating.
Plucking a couple of numbers from her Alf and Essex albums, she clearly loves
performing her old material just as much as she does her latest songs. Hell,
she was even open to song requests from the audience, obliging one lucky fan
with an impromptu rendition of That Ole Devil Called Love to whoops of delight.
Looking as well as sounding fabulous, she was decked all in black, dominating
the stage with her natural charisma and a huge voice to die for. To say that
Alison Moyet has soul is perhaps the biggest understatement ever uttered, for
she possesses it in droves, leaving a trail of broken hearts in her wake.
Transcending different musical genres galore, Alison can sing Soul, Blues and Pop
simultaneously, a talent which lent some sections of her show something of a
cabaret vibe. Having said that, she's also fond of rocking things up when needs
be for dramatic effect, calling upon her punk roots too when she so desires.
The most deafening screams of delight spilled down from the rafters when she
announced that she was getting back together with Vince Clarke to perform some
'reunion' dates as one half of Yazoo.
She then launched into 'Only You' - a
classic slice of 80's Pop if ever there was one.
In a similar vein, her 1984 hit All Cried Out was another chance for her fans
to cast their minds back to when she was just embarking on her solo career,
with such a tune having featured on her debut album, Alf.
Remarkably, given the strength of Alison's new tracks, it sounds like the best
could still be yet to come from this genuine woman of substance.
Music Reviews - Friday 25th January 2008 - ThisisUll Live at The New Adelphi, Hull
By Benny Jenner, Life Burns Records Photographs by ChrisW Photography
Half past eight on a Friday night, I'm stuck in Hull and I'm here at the new Adelphi club,
a place I haven't been to in over eight months. Not due to my own fault I just haven't had
the urge to check out many bands who play there, but tonight is different. I've been asked
by thisisUll.com to come down and review three bands who played tonight.
Music Reviews - Sunday 16th December 07 - Lucy Kaplansky and Miles Cain at York NCEM By Steve Rudd
York native Miles Cain opened proceedings with aplomb, drawing the humbly assembled crowd
into his Folk-infused music with affable charm.
His strong, superbly soulful voice perfectly complimented his lush acoustic guitar
melodies, with the fantastic acoustics of the venue - a church, no less -
Music Reviews - Friday 28th December 07 - The Sorry Loves, Fact is Fiction and Kick Riot at ThisisUll Live at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Every one of you did us proud. We thank you from the bottom of our memory cart.
Fact is Fiction delivered despite their nerves and cowbell issues, they pulled it
off with their forward thinking, sparkly indie sounds.
A new looking band that given time, will become a regular on the local circuit.
Think Pigeon Detectives but from Ull.
So Kick Riot turned
Music Reviews - Thursday 13th December 07 - It's A Happening at The New Adelphi By Martin Wellbourne
When an event is promoted as a 60s-style melange of music, spoken word, and visuals - a tribute to the
sort of binge that kept hundreds of Deadheads from stinking the Frisco streets out with patchouli oil
and savage body odour for hours at a stretch - the experienced reviewer grits his teeth; it will be,
he knows, a mixed bag.
This sort of thing, back 'in the day'
Music Reviews - Friday 23rd November 07 - ThisisUll Live at The Adelphi Featuring Awful Scenes The Cliques And The Charge By Michelle Dee
New Brit rock band The Charge opened the night with self assured style,
amidst much shouting from a whole bunch of unruly fans. It's back to the
mid nineties for these lads so if you are in the mood for a window back
to those mad for it days, and some rowdy optimistic sing along tunes such
as Voodoo and She Goes On then these are the ones for you.
Music Reviews - Saturday 15th December ThisisUll.com Christmas Bash At New Adelphi Club With Dirty Dreamers (featuring Dave Meilhan original Dreamers drummer) The Favours, Fifty Nine Violets with special acoustic sounds from Martin Clappison By Michelle Dee
Hey everybody huge thanks and Merry Christmas to everyone who came to our gig last
night and a bigger one if you happened to buy a teeshirt, CD or car-sticker.
