Gig Scene: Don’t miss the ‘Stones’ at Ripley

The Counterfeit Stones.
The Counterfeit Stones.

As a big fan of Mick and Keef, I last saw the Rolling Stones live in 1994 at Don Valley Stadium and thought, that’s a shame, they’re a bit past their best. Eighteen years later, they’re more popular than ever which prompts the question why, writes Graham Chalmers.

Are their fans living in denial - trying to cling onto their youth in perpetuum?

Are the Stones now more myth than reality, the last living symbol of the rebellious spirit of the 1960s?

Or maybe it’s something simpler - the massive amount of classic songs Jagger-Richards can pick from?

If you want to see the Stones at their best in the sort of venue they rarely play these days, I recommend you catch The Counterfeit Stones at Ripley Town Hall this weekend.

Appearing courtesy of RipleyBlues this Saturday night, this excellent tribute act put the zing back into the likes of Jumping Jack Flash and Satisfaction - without needing to be started up!

RipleyBlues winter season also includes wonderful blues singer Chantel McGregor on November 2, Dr Feelgood on December 1 and The Blockheads on December 29.

Tickets are available from

I’m currently listening to Harrogate rapper Tre’s debut Mixtape album for review purposes. The likable and talented Tre also collaborates regularly with Harrogate rock band Strangers in Paradise, which lends an interesting urban, funky twist to this powerful Mars Volta meets Led Zeppelin band.

Although tonight’s planned show at The Queen in Tadcaster has been cancelled, this adventurous pairing will be playing live again at The Northern Monkey in Leeds on Sunday, November 11.

Local promoters Cerise Music are presenting a live music show at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in knaresborough with acoustic folk stalwart Dave Burland on Saturday, October 27.

Barnsley-born Dave is much admired by folk luminaries such as Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson, Nic Jones and June Tabor.

Tickets are available at Pear, 24 High Street, Knaresborough, from Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre and on 07910 984618.

Mark Lee, who used to run the World’s End in Knaresborough, has taken over the Royal Oak and is hosting the occasional live music afternoon. First up this Sunday at 5pm are The Cheeky Monkeys.

It’s good to see Harrogate acoustic singer-songwriter Ghostown Solider (aka Matt Anderson) back in action.

Always a passionate and intense performer, it will be interesting to see what his forthcoming new single Dream is like. You can check out his new video for another of his tracks More Than This Town on his Facebook site.

From a relative newcomer on the acoustic scene to an experienced old hand. If you want to keep up to date with all of Chris Milner’s activities, visit his updated website where there’s a link to the video channel Chris Milner-Journeyman.

Last but certainly not least, local photographer Ceri Wilkins is taking a break from organising charity gigs for a while but she’s going out in style next weekend with a Zombiefest of live music for Hallowe’en at The Regency. More next week.