True legend Georgie Fame at Ripley

Georgie Fame.
Georgie Fame.

THE word “legend” is bandied around far too often these days, including by myself sometimes.

But it’s hard to think of another word more appropriate for a musician who has remained successful for more than 40 years having scaled creative and commercial peaks whose impact reverberates on the history of British r’nb music to this very day.

One such figure is Georgie Fame who plays Ripley Town Hall next Wednesday night.

As well as recording 20 albums and scoring 14 hit singles, taking British blues in a new, soulful, more jazz-inflected way, it’s easy to forget that the 68-year-old Hammond organ and blue-eyed soul maestro got his first break playing with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent on a UK tour aged just 16.

Despite his veteran status today, Fame has never strayed far from what’s happening when it’s happening.

With his jazz expertise, he was actually on Robbie William’s 2001 album Swing When You’re Winning, well, almost.

As he explained to Norman Bender on a German tour in 2003, “I walked into a studio in New York at the end of a Bill Wyman tour and layed some organ on That’s Life.

“Apparently Williams didn’t like his vocal so it didn’t actually go on the album.”

Some tickets are still available at or in person at Ripley Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 7.30pm to 11pm.

LOCAL singer-songwriter Elliott Long, who John Street revellers (that’s a strange word!) may have caught this talented chap playing at the Pitcher and Piano on most Sunday nights, has made the regional final of the Open Mic UK competition.

Compared to the likes of James Morrison, Ed Sheeran and Kelly Jones from Stereophonics, part of his test is to drum up support in X Factor style for his appearance at Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday, October 16.

If you’d like a ticket to see him in the final, please email him at

LIVE rock with a Rocky Horror theme breaks out at The Regency in Harrogate tomorrow night for Cancer Research. The acts appearing are excellent local bands Drowned in Flames, Waking Theo and Stiltetto Farm.

ONE local covers band which always gets people up and dancing and singing along is Friday Nightclub.

The boys do literally play just about everything with classics from the likes of The Stones and The Beatles, The Stone Roses and Duffy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ocean Colour Scene.

Catch them live tonight, at The Harlow in Harrogate.

OF all those likeable bands who briefly made a name for themselves during the Britpop era, only a few seemed to produce work of lasting interest.

Martin Carr, the inventive leader of one of those precious few, The Boo Radleys, is playing a solo gig at Korks in Otley tonight. As well as the big hit Wake Up and some of the band’s bouncier pop moments, expect plenty of his own quirky, solo numbers of a more electronic bent. If we’re lucky he might even revisit two of my favourite Boo Radleys’ albums - Giant Steps and C’Mon Kids.

For tickets, visit or telephone 01943 462020.

NEW venue The Clock in Knaresborough has proper rock live tonight, Friday from three great local acts including the long-awaited return of BoogenHaagen, an acoustic set from Aaran Bertenshaw and a headlining set from modern garage blues-rock band Idle Maestro who are unveiling their new EP. Entry is a highly modest £2.