Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Sacrosanct 2015

 After months of looking forward to this the day finally arrived, this year I was stopping in a hotel which meant I could be as late back as I liked, but it cost quite a bit
 It`s not that I don`t go out much, see a lot of bands, have friends in “the scene” but Sacrosanct is so special it`s beyond everything else I enjoy though the year

Crowd picture I’m in the middle Pic from Sacrosanct
It`s not just the bands, the DJs or the music, it is all that and things like you see people you haven`t seen since last year and it’s like it was only last week. That’s what makes it so amazing
Grooving In Green
So I can`t find the words, here`s some pictures of some of the bands.
Age Of Heaven
To quote DJ Martin Oldgoth “ We are a tribe, a family of misfits that make magic when we gather together.”  And when I read that a tear came to my eye..

Winter Severity Index

The Last Cry  Pic from Michael Nowakowski
Last Dusk
The Last Dance Pic from Sacrosanct
Here is a full list of the bands
Grooving In Green      
Horror Vacui                
Age Of Heaven 
Tanz DJ till                   
Drama Queen             
Winter Severity Index 
The Stompcrash                  
October People
Long Night
The Last Cry               
Last Dusk
Whispers In The Shadow
The Last Dance

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Joe Maiden, Sad and shocked to hear of this,

RADIO gardener Joe Maiden, whose sage advice has informed a generation of horticulturists in Leeds, has died following a long battle with prostate cancer, the BBC has announced.
Joe Maiden [Pic form The Yorkshire Evening Post]
12:37 Thursday 17 September 2015

On the air in West Yorkshire for more 40 years, Mr Maiden also wrote for magazines and books, filmed for TV and was active and influential in Yorkshire’s horticulture community.
He was awarded the Harlow Carr medal by The Royal Horticultural Society for his growing, lecturing and exhibitions of vegetables
Mr Maiden, who was most often heard on his Sunday morning programme on BBC Radio Leeds, was born in Penrith and educated at Askham Bryan College in York.

He is survived by a wife, two children and three grandchildren.

I knew Joe quite well, in fact he gave me my first `job` a garden pool, when I started working on my own. I would often pop-in to his nursery in the early days and he would offer advice. Of the `old school`, but a good laugh. RIP pal.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Bolton Abbey Trip

We spent the weekend in our caravan at the 12th century Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales. Here are some of the pictures I took in the Abbey`s cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
At Bolton Abbey Cemetery
I`ve put a link to the Estates web site, and one to Wikipedia

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Ghost of Lemora + Red Sun Revival + Hands of Industry at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

So following on from Friday`s night out, Saturday took me to regular club night Carpe Noctum, with again 3 bands for the excellent value of just £5.00, pity the bar isn`t so cheap (or good) I got in just at the start of local band Hands of Industry`s set unusual make up of 2 key board players and a real drummer. All their own songs (I think) but firmly set in the 1980`s reminds me of Depeche Mode and that sort of thing. I liked it.
Hands of Industry
There seemed to be a lot of people there that I knew and the interval few past as we talked.
Red Sun Revival
Red Sun Revival were next up and within about 10 seconds I was a fan. They are not new, but somehow I`d missed them…. Not anymore, they have one of the best Bass guitarists I have EVER seen playing a 5 string bass he was amazing. Now add to that, deep clear vocals an eclectic violin a real drummer and guitar you will see why I added them to my favourite band list.

The Ghost of Lemora
The Ghost of Lemora had the job of following that, and, eh well they were good, but in my opinion they should have been second not headlining still I said they were good, quite upbeat and had a range of styles of music in their set.

After that I was thinking of leaving but got talking to the members of Rhombus, who had some interesting news!  Time seemed to fly and all too soon I had to leave. 2 great nights out in 2 days! I need sleep!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Quasimodo + The Purity League + AMereKat! At The Packhorse, Leeds

After a hard week at work I was ready for in need of beer and loud music.
This was a fund raiser for PAFRAS, that`s Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers. So I was really pleased to be able to contribute something to that cause.
As always it so nice to be greeted by Quasimodo`s Joel who was running the event.
Opening the night was alt-uke troubadour extraordinaire AMereKat! Who performed for us several covers and some of her own writings.

The Purity League.
Next up were the dark alt-rockers The Purity League. The band formally known as Joyhause used to cover many post punk and Goth numbers, but now do their own songs, this was their first gig in this new format and I loved it. But if a picture can say a thousand words then see the gig here on youtube

Headlining was Quasimodo,  and boy was they on top form! Joel belted out the vocals with Emma and David power driving the cords melodies and riffs. One of my favourites is Soldier of love, here`s a link

A fantastic set to end a great night.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

RIP Beatie and Trickle.

Today was the first time that I’ve done this professionally.

When planting an Oak tree I was asked to put the ashes of two lovely dogs under it.
Beatie and Trickle.
Something else that T.V. Gardeners don`t do.

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to wor...