We used to hold our Loudhailer Acoustic Nights at Willerby MC Hall, and before that at Atkinson’s Cafe Bar in Willerby Square, where we had fabulous evenings every month. We are now delighted to have a new home at The Back Room in Cottingham on the first Thursday of every month. Come and join us! Click here for full details.
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Here are some archive reviews from our days at Atkinson’s Cafe Bar…
Saturday May 12th It was a full house again with a good mix of old and new friends who came to play, and a lovely attentive audience. Pam & Peter Stone came from Featherstone (not Wakefield!) with a fine set of songs and stories, and Karl brought Derek O’Connor, visiting home from New York with his family and fabulous little son Gerhard. Great to see Tom Kay back in the cafe with a new CD in the pipeline, and to welcome Emily Render. Katie Shepherd played a couple of great new songs and Carrie Martin included two of her own songs in her fine set. Martin Clappison was fab as ever and we played a couple of non Auricula Suite songs. Thanks to everyone who came to play or to listen. The next session is Saturday June 9th, every session so far has been full so don’t forget to book, it is likely to be fully booked again.
April 14th 2012 A completely full house again last night. It was Margaret’s birthday and we really enjoyed the evening. Eleven performers, all did great sets. Everyone plays totally acoustically to an attentive and appreciative audience. After ‘happy birthday’ and the blowing out of the candles we kicked it off as usual and then were entertained for the rest of the evening. Thanks to all the performers. Carrie was fab, Trevor Appleton sang three lovely Dougie MacLean songs (check out his East Riding acoustic website and don’t miss Dougie at Brid Spa on June 3rd), great to see Karl Oakes back from the Buddleia incident and with brand new songs, only hours old. Julie Nadian sang beautifully – three songs we hadn’t heard before. Martin Clappison was brilliant and got a standing ovation. I love Val Marshall’s own songs and really enjoyed her version of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’. Matt & Dan Britton & Nick sang three fabulous traditional songs, did an encore and had everyone singing along. Thanks to Paul and Laura Atkinson. The next session is on Saturday May 12th and some tables are already booked, so if you would like to come call the cafe (01482) 659350 and book a table. You don’t have to eat (although you can do if you like) and you will have a nice place to sit.
March 10th 2012
Fabulous performances again last night. We opened up with some of our new Auricula Suite songs and then welcomed Carrie & Ben Martin; Matt, Dan, Andy and Nick; John back from Cuba with the story of the Cuban Man; Martin Clappison; and along the road from Malton, Dave Swann. Thanks to everyone who played or listened – and sang along, was great!
February 12th 2012
Loads of terrific performances, cafe warm and cosy and totally full up. We finally remembered the camera and seeing as pictures speak louder than words here they are. Gotta mention Karl’s SurroundSound tho, all guitarists (banjo, mandolin and little Martin gtr too) playing together around the room – and everyone singing…
January 14th 2012
Christmas Special Thursday December 29th The winter solstice has been and gone, so lets call this the first spring session. Full house as usual and we had a double session, starting at 6 pm for the Early Birds and ending late for the Night Owls. Great entertainment and some fab Christmas collaborations from Karl and Alyx, Rich, Lou and Dexter, Corey, and Neutral Tones – Carrie and Gary Burnett. Thanks to everyone who came to play or to listen, it was a great evening. Book early for the next session, the cafe has been full for the last five months.
December 1oth 2011 – Great session again with eleven performers. We played a couple of murder songs and then welcomed back Julie whose set included a beautifully sung version of Spencer the Rover. Next up fab sets from George Stocking and then Sam Arkut who later played Andy McKee’s ‘Drifting’ together. Karl Oakes played three brand new songs, we all joined in, and the highlight for me was when Alyx joined him and sang her new song for the first time. I have that moment framed! Andy Pyke played an easy going set of original songs, the one with no name (Song for Dave) was especially good tonight. Tom Kay was on top form as usual and then it was brilliant to welcome back Mike and Julia Poole whose set included The Last Thing on my Mind, it was great to hear it again. There was time for another song each and Tom finished off the night with Barflies. Thanks to everyone who came, to play or to listen, see you on December 29th…are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl?
November 12th 2011 – The cafe was completely full again and every performance was fantastic last night. We kicked off with a couple of new songs we’re working up for The Auricula Suite and then we were entertained all night by our guests. Karl Oakes started his set with two cool newly penned songs – the audience backing vocalists were in good voice (‘Shout it loud!). Karl finished his set with his lovely song ‘Like Rain’. Next up Cowboy DC played a fine Americana set including his own songs (the Storm really got going) and a top version of Johnny Cash’s Folson Prison Blues. Someone in the corner joined in with a mean harmonica and the song warranted a couple of solos and finished off with an extra verse and huge applause. The harmonica player turned out to be none other than our special guest – Ted Key. Ted played in possibly Hull’s most infamous (and certainly most entertaining) bands The Gargoyles and also one of Hulls most famous bands – The Housemartins. We were treated to a fantastic special set of Hull influenced songs, opening with The Queen of Ella Street, Ted sang about drinking, snow, war, his favourite LP and one way streets. His song about the riots earlier this year, Anarchy in Argos, complete with especially good Elvis vocals hit the spot – looking around the room everyone was listening and grinning. Next on the bill it was fab to introduce Andy Pyke whose easy style was perfect for his trio of favourite songs. Finally we were delighted to welcome back Tom Kay to close the show. Tom played a beautifully cool set. He followed a wonderfully laid back ‘Oh my sweet Carolina’ with some of our favourite of his original songs including a fine version of Elizabeth. Tom closed the show with a request – his song, Barflies – especially adapted for Saturday night at Atkinson’s. Thanks to everyone who came along either to play or listen.
October 8th 2011 – No gales outside this time, the cafe was full and we kicked up a storm inside with fab performances from Karl Oakes, Katie Shepherd (Katie’s premiere of her song ‘My Star’ was wonderful) Carrie Martin, Julie, Georgey Stocking and Derek Waudby.
September 10th 2011 – We had a terrific first session. The storm was brewing up all evening and by 8 o’clock it was absolutely pouring down and blowing a gale outside. The cafe was fully booked so it was especially cosy inside. We opened the show and then were treated to fabulous sets from Tom Kay, Julie, George Bates, Andy Pyke, Karl Oakes and Matt and Dan Britton. Performances included a mix of new songs from locally based singer songwriters, traditional songs and unaccompanied folk.