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Apr 25 2017

Oh Susanna, Friday 21st April 2017

It was the fourth time that we’ve presented Suzie Ungerleider aka Oh Susanna, over the years. Ever since Ron first heard her singing one of the murder ballads from her Johnstown album on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour back in the late 90s (he was getting in touch with his feminine side while building a cupboard!), she has been one of our very favourite singer songwriters. Nearly twenty years and eight critically acclaimed albums later she is still delivering performances that send shivers up your back with that spine tingling voice and lyrics that cut to the bone.

Her latest album, ‘A Girl In Teen City’, is a collection of autobiographical songs, about love, lust and longing while growing up in Vancouver. From ‘My Boyfriend’, about a girl with dreams of becoming a singer, but stuck on the sidelines listening to the boys play at being rock stars, to ‘Tickets On The Weekend’, a great singalong, conjuring pictures of young rebelliousness at the local hall, the album is a bitter sweet memoir of teenage life that many of us will recognise.

Suzie also gave us a ride through her amazing back catalogue, with songs such as ‘River Blue’ from ‘Sleepy Little Sailor’, ‘Pretty Face’ from ‘Short Stories’, and the heart breaking but uplifting ‘See What Promises Can Bring’ from ‘Soon The Birds’. Always warm and lovely company, she is accompanied on this tour by BJ Baartmans from the Netherlands, who provided beautiful and understated guitar that complemented her songs perfectly.

Photos courtesy of Graham Smout

Pre Show Interviews

Oh Susanna Into The Buttercup interview with Rob & Molly

Apr 15 2017

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, Friday April 7th 2017

What can you say about a man like Andy Fairweather Low? Well, one thing is that he has achieved virtually everything anyone could possibly ask for in a musical career spanning 50 years. Teenage pop star with Amen Corner; successful singer songwriter; super sideman with the likes of Eric Clapton and Roger Waters; guitarist and singer revered by fans and fellow musicians. He, as much as anyone, could be excused for taking things easy and coasting, but not a bit of it. The skill, enthusiasm and sheer energy he pumps into his two hour plus show would put many half his age to shame.

With the Low Riders, Andy seems to have found his ideal band setting for his own material. Featuring fellow Clapton sideman, Dave Bronze on bass, Paul Beavis (Judie Tzuke, Andy Summers, Robert Fripp, Russ Ballard, Leo Sayer) on drums, and Nick Pentelow (Roy Wood, Gary Moore, Elton John) on sax and clarinet, this is one hell of a band.

You would obviously expect to hear the hits from such an illustrious career, and we got ‘Half As Nice’, ‘Bend Me Shape Me’ and ‘High In The Sky’ from his Amen Corner days, as well as ‘Wide Eyed And Legless’ and ‘La Booga Rooga’ from his 70s solo career. But we also got a whole bunch of songs from the two Low Riders albums, that showed he is still writing new material and choosing some great cover versions.

With his instantly recognisable (and after 50 years, still perfectly intact) high tenor voice to the fore, it’s easy to forget just what a great guitar player he is. There are few soloists who create their own voice on their chosen instrument, and Andy is one of them. We were treated to some of the dirtiest guitar playing you’ll ever hear, especially on the AFL favourite, ‘Gin House Blues’.

It was another triumphant performance from Andy and the band, which was greeted with tremendous cheers from an ecstatic crowd. The band clearly love playing here in Saltaire and we’ll no doubt see them again.

We would also like to mention a great opening set from Shropshire based singer songwriter acoustic guitar wizard, Chris Quinn.

Photos by Keith Belcher

Pre Show Interviews

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

Mar 29 2017

The Fair Rain 24th March 2017

We had had The Fair Rain (or The Old Dance School, as they were called when we first heard them) in our sights for over two years, and they didn’t disappoint on their TLR debut on Friday 24th March.

Photos by Keith Belcher

Short one member, owing to a family illness, they nevertheless demonstrated exactly why their music has been described as ‘cinematic’ by several commentators. With their instrumental line-up of acoustic guitar, double bass, drums, violin, viola, accordion, and trumpet augmented by electronics, they produce a truly unique sound.

Their songs too, on the night drawn mainly from their 2016 album ‘Behind The Glass’, are highly original. Main writer and lead vocalist, Robin Beattie’s contributions genuinely create a cinematic listening experience. Perhaps the best example of this is the eerily beautiful, ‘Mannequin’, the tragic story of Franz Reichelt, the Austrian-born tailor, who in 1912 decided to eschew his hitherto use of tailor’s dummies, to personally test his prototype parachute from the Eiffel Tower; a test that was filmed and sadly, proved to be his last. The band has a cult following, but really do deserve much wider recognition for their work.

