Sunday, November 28, 2010


There is a common belief, that if you asked Gary Stewart to play a gig in your garage, he would, and the performance would be as polished as if he was playing the main stage at Glastonbury, such is his love of music and performing. The release of his debut album “Boy Cries Wolf” emphasizes this fully, as the drive and enthusiasm shines through every song on the 10 track album. Kicking off with a GS classic “Travelling Song” Gary moves on apace with support from an impressive collection of musicians in the form of, Sam Lawrence(accordion,whistle,mandolin), Adam Richards (double bass), India Patel (violin), Martyn Roper (banjo), Ed Dawson (backing vocals,melodica) and Rich Stephenson (backing vocals,bass). The Simon & Garfunkel feel of “Behind the Door” is enhanced by the guest vocals of the superb Ellen Smith, as is “In The Pines” featuring one of Yorkshire’s finest female singer-songwriters Rosie Doonan. To complete the full-circle, the album finishes with two more fan-favourites in the form of “Tripping Holes” and “Bucket of Stars” to leave the listener eagerly pressing the play button immediately the last track finishes, to re-experience an album which produces a level of consistency very few of his peers could hope to match and is a credit to a very talented musician and songwriter. Whether you know any of Gary Stewarts music or not this is a must buy CD.



Saturday, November 20, 2010


Twenty years after being the vocal driving force on the iconic “The Fire Sermon” album from The Violet Hour, Doris is now shining brightly as a solo artist with her just released 12 track album “The Last Adventure”. This reviewer’s personal heaven, of Chrissie Hynde, Hazel O’Connor and Pink rolled into one dynamic and multi-dimensional singer, is achieved with a flourish by Doris as she produces stand-out performances throughout the album. Encapsulating a Celtic feel through her flageolet playing to in your face rockier tracks, all are covered, with her very distinctive sound and style. The quirky and catchy “What Have I Done” stands shoulder to shoulder with my own favourite “Get A Life” which is easily the UK’s answer to Pink’s “So What”, providing ample evidence of the versatility Doris possesses and which has produced one of the most consistent albums to be released this year. In place of calling “The Last Adventure” an album of Prog-Rock, Retro or even Cool Britannia, just call it CLASS and you will not be far wrong.



Thursday, November 11, 2010


Dan Wilde
With a new album soon to be released, Dan made sure the night kicked-off in fine style with a set which outlined his supreme talent. His own fine compositions and intricate guitar playing, were supplemented with a rendition of the Sunday Service favourite of Richard Thompsons’ Bee’s Wing.


Chloe Leavers
Chloe was hailed as one of the best acts to be invited to the Sunday Service, and she didn’t disappoint the expectant (in more ways than one!) audience. There cannot be a singer with a more sunnier disposition than Chloe, if she told you the world was about to end, you would leave it with a smile on your face and her enchanting voice in your ears. Her songs, while at times deeply harmonic remained delicately balanced and always in control. Many people present on the night will say in future years, “I Remember” Chloe Leavers playing The Verve.


The Moonshine Five
The range of ages within the band mirrors the ageless boundaries which this band will appeal to. The five-piece band fronted by Adam Wolstenhome, topped the evening with a wonderful and original set. With Ayshea adding vocals to her guitar skills, the set produced a sometimes Springsteen-esque feel to the night, while still maintaining a uniqueness with songs from the lustful “They can’t keep their hands” through to a finale which we can all relate to with “When the money runs out”. A brilliant band to round off a brilliant night’s entertainment.


The ethos of Barnaby Aldrick and the Sunday Service is to promote a night of great music for, and supported by genuine music people. Like Leeds Music Promotions it is not about financial gain, but about encouraging “live” music and building a music community spirit. Barnaby and the Sunday Service, we applaud you.