Embrace Music, or Lose It!
By Steve Rudd
A New Year's Guide to What's Musically Hot in Hull...
As we gallantly breeze into 2010, the music scene in Hull and surrounding area remains as vibrant and as exciting as ever, with a multitude of fantastic venues continuing to play host to new and established bands from all conceivable genres.
It's hard to know where to start, but The Adelphi on De Grey Street is always a good place, where the likes of The Holy Orders (fronted by fiendishly talented songwriter Matt Thompson ) can often be caught over a perfectly-pulled pint or three.
The appropriately abbreviated 'A' has long been a firm favourite as a venue for Hull folk, not least because it's such a laid-back and infinitely welcoming place which couldn't feel any more like home if its owner Paul Jackson dragged in his sofa or brought down his bed.
Fans of Metal should keep their ears open for Pastel Jack and Divine Oblivion this year. Both bands played a series of bruising shows during the course of 2009, and 2010 will hopefully prove to be the year for both outfits to break through from the underground and into the mainstream with their trailblazing riffs and passionate vocals.
While Pastel Jack are fronted by Neil Bailey, Divine Oblivion have Law Mantis at their helm, a scandalously talented female vocalist who flings herself into arty photography shoots in her spare-time.
As far as singer-songwriters go, Hull is positively awash with them. Few are more respected than Emma Rugg who has been writing and performing acoustic-based tunes for over a decade.
In the wake of having posted a tour diary on her YouTube page for her myriad fans to view and savour at their leisure, Emma plans to record her eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Isolated Impression this year. Naturally, the city waits with baited breath.
In a similar vein, Steve Reed regularly pours his heart out in song with his brand of acoustic-anchored tuneage. If you're not lucky enough to catch him live, you might be lucky enough to catch him on radio, with the ever popular Raw Talent show on BBC Radio Humberside (hosted with modest flair by Alan Raw) proving to be one of the best ways to get the lowdown on what's hot and what's not in terms of the local music scene.
Circus Envy are also a band to look out for should they hit a venue near you. Featuring the musically precocious Mike Richmond, once an integral member of Still Life, the Circus Envy boys are fresh from a well received set at last year's Folk Festival in Beverley.
Plying a wildly original route into Americana inspired circles, their strong melodies and soul fuelled vocals genuinely deserve to be recognised and appreciated by music loving masses across the UK at large.
A little further afield, old skool rock 'n' roll can easily be sought in Goole for the fresh faced band Velvet Star are presently setting the town ablaze with their barbed riffs and punkish swagger.
However, fans of great music needn't venture any further than the city limits of Hull. What, with joints like The Welly Club, Lamp and The Ringside jostling for attention in the face of the anarchic nature of The Adelphi, it's fair to say that music of some variety can be found on any given day should you have the tenacity to hound it out and support it with ears wide open.
Music News - 09 New Adelphi Club Celebrates 25 Years as the Live Music Capital of Hull Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
October 2009 the Live Art Space inside Ferens Art Gallery in Hull was the location for the world renowned music venue Adelphi Club's 25th Anniversary Exhibition .
Not just a flick through dusty old flyers and posters and a drunk in the corner slurring, 'I was there when Oasis played.' No sir, this is a celebration of a club that has been at the heart of live music in Hull for quarter of a century.
Music News - Official Best of Hull Album Release
In a unique collaboration between Hull College, Purple Worm Records and local musicians, the
Best of Hull Volume One, Official Album to the Freedom Festival 2009, has nominated a local
charity as its direct beneficiary.
The first of its kind in the city, the Best of Hull celebrates local music of all genres, both
past and present, providing an eclectic body of work of historical significance to Hull's music scene.
The Best of Hull offers not only a rich and varied
Music News - British Urban Collective Youth Music Project Strikes a Chord in Hull
British Urban Collective is a national youth\u2010music project that turns inner city kids into
rising stars of the British music industry. The project launched in 2004 as London Urban
Collective and has now expanded into Hull, Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow, with
funding through the Execution Charitable Trust.
The Hull artists featured on the British Urban Collective album, to be independently
released on Freeport Records / Universal DigitalRead more...
Music News - One Voice Charity CD By Michelle Dee
Last week it was announced that thirty babies have died needlessly at the hands of their parents or carers since the Baby P tragedy. This week those responsible for the horrific torturing of the toddler have been named. Alarm bells continue to ring around the country about the safety of our children.
Here in Hull, with the One Voice project members of the local rock/metal scene are working to highlight the issue of child cruelty and raise funds for NSPCC.
Music News - Arctic Monkeys Release New Single Through Hull Oxfam Shop
The Oxfam Warehouse shop on Reed St, off Freetown Way in Hull will be part of a music industry first, as Arctic Monkeys release their new single, Crying Lightning, through Oxfam's network of 700 charity shops, with proceeds going to help the charity's lifesaving work around the world.
