I was in Leeds at the end of last week and had an evening to myself
before a load of meetings.
It's a while since I was in central Leeds and the speed and extent
of development is astonishing. New high-rise buildings seem
to be going up all around the city centre. I don't know how the
good people of Leeds feel about the transformation but it certainly
looks impressive. There seems to be something about a time when
lots of development is happening which gives developers permission
to be a bit adventurous and even whimsical. I just caught these
birds out of the corner of my eye and had to stop for a
A quick check on the web threw up some live music at a really good
cafe bar called The Wardrobe, it's just near the West Yorkshire
was singing with her compact (but perfectly formed)
band of keyboards, guitars, bass and drums.
What a find. Every member earned their keep and then some with some
really solid bass (Neil Innes) and drums (Andy Marshall)
intelligently overlaid by creative and virtuoso piano from Joe
Tatton and some blinding slide guitar from Rob Durbin.
I didn't go to Leeds specifically to see Cara, but had I realised
how good she is I probably would have done. The Album Keeper Lit is
consistently fine and deserves wider recognition – you can get it
online from Amazon.co.uk or by Paypal, direct from Cara.
SUN - Cara Robinson
Even during the early stages of her career, Cara Robinson was
writing and recording with notable artists from a huge range of
musical genres, including David Holmes, LTJ Bukem and upcoming EMI
artist, Corinne Bailey Rae. She has toured throughout the UK as a
session singer, backing singer and solo artist. As a backing singer
for Sony's Rhianna, she toured Japan and the UK, supporting
Jamiroquai and Beverly Knight. Her soulful, thoughtful and innocent
voice has featured on various documentaries for Ulster TV.
Keeper Lit is Cara's impressive debut album, which she wrote and
produced with keyboard player Joe Tatton. the closeness of the band
has been established over years of working together and is audible
in the tightness of the grooves and subtleties of the tunes.
The collaborative work ignores all musical boundaries and
acknowledges all that is good about blues, folk, alt-country and
rock, giving more than a nod of gratitude to Cara's roots in
Leeds - Wardrobe - 21st Oct, 12am - 1:30am, Motown
Leeds - Hi-Fi 27th Oct - Oxfam charity gig Album
Leeds - Dr Wu's 11th Nov - Album Gig Cara Robinson
News from Kat Leese
she'll be playing UK solo dates at the end of
January and is searching for good venues. Let me know if you've got
a venue suggestion and I'll pass it on to Kat. I'll keep you
Girlfriend go crazy - Miss the
Formed in Glasgow in 2003, MTO (Roz Davies, Magnus Hughson and
Derek Butters) stick to a three-piece ethic with songs punchy, pacy
and loud. A single was released on Skribble Records in March 2006,
and the band are looking to release their first album, which was
recorded with Mark Nicol in April.
Also heard from MyVisor
this week. They have a full on electric gig on Saturday (21st) at
The Marquee on Cattlemarket Street in Norwich.
Nothing at all - Wired all
(California) FIRST PLAY
Rock producer supergroup, Jeff Turzo (God Lives Underwater, Paul
Oakenfold) and Matt Mahaffey (Self, Beck) turn modern rock into a
menacing pop beast, complete with chopped up distorted guitars,
breakbeats, catchy harmonized choruses and song-flows from
tongue-in-cheek chic to balls out rock. On top of that
Hopa di Bida - Fishtank
(New York, USA)
Fishtank formed around the arrival in our midst of the gifted young
fiddler Fabrice Martinez. Originally from France, he has spent the
last seven years traveling around Europe in a mule-drawn caravan
learning and playing folk music with the ensemble "Croque Mule."
Much of that time was spent living in Rumania
Tomorrow - Kiran Hungin
Vocals - Kiran Hungin
Guitar - Rachael Wood
Live / on future EP (yay):
Guitar - Tom Rogers, Bass - Dan, Drums/percussion – Shane
So, I'm from the North East. Teesside to be precise. With one
parent from Surrey and the other born and raised in Nairobi, you
might say my upbringing wasn't a typically Northen affair. Though I
do say words such as 'class'... and on occasion, 'mint' - but
usually that one only escapes when conversing with my younger (and
extremely more Northern I might add) sibling.
Songwriting is my chocolate. Actually it's my Haribo. It's my
friend, my enemy, my life coach, my bully, my lover and my pet. You
get the idea. I think a lot. About everything. Sometimes my brain
feels like it will cave in due to excess thoughtage, so in a sense
the process of my brain spilling out words into songs is not only
cathartic, but a self-defence mechanism. A funking great one.
Kiran is playing the Winelight
in Norwich on 1st November.
Winelight Club (Norwich,
This Saturday (21st October), the Winelight is playing host to a
special event, As part of the Norwich Food Festival, the club, in
association with the Wine Press, is proud to present an evening of
superb entertainment and dinner at the Wine Press, Norwich.
For an all inclusive price of £19.50 (which includes a £3 discount
to newsletter subscribers) you can enjoy a 2 course a la carte meal
and a full set from the enigmatic and mesmerising Naama Hillman
Naama, who played a stunning set at their last Wednesday club
night, rarely plays in the UK instead preferring to accept
lucrative offers to appear at the infamous Zappa Club (Tel Aviv)
and GBGB’s (New York). This is indeed a rare opportunity to see and
hear such talent in such intimate surroundings in the UK. One not
to be missed. Reservations 01603 622134
On my way up to Leeds, I was listening to PC Podcast 65 when Pete
Cogle played an astounding song from Cornwall (here in the UK)
rendered as dub reggae. So you have traditional instruments and all
the trimming of dub. As Pete said to me,
"I just love the way some artists juxtapose some of the most
unexpected musical styles and come up with a great sound.
Just got to find some hurdy-gurdy thrash metal for next weeks show
I was going to resist the temptation but I think I'll have to
contact the band, Begas Deval and see if I can play it on Suffolk
'n' Cool but if you can't wait check out show 65 of PC Podcast at
Hold on - Tim Armstrong (California,
Formerly of Operation Ivy and currently in Rancid, Tim Armstrong is
a Bay Area Punk LEGEND. He has a brand new solo release called 'A
Poet's Life' on that drops 11/7 on Epitaph Records.