By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers
I pride myself on keeping up to date on the local music scene and have done so for a long time, now, 19 years or so.
To be honest, I don’t go to as many local gigs as I used to and I certainly don’t see as many local bands live as, say, Harrogate’s DJ Trev or Simon Colgan, co-owner of the Blues Bar, who live in the scene as opposed to merely reporting it.
Still, I do know a lot and one thing I know is that I’ve neglected a band called Pony and Trap. I’d had a feeling they were going to be good when I first heard a track a year or two back by this boy-girl duo.
But I haven’t, perhaps, paid Harrogate guitarist Tom Meyer and York vocalist Sally Rafferty quite as much attention as I might have.
This thought was fuelled by a flurry of exciting bits of news about this hook-laden, fuzzed-up indie-rock outfit.
Goddam it, They won the Marshall Award for Best Live Music Performance at a national awards ceremony at the 02 Arena in Birmingham last week. And the award was presented by BBC6Music DJ Edith Bowman. And they’re playing the Latitude Festival! And they’re moving to London in a bid to boost their chances further.
With plenty of big name support slots under their belt and a slew of original, edgy songs, Tom and Sally have come a long way in a short time since forming at Access to Music College in York 18 months ago.
These compelling live performers also made it through to the final of the Centre Stage competition at the 02 Academy in Leeds organised for Martin House Hospice. As was Harrogate’s Youcef Preston,Pony and Trap move fast.
I can’t wait to hear to har the debut single by a band I enjoyed in the final of the Bottom of the Bottle battle of the bands at Harrogate’s Rehab earlier in the year.
Exciting live act The Wilde will be marking the release of their debut single , Brave Face with a show at The Cockpit in Leeds on Saturday, July 27.
Tickets @ http://thewildeband.bandcamp.com/merch/the-wilde-single-release-show-the-cockpit-leeds
The song will be at - www.thewildeband.bandcamp.com
The video will be at - www.youtube.com/thewildetv
Another example of great local talent has a new single out. Classy, subtle and original, alt-acoustic act Lewis Fieldhouse follows up his last acclaimed single, The Water’s Fine with Don’t Be A Stranger.
This stop-start, loud-quiet slice of catchy indie pop is free to download right now through Soundcloud etc
Written in LA last year, Lewis recently supported Willy Mason and Tribes in concert.
Some live shows worth looking out for over the next week: Summer Saturnalia at Skipton this Friday and Saturday promises a feast of DJ-ing and electronica with the likes of Rob Booth.
The Shooters play the Blues Bar in Harrogate tomorrow, Friday with the sublime talent of Joe Noble on guitar – and he’s only 21! A member of this hot r’n’b band even emailed me to tell me how much the show means to them.
“I’m not sure if the good folks of Harrogate know how revered The Blues Bar is...it really is the Mecca for all blues players in the UK, the equivalent to playing The Marquee...it’s a real gem.”
The Cherry Lee Mews Band also play the same venue this Saturday night and are, reportedly, something special live.
Looking further ahead to two other shows, tribute act Take That Experience appear at The Engine Shed in Wetherby on Saturday, July 27.
Finally, Ripley Town Hall plays host to fine guitarist and vocalist Stevie Nimmo on August 3 courtesy of local promoters RipleyBlues.