Culture Train

It was all aboard the Culture Train last weekend, three fifths of Loudhailer Electric Company had a trip out with a great bunch of musical friends. Thanks to Quiet Riot’s Chris Warkup for inviting us to join the gang – Sam Bishop, Elizabeth Pickering, Mark Rowland, Ollie Smith and his Black Buck Mike Jackson and Dogfinger Steve on the sound. So we set off to Nafferton, courtesy of Northern Rail armed with guitars and the shaky egg to the Blue Bell at Nafferton where Dogfinger was was waiting at the desk. Fab sets all round to a good crowd and lots of fun. Cheers Chris for getting it all together, and  to Steve for a great sound all night.

Chris took this of me and Rich on the way homeRich and Lou on the Culture Train

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Intimate Classics #4

 

The fourth of Thomas Bertolotti’s super chamber music series – April 28th 2017 – featured fabulous viola player Lisa Hagemann, whose splendid programme ranged from the familiar sounds of Bach to the experimental intensity of Kurtag – a most wonderful performance in the beautiful ancient church of St Mary’s Lowgate, Hull. Together with the Rosa Quartet’s romantic Schubert and a lovely pair of cello duets by young musician Matthew Bannister with Thomas Bertolotti it made for a terrific evening.

Lisa Hagemann

Lisa Hagemann began the study of the viola at the age of 6 at the Conservatoire Populaire de Genève, where she studied for 15 years under the teaching of Miguel Da Silva and Nobuko Imai. She graduated from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in 2014. Her quartet won a first prize at the Concours des Jeunesses Musicales Suisses, a prize of the SUISA Foundation for the best interpretation of a Swiss work, and the prize of the Thiébaud Frey Foundation.”

Programme

Schubert – STring quintet in C – Movt 1
J.S Bach – Suite No. 4 in Eb Major
Kurtag – Vagdalkozós
– Népfalféle
– The Carenza Jig
– Doloroso
2 Duets for 2 Cellos – Matthew Ward and Thomas Bertolotti
Reger – Suite for solo viola in g minor

 

All the concerts are free of charge with a retiring collection for the church renovations.

Thanks to Thomas and Intimate Classics for another superb concert to celebrate classical music for Hull 2017.

Rich, Lou and Dexter Duffy-Howard

Photographs © Rich Duffy-Howard

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Intimate Classics #5

francisco coser, dexter duffy-howard, thomas bertolottiWe went to the most amazing concert last night, the fifth in Thomas Bertolotti’s super series of chamber concerts – Intimate Classics in the City – at St Mary’s Church, Lowgate, Hull for Hull2017. Tom invited Dexter to play a piece at the concert as a young local musician – and what a concert it was!

Award winning Brazilian violinist Francisco Coser currently at the Corso di Perfezionamento of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia played a stunning recital – from the familiar sounds of Bach and Paganini, Ysaye’s epic ballad to Enescu, to the less known but most dramatic Brazilian composer Flausino Vale. Francisco was flying, his performance was so full of intensity and verve, showcasing the underlying folk tunes in all the pieces with spectacular style. We were mesmerised.

Midway through the concert Tom welcomed Dexter to the stage and he played his piece, Hungarian Stomp accompanied by cellist Tom and Francisco. We hadn’t heard the arrangement – by Russian flautist, and previous Intimate Classics soloist, Ivan Alekhin before – so it was a great surprise, and a wonderful collaboration. At the close of the concert the full church of people gave a huge round of applause, what an evening.

Rich took this gallery of photos, click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

Massive thanks to Tom for inviting Dexter to play and for giving him the opportunity to do something that he (and we) will never forget. It has been totally inspirational for him to perform this specially arranged piece together in front of a big audience in a beautiful ancient venue.

I filmed a tiny video on my phone…

Francisco’s Programme

J.S Bach – Sonata N. 3 in C Major for solo violin, BWV. 1005

Paganini – 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1

Flausino Vale – 26 Characteristic and Concertante Preludes for Violin Alone – I. Batuque/Drumming (to Jacinto Meis) IX. Rondó Doméstico/Domestic Rondo (to Edgardo Guerra) XVI. Resquiecat in Pace (to his late mother) XI. Casamento na Roça/Marriage in the Countryside (to Nicolino Milano) XV. Ao Pé da Fogueira/By the Firepit (to Angelo França)

Ysaye – Sonata N. 3 in D Minor for solo violin, Op. 27/N. 3, “Ballade” (to George Enescu)

The Next Concert 

All the concerts are free of charge with a retiring collection for the church renovations. the next concert is 6 pm on 23rd June 2017 at St Mary’s Church, Lowgate, Hull.  It’s the final performance in the series and Thomas Bertolotti will be joined by guitarist Merlin Miller for a concert of cello and guitar duos and solos. See you there!

