Bedale hosts best of acoustic music

Ryedale Live
Ryedale Live

Gig Scene by Graham Chalmers

After the great success of BAM earlier in the year, organisers are welcoming back some of the acts for another great music event this Saturday.

To explain, BAM is/was Bedale Acoustic Music Festival which was held at the May bank holiday and featured a whole weekend of live acoustic acts from across Yorkshire and beyond.

Now four of the acts are coming back this weekend for an Acoustic Music Extravaganza in memory of the late Harvey Blogg, a leading figure in the promotion of acoustic music in Yorkshire.

It’s a two-pronged event. The evening sees a charity concert at The Riverside Club for Yorkshire Cancer Research featuring singer amd multi-instrumentalist Anna Shannon from Scarborough, singer-songwriter David Swann from Pickering, The Backyard Buskers from Sheffield and The Jon Palmer Band from Otley.

Tickets, which include a pie and pea supper, are available from the venue, from The Riverside Club or by calling 07402 734098.

There’s also a whole host of local folk, blues and roots acts acts appearing at the the Big Sheep, Little Cow farm attraction in the centre of town from 11.30am with free admission.

Please note there is also limited overnight camping available at Big Sheep Little Cow.

As if that wasn’t enough, BAM organisers also have a series of top quality, monthly concerts coming up from November which will eventually lead all the way to next year’s BAMfest 2.

Among the names announced for this new concert series are ex-Christians’ lead singer Henry Priestman and legendary roots man Phil Beer.

It’s farewell sort of, to impressive local indie-rock duo Pony and Trap who are leaving the area to move to London.

Their final local gig for now takes place this Saturday at Harrogate’s Blues Bar (though, strangely, it’s not on the Blues Bar listings, mmm. . .) and if anyone deserves a big send-off, it’s them.

To be clear, vocalist/percussionist Sally Rafferty and guitarist Tom Meyer aren’t splitting up, they’re going to develop their music over the next three years at TechMusic School while continuing to play together.

It’s good to see such real ambition from the talented twosome and they’ve promised to come back to play gigs ‘up north’ in the future.

Bad news for fans of top local House DJ Rory Hoy.

He’s had to pull out of this Saturday’s planned Silent Disco at the Shockwave Festival in Harrogate because he’s been asked to do some more promotion work on his his new single with Kitten & The Hip, I’m Ur MF which is doing well on iTunes and is, reportedly, hot in France right now.

Rory recently appeared on ITV’s Calendar programme hot from meeting up with ex-Monty Python legend Michael Palin.

This talented young man does get around!

It’s good to see Harrogate Jazz Club back in action next week.

The first of the new monthly sessions takes place next Tuesday at 8.30pm at their home at The Balcony at Harrogate Cricket Club at St George’s Road is guest saxophonist ‘Roomdarkener’ Rod Mason with The Rich Jevons band.