Thanks to everyone who came to the Star Wars day edition of Loudhailer Acoustic. We thoroughly enjoyed a lovely night of most eclectic acoustic music, percussion and poetry. Rich and I opened the show with a couple of acoustic numbers destined for the next Loudhailer Electric Company album before introducing North Wood Drift. Cathy & Dez Allenby and Phil Friend each took the lead vocal on a trio of lovely songs and were joined by Jeff Parsons on 60s inspired lead guitar for Dez’s excellent new protest song – 1968. Great to welcome Ryan Mosleh to Loudhailer Acoustic for the first time with a pair of cool originals. I loved Catherine Scott’s poems from her terrific new book The Brazen Maiden from Hull and spent this morning perusing the poems, a perfect combination of laugh out loud humour and social commentary with a smattering of tenderness at just the right moments – highly recommended. Next up great to hear Jeff’s solo songs; the enticingly titled The Scale (right way up guitar) and the brilliant Mystified on bouzouki. Zachary Theodorou closed the first half with a fantastic atmospheric room rumbling percussion set which included a fine snare composition and the debut performance of Angie Theodorou’s thunder storm performed with aplomb. Time for a beer and a chat before welcoming Ian Martinson to open the second half.
We’re always really pleased to catch up with old friends, and it was especially good to welcome my Red Guitars buddy Jeremy Kidd to Loudhailer Acoustic. Jeremy played a terrific brand new version of a long lost Red Guitars song – Almost. It was always a great live song in the set but no recordings of the original survive. It has a very catchy chorus – referencing Wreckless Eric’s Whole Wide World and Hull bands of the time, Ruby and the Takeaways and Addis and the Fliptops – but none of us could remember the verse. Jeremy’s new version for Hull 2017 with brand new verses and great band memories in the chorus, The Gargoyles, Johnny Solo, MG Greaves, yeah! Rich and Jeff and I joined him on stage to play an impromptu Good Technology, lotsa fun. Martin Peirson followed with a lovely duo of songs from his new album, great stuff. Next up Brian Williams treated us to a storming oo eee bring it on blues harp pair of songs before Back Room Paul Sutton’s classy Americana sounds set down a cool laid back atmosphere. The finale for the night was provided by no less than former Ruby and the Takeaway, Mr Graham Graham Beck who shook us up with his weird and wonderful true song of the monkey in the clog tree in his garden, before serenading the lady in the Doc Box, the lovely Elysia.
Here is Rich’s gallery of photos, click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…
Before we go here’s two new books by Loudhailer regulars, Catherine Scott’s The Brazen Maiden and Jim Orwin’s Hull 2017 – 2017 facts about Hull and people associated with the city available from Dancing Sisters
Loudhailer Acoustic at The Back Room is usually the first Thursday of the month, but the next one is a change of day, so Friday June 2nd. Be great to see you there. It’s always great to welcome new people – come along and listen to a fabulous range of acoustic music, quality songwriting and some familiar classics from a host of different performers. Thanks to Paul at The Back Room, a lovely venue.
Loudhailer Acoustic at The Back Room 175a Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BB. 7.30 pm £2 entry. If you would like to come and play a couple of songs please contact us to let us know – it’s always great to see new and familiar faces.
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Look forward to seeing you!
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