14th March 07 Moonbeams Acoustic Night At The Old Town Hall
By Steve Rudd
Consistently featuring a wealth of talent, Leila Slater's acoustic Moonbeams events
at The Bell are becoming bigger and better affairs every time. So much so that this,
the third night of its kind, was relocated from The Maple Room into The Old Town Hall
in order to accommodate the crowd.
First act of the evening was Jasper & Smirt, a couple of local lads who have musical
prowess and good humour to match. Performing a brief but brilliant set that consisted
of their own material and a Tim Buckley cover, they perfectly set the mood.
Chris Brown subsequently treated the crowd to a couple of cowboy songs, before
Abbie Lammas belted out a clutch of songs from her debut album, Heartbroken.
Coming on like a cross between Avril Lavigne, Dolores O'Riordan and Amy McDonald,
Abbie performed five numbers, including Give In, Ballerina Girl and Trapped.
With a voice like hers, Abbie deserves to be signed in a flash. What's more, she's only fifteen.
Next up, Zoe Bottomley showed off her singing talents, ably accompanied by her father on guitar.
Performing a captivating set of cover songs, highlights included mesmerizing versions of
Kate Rusby's Falling, Neil Young's Like a Hurricane, and the haunting Caledonia.
Then came York's Hayley Hutchinson, a rising star since unleashing her debut album,
Independently Blue. The daughter of former Bowie guitarist John Hutchinson, she's on
the verge of releasing her second album, Love Songs For The Enemy.
Like Abbie and Zoe before her, Hayley projected her bewitching voice to stunning effect,
accompanying herself on guitar. Her influences are clear to hear, with the spirit of
Emmylou Harris suffusing both her extraordinary singing voice and playing.
Last but not least, Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonese waltzed onto the stage. On guitar and vocals,
Duncan had the crowd in stitches with his self-deprecating wit.
Anne, meanwhile, let her fiddle
do the talking, whipping up a blistering riot of melodies to support Duncan's frantic guitar strumming.
Having regularly wowed audiences on the Folk circuit since the late seventies, Duncan galloped
through a mixture of traditional arrangements and his own self-penned tunes, opening with
Three Gypsies and climaxing with Robin Hood's Bay by way of Can't Go There, the infectious
Woodshed Boys, the haunting Turn The Bones Around, and Bed of Straw, the latter of which
featured on his band's All Rogues and Villains album.
Judging by the huge grin plastered across his face, Duncan enjoyed playing as much as the crowd
enjoyed listening. Even better, he promised to return at some point in the future.
Naturally, all acts received a mighty round of applause. Credit where credit's due, the
live music-loving mastermind behind the Moonbeams nights, Leila Slater, deserved not only
a round of applause but a standing ovation for going out on a limb to entice such talented
acts to town. Unfortunately, there's just one more Moonbeams before the summer break.
To be held on 16 May, it's to feature Brother Crow plus supports.
Music Reviews - Friday 29th February 08 - ThisisUll Live Featuring Spoken Word, The Rocky Nest and Hayokee Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
The second thisisUll gig of 08 promised a more organic kind of live music night.
I am informed by the poets that they rarely have a fixed idea as to which pieces they will do in a set.
The choices are made for them by the audience's reaction and response.
Gauging the crowd and then responding there of is an important skill for every performer.
Music Reviews - Friday 7th March - Hull Punk Mini-Fest Featuring The Vibrators support from The Cliques Go-Go Kings Mike Watts Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
In a back street club in Hull, a dark dingy place that smells of piss and vomit, crazed punk
fans drunk on riot and revolution, hurl themselves this way and that to raw guitar sounds
and anti-establishment rhetoric. If only that were the truth.
The reality however is somewhat different. Two local bands and a spoken word artist support
the now aged punk
Music Reviews - Saturday 1st March 08 - Edwina Hayes at Driffield Folk Club By Steve Rudd
It's not every day you get to see a world-class singer-songwriter perform in Driffield.
Similarly, it's rare for the singer-songwriter in question to actually live in town.
But then Edwina Hayes, despite her profile and enviable acquaintances in the music
industry, is thoroughly modest and down-to-earth. She doesn't seem the type of
Music Reviews - Thursday 14th February 08 - Divine Sinn at Winston Churchills, Driffield By Steve Rudd Photos by Matt Rudd
It's been a long time since Metal fans in Driffield have had a band to call their own.
Too long, in fact. So, thank the devil for new quartet Divine Sinn.
Not to be confused with Swedish rockers Divine Sin, Driffield's
Divine Sinn have been practicing hard for the past seven months
in anticipation of performing live, with this being their first
Music Reviews - 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.
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.