Take away venues like the Blues Bar and the Royal Hall, occasionally, and individual promoters like Andy Herrington, Rufus Beckett, DJ Trev or Jason Odle, and what are you left with in terms of rock and pop in the Harrogate district?
A lot of talented musicians and very little industry..
Thanks to a link-up between ex-Wally lead singer Roy Webber, Harrogate musician and producer Dan Mizen and, crucially, BBC Radio 2’s ‘Whispering Bob Harris’, that’s no longer true.
As well as being a top notch facility where Harris now records a lot of his Under the Apple Tree sessions these days, the recently-opened new Harrogate studio Warehouse has started hosting exclusive ticket-only live gigs with acts hand-picked and introduced by Bob Harris himself.
The next one in this intimate setting takes place next Friday, November 25 with a simply stunning line-up – Dexter, Diagrams, Tom Blackwell – all names familiar to Harris’s listeners on national radio.
As always, the night will also showcase local talent, in this case Becky Mills, and will have the added bonus of food and drink courtesy of award-winning chef Andy Annat.
Last month’s gig at Warehouse featured Harrogate singer Holly Rose Webber, Roy’s daughter, whose self-penned, emotionally-charged, melodically memorable country-flavoured brand of rock-pop went down a storm.
Holly, who has been working with three-times Grammy Award winner Ray Kennedy in Nashville on songs for her forthcoming second albm, can be seen live again shortly at one of the district’s hidden gems of a venue.
Her Frazer Theatre concert a week on Saturday, November 26, will see her performing with her hot local band including Frank Mizen, Phil Dean, Dan Mizen and Rob Reynolds.
The Frazer Theatre show has a special guest in support – another Bob Harris favourite, Tom Blackwell.
Tickets for Holly Rose Webber’s concert are available via Frazer Theatre or Pear Records in Knaresborough.
Tickets for Live Music at Warehouse Recording Studios are available online at Eventbrite.