IF you’ve ever wanted to appear in a rock biopic, now is your chance thanks to local promoters Kula Productions.
Britain’s legendary eccentric John Otway, he of two genuine hits in a 35-year career (and countless near misses) has been shooting various concerts for his forthcoming movie.
Snappily entitled Otway The Movie, the great man has already booked The Odeon in Leicester Square in London for the world premiere in October!
The latest filming will take place when Otway, of duo John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, plays City Varieties in Leeds on April 7 with his Big Band.
By going to the show, fans have the chance to appear in the movie as extras. And anyone who helps as of a small army of ‘producers’ will get to attend the premiere.
It’s all part of the witty and talented Otway’s masterplan. For his 50th birthday, he said he wanted a hit and, to that end, booked the London Palladium in advance.
He got his way. For his 60th birthday, he wants a movie. . .
SUCH is local band the UK Foo Fighters’ growing fame, that they are starting to attract fans from further afield, as further afield as London.
It seems one member of the audience at last Friday’s UK Foo’s show at Fibbers in York with fellow Harrogate band Idle Maestro had been taken there as a treat by his partner - who thought they were the real thing.
She wasn’t really expecting the successful tribute band featuring passionate lead singer and guiatrist Jay Apperley, a suited and booted divisional manager for Stratstone BMW in Pannal offstage, plus lead guitarist Jamie Valentine from Harrogate, bassist Aaron Warner from Knaresborough and drummer Alex Bailey from Ilkley,
She only discovered it wasn’t actually Dave Grohl and co after booking the train tickets and hotel as well.
But all ended well when they were wowed (as they say in rock parlance) by the performance of Jay and co.
The lucky/unlucky Londoner described the UK Foo Fighters thus: “Absolutely brilliant - they played for about two hours (I think, I actually lost count of the songs) and played all of the best Foo songs. I’d definitely recommend following these guys and seeing them play - really good night out.”
THE only funky New Orleans style brass band from North Yorkshire bring their funky sounds to Harrogate’s Blues Bar this Sunday afternoon.
The New York Brass Band are a six-piece band in the style of Rebirth, Soul Rebels and Youngblood Brass Band.
Playing a range of covers running from George Michael to Pendulum, the line-up at the Blues Bar will include young guns Tim Hurst and Charlie Lancaster on trombone, Andy Cox on tenor sax and the wise old head that is Rod MacNamara on drums.
ONE of last year’s finalists in the fantastic AMP Awards battle of the bands competition in Harrogate has made it through to this year’s grand final.
The Specs, who hail from St John Fisher’s High School in Harrogate, are hoping to go one better than last year at the Royal Hall on Thursday, February 23 when they were runners-up.
With an original sound influenced by the likes of The Maccabees, The Strokes, The Smiths, Foals and The Virgins, vocalist and guitarist Tom O’Reilly, bassist Tom Fox and drummer Aidan Cowley join the following school bands who have also made the final: Dark Days of December from Boroughbridge High School, The Tickets from St Aidan’s High School in Harrogate and Santa Rosa from King James’s School in Knaresborough.
EX-Bay City Roller Eric Faulkner, who brings his rootsy, acoustic show to the Black Bull pub at Kettlesing off the A59 shortly, is still proud of his teenybopper past, those days when the young girls fans went wild for a string of big hits and tartan trimmings.
He told me last week: “I joined the band when I was 16. We did nine albums of original material but eventually we were just something that teenagers screamed at. When we broke America, which was a big thing to do, we came back home and they were still screaming! We just wanted to play music.”
You can enjoy dinner and two sets of hits, rare tracks and classic folk numbers from Eric on Saturday, February 11. For tickets, telephone 01423 564 058.
THE ever-busy Lex from Harrogate rock band Lobo is continuing his weekly activities, in addition to supporting this June’s Dragongate Festival in Harrogate with a series of warm-up gigs.
You can catch him each Tuesday night at Vanilla Cafe (ex-Crabtrees) for his weekly acoustic session and at The Regency on Thursdays for a full kit jam night with resident musicians including Lex himself, Peter Todd on guitar, John Long on bass and Adam Webber on drums (not to forget Jimmy Hall who plays once a month).
IT’S good to report that Harrogate Jazz Club seems to be prospering in its new home.
After years at the West Park, it’s started off running at The Balcony at Harrogate Cricket Club on St George’s Road attracting supporters old and new. With its resident band The Watermelon Men of long standing, it continues to present top guest vocalists and more each Tuesday night from 8pm.
Next week, it’s the turn of vocalist Laurie Briggs.