Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Skeletal Family + Grassby & Walker at Korks, Otley

Otley is a small Yorkshire Dale`s town about 4 miles away from where I live. Most of the time the most Gothic thing there is The Navvies Monument next to the church, built to commemorate the 23 men who lost their lives building the Bramhope railway tunnel 1846 – 1849 and is a replica of the northern portal.

The Navvies Monument (Pic not mine, from Google)
But on Friday tonight, Korks Wine Bar played host to two of my favourite Goth bands, all but at “Acoustic” levels. The gig was promoted by my old mate John Keenan, the man who brought Goth to Leeds clubs years before it was named Goth!

Rhombus Acoustic
Edward Grassby and Rob Walker were joined by fellow Rhombus member Andy Holmes to start off what was always going to be a great night. As much as I love a full `elec` set this is the second time I`ve been treated to the acoustic version and I do really like it. We got a fair section of their repertoire but of course with Mya missing we did not have In to the Rain, which is my favourite Rhombus song. Still a marvellous set.

The Skeletal Family
The headliners, The Skeletal Family were represented by singer Anne-Marie Hurst and Stan Greenwood on Guitar This made for a lighter more fun set and a really enjoyable one at that, with original material and covers, a great night.

Anne-Marie Hurst

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Police and Gardeners

I originally posted this in January 2012 when I started making my Blog out of the back catalogue of the columns I had written for our caravanning group newsletter so not many people read it. (10) But was reminded of it when I read a great post "a lesson in saving roses" by Goth Gardening
The scene of the crime ?
Last time I finished with the words “That never happened to Alan Titchmarsh!” Here is something else to go in that folder.

Police car from the TV series Heartbeat at Goathland where it`s filmed
I was at one of my larger gardens just off the A59, having my 10 O’ clock break when I saw out of the corner of my eye a man walking up the drive (there are electric gates which were closed. I jumped out of my car and shouted at him “Who are you?” he replied “POLICE, who are you?”  I responded equally “Gardener what’s up?” There were now two of them and I don’t think he was pleased to see me, but he had a lump in his trousers [ he was carrying a gun, which normal English Police don`t do]  they were from Menwith Hill secret military listening base, he told me that they were responding to a personal attack alarm going off. This is when things started to go wrong when I started to explain “No alarm has gone off, “I did set an alarm off about three weeks ago” I just managed to stop myself from saying “Have you just got here” Instead I went on “the house is empty he (The owner) went away in a chauffeur driven car about 8:45. We have cameras and infer-red beams, but I don’t think there are any personal attack alarms” They contacted their HQ who in turn contacted the private security company and they confirmed there was no one inside and it must be a fault. As I said at the beginning that never happens on TV.

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Kast off Kinks at Skipton

This was the first caravanning trip of the year and as usual it was at Skipton Cattle Mart. By chance one of my all-time favourite bands was playing there on Friday night.

Skipton Cattle Mart
We arrived at lunch time and got set up in the front carpark; there was a Farm Machinery sale on, on Saturday morning taking up the back parking area.

Andy, the market manager had told our stewards that any camper who wanted to see any of the night`s shows could have 50% off the ticket price if we showed our camping club card in the ticket office. This meant for 2 tickets it saved us £20, the camping fees were only £14 for 2 nights, so by going in the caravan we sort of made £6!

The Kast off Kinks at Skipton Cattle Mart
We have seen The Kast off Kinks before, the last time in a normal club setting with carpets, comfy seats and a bar. This gig set in a cattle sale ring was a bit different; the sound rig was a bit on small side due to the original one been stuck on the motorway but did the job.

The Kast off Kinks at Skipton Cattle Mart
 Over the past 51 years, The Kinks have had so many hits. They played all my loads of my favourites from You Really Got Me (1964) to Come Dancing (1982) which was last record I played when I DJed the last night at The Fforde Greene pub in Leeds before the music room was made into a pool hall. Sunny Afternoon, Dead-end Street not forgetting Lola
The Kast off Kinks at Skipton Cattle Mart
There was an interval but the bar in a nearby room was packed so I went by to our caravan for some tins I knew the security was so poor I could get it in., but as I was walking back at another door 2 of the band were having a smoke so I went to talk to them. They are really nice people.

The second part was a bit louder and more people danced by the time we got to the last song Louie Louie everyone was stood up dancing.

View from Skipton Cattle Mart
A great night and not far to walk `home` to bed!
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Quasimodo + The Black Riders Cult + AMereKat at Bad Apples Rock Bar, Leeds

A bit of history, there is an area of downtown central Leeds called The Calls back in wartime and just after there were 2 or 3 murders a week around it with the bodies found floating in the River Aire. In the late 70’s I used to regularly go to a Punk Club on Call Lane. This somewhat worried my parents. Like most big cities, Leeds as undergone vast modernisation around the old rundown parts and now some areas around the river is quite upmarket.
Bad Apples address is Call Lane, and although I once knew it, it took me 20 minutes and asking 3 Doormen outside other venues to find it.

AMereKat (Pic stolen from Goth City Promotions)
This as to be one of the smallest pubs I have ever been in, but once inside I heard music coming from a downstairs room, I followed. Sure enough I was greeted by Joel from Quasimodo and other friends. AMereKat was already on stage; with getting lost I missed half her set. Here is a link to her latest offering called Anarchy in the Ukulele.

In Bad Apples Rock Bar,
In the middle of the dance floor was this,   err grave!

The Black Riders Cult
Next up were Sheffield Goth band The Black Riders Cult, new to me I had looked them up on SoundCloud and liked what I`d heard. On stage they did not disappoint. Meaningful Bass and Guitars over, but not out drowning darkly sung lyrics and just to confirm (As if needed) where they`re coming from a couple of covers for good measure ~ Anaconda by the Sisters and Iggy Pop`s I Wanna be Your Dog. A great set. I want more and luckily they are back in Leeds next Month. As a new fan I`ll be there. Have a listen here

Top of the Bill were Quasimodo and once again Joel, David and Emma where on great form. Upbeat yet dark, full power head on Goth from three fine musicians  who are also friendly people. Goth Rock how it should be, from its birthplace, played in its birthplace, Leeds. Catch them here, if you live out of town

A great night, I look forward to more here soon.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.

In the New Year I returned to Lawnswood Cemetery to remove the Christmas Wreaths I had placed on my parent`s grave. I always have a walk around different parts of the cemetery
The Chapel at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Because it was the weekend, and no services were happening I decided to go down to the Chapel where I came across this wall plaque.
Plaque on the wall of The Chapel at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Another area where I don`t usually walk is to The Columbarium.
The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Built in 1933 by A E Kirk and Tomlinson, of Leeds is now grade 2 listed.
Looking inside The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Inside are tiers of niches containing cinerary urns and memorial plaques. There is also a War Memorial.
Outside of The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
I hope that`s rock salt on the floor by the open plaque!

Friday, 6 February 2015

A New Grandson

I am pleased to announce that this morning at eleven O’ clock, my forth Grandchild was born. A boy at 8lb 7oz Mother and Baby doing well. Congratulations to Olga and Steven. Not seen a photo yet

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Does The Green Gothess Need a Bit of Woodwork ?

I wonder what the Green Gothess would look like with a bit of woodwork?

The Green Gothess
Hopefully something like this Morris Minor 1000? 

Pic NOT mine, found on Google
Not that I`d know how to do it.

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