Phil Beer stars in launch gig for BAMlive series

Phil Beer.

Phil Beer.

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

Not content with planning a fantastic-sounding second annual BAMfest later in the year, festival organisers launch the first of five acoustic warm-up gigs in Bedale this Sunday, January 5.

The first of the five BAMlive concerts at the Riverside Club will feature popular English multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer Phil Beer who is also one half of English acoustic roots duo Show of Hands

Support comes from Sunjay Brayne and it’s an afternoon show from 2pm to 5pm.

For tickets for this show or, indeed, BAMfest itself which will run from May 20 to June 1 with acts such as Martin Carthy, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and Paul Jones, visit www.bamfest.co.uk

A member of hit pop band B*witched is coming to Harrogate to play live!

Keavy Lynch will be performing live with The Collection at the Manhattan Club on February 28.

It’s little known but B*witched were always one of my favourite bands.

One of the great British prog bands of the 70s and, in terms of ‘prog folk’ possibly the single best band, isn’t finished yet it seems.

Rumour had it – and I stress this is only a rumour – that Magna Carta may be getting together this year to perform founder member Chris Simpson’s magnificent Fields of Eden musical poem.

The multi-talented Simpson, who lives locally, has now competed his long-awaited book Seasons in the Dale. And, in more good news for Magna Carta fans, lost tapes of the band’s legendary Live at The Albert Hall show featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and lead guitarist Davey Johnstone (who is still playing with Elton John these days) have been found in Universal’s archives.

Can’t wait for the remastered release.

North Yorkshire’s best outdoors music festival is back for the fifth time this July and ticket sales are under way already. Deer Shed always boasts a great line-up and a truly family-orientated set-up. For tickets, visit www.deerdshedfestival.com

Finally, it’s good to see the man behind Harrogate’s former BASH Studios return to the local music scene.

Most local musicians will remember Laurie Hopkins, He’s now back in action as a soundman with some high-end PA rigs which you may have spotted at recent live gigs at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Café in Knaresborough.

You can contact him via Facebook or www.lauriehopkins.co.uk