July 2014

…And the Hangnails at the Duchess, York

This guitar/drums two-piece from York is one of my favourite live acts at the moment. They’re very loud, very talented and true gents, too. Their album launch certainly didn’t disappoint; following some excellent support, they played a top-notch set with Steve’s mesmerising drumming (pictured) and Martyn’s howling vocals and guitar. Fantastic new music.  

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Carnabells at The Wardrobe, Leeds

  On a balmy summer’s evening, Carnabells rocked into town to take part in the city’s Futuresound competition at The Wardrobe, a ‘battle of the bands’-type contest with the coveted prize of a Leeds/Reading Festival slot later this year up for grabs. Fresh from playing their first Glastonbury, their retro-styled indie sound brought in plenty of […]

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Re-opening night at the Fulford Arms, York

  Upon entering the new-look Fulford Arms after its refurbishment, it was clear to see they’ve taken it seriously. A larger stage, the bar in a completely different position and an opened-up central area have all been geared towards live music, while the large windows and good beer retain its pub charm. This inaugural show was put […]

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Sicilia

It really is a beguiling place, and somewhere that’s fascinated me for a little while now. I don’t think it’s just down to reading The Godfather, either; Sicily is an island with its own identity, its own landscape and its own culture. Time to relax, recharge and contemplate.

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