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My new Creative and Cultural Column in HullMag

I am writing a new column with support from The Creative & Cultural Company Team in Hull.

Printed in Hull Mag Issue #17 2015

The Creative & Cultural Column by Alan Raw

Can You Name 10?

larkin selfportrait with camera

The European City of Culture this year is the Belgian town of Mons. If this has passed you by, you’re not alone. As our cultural neighbours we should follow their progress over the next year, share in their triumphs and hopefully learn from their mistakes.

All of which set me thinking about an old party game: name 10 famous Belgians (we didn’t have an Xbox). This game now seems particularly unfair as they produced a fine crop of artists and continue to do so. And do you know who invented the saxophone? Then there’s Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.

Which also set me thinking: what do we (Hull) bring to the year-long party in 2017? Could you and I name 10 Hull citizens with a national or international reputation in the arts?

Here’s my starter for 10 in no particular order:

1. Philip Larkin. One of Britain’s favourite poets, a literary A-lister. He unwittingly and perhaps unwillingly caused a cabal of 1st class poets to live and work in Hull. Many people rightly point out that Philip Larkin wasn’t born in Hull, but he lived here, worked here, wrote in and about the city; and put Hull on the international literary map. In true local style he was also the second Hull Poet to turn down the post of Poet Laureate.

2. Alan Plater. One of the telly and radio script writers from the golden age of TV drama. Another ‘famous son’ who wasn’t born in the city. He moved here from Jarrow when he was 3 years old but he grew up and went to school in the city. He gave Hull one of its few starring roles, in The Land of Green Ginger, a one off drama featured on A Play For Today. He was also called Alan (Good Man!).

3. Mick Ronson is arguably Hull’s greatest musical export; his appearance with Bowie on Top Of The Pops was seminal. He was a key player in some of Rock’s finest moments.

4. Throbbing Gristle. Part performance art, part “pop” music, the band and its members were in turns ignored and demonized by much of the press for their dark and challenging sound and subject matter. Band members moved on to projects from the comparatively poppy Psychic TV to a less audience friendly Dadaist performance art.

5. Sean McAllister. A Hull factory worker turned film maker and responsible for some of the most emotionally powerful documentaries of recent times, check out The Liberace of Baghdad.

6. Hull has turned out so many well know actors, it’s hard to choose just one, but I’m going with Sir Tom Courtenay. Dr Zhivago, Billy Liar, The Dresser, need I say more.

7. J Arthur Rank, a flour magnate turned movie mogul, as you do. The result was the Rank Organisation, Pinewood Studios and classic films such as Kind Hearts and Coronets & Whisky Galore. He gave the creative freedom to some of Britain’s best film makers including Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger & David Lean. Legend!

8. Barrie Rutter. A TV and stage actor turned director, he set up the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company, which proudly gives a northern voice to Shakespeare.

9. Jean Rook. Self-proclaimed First Lady of Fleet Street, she was the first female editor of a national Sunday paper and a long-standing opinion columnist at the Daily Express and yes Jean was from ‘Ull.

10. Last but not least, Sir Alfred Gelder. A nationally renowned Architect of the Victorian period, he came to Hull all the way from North Cave to make his fortune. He was responsible for making Hull one of the finest cities during his lifetime.

So that’s the first 10 out of my head. How did you do? Who said Maureen Lipman first…? And you can’t count Ben Watt & Tracey Thorn as separate ones, you just get 1 for Everything but the Girl. You could have had The Housemartins or Dame Jenni Murray as she went to Hull Uni, as did our City of Culture champion, Rosie Millard, along with actor and president of Equity, Malcolm Sinclair, award winning film director, Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, Truly, Madly, Deeply, The Talented Mr Ripley, The English Patient), and poet Roger McGough. John Godber worked in Hull Uni, as did former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, so you can have them too.

And what about Norman Cook, Roland Gift, The Watersons, actors John Alderton and Ian Carmichael, 50s pop star, David Whitfield, League of Gentlemen actor/writer, Reece Shearsmith, stand up comedian, Isy Suttie, 17th century poet, Andrew Marvell and…I could go on and maybe we should. In fact, let’s play this game more often and start telling more people who and what Hull can bring to the party in 2017.

Tayala from Hull

Here’s a great music video for Stay by Tayala filmed by ShootJMoore in Hull.

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: info@tayala.com.

Photo of Tayala by shootjmoore
Photo of Tayala by shootjmoore

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#

#HullYes #2017Hull

Treason Kings

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.

Ming City Rockers

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 should be massive

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

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

Written and performed by Emily Moulton. Recorded at Mountain Sound Recording Studio Hull. Engineered and Produced by Patrick Tobin

Hayley Gaftarnick consistently creates outstanding music

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/

Nineties Boy

Here’s Nineties Boy a UK Northern Rapper from Hull, with a style all of his own.

He has a few very promising collaboration going on musically with the mighty Endoflevelbaddie and Hull band Tayala.

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Here’s Luke Nineties Boy Chambers doing his own thing:

Glassbody

A very good new track & video by Leeds band Glassbody. I first saw them in the heats of Centre Stage in Leeds, where they went on to win in the O2 Academy Leeds. A Leeds/Reading Festival appearance followed and they really went for it. Impressing the crowds at both sites. Now a year on they have impressed me again with this new release.

The Beaus

Love this new video by Yorkshire band The Beaus

They’ve been around for a few years now, developing the craft. One thing that has developed alongside their music, is their ability to make their own videos really well. This video should also gain them a few Bob Hope fans too, hopefully.