By Graham Chalmers
THEY came, they rocked, they conquered - PseudoNympho have won Harrogate’s newest battle of the bands.
Organised by Lex of fellow Harrogate band Lobo, the exciting rockers came out tops by the narrowest of margins in the final at Vanilla café (ex-Crabtrees) last week by half a point (phew, that’s got to be the first 0.5 victory in the town‘s battle of the bands history!).
Just behind were the Screaming Eagles followed by young punk band Leatherpunch and the interesting-sounding Proof, a social and political, beat boxing and spoken word three-piece.
I’VE never been to New Jersey but mention the 70s and Springsteen and I somehow imagine it’s a magical place, well, in terms of its live music scene, perhaps.
A veteran musician who will know for sure is playing a village hall near Wetherby tomorrow night.
Singer-songwriter Willie Nile hails from New York and had been making records since the early days of ‘The Boss’ and albums such as Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. What’s more, he’s been an on-stage guest at a couple of recent Springsteen concerts and has toured the US with The Who.
Support at the show which is a fundraiser for the village hall and Martin House Hospice comes from a young rock band from Harrogate’s St John Fisher’s School called A Day In The Life plus Surrey-based outfit the Micky Kemp Band.
Entry costs £10 on the door.
HALLOWEEN nowadays sees all sorts of fancy dress mayhem going on but none is offered in a better musical cause than DJ Trev’s traditional Bottom of the Bottle annual Halloween Party at Rehab in Harrogate which always gives you that little bit more.
Taking place this Sunday, there’s live rock music from 9pm with RSJ from York, NxAxA and Carnelian plus - and this sounds very intriguing/exciting - Harrogate’s very first ‘super group’ - well, the only one I can think of.
The members hail from several of Harrogate’s best modern metal/hard rock/punk bands such as Drowned in Flames and **** with fire, who got me in trouble once when I omitted to asterix-ise their name (if that’s the right term?).
AS the annual AMP Awards always show, the Harrogate district produces just as many talented school bands in rock and indie as classical and jazz.
One of the latest ones, Crafters, recently made their live debut at the town’s ever-popular Blues Bar having turned up there regularly at its jam night, almost a rites of passage these days.
Aged between 15 and 17, lead vocalist Maxwell Granger, guitarist Tom Meyer, bassist Fraser Shepherd and drummer Olly Robinson played a set made up entirely of self-written originals.
That sort of professionalism (ooh, I hate that word) has already won them an appearances on BBC Introducing and Stray FM.
The band also have live dates coming up shortly at new venue The Club on Station Parade in Harrogate.
ANOTHER superb live blues/r n b act is coming up shortly thanks to promoters RipleyBlues.
Playing Ripley Town Hall on Saturday, November 12 are Junco Partners, who first made their name in Newcastle’s famous music haunts of the early 60s alongside The Animals.
More next week. . .
IT’S not often you get an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter in the village of Green Hammerton but its village hall is welcoming one on Sunday, November 6.
James Keelaghan hails from Toronto and has a wonderful back catalogue of songs about his native land.
The live show is courtesy of Badapple Theatre Company. More information from 01423 339168 or email email@example.com
FINALLY this week, a few quick mentions for things worth checking out:
The always-enjoyable Pete Oliver Band have a slew of local dates coming up, including The Mitre in Knaresborough this Sunday night.
It’s the charity screening of the Pink Floyd concert movie Pulse tonight at 7.30pm at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate for Saint Michael’s Hospice.
And last, but a very long way from least, Irish folk/blues/jazz royalty Mary Coughlan is in the house tomorrow night or, rather, at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough. www.kula-productions.com