Sunday, August 20, 2006


In the battleship grey world we live in, it is a rare delight to spend an evening, enjoying music of the finest quality, in a spotless venue, where all the staff are friendly and helpful. The launch of the new EP from Bodixa, at the Otley Courthouse was such an evening. The welcoming and impressive Otley Courthouse Arts and Resource Centre, was opened in 2004, after 8 years of hard work from a dedicated group of volunteers, who had witnessed the closure of the courtrooms in 1997. With a capacity of 200 and state of the art sound and lighting systems, this is sure to become a major music venue for many years to come.

Bodixa. The five-piece, female fronted band have had a loyal following since their critically acclaimed CD “And they danced on glass” was released in 2003. Continuing to develop and grow, their music and “live” performances now have a very special feel and atmosphere. Lead singer Anna, lives every emotional aspect of each song, in a way which entwines the audience within the lyrics, and carries them along on a crest of musicianship of the highest quality. Tracks on their new CD “The Way back home” include “Goodbye Winter” and “Room” and are sure to become firm favourites as their wonderful song “California” has over the years.

The Gary Stewart Band. With a full band playing at high tempo, Gary Stewart proved again, that this is quickly becoming a must-see band. Often compared to Paul Simon, Gary sings with a passion and presence, which instantly gets the crowd clapping and foot-stamping at every opportunity. With a violinist and a harmonica player in the band, the music has a very rounded and complete sound, which complements Gary’s singing and guitar playing.

ODi. Originally from Co Wexford in Ireland, singer-songwriter ODi is sure to become a firm favourite on the “Live” music scene. With meaningful songs and thoughtful lyrics, sung with clarity and sensitivity, ODi has the aura and poise, to become a very special performer who provides a musical glow, to every member of the audience.

A memorable evening at a wonderful venue, with quality acts personified, “Live” music doesn’t get any better than this.