Big break for new acoustic pairing. . .

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HARROGATE singer-songwriter James Sant, who’s also a fine rock drummer (playing with Arc of Manapples who played their first live gig in ages the other week at The Alexandra), has been working with a new partner.

The musical union with vio linist and harmony vocalist Angeline Bjerregaard, who’s playing the Womad festival later this month, seems to be bearing fruit quickly with a nice mix of Sant’s Americana-ish songs with Bjerregaard’s folk-fable pieces.

So much so, this newish duo have secured a plum spot at a Leeds show shortly.

Sant and Bjerregaard are supporting highly-fancied Naymedici at Milo on Sunday, July 24.

They’re encouraging fans to join them at this important gig and show your support.

Tickets for the show are available at

The duo are already recording tracks in the studio; the first song is now on James’s website’s homepage.

Called Blow by Blow, James and Angeline expect to have enough further songs completed to release a CD release shortly. The track is also expected to feature on BBC Leeds Introducing show.

James is to play a solo show at Harrogate Theatre circle bar along with the likes of Ryan Spendlove, James Tait and Samantha Smith as part of Fringe Crawl Day on the afternoon of Saturday, July 30 before Julian Cope of Teardrop Explodes and Modern Antiquarian fame plays on the main stage.

LEEDS Festival is strengthening its link-up with Transgressive Records label with some great acts on the Alternative stage in the wee small hours of the morning. Among the names are SBTRKT, Gold Panda, Pete & The Pirates, Three Trapped Tigers and Becoming Real.

HARROGATE rock band Wayside have been given a number for people to text vote for them in the national final of the Live and Unsigned contest

The vote will make up a percentage of the final score, so it’s important you support these likeable lads. Just text unsigned 50 to 84222. Texts cost £1 plus standard message.

WORD is that the next Old Grey Whistle Test compilation coming up (it’s the famous TV music show’s 40th anniversary) may feature a song by Harrogate legends Wally. The song in question, Yes I Would.

THE latest direction for the club formerly known as Cardinal Sins seems to be going well under new owner Clinton Blakely. Boutique opened on Station Parade in Harrogate at the start of the month with a live performance from DJ Ironik who has worked with the likes of Elton John, Chipmonk and more. As well as hanging out in the club’s VIP Room, he was also filmed by FNDTV.

A POPULAR musician from local band The Nightjars is launching his new CD with a special show at the Frazer Theatre this Sunday night at 7.30pm. Mike Starkings recorded Real Surprise with the help of musical partner Lisa Mallaghan, Simon McGrath and producer Mark Walker.

ACOUSTIC chill-out duo Fine & Dandy launched their new EP Two Harts with a gig at Harrogate’s Blues Bar.

RIPLEYBlues screens classic rock spoof This Spinal Tap on Friday, July 29 as part of its successful pie & pea supper film series at Ripley Town Hall. Tickets are also on sale for the Sherman Robinson Band on Saturday, August 6.