Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category


SATURDAY JUNE 4th 2011

JIM DIAMOND & SNAKE DAVIS           £12.50

& Paul Liddell

The 13th fundraising concert for The Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal (Formerly Cookridge) Reg charity no 1075308.

Jim Diamond is best loved for his million selling hits “I Won’t Let You Down”, “I Should Have Known Better”, “Hi Ho Silver” and his beautifully haunting voice … Born in Glasgow’s East End, Jim, heavily influenced by the voices of Ray Charles and Otis Redding ,joined his first band at the age of 14. This brought his voice to the attention of the Godfather of British Blues, Alexis Korner, who invited him to work with him on his “Just Easy” album. Jim was then approached to go to Los Angeles to form a band with Earl Slick (guitarist on Bowie’s “Young Americans”) and Carmine Appice from Rod Stewart’s band. All three went on to write and record with Eddie Kramer, the legendary producer of Jimmi Hendrix. While in LA, Jim was asked to return to London to hook up with Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips from the Jeff Beck band and so Ph.D were formed. The first single taken from “Ph.D The Album”, “I Won’t Let You Down” went on to sell millions and become the classic song that it is today. When Ph.D went their separate ways, Jim signed to A&M Records. Taken from his 1984 solo album “Double Crossed” the single “I Should Have Known Better” went straight to No.1 and went on to be nominated for an Ivor Novello award. The song’s success became synonymous with the Band Aid single released at the same time when Jim urged the public to buy the charity single and not his own.

His next single “Hi Ho Silver” taken from his second solo album “Desire for Freedom” scored Jim another top ten hit.

Jim went on the road to perform his songs acoustically in art centres across the country ending up at the Edinburgh Festival where The Scotsman described him, in their 5 star review, as Scotland’s answer to Ray Charles and a writer of hidden depth. In the late nineties Jim met up with saxophonist Snake Davis and discovering a shared love of blues and soul they joined forces and performed together to critical acclaim, performing  together discovering a wonderful on and off-stage chemistry, based on their shared love of soul music, heartfelt melodies and great lyrics.

Snake Davis is well established as one of the UK’s leading Saxophonists. He is in demand from the biggest names on the British Popular music scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas. In recent years he has been extremely busy and in the public eye. As resident saxophonist on “Tonight With Jonathon Ross” he played with the likes of, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan and many more. He has been seen regularly on TV with the Eurythmics and M-People . He played all featured Saxophone and Flute parts – on record and tour – for Lisa Stansfield and M-People.

A definitive list of the famous musicians that Snake has toured and recorded with would be far too long to include here, here are but a few: M-People, Lisa Stansfield, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Culture Club, George Michael, Tina Turner,  Take That, Cher, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney,  Paul Young,  Pet-Shop Boys, Soul11Soul, Robert Palmer,  Motorhead, Primal Scream and the Spice Girls.

This is not the first time that Jim and Snake have played at the Shire Hall, in fact Jim’s very first appearance was back in 1998 for the very first Cookridge Cancer Centre appeal concert alongside Brian Willoughby who was then in the Strawbs. Other renowned artists who have appeared in the Cookridge (Now The Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal) series are: Jim and Snake (twice) The Groundhogs, Waterson:Carthy, Lindisfarne, Midge Ure, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Wilko Johnson and John Otway, Chris Farlowe and Mungo Jerry.

Over the years a significant amount of money has been raised for the appeal and this year, the 13th concert, it is hoped we can get past the 30k mark. With a superb musical entertainment such as this that must be a foregone conclusion?

It had become something of a tradition to feature two, sometimes three, support artists for this event but the person we have in that slot this year is so very, very good we thought we would give the audience the opportunity to sample the delight that is Paul Liddell in full.

Paul is already somewhat a veteran of the acoustic music world, having released two solo albums and an EP, and an EP with his band ‘Delphians’. His second album ‘A Lighthouse Keeper’s Diary’ was released on his own label ‘Regulus Music’ and was distributed in stores around the UK by Universal/Absolute. Paul is an experienced live performer too. His raw and unpretentious delivery combined with the use of live sampling, guitar percussion and layered vocal harmonies provide a great platform for his wonderful songs to shine. 

 Have a listen to Paul here…….

 May 7th 2011.

           ….THE HAMSTERS….    £14.

    

THE HAMSTERS PLAY JIMI HENDRIX & ZZ TOP!

                    25TH YEAR – FAREWELL TOUR!

The guitar, bass and drums trio THE HAMSTERS have long been established as one of our premier Blues-Rock attractions, having performed over 4,000 concerts in 24 years.

 Although usually playing their own brand of rootsy Rock, Blues and Americana – tonight they’ll be performing two sets of JIMI HENDRIX and ZZ TOP songs, for which they’re also widely regarded as being the UK’s leading interpreters. Guitarist/singer Slim has also just been featured in Guitarist magazine’s ‘Blues Guitar Heroes’ book. 

