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Jan 18 2020

Mike Farris

Sunday 12th January 2020

Photos by Keith Belcher

Some sixteen months after catching him at Americanafest in Nashville and being blown away by his voice and stage presence, Mike finally made his TLR debut last Sunday and he didn’t disappoint. On only his second show with his British band of session musicians, he showed just why he has built such a reputation back in the US as one of the great white soul singers. What a voice! Not only has he got a huge range, with the power of a jet engine, he also has great sensitivity and tone.

Anyone who knows any of Mike’s history is aware that he has had his share of bad times and managed to come out the other side with his huge talent intact. He credits Julie, his wife of 25 years, with keeping him sane and supporting him throughout his years of addiction and we were so pleased that she is on the tour with him and looking after the merch table.

We’ve met many lovely people from the music community over the years of doing this, but we can honestly say that none have been lovelier, warmer and more open-hearted than Mike. He spent time with everyone he was in contact with during the evening and was a joy to be around. The soul he puts into his music is just as apparent off stage and is genuine. We’ll definitely welcome him back as he builds his following on this side of the Atlantic.

Thanks to everyone who came along and gave him such a big crowd and warm welcome for his TLR debut.

Dec 9 2019

Richard Shindell

Friday 6th December 2019

Words and photos by Keith Belcher

Caroline Street Social Club, 6th December 2019
A very special sold out 3rd visit by master song-smith Richard Shindell brought 2019’s programme of gigs to a close. There were more than 2 hours of superbly crafted songs, musicianship and great humour, insights and rapport, it was all extremely high quality. Richard talked of a long break from touring, safe to say he would be very welcome back whenever he chooses to reappear. 2019 has been a very good year for music at The Live Room. Have a good festive break Ron and Hilary, you deserve it. Many thanks also to the wonderful Live Room audience who made it a very special night. Thanks again to Ron and Hilary for the festive treats on the night.

Pre Show Interviews

Interview with Ron and Molly of BCB Radio's Into The Buttercup

Dec 9 2019

Gigspanner Big Band

Sunday 1st December 2019

Photos by Keith Belcher

What a night! What a band!

Nov 17 2019

Lady Maisery 2019

Friday 15th May 2019

Words and photos by Keith Belcher

Lady Maisery starting their current tour. They are Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew. Their ‘fourth’ member controlling their sublime sound is Neil Segrott. A wonderful night.

Nov 11 2019

Talisk

Sunday 10th November 2019

Photos by Keith Belcher

What a stunning show from this Scottish trio! We knew they were a high energy band, but couldn’t imagine just what a huge, powerhouse performance they’d give us. This extraordinary band have not long returned from a US tour and will be heading to Japan by the end of the month. You can get a flavour of just what sort of night it was from this short clip from the very end of their show. We can’t wait to have them back!

Pre Show Interviews

Interview with Rob & Molly of BCB Radio's Into The Buttercup

Nov 10 2019

Chip Taylor

Thursday 7th November 2019

Photos by Keith Belcher

Chip Taylor was, as ever, magical on Thursday night. Still a creative powerhouse, he and his friends, John Platania on guitar and vocals, and Gøran Grini on keys and vocals, treated a rapt audience to almost two and a half hours of songs from across his career, including his classic hits from the 60s, ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning’ alongside many others. It made for a fantastic end to our mid-week back to back double.

It was lovely to meet Chip’s wife Joan too after all these years, we’ve heard so much about her. We’ll have to make a trip to Parnell’s Bar in New York one of these days, it’s obviously an inspiration to Chip!

Chip keeps a road journal of every show he plays and you can find his take on the evening and a mention for virtually everyone he met and had a chat to after the show right here!

Hilary, Chip, Joan and Ron. Picture by Tony Pankhurst
Nov 10 2019

Dustbowl Revival

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Photos by Keith Belcher

A late booking and a first visit to TLR of California’s Dustbowl Revival, and what a night it was! A fabulously tight band, with a great audience rapport, they actually achieved quite a feat: getting the whole audience on their feet by the end of the night! Thanks to Keith for his great photos and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for a return, because the audience will undoubtedly double!

Many thanks too to Tori Sheard, who gave us a sparkling support spot – a name to watch out for…..

Pre Show Interviews

Interview with Rob & Molly of BCB Radio's Into The Buttercup

Nov 2 2019

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

Friday 1st November 2019

Photos by Keith Belcher

We were treated to a wonderful show from these two superb musicians, songwriters and singers. We’ve had great feedback from our audience:

‘thanks for putting it on! It was amazing!’ – John Leach from Facebook

‘Fantastic gig at @TLRatSaltaire this evening: the very talented & charming @BrennenLeigh and @mckaynoel. Gorgeous crisp vocals letting us hear all the great lyrics – and quality dog-inspired merch too!’ – Louisa from Twitter

We’ll definitely be seeing Brennen and Noel here at TLR again!

Oct 29 2019

Poor Nameless Boy

Sunday 27th October 2019

Review and photos by Keith Belcher

Sunday 27th October 2019, Poor Nameless Boy at The Live Room, Caroline Street Social Club, Saltaire. Poor Nameless Boy being the stage persona of Joel Henderson. Currently touring the UK with a band comprising Joel on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Dana Rempel -bass, Tanner Wilhelm Hale- drums and Darnell Stewart-guitar. All the band are from Saskatchewan, Canada.

The relatively small but perfectly formed Live Room crowd had a great evening of extremely well penned and beautifully sung songs performed as both solos from Joel and with the full band. Many thanks must go to local virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm who came to the rescue with a guitar pick up, it would have been a different show without him.

Pre Show Interviews

Interview with Rob & Molly of BCB Radio's Into The Buttercup

Oct 24 2019

Robert Ellis

Plus support Joe Martin

Monday 21st October 2019

In the absence of our usual photographer, Keith Belcher, we managed to grab a few of our own! A small but perfectly formed crowd saw a great performance from the Texan and his band, prompting one enamoured gig goer to describe them as ‘a great treat; real classy, clever stuff with great musicians……. like The Divine Comedy and Steely Dan if they were brought up in honkytonk bars’!

We’ll definitely be trying to find a weekend spot for them next year!

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Pre Show Interviews

Interview with Rob & Molly from BCB Radio's Into The Buttercup