Wolf eyes a lively audience

Patrick Wolf.
Patrick Wolf.

ONE of the UK’s most acclaimed and extravagant pop acts is coming to play the area shortly - and he’s hoping there are no stage invasions this time, writes Graham Chalmers.

Patrick Wolf, whose latest album Lupercalia shows him to be in the form of his life, plays The Cockpit in Leeds on Thursday, October 27.

Talking to me on the phone from his London office, he said northern crowds tended to be a lot livelier than in the south of the country.

“There tends to be less screaming at our shows in southern parts of the UK. Leeds has always been pretty manic. There are more stage invasions at shows in the north. I think there’s a difference in manners and temperament.”

The flamboyant South Londoner is well know for his imaginative visuals and deeply personal songwriting.

Wolf said: “I do try different approaches when I’m writing to see which works best but I’d feel like a fake if I was trying to be Lou Reed or David Bowie. It doesn’t feel like me.

“Even on the new album, Lupercalia, on Bermondsey Street, the observations are all about me. He does this, she does that, I’m still talking about myself.”

Lupercalia is the fifth album by the provocative Wolf, who appeared at Leeds Festival in the summer.

It’s also one of his most upbeat, poppy releases to date.

Still, full-scale success seems to evade him somehow, which may not be a total surprise for, despite his talent, he reveals that it wasn’t hair dye he used on the cover of Lupercalia. . .

Wolf said: “When I was making that spartan white cover I was using blood, not make-up. But I don’t think there’s anything flamboyant about smearing blood across my face.”

Most of this 28-year-old’s influences these days seem to be literary or artistic, rather than musical.

“The artefacts in my house are mainly tapestries or pictures of Yeats. Ten years ago it would have been Debbie Harry and Marianne Faithful and Buffy Saint Marie, now it’s dead writers and dead artists. Perhaps my pop ideals have been shattered by my experiences in the last ten years in the music industry.”

Despite receiving the most airplays of his career for recent single The City, Wolf revealed he’s already hard at work on a collection of brand, new songs.

“I’ve been writing a lot for an EP I’m bringing out shortly with six new songs. They are a bit strange, experimental. I’ve been trying different modes.

“The last few albums were recorded in big studios, this one is going to be very, very personal with a homemade feel.”

Tickets for Patrick Wolf’s show at The Cockpit in Leeds are available from SeeTickets and Jumbo Records.

IT’S D-Day for local singer-songwriter Elliott Long, who John Street revellers (that’s a strange word!) may have enjoyed playing at the Pitcher and Piano on most Sunday nights. This Sunday sees Long competing in the regional final of the Open Mic UK competition at Dewsbury Town Hall .

He’s got less than four minutes to impress panel of music biz judges with his Radio 1 Live lounge-like act.

If you’d like a ticket to see him in the final, please email him at Elliot@specialisedcovers.com

IT’S already sold out but it’s worth mentioning that the lovely Beverley Craven is back at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough tomorrow, Saturday where fans can hear this songstress play her 1990 international hit Promise Me and some more recent tracks courtesy of local promoters Kula.

THAT jolly enjoyable, family-friendly music festival Deer Shed which attracts a big crowd each July to North Yorkshire is already well on with its preparations for next year.

Tickets for 2012 are on sale already and there’s a bonus for the first 150 early bird holders who will get a discount. More information at www.deershedfestival.com

TALKING of festivals, a top quality indie one takes place tonight and tomorrow in Leeds.

Utilising three venues; The Library, Brudenell Social Club and Royal Park Cellars, among the acts playing the annual Brainwash Festival are a few familiar to audiences of the Harrogate International Festival Fringe such as Tubelord and Arthur Rigby & The Baskervilles, as well as the likes of Paul Thomas Saunders, The Icarus Line and more,

For information, visit brainwashfestivalleeds.bandcamp.com

A FORMER Rossett High School student from Harrogate is taking the live music world by storm.

Self-taught Gipsy jazz guitarist Kourosh Kanani, who is only 19, has a slew of dates lined up with his jazz trio Risen Future which also includes Simon Parkinson from Knaresborough.

Having jammed with musicians all over the world at the Django Rheinhardt Festival in France over the summer, he’s ready to conquer closer to home.

BEDALE Riverside Club is the venue for a gig next Saturday, October 22 for fans of both Status Quo and the Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre.

The charity show will feature performances from Stateless Crows (a Quo tribute band), local band The Majors plus duo Alan & Diane.

For tickets costing £5 (incl buffet), please telephone 01677 424 844.

THE Alexandra pub in Harrogate has been putting on some great live shows recently.

After last night’s appearance by Oceans (the band formerly known as Kasiuss), next Thursday there’s a rare live show by the mighty MFOR with the promise of some slamming new tunes from singer Paul Kettley and co.

GEORGIE Fame last week, the Nimmo Brothers next, it’s proving to be another high quality year for local promoters RipleyBlues.

Playing Ripley Town Hall on Saturday, October 22, the Nimmo Brothers have been hailed as “the most exciting rock/blues band to come out of the UK for years.”

More information from www.ripleyblues.com