The first Loudhailer Acoustic, all acoustic open mic night at our new home – Cottingham’s ace live music venue, The Back Room – was fabulous. Thanks to Paul Sutton for a smashing welcome, a lovely friendly atmosphere and great live music philosophy.
It’s always good to see familiar and new faces in the audience as well as players, so special thanks to everyone who came to listen to the music. Players are welcome, just let us know if you are coming to play. But you don’t have to play to come, it’s always a top night out with an amazing range of fabulous live acoustic music, so all are welcome to come and listen to the music and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
We managed to pack in no less than 15 performers who played three song sets – that includes a couple of duos, but still, what a night!
There were so many highlights that I’m at risk of writing a novel, so instead I’ll caption Rich’s photos. It really did feel like we’d been on an adventure through everyone’s amazing songs and stories – from Hessle Road to Nashville, via the Mississippi. We ventured through Victorian England from the gutter to high society. There were (slightly) rebellious antics, pirates, crocodiles, bluebirds and some fabulous boogie woogie whoops. We headed up to Hartlepool, and back down to London where we popped into the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973 and stopped off to vote (30 seconds well spent) on the way back to Asda on Hessle Road. I was captivated throughout the whole evening.
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Peculiar Blue – Over from West Yorkshire it was great to welcome Lyn & Paul, fresh from gigging in France, who were in great voice with a classy set of original songs, full of light and shade.
Terry Igoe – 3 terrific uplifting songs belted out in style with a smile. Terry’s When I‘m Dead is a classic.
Jim Orwin – Jim’s Hessle Road trilogy was brilliant – breathtakingly good songwriting. Got to mention the superb Half Ballad for Bobby Pearce
Paul Sutton – How cool that we were treated to some splendid blues guitar songs by Paul. I felt like joining in with his smooth rendition of the Hamster’s Rocket in my Pocket.
Frankie Flowers – A big Loudhailer welcome to Frankie – two gorgeous original songs beautifully sung and played and a great rendition of a cool Dolly Parton song.
Two Short Planks – Rob & Roger took us back to Hessle Road with a great true story and songs including the re-imagined ballad of King and Queeny
Pete McLeod – Pete sandwiched Tom Mason’s Any Port in a Storm between a Bob Dylan song and a classic traditional northern ballad he made famous.
Graham Beck – Graham is always fabulously slick and entertaining – and tonight his very funny Plastic Gnomes in ASDA was totally brill.
Steve Clarke – Welcome to Steve who topped off the night with some original and thoughtful north of England style songs and a favourite David Bowie classic.
Brian Williams – Feel good foot stomping delta blues songs, spoons, bones, washboard with bells on, whoops and calls, boogie woogie grooves and duelling harmonicas. And that’s one person playing it all! Let’s hear it for Sonny Boy!
I’m introducing Pete here. Rich & I got things going with a couple of our most lively songs
Jeff Parsons – Jeff’s mesmerising song A Taste of Sugar was complemented by a great dedication to our host Paul – Racing with the Devil on his Gibson 335 in the school hall. And Jeff’s Pete Townsend windmills deserve a shout out.
What a top Loudhailer Acoustic at The Back Room – here’s to many more.
The next Loudhailer Acoustic is Thursday 6th November. All welcome to come and listen to the music. It helps us to plan if you let us know if you’re coming to play.
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