Saturday, June 24, 2006


The Revelator Band…..After taking the Leeds Blues Festival by storm with their high tempo all action set, Barnaby and the boys are increasing their fan-base with every gig. With their own distinctive blues style, and Barnaby’s incredible visual performances, this is a band that has to be seen live to capture the unique experience of a Revelator gig.

Northern Vinyl…..Despite only being formed in late 2005, Andy Dilworth (Vocals & Guitar), Declan McNulty (Bass & Backing vocals) and Mark Banks (Drums & Backing Vocals), the band play as though they have been together for years, such is the professionalism of their sets. Giving audiences over 30 songs including The Who, The Jam, The Rolling Stones to Oasis and the Smiths, this is a band definitely going places.

Jess Gardham…..With her engaging personality and pure song-writing, Jess is now earning the recognition she deserves. Her five track CD “Patience” has received rave reviews with the song “Ocean Eyes” being a particular favourite of audiences and critics alike. Her recent 30 minute support spot at The New Roscoe for Amy Wadge and Elaine Palmer is sure to put York’s favourite soulful singer-songwriter in the spotlight this year and beyond.

Sunday, June 18, 2006


The Welsh T Band took the new West Leeds venue, Bar Ropa in Armley by storm and showed why they are one of the most popular “live” bands around. Playing to an appreciative audience they rattled off foot-stamping track after track, from their own compositions to Eric Clapton through to Tommy Tucker, everything was played and performed with vibrant enthusiasm. Finishing off with Johnny B Goode, the Welsh T Band are very, very good. If you like blues and rock, this is a band that has to be on your “must see” list as they play with an enjoyment which makes such a refreshing change.

The Welsh T Band have announced details of their forthcoming appearances at the The Great British R & B Festival 2006 at Colne, Lancashire;

26th August North Valley Hotel 20-00 to 22-00
26th August Union Exchange Midnight to 02-00
27th August The Jovial Hatters 13-30 to 15-30
27th August Union Exchange 22-30 to 12-30am
28th August The Jovial Hatters 14-00 to 16-00

Bar Ropa are lining up more great acts to play each Saturday night, for further information contact the venue direct on 07999 444 953.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Snake Davis, now established as one of the UK’s leading saxophonists, returns to Leeds on July 3rd to play at the Garforth Arts Festival at The Holiday Inn, Wakefield Road, Garforth. I remember seeing Snake Davis busking in Leeds city centre 20+ years ago while he was studying at The Leeds College of Music. Since those humble beginnings he has become one of the biggest names on the British music scene. He has been the resident saxophonist on “Tonight with Jonathon Ross” and played with the likes of James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan and many more. His TV appearances has seen him accompanying the Eurythmics, M-People and B*Witched and also played on record and tour for Lisa Stansfield and M-People. Snake Davis will be on stage at 8-30pm and will play alto, soprano, baritone and tenor saxes, flutes, whistle and shakuhachi. Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions.

Monday, June 05, 2006


“Can’t always get what you want” is a song many bands perform, and which on many occasions mirrors their own performance. South Yorkshire band VAMP are a wonderful exception, and gave the New Roscoe audience a Rock Gig master-class on successive days, over the weekend of 3rd / 4th June. While some “covers” bands simply go through the motions, VAMP gave freshness and passion to the classic tracks from Muddy Waters, Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Free, The Faces, The Rolling Stones and many more, giving a performance of the highest calibre. The well informed music lovers of the Roscoe, rated the boys from Barnsley as the natural successors to Stone Cold Sober as the venues favourite Rock / Blues covers band. Their CD “Screwed” includes classic tracks, plus the added bonus of their own title track “Screwed” and the song “Every Little Crack” from Swedish band “The Diamond Dogs”, their professionalism shines through the CD and so enables you to relive the gig at every opportunity. Their next visit to Leeds cannot come quick enough.