Driving-force Barnaby Aldrick has created something very, very special with the Sunday Service events based at the Verve Café Bar in Leeds. The recent Sunday Service Christmas Party, will surely go down in “Live Music” folklore for anyone who was fortunate enough to attend it. First to get the packed venue cheering, was Ben Pike and his recently formed band. Although mainly known for his solo work, Ben and the band set the scene for a memorable night with a richness of sound and vocals that set the standard for the night. The ever popular local band, Hope + Social soon followed in their inimitable style, including jackets as outstanding as there harmonies. The band interact with the audience like very few other bands can do, especially when the bag of kazoos are passed around the audience! The band were a class act as The Four Day Hombre, now they are even classier as Hope and Social. As the mulled wine was downed with the free and very artistic SS mince pies, it was time for the top billing Nick Mulvey to perform. What followed was an incredible set, watched by a room full of santa-hatted music lovers, Nick took the audience around the world to Africa with his amazing guitar technique and adaption of original African lyrics. Paul Simon’s Graceland album has been described as an iconic album, the same could be said of Nick Mulvey’s performance at the Verve.
On reflection this has got to be one of the most atmospheric music nights played in Leeds during 2008, the reception given to the artists after each set was spine-tingling. As the glow of the burgundy painted walls, mirrored the glow of friendliness within the audience, as new visitor’s were treated like old friends, this night was made in to something very unique.
If you have not attended a Sunday Service, the next being 25th January, then write it down in your 2009 diary as a “MUST DO IN 2009” you will not be disappointed. www.myspace.com/nickmulveymusicwww.myspace.com/hopeandsocialwww.myspace.com/benpikemusic