Lou & Dex
Rich took this nice photo of me and Dex

Rich, Lou and Dexter Duffy-Howard

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Celtarabia at Hebden Folk Roots Festival

Terrific road trip for Celtarabia last night, Saturday night headliner at Hebden Folk Roots Festival.

We played a storming two hour set of full on transglobal dance music, fusion dub, tribal dervish, medieval with attitude music and songs to a fabulous packed house who danced all night long up at the legendary Hebden Bridge Trades Club. What a blast,  grooves galore and superb fun.

Rich took this gallery of photos, click on an image to see the full photo and scroll through…

Photographs © Richard Duffy-Howard

Celtarabia
Mandi, Chill, Quentin, Lou

Quentin Budworth – Hurdy Gurdy, Amanda Lowe – Hammer Dulcimer, Mark Chillington – Drums, Lou Duffy-Howard – Bass.

Tritor opened the show with a great set of medieval songs and tunes and joined us on stage for Bear Dance. Brilliant night, see you next time!

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A rare photo with Rich on

Loudhailer Acoustic May 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks 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. north-wood-driftGreat 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.

jeremy-kiddWe’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! LouRich 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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Nature’s jewels in the News

Loudhailer Psychedelia at it’s most flowery!

There’s a lovely colourful feature about  specialist auricula growers and Chelsea Gold Medallists Robin and Annabel Graham of Drointon Nurseries near Ripon in the Northern Echo Magazine. You can read it below including Annabel’s top tips for growing auriculas and a piece about their lovely new cultivar Primula auricula Loudhailer.
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Discover The Auricula Suite

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Primula auricula Loudhailer

Something really unexpected has happened and we are over the moon! It all started because we are musicians with a garden full of Primula auricula flowers.  We are totally chuffed to find out that we have had a beautiful new flower named in our honour by specialist auricula growers Robin and Annabel Graham of Drointon Nurseries near Ripon.

Here it is, Primula auricula Loudhailer, a brand new cultivar of the popular alpine border flower with lovely yellow petals, a pink blush and the most beautiful delicate scent. Click on one of Rich’s photos to see the full flower and scroll through…

It’s called Loudhailer after our music name – Rich and I perform as ‘Loudhailer’ – we host Loudhailer Acoustic nights and our full psychedelic electric band Loudhailer Electric Company has just released our debut studio album, Cursus.

After growing Primula auriculas and investigating the social history behind the flowers we wrote The Auricula Suite – a set of songs telling a re-imagined story of a historical journey to a new land. Inspired by folk tales of the alpine flower and its 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees, it is a tale of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning.

Auricula headerWe worked with Robin and Annabel Graham of Drointon Nurseries to present a number of concerts with Primula auricula shows and launched the songs with a concert and flower show at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey, site of the oldest auricula theatre – a traditional way of displaying the flowers – in England.

Chelsea Gold Medallists Robin and Annabel Graham of Drointon Nurseries have been growing Primula auriculas at their Ripon nursery for over 20 years and hold the national collection of border auriculas.

Robin explains

“A few years ago we germinated about 3,000 seedlings from seed collected from our National Collection® of Border auriculas. From these we selected 8 plants that we think show promise. The rest have been sent to the compost heap! So far, we have named 4 of them and ‘Loudhailer’ is the next in the series.

If you breed a new cultivar that offers something different visually you need to make sure that it has a good constitution before releasing it. So, in the case of a Border auricula, this involves planting them outside for a couple of years and checking that it is robust enough.

We have had the pleasure of working with Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard at several gigs of ‘The Auricula Suite’ over the years and so with the recent launch of their album their band name ‘Loudhailer’ was an obvious choice.”

Previously named flowers include ‘Alice’ after Alice through the Looking Glass, ‘Brunhilde’ from Wagner’s  Ring Cycle, and ‘Charlotte’ released at Malvern soon after the birth of Princess Charlotte. As is usual with a new cultivar, stocks of Primula auricula Loudhailer are limited this year and will be plentifully available from Drointon Nurseries in years to come.

It’s just amazing how this wonderful flower continues to bring people together. Having a new cultivar from Robin and Annabel named after the band is a true honour, the colour, scent and everything about it is perfect.

So, we are absolutely surprised and thrilled. Here’s a big thank you to Robin and Annabel at Drointon Nurseries. You can read the press feature here HDM feature by Hannah Robinson

The songs on our Loudhailer Electric Company album, Cursus, tell a collection of stories, some featuring spoken word poetry and many of them influenced by the East Yorkshire countryside. The album title – Cursus – refers to stories of life along the Neolithic courses which lead to the tallest standing stone in the UK, at Rudston in East Yorkshire. Inspiration for our songs include legends about the Gypsey Race stream which runs through the Wolds, the bleak North Sea – and in the final song we take you on a trip a little further out west – to Lake Windermere.

