Music Moot – January 2016

By DogFinger Steve

Wanted: House to rent Driffield

Hello and welcome to the first Music Moot of 2016, I hope you had a good Christmas and wish you all a prosperous new year. I read Laura Woodhouse’s column last week in the Wolds Weekly with great interest, particularly the part about Driffield float day and Party In The Park.

I too have great memories of those events, playing the last ever one with Little Sun (I was the bass player so was shoved in a corner at the back of the stage!). The yearly event really brought the town together and I remember meeting folks there that had lived in the town for years and never socialised there.

They had no real knowledge of the town they lived in or its residents which I thought was a bit sad. Laura has definitely stirred up interest in these events and as Driffield expands and increasingly becomes a dormitory town surely events like these are worth investing in, if for no other reason than to knit the community together and bring people out in their own town. I for one am prepared to put my shoulder to that wheel…bring it on.

So what is going on musically as the year gets into gear? Thursday 14th there is Nafferton acoustic at The Kings Head from 8pm. It’s a friendly gathering in a cosy country pub. Also on Thursday is Bridlington acoustic club at The Ship Inn Sewerby. Hosted by the brilliant Pete Bolton this is a great music night with a lovely audience of listeners.

Thursday is also Derek Waudby’s open mic night at the Tiger Inn, Beverley from 8pm. Saturday the 16th sees Colemans Cider Company putting on their second Annual Wassail at Lauren’s Orchard, Ruston Parva from 2pm. What exactly is a Wassail I hear you cry! Well, from the old Norse ‘ves heil’– be you healthy it is a blessing of the trees for a good harvest. This is done by listening to great live music and drinking locally produced ciders and ales – hard work eh? Tickets are £5, available from Star Inn Kilham or Eventbrite.com. Check out the website or facebook page for more details on line up.

In Driffield on Saturday the 16th blues rock outfit ‘The Cliffhangers’ will be rocking the Red Lion from 9pm, free entry.

Thursday 21st brings Driffacoustica at the Bell Hotel in Driffield from 8pm. Hosted by myself, this is a great acoustic singaround/ session held in the Oak Lounge. We never know who will be turn up but it’s always fun.

Friday 22nd is Hardwired open mic at the Red Lion Driffield from 9.30pm. Turn up on the night to sing, play or listen.

Friday 29th of January hails the return of Steve Knightley to the area. I went to see Steve, who fronts Show Of Hands, last year at Kilham village hall on his Grow Your Own Gig tour of 100 rural village halls and was blown away. This year’s ‘All At Sea Tour’ brings him to the Bell Hotel, 8pm start with a singaround in the bar beforehand. Tickets are £16 from www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk.

For all the Scottish ex-pats there is a Burn’s supper at the Bell Hotel on Saturday 30th in the Maple Room, haggis, neeps and tatties and entertainment from Gib Mac with Celtic tunes and bagpipes galore. Tickets are £10 from The Gentleman’s Barber or ring Tony on 07437 849269. This event will be held in the memory of the late Robbie Wright, a great supporter of local music and true gentleman.

That’s about it from me, dogfingersteve@yahoo.com is my email, 07412 654302 is my mobile and East Coast Music Moot is the facebook page. Do get in touch and do enjoy your music.

Onlookers Driffield

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