2018 in Music – Our Review

Looking back on the music highlights of the year there’s been some terrific gigs we’ve seen, played at, or helped to organise.

Read our review below the gallery, but first the photographs tell the story. Click on an image in the gallery to see the full picture and scroll on…


The year started with a fabulous Terra Fin gig at Small Seeds in Huddersfield and included the Yawpers at Kardomah94 so good they’re back in 2019 at O’Rileys on 27th May; the return of Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies; a This is Halloween Blackbeard’s Tea Party Special at the Fulford Arms in York; contrasting with two spellbinding performances of Moments in Time by John Stead for Open Bridges at Beverley Treasure House and Art Gallery on the Summer Solstice to quadraphonically accompany the screening of Humber Film’s Open Bridges film and also at the first Anniversary of Open Bridges on the Autumn Equinox at Kardomah94. Celtarabia highlights included pagan celebrations at the Spirit of Awen and the Mercian Gathering along with a sardinely packed Hull Folk Festival gig at the Minerva and Cottingham Civic Hall for Springboard. Work in Progress marched on with a lovely re-scheduled gig for Hull Folk Festival in the hold of the Motor Barge Syntan, they rocked the Station and Imperial at Filey F.F. and ably supported Bob Wayne at O’Riley’s and a sold-out Processed Pea supporting Ched’s Bare Bones amongst many other good time gigs along the way.

We headed west to the Holmfirth Folk Festival to catch the mesmerising Kalandra and a great debut with band performance by Robert Sharp. We had some lovely Auricula Suite shows at Burton Agnes Hall and Beacon Garth in Hessle for Open Gardens and were made up with Primula auricula Loudhailer being the cover for Drointon Nurseries 2018 catalogue. We had a great time at Withernsea Festival with Richard Harries, Jackson D and Work in Progress and Nick Harper returned to Hull once more with a brilliant set of fan’s requests spanning his full back catalogue. Another year of Loudhailer Acoustic sessions with fabulous performances all round at the wonderful Back Room from a host of friend, old and new. A second Perfect Combination at Kardomah for the Stephen Hughes foundation saw Red Guitars’ Jeremy Kidd journey up from Brighton to join Loudhailer Electric Company for a classic version of Red Guitars’ favourite, Paris, France, alongside brilliant sets from Arena, Ched, Cassy, Dez Allenby, Martin Peirson, the Brontes, Moscow, Hugh Whittaker and Ted Key. Other LECo highlights have to include the Zero Degrees Festival in Louth for Dave Formula, A Psychedelic Gathering with Terra Fin, the Hawklords at the Welly with Harvey Bainbridge and Nik Turner and Sonic Engineer Parsons guitar solo in Underneath the Underground with Snake Eye at the Comedy Lounge will all last long in the memory.

So, 2019 already looking good so far with LECo heading to Small Seeds in Huddersfield for a Friday Night Jive on Jan 25th, another Perfect Combination at K94 with afternoon and evening sessions this time on Saturday Feb 2nd, a very special party #letscelebrate gig for Lou and Andy Richardson on 6th April at K94 with Work in Progress and with the Yawpers at O’Riley’s on May 27th and a new recording in the pipeline to boot.

Here’s to 2019, kicking off with a Loudhailer Acoustic on Thursday January 3rd, see you soon, R&L.


Loudhailer Electric Company Live 2019

Gig links:

LECo at Small Seeds, Huddersfield Info

A Perfect Combination, Hull Tickets

LECo Celebration at Kardomah94 Hull  Tickets

Yawpers and LECo at O’Rileys Hull UK Tickets

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page


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