Friday October 4th - Alan Clayson and Friends at Adelphi
By Michelle Dee Images by Digsy and Rachel
Intricate finger picking, complicated patterns, coupled with a deceptively powerful and mature singing voice this is Holly Blackshaw's first real gig, as she makes her debut at The Adelphi Club.
Opening for the Sounds of the City show, her voice ebbs and flows with a distinctive and engaging style, refrains that rise and fall, in the now becalmed club. Holly's vocal
the notes languid, full and fluid, recall endless dusky evenings or late night moments of hazy clarity.
Her re-interpretation of Beeswing track taken from R. Thompson's 1994 album Mirror Blue, was a sheer delight. 'A star is born,' a voice beside me whispered. 'We must get her recorded,'
said another. Holly Blackshaw's Adelphi debut was simply stunning - the combination of her voice and her playing style produced, for a brief moment, that tingling sensation, that you only get when you witness something special.
Simultaneously playing two synths, mature punk Graham Graham Beck(Fear of Bicycles) offers up a selection of his individual, shiny cellophane-wrapped upbeat pop treats.
Taking the audience to the moon and back in bubble wrap complete with props.
And now he is handing around fig rolls as a pre-cursor to his ode to fig roll's Fig Roll Overkill that has it's own confectionary related video on Youtube. And with fig rolls
waving in the air Graham Graham Beck endears himself to the slightly bemused Adelphi audience.
A speeded-up, grimy sounding soundtrack, accompanies his superhero song, I am the Batman; the strangely infectious beats, rather marvelously provoke dancing from the floor.
The re-working of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill, is really rather good fun and rounds off a thoroughly enjoyable set.
'....A keyboard I found in a skip...' Alan says as he waxes lyrical about moments past, then with no little explanation and introduction, he performs a rare version
of a version of a Johnny and the Hurricanes number.
It's these moments that make up the rich tapestry of life. There's a story about a saxophonist who went by the name of Arthur Minge, that introduces a time-slip tune that recalls the
Anglo Saxon Blues in Pagan Mercia. There's a classic; DJ playing the b-side tale, which results in a Belgian Top 20 position and I begin to feel that Alan could do very well on the literary circuit.
He is an erudite orator, a story teller, an educated chap and a thoroughly intriguing entertainer.
'Angels have no innocence, they have no sex' he sings and the inexplicable disco number possibly containing the line
'the land has become a harbour for Hardrada' and my companion suggests this is
almost certainly what Professor Dumbledore would be listening to, on his iPod shuffle.
Alan Clayson's Sound Laboratory holds no fear for those of us who are hardened to the nature of the repetitive motif.
We regulars at the Adelphi have endured far more insistent drones than this odd maestro could create - why this particular repeated sequence, fair warms the heart.
Palms raised upwards Alan cries out, 'I'm lost, lost in the wilderness.' As are we, Chief, as are we. A chap stands up, walks a pace or two,
'Where d'ya think you're going?' Alan demands, pointing a finger from the stage.
After a preamble he explodes into Rebel Rocker a song that recalls a time, when the air was filled with the heady concoction of leather, motorbike
oil and cheap perfume, and Alan was getting it on with a girl called Susan, who turned out to be, much to Alan's pleasant surprise, a raver.
I thought I'd seen everything, now I know I've seen nothing. Amidst a reworking of Charles Aznavour's I am a Ham, the silver-haired, wild-eyed
writer/composer/musician creates his own encore, after writhing and moaning in the shadows, 'I can't go on, I can't go on,'
'There's no way I wasn't coming back,' and we the audience of the Adelphi, hold our breaths, once more for Sol Nova a space opera Alan is
currently working on. Using an illustration from a book by Sir Patrick Moore the eminent astronomer and broadcaster, Alan explains just exactly what a sol nova is.
'Sol nova it's all over for earthlings, he gleefully sings - slowly creating a mass, mesh, mess of sound. 'Sid Barrett Overdrive' he yells above the noise.
A threnody for friend and compatriot Screaming Lord Sutch, closes the curtain on what has been, and will surely remain, a strangely compelling and unforgettable night.
Out now:Alan Clayson's latest album One Dover Soul produced by Wreckless Eric
Music Reviews - Tuesday 8th October 2013 - RM Hubbert and Friends at the Adelphi By Michelle Dee
'Start with 'A' minor and then anything after that,' he says with a wry smile. What to expect? Expect the unexpected. A cliché maybe, but of course it is all improvised, so he really doesn't know himself.
The old Adelphi speakers awaken with a dull crash and a series of oddball digitized sounds meld and merge.
