Hope & Social hook up with choir for feva

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

Stories from the backwaters of rock n roll history part 274. . .I once was a bit rude to Four Day Hombre, the forerunners of Hope & Social, when I was MC-ing at one of my Charm gigs at The Tube in Harrogate.

True professionals, the band took it on the chin and launched into their set in that tiny but perfect little venue, though they got me back the next time they spotted me at one of their own gigs at the Blues Bar.

Which was only fair for, not only had I deserved it, but Four Day Hombre were one of the nicest set of musicians I’ve ever come across and one of the best live bands, which they remain so to this day in the guise of Hope & Social.

You can catch these inspirational musicians in their trademark blue blazers in a special gig for feva Festival, which launches this weekend in Knaresborough.

Being Hope & Social, their appearance at Holy Trinity Church this Sunday will be no ordinary show.

Lead singer Simon Wainwright, guitarist Rich Huxley, keyboard player Ed Waring, bassist Simon Goff, drummer Gary Stewart and James Hamilton on brass will be performing with Harrogate-based ladies choir Northern Songbirds in a one-off gig to fundraise for the church’s Raise the Roof appeal.

I love feva and this gig is part of the reason why.

Tickets are available from www.feva.info/programme or from Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre on 01423 866886.

Speaking of feva, hometown superstar house DJ Rory Hoy is also appearing in one of the festival events.

Fresh from being the headline DJ warming up for Britpop stars Dodgy at the Clarence Festival in Wakefield recently, the talented Rory is on the bill at Orb’s all-dayer next Wednesday, August 14 in that musical charity’s home next to Frazer Theatre.

Rory, whose new single with Kitten & The Hip has received airplay on Craig Charles’s BBC6 Funk & Souls Show, will be on at around 5pm.

Shortly after that, he will be playing live at the Shuttle Shuffle Festival in Bradford in conjunction with a screening of his award-winning film Autism and Me.

Also performing as part of feva next Wedneday night at SO! bar will be Lewis Fieldhouse and Youcef Preston (the same night as The Stones tribute play Knaresborough WMC).

Finally on the feva front, local singer-songwriter Angie Shaw plays The Mitre this Sunday night at 8.30pm.

The talented Angie will be previewing tracks from her new EP (produced by Nigel Stonier of Thea Gilmore, Martha Wainwright and Clare Teal fame) with the accompaniment of guest Michael Wood on guitar and Dan Logan on percussion.

Live music on a Friday nights upstairs in Rehab in Harrogate seems to have turned into a weekly occurrence. Tomorrow night’s line-up includes Hobson, Fauns, Tom Peacock and DJ CGI.

Finally, fantastic live band The Four 45s, who tried single-handedly keeping the spirit of original Brit rock alive in Harrogate, seem to have split – again – if their Facebook site is to be believed. It means they will not be appearing at Harewood House in the VW Festival on August 16.