Kasiuss return for Alex show

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LOZ at The Alexander pub in Harrogate is certainly going to town on the Christmas period this year in terms of live music.

Not content with the return of the mighty MFOR last night, Thursday and a Christmas Day night party occasion with DJ Pieman, Boxing Day sees a rare pub appearance by the popular Dr Thirsty.

Finally, next Thursday, December 29 sees the return of leading local rock band Kasiuss after a short dalliance with a name change (Oceans).

Still led by the charismatic Biz Denton, this three-piece is now a four-piece again as all-round talent Dan Mizen joins them on bass, if reports are correct.

Incidentally, looking ahead slightly further, The Alex has excellent U2 tribute band US4U2 playing live on New Year’s Day.

IT was good to see Dales-based musician and writer Chris Simpson again last week, albeit in the most tragic of circumstances, the funeral of local music promoter John Haxby.

The Magna Carta founder not only paid an emotional personal tribute to Haxby at the service at St John’s Church in Knaresborough but also read an extract from his classic epic poem about life in the Dales, Fields of Eden.

With music playing such a pivotal role in John’s life, it was no surprise to find names such as “Led Zeppelin” and “Slade” turning up in his family’s dignified and moving eulogy.

It was certainly the only vaguely light-hearted references in what was the saddest of occasions, shellshock still visible on everyone’s faces at the unexpected passing of this likeable and talented promoter.

LOCAL AMP Awards heroes Dukes of Bevington launch their new EP in a spectacular r night at The Crown Hotel next Thursday. The Deux EP night kicks off at The Crown at 8pm with the line-up including headliners The Dukes themselves performing live supported by Toddie Larkin plus fellow, talented young local group The Tickets, a band formed by three St Aidan’s High School Year 10 students.

To book a ticket for the show (£5 online in advance versus £6 on the door) visit www.thedukesofbevington.co.uk

THERE seems to be a lot more fans of Jailbait, Johnny The Fox and Black Rose and out there in Gig Scene land than I imagined, if the amount of entries we received for our Thin Lizzy tickets competition is anything to go by. The two lucky winners who came up with the correct answer The Boys Are Back in Town and who receive a pair of tickets each to go and catch the band live and, perhaps not quite as dangerous as in the days of Phil Lynott, at York’s Barbican on Tuesday, January 24 are Steven Farrell and Sarah Mulholland.

CLASSIC indie rock band 9Bar who bravely released an EP of all-original songs earlier in the year, as opposed to the usual set of Oasis-type covers, are having a bit of a festive breather after playing 40 live gigs this year.

Main man Jon and the boys also recently recorded a live session for Stray FM in Harrogate and are currently working on more new material before they emerge from winter hibernation at the end of January

LIVELY local Celtic-influenced band Nil Banter are about to launch a new website to coincide with their transformation into a covers-only outfit.

Without wishing to confuse anyone, it’s not that they’ve given up on creating original songs altogether, they’ve just decided to limit that side of themselves to their new website.

It goes live in January but you can get a seal preiew of it right now at www.area40.co.uk