A Shaw thing at the Mitre

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KNARESBOROUGH’s popular Mitre pub/eaterie is today unrecognisable from the place it was in the 1990s in almost every regard - thank goodness.

One part of is success under Ian Fozard has been its support for live music, especially on Sunday nights.

Appearing there shortly for a rare local appearance is talented Harrogate singer-songwriter Angie Shaw.

This soulful, original vocalist will be performing a highly varied showcase there on Sunday, January 22 with a different format to most local gigs.

In the first half Angie will be joined on stage by another original songwriter Vicky Whelan who will be playing keyboards on Shaw’s more jazzy-bluesy material. In the second, the guest accompaniest will be well-known Otley-based singer-songwriter Jon Palmer, a man of many acoustic and electric bands.

It seems Shaw and Palmer have been working on a new, sort of folk/country duo and will be airing some of their endeavours at The Mitre that night.

For more information on Angie Shaw, visit www.reverbnation.com/angieshaw

IT’S not easy being a music promoter in this district and it can be hard on your own wallet, especially if you are trying to put on original acts or ‘name’ acts regularly - and that applies to most genres from indie to blues.

Talking of which, (blues that is), it’s good to hear that after more than 10 years of bringing some of Britain’s top r’n’b acts to Ripley Town Hall, promoter Andy Herrington of RipleyBlues fame has bounced back after some testing times in early 2011.

The latest good news for RipleyBlues is that its show with The Hamsters on Saturday, January 21 is already a complete sellout.

If you haven’t got tickets, the sad news it’s unlikely you will see these Hendrix specialists again as, after an eternity or so diligently working the UK’s live circuit (I think I saw them live at the Harrogate Arms in the 1850s), the boys are on their farewell tour.

SPEAKING of rock music, Gig Scene wishes good luck to local AMP Awards winners Book of Job. If we’ve got our facts correct, this powerful young metal band are currently somewhere in Italy recording their debut album for WormHoleDeath Records label.

THIN Lizzy fans who can’t make the real thing’s live show in York at The Barbican shortly, can enjoy the next best thing in the shape of Limehouse Lizzy who are to play Masham Town Hall.

Appearing there on Friday, January 20 are highly-rated tribute band Limehouse Lizzy.

The band have been described thus by Billboard magazine: “Limehouse Lizzy - Top PRS For Music’s Hardest Working UK Bands List.”

Support on the night comes from Yorkshire rock band Meanstreak and the show starts at 8pm

For tickets costing £13 each, visit www.meanstreak.me.uk

A NEW local music website has been launched called Croon. The aim of this Bradford-based venture, which launched in West Yorkshire last October and now aims to serve North Yorkshire, is to be an online music hub dedicated to showcasing all things musical in any given area.

Expect to see downloads, videos, uploading for free and e-tickets for local gigs all on www. Croon.co.uk