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.
Other press of note is a superb interview by Ruth Barnes for The Other Woman.
So it was that Alynda Lee Segarra and Yosi Perlstein found themselves on De Grey Street outside the New Adelphi Club, the home of live music in Hull.
It would be fair to say it wasn't the biggest Friday night crowd ever witnessed at the famous club, but the mood all around was one of excitement and anticipation.
Alynda took up her guitar and Yosi his fiddle and the pair launched into Slow Walk taken from the eponymous debut album.
Bluesy tones and easy laid-back poetry, invoke scenes of the unhurried pace of life in sthe Crescent City.
Alynda has spoken about the pressure in early childhood, to succeed and be the best. She cites this as one of the contributing factors to her leaving her family home aged seventeen. So this song I think, is about letting things happen, and being free to live in the moment.
Other album tracks follow such as the delicately poised Daniella and the single Take Me, resulting in rapturous applause and much whoop and holler.
Alynda's voice is smoky and glorious, her lyrics heartfelt and genuine. Her songs framed by people and place, reflect the powerful emotions she has already experienced in her young, yet spirited life (not for the faint of heart train-hopping up and down America's East Coast with a band of hobos) thankfully, the twenty three year old has decided to put down roots, to live and play amongst the many talented musicians plying their trade in the bars and clubs of New Orleans.
Then there is Yosi, the quiet one, and his gifted fiddle playing. I read somewhere that with violins it is all about the purity of tone. Yosi's bow-craft is unassuming yet beautiful, recalling the more sombre moments here and now, I feel tears stinging my eyes.
Tonight is not just about the 'deep and meaningfuls', no Siree; there's a sprightly song about cowgirls and cowboys, and more than a touch of bawdy banter in between numbers. Towards the end of the set, banjo in hand, Hurray for the Riff Raff have won many a heart in Hull's Adelphi.
Alynda introduces Junebug Waltz and invites the crowd to grab a partner and dance. No takers.
xWell there was one, but she could hardly waltz on her lonesome. Talking about lonesome, on the merch. table stands a framed photo of Hank Williams, a sort of talisman to bring good fortune on the tour.
To pay tribute to Hank, Hurray for the Riff Raff conclude the set with an authentic rendition of the country favourite, I'm so lonesome I could cry. The crowds beg and bay for an encore and the pair treat them to an improv. percussive number on Yosi's fiddle.
One learned folkie observes, 'What a soulful pixie Alynda is, she is the Queen of melancholic Americana' Ésays it all really. Soon to be appearing in the hit show Treme on Sky, Hurray for the Riff Raff's musical currency is riding high, and with London label Loose Music steering the ship, hopefully it won't be too long before they tour these shores once more.
Hurray for the Riff Raff's debut album is out now on Loose Music.
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.
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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.
It's now 9.pm. Justin has decided to go it alone these days and enters the stage with an acoustic guitar and a keyboard in situ. It's good to see him again. He opens with Always The Last To KnowRead more...
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It happened the other day at a venue called Pozition which held their fabled 'rock night', playing host
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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
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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,
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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.
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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,
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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,
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Two years since he last visited the grand old city of York, New Yorker Jesse launched into his set with reckless abandon, hitting out with a volley of brand new material, before harking back to the olden days with tunes such as Queen of The Underworld (lifted from his debut release, The Fine Art of Self-Destruction) and Black Haired Girl (one of the finest cuts on his sensational Glitter in The Gutter LP).
Backed by The St. Mark's Social,
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It would be a crying shame if I wasn't to tell you about the artist I saw playing at Adelphi in Hull the other week.
Really? Do tell me, who did you see?
The poster said Men Diamlerso I was thinking, something group-based, slightly Germanic maybe, and electro possibly? So I was pleasantly surprised when a disheveled youngish chap with dark curly locks picked up a weather-beaten guitar and began playing.
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With Paul Miro unable to perform due to illness, the stage times of the acts were redrafted, allowing The Eureka Machines front man Chris May (AKA Chris Catalyst) to extend his solo acoustic set accordingly.
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I could barely move without having to push past someone, but I finally located my friends.
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This was a most eagerly anticipated show by hotly tipped Hull band, The Talks following a couple of low key impromtu local gigs including closing the Springboard festival in Cottingham, and a once more packed Sesh at the Linnet and Lark, where they tore the hot sweaty roof off the place.
They have also been playing some high profile shows opening up for two-tone ska legends, The Specials.
This was their first headline show back in Hull for some time and with the numbers that were packing into the Adelphi, it did not disappoint.