Loudhailer Acoustic Archive Autumn 2011

You can see more about what goes on at Atkinson’s Acoustic here.

Autumn Season Archive

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.

You can see more about what goes on at Atkinson’s Acoustic here.