I love Rich Duffy-Howards photographs
The launch of PoP (Pride of Place) in Hull’s Princes Quay last night was a night to remember! The Creative and Cultural Company’s art space is a big, bright, modern gallery. It’s in a shopping centre on stilts in a quay, right in the centre of the city, and at last night’s launch it was buzzing and vibrant. There was a wealth of art and culture on display, on screen, and even parading round the shopping centre on stilts – yes, that makes stilts on stilts! Thanks to PoP Curator, Alan Raw and partners for organising a great show, and for inviting us to contribute.
We are delighted to contribute the music for Sirens Gaze Productions short film trailer about Robert Louis Stevenson which was screened for the first time in the UK at the PoP launch. You can see the trailer and the Indiegogo
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Hull band Tayala are rising stars of the City of Culture. I’ve already featured their collaboration with Nineties Boy and Endoflevelbaddie. Now they deserve a recommendation of their own. Every time I’ve seen them in an intimate gig like The Sesh or on an open air festival stage. They stand out and I recommend that any venue or event should book them and put them high on the bill. Contact the band by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like Tayala on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TayalaUK.
Get their tracks on Bandcamp: http://tayala.bandcamp.com/.
Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tayala.
Follow Tayala on Twitter: @TayalaOfficial.
See their photo stream on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tayalaofficial#
One of the best live bands I’ve seen are releasing tunes for your enjoyment. The release date is 23rd December 2013. I saw them at the 360 club in Leeds and had to tell them how impressed I was. I now have the T’shirt and have had the pleasure of interviewing Treason Kings on the radio. I suggest you check them out live, they’re one hell of an act.
KARI aka Kari Amirian is in the final steps of producing her second album. She has co-produced it with the very gifted Jon Headly from Modo Stare.
When KARI played live in session on my BBC Introducing West Yorkshire show. It was clear that I was in the presence of greatness. A classically educated musician, with a unique contemporary style, strong indie-pop vocal melodies and minimal, experimental, electronic soundscapes. Kari’s music is deeply thoughtful, beautiful and spiritual, with outstanding arrangements and orchestration.
In other-words KARI is one to watch.
Official Music Video for “Hurry Up
Kari live in session on my BBC Introducing show
Find out more here
Today’s recommendation is Ming City Rockers one of the very few bands to grab my attention from Immingham in Lincolnshire. The band consists of a scruffy bunch of rock’n’rollers named; Clancy Jones on Rhythm Guitar, vocals & harmonica, Morely Adams on Lead Guitar & backing vocals, Doc Ashton on the drums and Jakki Walsh on bass guitar.
They are definitely a band you have to see live to fully appreciate their craft. I first saw them several months ago at The Sesh which is a long standing and outstanding new bands night in Hull, just over the bridge for the band (you should check it out on a Tuesday night, it’s free). They blew me away with their on stage energy. They have an an old fashioned punk style, but they have elements in it that are unmistakably individual to them.
I’ve been playing them since on the BBC Introducing Humberside, but unfortunately there has only been a couple of tracks that Ofcom rules allow us to play onair (language issues & rudeez). So this one is just for my blog:
They have a good quality website with all the gigs on: http://www.mingcityrockers.co.uk/ Go and see them live.
Endoflevelbaddie is a DJ & producer who evolved into the live band of choice for many festivals. Highlights for the band include:
LIVE HEADLINE PERFORMANCE ON ZANE LOWE & HUW STEPHENS RADIO 1 TAKE OVER, LIVE DJ WARM-UP SET FOR PETE TONG, PLAYED THE LEEDS & READING FESTIVAL, PLAYED HEADLINE SLOTS AT BEACH BREAK LIVE, KENDAL CALLING, GALTRES, FREEDOM FESTIVAL AND HAD BBC RADIO 1 AND 1XTRA AIRPLAY
Baddie has hand picked a band of masked stage masters, in the shape of: MC/Hypeman ‘PLAYER ONE’(Ghana/London), VJ ‘EYESAW’(Leeds) and DRUM BOSS ‘BEATEMUP'(Gotham), they are a force to be reckoned with. Together they provide an incredible amount of energy on stage; turning an unassuming crowd of strangers into a seething mass of limb flailing, head nodding, foot stomping, shape throwing fans wherever they go! At Galtres they also had live bass and trumpet to delight the crowds.
Find out more on the bands site http://endoflevelbaddie.com/index.html
I am admittedly totally bias on this one
Emily Moulton is a song writer with a awesome talent. Mix that with the facts she has a golden voice and fine guitar skills and you realise what a bright future she should have ahead of her. This is film of her playing a session on BBC Introducing Humberside filmed independantly by the very talented Josh Moore
‘No Way Out’ wass her first release featuring three tracks recorded completely live at Mountain Sound Recording Studio Hull.
Get some for yourself, from her bandcamp page: http://emmilymoulton.bandcamp.com/album/no-way-out-ep
Hayley Gaftarnick, is one of Leeds finest solo performers. An independent singer/song-writer who consistently creates outstanding music
Hayley’s debut single ‘Turn To Stone’ has gained her a lot of well deserved credit. The song is about unrequited love. Which is something I’m surprised she has experience of as everyone who hears her is instantly hooked.
Here’s Hayley’s ‘live’ video version of ‘Turn To Stone’
The single is from her album ‘Circles’. Featuring some of Yorkshires finest musicians, Rosie Doonan (Rose and The Howling North/Cuckoo Records/Cry Baby Cry), JonnyTheFirth(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Adam Richards(Spirit of John/Xray Cat Trio/Cuckoo Records, Sam Lawrence(Wilful Missing/Gary Stewart/Rosie Doonan), Nici Todd(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Samuel Thornton(Louis, Louis, Louis) Richard Collie(Hotfoot Powder/Louis,Louis,Louis), Simon Beddoe(Submotion Orchestra/Haggis Horns), Lee Smith(Middleman/Greenmount Studio’s), Jamie Lockhart (Mi, Mye./Greenmount Studio’s)
Hayley’s Album launch of ‘Circles’ will follow on October 4th at Brudenel Social Club in Leeds. There’s more info here http://www.reverbnation.com/hayleygaftarnick/press/