The turnout was good with a healthy mixed crowd of young fans and older heads,
each one getting into the groove in their own way.
Everyone seemed to have a great time.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 21st November 07 - Plugged Press Night by Phil James
Production Values have organised two exciting showcase events in aid of the Viking FM For the Kids
charity. Plugged boasts a diverse range of electric and acoustic acts in an 'East meets West' Yorkshire
celebration of new music and live music talent. At the press event, held at the Riverside Theatre, Hull,
I was welcomed by an enthusiastic ...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 21st November 07 - Circus Envy and Stickpin at Durty Nelly's By Nicki Stylianou
Having read Martin Wellbourne's review of
the Circus Envy/Stickpin gig at Durty Nelly's I feel inclined to write one of my own.
Stickpin played well and showed potential with their songs. They played against the England v Croatia background which was on the telly, not easy, but most people paid attention to the band and gave them support.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 17th October 07 - TopGun At The Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
It was a strange night in Adelphi, when I saw these two crazy ass mofos do their DJ thang, it was another crazy night when I saw TopGun the band. They took to the stage in giant sumo suits and proceeded to play electro fuzz stoner pop. They kicked the proverbial posterior.
The crowd lapped up their hapless madcap routines and shambolic stage show.
Music Reviews - Friday 9th November 07 - Mostly Autumn at York Grand Opera House By Steve Rudd
Back playing in York for what lead guitarist Bryan presumed must have been the first
time in some ten years, the eight-member-strong Prog-Rockers in Mostly Autumn ceremoniously brought the house down.
One of the finest live bands in the land, Mostly Autumn are an incredible band that belts out truly epic songs, incorporating all manner
Music Reviews - Wednesday 21st November 07 - Circus Envy and Stickpin at Durty Nelly's By Martin Wellbourne
The Band Apart night at Durty Nelly's has - should you not already be aware - been running for some time now,
allowing bands the chance to showcase their talents (where applicable) in a slightly more intimate
setting than the frenetic, scene-driven skinny-jean-maelstrom of such events as The Sesh et al.
Generally well attended, it's a relaxed
Music Reviews - 26th September ThisisUll Live Presents Kill Surf City, Riley and the Mumps and Michelle Dee At The Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
It's Friday night. It's the end of the month and despite GST Cardinals getting discombobulated over which
month they were playing, ThisisUll Live is showcasing two very fine bands and a bit of spoken word, verse and vibe down the
As is now customary at ThisisUll Live shows I got up on stage to welcome the crowd and introduce the acts.
Music Reviews - Monday 24th September 07 - Six Nation State and The Cherry Cobb Cartel At Lamp By Michelle Dee
It's Tuesday evening and a host of text messages fill my phone begging my presence at
this gig at that gig. My poor tortured synapses threaten to snap. I'm drowning under
a sea of demands when one more text alerts me. This one of the personal nature addressed
to me, and describes the feelings of utter pleasure their band would have on seeing me.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 24th October 07 - Shoot the Moon, The James Dean Syndrome & Santa's Buggerboyz at Lamp By Philip Wincolmlee Barnes
What's in a name? I do think about names a lot, not so much as a profound
philosophical inquiry, but probably because I simply have too much time on my hands.
So, what's with Shoot the Moon?
I might have been being dense (and it wouldn't be the first time), but it
wasn't a moniker that conjured up a specific sound or musical ethos -
unless it's some sort
Music Reviews - Thursday 11th October 07 - Battle Of the Bands Wild Card Semi-Final at Ringside.
Words and Photographs by ChrisWPhotography
Just looking at the line up for tonight got me excited! Five of the best bands in Hull are competing for a place in the final of
Battle of the Bands. As soon as I arrived at the venue, I could feel the electricity running through the room; every band ready
to play and I couldn't wait for it to start.
Music Reviews - Thursday 27th September 07 - Music Exchange featuring
Dave Abbott Jess Banister The Harri Watts Band and Ernest (Rare Acoustic Performance)
By Michelle Dee
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 ...
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.