The Auricula Suite album and Cursus are available from all digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp and limited edition CDs are available from the band’s website – search The Auricula Suite or Loudhailer Electric Company https://loudhailer.net/

Web links

The Auricula Suite https://auriculasuite.net/

Drointon Nurseries http://www.auricula-plants.co.uk/shop/

Loudhailer Electric Company https://loudhailer.net/

Nick Harper Loudhailer Headliner

Huge thanks to the superb Nick Harper for playing one of only a handful of solo shows this year as our Filey Folk Festival Loudhailer Seaside Special headliner. Nick played an absolute stormer to a full house, a blinding set, full of amazing guitar playing, unbelievable soaring vocals and incredible entertaining stories. We loved Riven’s Love is Due and Nick’s premiere live performance of Plague of Toads from the dark side of Riven was heavy and monumental. The whole set was a couple of hours worth of totally engaging music and tales and to top it all off Nick treated us to a request for Peace Love and Happiness which he’s not played live for over ten years. It was perfect and a great reflection of the vibe throughout the evening, which Rich was so pleased he managed to capture in these lovely photos in the gallery. Click on an image and scroll along…

We were made up that Nick asked us to open the show for him and we thoroughly enjoyed our Loudhailer Electric Company trip to the seaside. We played a selection of songs from our new album, Cursus and had a great night all round. Thanks to Mike O’Connor for taking this shot of the band…

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Loudhailer Electric Company

Thanks to Africa Studios  especially Megan for the lights and making everything connect electrically. Thanks to John Colling and everyone at the Masonic Hall for being brilliant and making us all so welcome.

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Loudhailer Saturday Afternoon at Filey Folk Festival

Back from a fabulous Loudhailer Seaside Special weekend at Filey Folk Festival.  Big thanks to everyone who came along, we had wonderful performances with magic moments throughout the weekend and terrific audiences. Thanks to the Filey Folk Festival crew, especially Ian Kennington, Dave and Megan at Africa Studios and John Colling and everyone at the Masonic Hall for being brilliant and making us all so welcome.

Here’s a gallery of Rich’s photos from Saturday afternoon. You can see by the pictures we had super sets and lots of laughs. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…

Saturday 29th April 2017 at Filey Masonic Hall

Work in Progress – Cowboy DC, Kelvin and Lewis – it’s hard to keep still from the moment they hit the groove right through their feel good set of original and traditional foot stomping bluegrass and up tempo country songs.

Gifford Rolfe, Roy Kibbler and Joan Foye – superb northern England songs with a touch of Americana from Gifford and Joan segue into Roy’s astute word-smithery, a mix of fun, politics and observations of life. A whole show within the show.

Jim Orwin – superbly crafted songs of life in Hull, from the Boulevard Boys to Gypsyville Girls – classic songwriting at its very best.

Aviatrix – Amanda Lowe, Lou Duffy-Howard. Ellie Gaynard and Jessica Lawson – a new collaboration of women perform Amanda’s Amy Johnson Song Cycle – lush vocal harmonies, autoharp, violin, guitars, mandolin and bass.

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Loudhailer Sunday Afternoon at Filey Folk Festival

Back from a fabulous Loudhailer Seaside Special weekend at Filey Folk Festival.  Big thanks to everyone who came along, we had wonderful performances with magic moments throughout the weekend and terrific audiences. Thanks Shirley Higton for joining in with her art show and to the Filey Folk Festival crew, especially Ian Kennington, Dave and Megan at Africa Studios and John Colling and everyone at the Masonic Hall for being brilliant and making us all so welcome.

Here’s a gallery of Rich’s photos from Sunday afternoon. You can see by the pictures we had super sets and lots of laughs (again!) Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…

Sunday 30th April 2017 at Filey Masonic Hall

Dez Allenby, Cathy Allenby, Phil Friend, Martin Peirson and Adrian Welham – comprising two original members of the legendary English psychedelic folk trio Forest in session with Phil and Martin, two excellent Yorkshire songwriters and Cathy’s beautiful vocals and percussion.

Beggars Bridge  ”This is a band of musicians experienced enough to know when to leave spaces for one another. Nothing’s crowded, and everything meshes together perfectly. Very impressive.” R2 magazine 

Hillbilly Troupe  Trad. Folk, Irish, ska and punk with a strong sense of history and tradition, get you dancing, thinking and drinking all at the same time.

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