The limited-edition single, which is the first single from new album Humbug, features a cover of the Nick Cave classic, Red Right Hand as a B side,
Music News - The Revoffs - Another thisisUll Success Story By Michelle Dee
Local musician Steve Minns used to spend hours in his bedroom recording writing and
recording demos with his pal Danny Sheehan. The pair continued developing ideas until deciding they needed more people to make a real band. Where did they go to find these new members? None other than the thisisUll.com Classified.
By simply putting an ad in thisisUll.com Classified the band found exactly
Music News - The 2009 Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
The Early Music Festival, which this year runs from Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd May,
is celebrating one of England's finest 17th century composers - Henry Purcell - with
concerts, lectures and free on-line educational resources giving younger audience
members a rare insight into Purcell's turbulent life during the Great Fire of London,
Music News - The New Tower Relaunch With KOL Tribute Band Kings Of Lyon Pictures By Michael Xcess Events Ltd
After the success of The Beards (2nd HDM Talent Trail 07) and multiple successes with
(Global Icon TV Winners!, Channel 4's 4unsigned, Radio 1's One Music, Tune Tribe, UK
Undiscovered Radio and Live and Unsigned UK) March 7th is going to be yet another landmark
date for these four popular local musicians.
Christian Dawson, James Barraclough, Lee Morgan and Graham Norton
Music News - Inside The New Tower Night Club Hull By Michelle Dee Pictures By Michael Xcess Events Ltd
Laser lighting on stone-effect walls, leafy green palms, day-glo carpets, cascading waterfalls; a definite sense of fun and theatre. It's almost like walking onto the set of an Indy movie or entering the Aztec Zone from popular BBC game-show The Crystal Maze.
This is the spectacle that greeted me on entering the soon to be re-opened New Tower Night Club in Hull.
Music News - Purple Worm Records Looking For Bands/Artists For New Compilation CD
We're in the process of compiling a new 'Best of 'Ull' Compilation double album.
The album will feature the best bands/artists from Hull and surrounding area.
Initially 5,000 physical copies of the album will be produced and it will be available for digital download through every major online store.
All bands/artists featured on the album will receive an equal share of the profit.
The album will be launched
Music News - Humbersound Music CPD Network Training Days Excellent Training opportunities for the Community - Musicians, Teachers, Vocalists Etc
MusicLeader Yorkshire is delighted to be continuing our work in the Humber region with the
launch of our Music CPD Network. Developed out of our previous successes delivering training
in association with Humbersound, this programme is open to anyone who wishes to attend and
should provide lots of tasty morsels to entice music leaders of any age, experience and background.
Music News - Abbie Lammas And Emily Sholtysek Win Through To Live And Unsigned Regional Finals In Sheffield.
Singer songwriters Abbie Lammas and Emily Sholtysek have been chosen from 500 to go through to
the Live and Unsigned Regional Final. Both girls are looking forward to representing this area
at the competition in March. Abbie Lammas, still only fifteen, has rarely been off the acoustic
circuit in the last twelve months playing venues in Hull, Driffield, Cottingham,
Music News - Noise Delimiters: New Developments By Wendy Richards
The following was passed onto me, the source of which is Hamish Birchall of the Live Music Forum, a man who has reached the upper echelons of the musician's union and is reputed to be one of the most informed people in the country regarding entertainment
'How badly does the government
Music News - The Day The Music Died By Rich Blackstar
A new piece of Big Brother bureaucracy will force licensees to reveal a mass of information
about performers. Publicans and managers of other small venues in London are forced to
comply with a new piece of bureaucracy called Form 696, which is sure to spread
nationwide before long.
Calling it a 'risk assessment', the police
Music News - Stop The Government Turning Down The Volume By Steve Dickinson, The Welly, Pure Techno, The Adelphi, and Nigel Holmes
The British government wishes to introduce laws making it a legal requirement that anyone applying or re-applying for an entertainment license must have a noise control device fitted to the venue.
For those of you who don't know what these evil devices are, they're a cut-off device that switches off power to the sound system if a band or performer is too loud.
Music News - Introducing The PaperShakers By Michelle Dee
They made their debut at the Sesh 2nd December and they definitely caught my eye. The PaperShakers had brought a roomful of people with them and caused quite a stir. Certainly one of the best first gigs I've seen since I started reviewing. Expect lots more to come out of this exciting new music act. Catch them 21st December at Adelphi Hull.
Music News - The Warren And Hull Youth Council Presents Love Music Hate Racism At Hull City Hall
Last week saw the British National Party's membership list published on the internet; member occupations included teachers, doctors, nurses and a small but significant number of police officers who since 2004 have been unable by law to belong to the BNP.
The Hull postcode was there, highlighting the number of people in the region who belong to the party and reinforcing