The Lovely Eggs Tonight The Lovely Eggs play the first gig of their tour to promote the new album, ‘This is Eggland’. It’s all rather special as the venue is ‘The Yorkshire House’, a gig-loving pub in the band’s hometown of Lancaster. The Yorkshire House is a small venue and the tickets quickly sold-out when they went on sale, so we are expecting a classic hot sweaty evening of gyrating bodies and uplifting loud music.


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Nadine Shah Geordie singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, has been making a real impact with her impassioned ‘Holiday Destination’, one of the best albums of 2017. While the album seethes with anger at the state of the world, Shah has a reputation as a very charming and personable performer who also likes the odd tipple, so we await the start of the gig with interest.


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Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer A guitarist; drummer and bassist take the stage and do a short warm up to herald the entrance of Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer. The two are sisters, raised in rural Alabama, bound and sometimes separated by a deeply tragic event witnessed during their teenage years. Both went on to individual and critically acclaimed recording careers but, now as ‘forty-somethings’, they have just recorded their first album together. Tonight they play all ten songs from Not Dark Yet in virtual track-list order.


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Wand A week ago I hadn’t heard of Wand. Then they were in session on Marc Riley’s Radio 6 programme. I was impressed and then, checking them out, I found they were appearing at the Brudenell a matter of days later as part of a short UK tour. So then it was frantic efforts to get along to Leeds.


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The Weather Station “In order to successfully put on a performance you have to take up space in a room and you have to allow it to be a situation where people are listening to you and you have to be comfortable with that and you have to feel like you have something to say”. So said Tamara Lindeman aka The Weather Station in her documentary short ‘Sentiment & Memory’. Despite suffering from a cold and the inevitable angst associated with the first night of a headlining UK tour she, to use her words, “made it” at the Leeds Brudenell.


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A Tribute to Dave ‘Swarb’ Swarbrick Dave Swarbrick was an iconic figure in the folk music scene, probably most famous for being fiddler, singer and composer with folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention and for his collaborations with English folk-revival legend Martin Carthy. Gig Junkies reviewed their concert at Settle’s Victoria Hall in 2015, on what turned out to be their final tour together. Alas Dave passed-away in 2016 leaving instructions that there should be no funeral. However, before he died he did talk about one last celebratory bash with his friends. Now some of those musical friends and collaborators have got together to organise a touring tribute to the man and his music – ‘Swarb! Suits Him Well’. Hebden Bridge is the first date of the tour and The Trades Club is sold-out.


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The Pictish Trail Isle of Eigg resident Johnny Lynch has been performing as Pictish Trail since the early 2000’s. He describes himself as ‘svelt, intelligent, adorable balladeer, trapped inside the body of an oversized, oft-bearded folk ogre’ and his musical genre as ‘lo-fi scmaltz’. A larger-than-life figure, Lynch is co-organiser of the Howlin Fling Festival on Eigg, he has apparently played at every single Green Man Festival and is head of Lost Map records (he previously ran Fence Records). Clearly unmissable.


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Hookworms Hookworms are a five-piece Leeds-based band who have been getting some great reviews and radio play (Radio 6’s Marc Riley being a particular enthusiast) and they are renowned for making a full-on racket. Tonight they are playing close to base at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club and a good number of their fans have turned out to see them. It’s the first gig of their current tour, with the next one scheduled for their home city at Leeds Brudenell Social Club (reputedly their favourite venue) this coming weekend.


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Lost Horizons Tonight is a step into the unknown to see a new band, Lost Horizons, performing songs from their debut album ‘Ojalá’ (meaning ‘hopefully’ in Spanish). I’m prompted to check them out as Lost Horizons is a return to playing music for a musical hero, Simon Raymonde, formerly of The Cocteau Twins and the man behind the revered Bella Union record label. Lost Horizons is a joint project with drummer Richie Thomas, formerly of 1980s post-punk band Dif Juz and a guy with an impressive musical pedigree, having toured with iconic acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Felt, as well as The Cocteau Twins.


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Richard Thompson and his Electric Trio Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson is certainly a workaholic and is prolific in his recorded output. As well as frequent touring and producing new work on studio albums he has recently started to revisit some of his past work. Following the release of ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release ‘Acoustic Rarities’ (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October 6, just ahead of his UK tour. ‘Acoustic Rarities’ is new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.

Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.


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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Earlier this year Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard announced that the band would be releasing as many as five new albums this year. At the time this may have seemed a rash hostage-to-fortune statement, but it’s now August and their third album of 2017 has just appeared. So they may still be on-target for five. How can they make all these albums in a year? Well, beside the fact that KGATLW are very industrious in terms of work ethic, the answer may be that, as they obviously don’t want to get typecast in terms of genre and style, they work through all sorts of experimental ideas and collaborations and quickly move on. In the future any attempt to do a KGATLW ‘best of’ selection is going to be a very tricky job, given the sheer breath of styles the band have taken in.


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The Mekons The Mekons are a musical institution. Starting off as an arty punk band with attitude at Leeds University in the 1970s, they’ve evolved over the years as a politically and socially-aware collective of musicians expanding out of the punk genre into folk, country, dub and all sorts. They decamped to the USA in the 1990s and have, as they say, a large cult following including one Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy). However, tonight we’re privileged to witness one of only a few reunion gigs being performed by the original 1977-9 line-up of drummer Jon Langford, guitarists Kevin Lycett and Tom Greenhalgh and singers Mark White and Andy Corrigan.


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Welcome to the North Certain parts of the mainstream music media will tell you that guitar music is dead and there are no good bands coming through. It is absolute nonsense. There is an absolute wealth of talent just bubbling under ready to explode. Go to any This Feeling gig, especially one of their festival stages, and you will witness the evidence for yourself. George Holmes has worked with This Feeling and was now putting on his own festival of some of the brightest up and coming bands from The North. 16 acts in 10 hours or so on 2 stages. This was gonna be intense. Welcome to the North 2017.


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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Wow! A truly mind-blowing evening at Manchester's Albert Hall with Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Catch them live if you can..


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