 “They’re fabulous: one of Britain’s very best live bands” – Bob Harris, Radio2

“No-one does Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top better”  The Times

“Technically flawless, before the Hamsters no-one has contemplated Hendrix covers on such a scale”      Vox

“They really kick ass…Slim is one of your greatest guitarists”   Walter Trout.

“Latest in a  distinguished line of great British power trio’s, the whole band are technically quite perfect…Slim is simply outstanding”     Blueprint

“Rock ‘n Roll at its very best…maximum impact…evil R ‘n B”   Guitarist

An added motivation to come to this gig, them being brilliant aside, is that they recently announced their retirement in March of next year so this is the very last chance you will have to see The Hamsters at the Shire Hall.

Please see below a personal message from Slim.

“This is to let you know that The Hamsters will be retiring in a year’s time: 1st April 1987 was the date of our first band rehearsal, and 1st April 2011 marks the start of our 25th year together. We’ve long discussed ending the Hamsters adventure at the completion of 25 years as we’ve each a lot of other things we’d like to do, but have never had the time. So, we’ve got one more year to say goodbye to you all , and will play our final show on 31st March 2012.”

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                                                  FRIDAY APRIL 22nd       

                                                  THE GOOD FRIDAY    £5

 

With: VINNIE  & THE STARS..COPASETIC and I SWIM WITH SHARKS     

 

Three top bands for a paltry fiver…how can you not come?

Copasetics got together in early 2009, initially intending to put together a couple of sets of reworked ‘60s rocksteady hits, but while they were busy having fun with those tunes their own material began to take over rehearsals.
Based around the songwriting efforts of front man Benj, the band’s sound is still evolving rapidly. Having put out their first EP release last summer featuring their confident take on the ska/punk sound, they are quickly growing into their own skin; experimenting with more diverse influences and sounds for their most recent material, and promising a future that isn’t tied too tightly to the fickle fortunes of the ska scene.
Vinne & The Stars…What can we say? Local heroes.. Craig ‘Vinnie’ Whitehead  started out as a solo acoustic artist and very soon got asked to perform with a full band.
 Never to be same members for each gig ‘The Stars’ were formed. After the release of their debut album ‘Swings and Roundabouts’ , numerous local festival appearances and suport slots, including Beverley Folk Festival and the Beatherder festival. They have decided to whittle down to a permanant lineup of three members.
Going forward into 2011 the band has introduced something fresh into a new sound. This includes some of its original live sound feel of blues, funk, hip hop, soul  and acoustic insrumentation, but also a modern sample based electronic twist.                                   
I Swim With Sharks…..3 piece leeds based band who play rock smothered aggro pop. Played 50 shows last year including secret garden party festival, Wickerman festival and lounge on the farm, releasing their first single of 2011 “just be good” on the 23rd of April. Putting together their debut album aimed for release in October 2011.

                      May 7th 2011.

           ….THE HAMSTERS….    £14.

    

THE HAMSTERS PLAY JIMI HENDRIX & ZZ TOP!

                    25TH YEAR – FAREWELL TOUR!

The guitar, bass and drums trio THE HAMSTERS have long been established as one of our premier Blues-Rock attractions, having performed over 4,000 concerts in 24 years.

 Although usually playing their own brand of rootsy Rock, Blues and Americana – tonight they’ll be performing two sets of JIMI HENDRIX and ZZ TOP songs, for which they’re also widely regarded as being the UK’s leading interpreters. Guitarist/singer Slim has also just been featured in Guitarist magazine’s ‘Blues Guitar Heroes’ book. 

 “They’re fabulous: one of Britain’s very best live bands” – Bob Harris, Radio2

“No-one does Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top better”  The Times

“Technically flawless, before the Hamsters no-one has contemplated Hendrix covers on such a scale”      Vox

“They really kick ass…Slim is one of your greatest guitarists”   Walter Trout.

“Latest in a  distinguished line of great British power trio’s, the whole band are technically quite perfect…Slim is simply outstanding”     Blueprint

“Rock ‘n Roll at its very best…maximum impact…evil R ‘n B”   Guitarist

An added motivation to come to this gig, them being brilliant aside, is that they recently announced their retirement in March of next year so this is the very last chance you will have to see The Hamsters at the Shire Hall.

Please see below a personal message from Slim.

“This is to let you know that The Hamsters will be retiring in a year’s time: 1st April 1987 was the date of our first band rehearsal, and 1st April 2011 marks the start of our 25th year together. We’ve long discussed ending the Hamsters adventure at the completion of 25 years as we’ve each a lot of other things we’d like to do, but have never had the time. So, we’ve got one more year to say goodbye to you all , and will play our final show on 31st March 2012.”

                                    BUY TICKETS HERE