Photos by Graham Smout

The final show of our 2017 Winter Season also saw the debut of ‘the new stage’! Not before time, as we have spent almost five years cramming bands into the inadequate space using a variety of rickety concoctions that wouldn’t pass a rudimentary health and safety inspection.

Pre Show Interviews

Interview with Molly & Rob from BCB Radio Into The Buttercup

Mar 22 2017

More Feedback from Lindisfarne gig

“Thanks for great evening and brilliant seat.  I think I must be turning into a folk rock fan.  The atmosphere was amazing.  I found it quite emotional at times.  All those people enjoying themselves.” Jean

Mar 13 2017

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders

We have nearly sold out for this gig – there’s just ten tickets remaining and they are only available from our website now.  Don’t be disappointed – buy your tickets now before it’s too late!

This gig will also be another late one, we think, as we have the excellent singer songwriter Mr Chris Quinn opening at 8pm.

Mar 12 2017

Lindisfarne gig – Audience feedback

“Thanks to both you and Ron for another wonderful musical experience. We anticipated a sort of sentimental journey (which would have been enjoyable enough) but Lindisfarne delivered so much more.

And you chose the perfect warm-up act: Nick Hall did a great job. I’m more impressed every time I see him.”

(John F)

Mar 7 2017

Lindisfarne, Friday 3rd March 2017

We probably could have sold out two nights for this wonderful band, who royally entertained us on Friday night! If anyone doubted whether this sextet of veterans could still generate the energy, power and skill of their hit-making heyday, those doubts were soon dispelled.

The stage was packed with equipment, so much so that there was little space for the guys themselves, but once they squeezed on, it was full throttle all the way. With a nearly 50 year history, there were anthems aplenty to make us smile, reminisce and sing along to.

For many of us, it was the first time that we had had the pleasure of hearing some of these unforgettable songs live and lads delivered scintillating versions of ‘Lady Eleanor’; ‘Meet Me On The Corner’; ‘Fog On The Tyne’; ‘Run For Home’; ‘We Can Swing Together’; ‘Clear White Light’; and many others that had the capacity crowd singing along at the tops of their voices.

It was a night we’ll remember forever, and special mention should be made for Nick Hall’s powerhouse opening support set, which got many in the crowd talking and seeking CDs!

Photos courtesy of Keith Belcher.

Feb 13 2017

Ashley Hutchings, Sunday 12th February 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along to see Ashley Hutchings take us on a journey through his life and times over two marvellous hours of poetry, stories and music here at TLR last night. Accompanied by the twin talents of Ruth Angell on guitar, harmonium, fiddle and vocals, and Becky Mills on guitar and vocals, this was not only a performance, but also an exhilarating gallop through 50 years of creativity and musical history. There are not many people who can say they jammed twice with the legendary Jimi Hendrix, but Ashley is one!

By turns, moving and funny, Ashley showed why he has been such a driving force in folk and rock over five decades of boundary-breaking musical adventure, and that he still has the energy and desire to entertain and delight audiences with fresh ideas and share the stage with young musicians. A sheer joy.

Feb 7 2017

Peter Bruntnell Band 3rd February 2017

If you love great songs and a super-tight, hard grooving Americana band, then you were either at your ideal show on Friday with the Peter Bruntnell Band – or you missed your ideal show!

We were prepared for Peter’s soulful voice and wonderfully incisive songs but, never having seen them, we didn’t realise what an incredible band he has around him. Mick Clews on drums and Peter Noone (er, no relation!) on bass make one of the finest rhythm sections you’re ever likely to hear, and stand-in on guitar for the show, Richard ‘Dicky’ Hayes played some stunning slide to compliment Peter’s own crunching, spiky guitar lines. Great bunch of guys too!

We were also thrilled to have yet another big crowd to make it a very special evening, so thanks to everyone who came along. Photos courtesy of Graham Smout.

Jan 31 2017

Mandolin Orange Friday 29th January 2017

What a fantastic night here at TLR on Sunday! Mandolin Orange were absolutely stunning and we had one of the biggest crowds ever, with 200 delirious gig-goers crammed into Caroline Club to see the amazing husband and wife team of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.

Playing songs from their three studio albums, the duo demonstrated just why they have built such a strong fan base that people were coming from all over to see them, including a superfan all the way from New Orleans! The combination of great songs, superb musicianship (spontaneous whoops and applause for Andrew’s sizzling mandolin solos) and absolutely pitch perfect, sweet harmonies had the crowd on their feet and hollering for more. The pair clearly enjoyed their first visit to TLR and came out for not one but two encores, despite still suffering from jet lag.

Special mention too for a lovely opening set from Brighton’s Jess Bishop and her band.

Photos courtesy of Keith Belcher

Pre Show Interviews

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