News has reached us here at Browse HQ that there is a new promoter in town with a series of great gigs lined up in the stunning Hull Minster (not just an exceptionally grand church but also a marvellous venue for live music) as well as the more intimate confines of Kardomah 94 and Jubilee Church.
GRT7V Promotions has been set up by local businessman and music lover Graham Taylor who states his aim to bring “proper musicians with proper instruments” to Hull – and it looks like he’s going to be doing exactly that.
Launching this new gig series at Hull Minster on April 27th will be none other than Steve Harley with his Acoustic trio, who will also be joined by the All For One choir. No stranger to Hull, Steve also performed with the AFO choir at the Rock For Ronson event at Hull City Hall in 2016. This time, however, he will be performing a stripped-back acoustic set featuring tracks from across his acclaimed 45 year back catalogue. The event will also include a Q&A section with Steve.
Hull Minster is again the venue on June 9th with Cregan & Co, the band fronted by ex-Rod Stewart guitarist Jim Cregan (by coincidence his lengthy CV also includes a stint playing with Steve Harley).
Folk wunderkind Blair Dunlop performs an intimate set at Kardomah 94 on September 27th with local support from Sam and Ben Arkut. Dunlop – the son of Fairport Convention legend Ashley Hutchings – has enjoyed a rapid rise up the folk ladder since his debut album Blight And Blossom landed in 2012. This is a rare chance to catch a special talent up close and personal.
Back at Hull Minster, and September 29th sees the arrival of Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione with their impressive jazz/blues fusion as demonstrated on new album Compared To What, which wears its social conscience on its sleeve and features covers of tracks by Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan, while the vocal spirit of Janis Joplin looms large throughout. Support comes from the always great local singer-songwriter Carrie Martin.
Still on a blues tip, celebrated Scottish songstress Maggie Bell will perform at Kardomah 94 on October 25th alongside guitarist Dave Kelly. Expect an explosive mix of rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ soul from two hugely experienced and highly regarded masters of their craft.
British singer/songwriter Sarah Gillespie visits Kardomah on October 27th. Blending folk and blues with elements of jazz – and a striking vocal style reminiscent of Chrissy Hynde – Sarah will be supported by local folk artist Emily Thomson.
Keep an eye on the GRT7N website for more news – you can also find details of all the current events and artists and book tickets – just head to www.grt7n.co.uk for more information.
Words Nick Boldock