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Music Reviews - The Alarm at The New Adelphi - Thursday 5th May 2011 By Melanie Fullard
We arrived at the Adelphi and we were most upset - we couldn't get in the
car park. A huge black tour bus had taken up the back spaces. Were Motley Crew
here, or summat? Well, it is the new Adelphi; the beer mats have been changed
and there's a new door on the bog, so I suppose...
The support were a band called The Last Republic. They were a Welsh band, a bit
Music Reviews - Riff Raff Enthrall Audience at Legendary Adelphi - Friday 27th May 2011 By Michelle Dee
After Hurray for the Riff Raff signed to Loose Music at the beginning of 2011, it was only going to be a matter of time before the American Folk band played their first U.K. tour.
It has been a busy schedule with nine U.K. dates in all and numerous press engagements, interviews and radio air play. It seems Alynda and Huey, fellow New Yorkers,
built up quite a rapport when he interviewed the band on his BBC 6Music show.
Music Reviews - Friday 12th February 2011 - The Talks, Jokerz and Hold Your Own at Lamp By Jonathan Cain
On 12th February 2011 I once again embarked upon the noble quest to the Lamp in Hull. This journey was to once again witness the awe striking performance of one of Hull's greatest bands.
I am of course talking about The Talks, just like on the 30th October 2010 I entered the Lamp with curious eyes still astounded that such a small pub had a pool table never mind a stage.
Music Reviews - Justin Currie at The Picturedrome, Holmfirth - Saturday 22nd January 2011 By Melanie Fullard
Holmfirth, Last of the Summer Wine country. 1.51 mins with traffic. One of the most unlikely places for a gig.
The Picturedrome has a small intimate feel with good stage views and approximately 500 capacity, some seated.
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Music Reviews - Beneath The Eyes Of Eternity at Pozition - Wednesday 24th November 2010 By Jonathan Cain Photographs by Jim Hawking
As I've said before I'm a ska fan. I do like to dip my fingers in the metaphorical music pie, who doesn't? But if I'm being honest, I've never been a fan of hardcore music or what is commonly known as 'Screamo'. However there are those few bands in this scene that make me think, 'wow'.
It happened the other day at a venue called Pozition which held their fabled 'rock night', playing host
Music Reviews - Signe Tollefsen, The Woodwards and Adam Donen at The Adelphi - Tuesday 2nd November 2010 By Michael Overfield
On Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at the Adelphi Club, a gig was organised which celebrated the launch of three new albums created by three very different music artists. The nights line up was as follows; Adam Donen, The Woodwards and Signe Tollefsen.
Adam Donen's performance was bewitching. The tracks sung from his soon to be released album Immortality were remarkable. As his lyrics melted into the notes of his he spoke personally to the crowd
Music Reviews - The Talks at Lamp - Saturday 30th October 2010 By Jonathan Cain Photos by Mandy Whittles
I pride myself on being a ska fan, from the original 1950's, to Two Tone, to Third Wave I am ska fan through and through. When I was sixteen I saw my first ever gig Reel Big Fishand swore to myself, that I will never again see a gig that will be in the same league as that performance. Well today, 30th October, that vow was broken.
I enter a small venue by the name of Lamp, a small tight looking pub covered from wall to wall in Halloween decorations,
Music Reviews - I Like Trains Album Launch at The Deep support from Sam Airey - Thursday 14th October 2010 By Jonathan Cain
In my opinion the best thing we do as humans is create music. It has the power to make you laugh, make you dance and even stir emotions that no one can describe.
Each person's interpretation of music is different: it can make you happy, it can make you sad, it can make you remember a time that you long forgot and make you want to burst with feelings.
Music Reviews - The Manic Street Preachers at Hull City Hall - Tuesday October 5th 2010 By Melanie Fullard
It always amazes me what a great venue, Hull City hall actually is. It stands up to the likes of Shepherd's Bush Empire, any day.
There's a full house and the band enter to Echo and the Bunnymen-nice choice.
In comes the band. James Dean Bradfield looks older, more weathered somehow? The same feeling you get after not seeing your brother for a year. He looks different but when he opens his mouth,
Music Reviews - Late Night Fiction, Windum Earl, Blacklight Pioneer and The Belle Collective at The Adelphi - Thursday 14th October 2010 By Dick Spring
You know when you see a billing that gets you hopelessly excited with anticipation, yet can often end up being an anti climax, or worse still, a disappointment? Well, scratch that thought. There was no such feeling tonight as a healthily busy Adelphi was testament to.
Opening up the show was a shortened set by The Belle Collective, who have been quietly and steadily building a reputation locally with gypsy folk inspired pop,