The thrill of the blues


POWERFUL roots vocals and percussion. Growling ‘winebox’ guitars and rack harp. Double bass and slide guitar.

Babajack come to Ripley Town Hall tomorrow, Saturday trailed by scorching hot reviews hailing singer Becky Tate and co as “mesmeric and “atmospheric” by the likes of Classic Rock and “impressive, impassioned. . .terrific blues though not for the faint-hearted” by Radio 2.

Presented by RipleyBlues, Babajack recently released their third album Rooster after great reviews for previous albums like Exercising Demons in the blues world.

Tickets for this highly-recommended gig are on sale costing £10/£12 each at

HARROGATE’S first-ever alternative radio station is about to go live and you can join the revolution by getting the TuneIn Radio app on your smartphone.

Launched by writer Andy Backhouse, with the proper PRS licence to boot, Harrogate Alternative Radio will include an avant garde electronica show, roots reggae, extreme metal and more.

Volunteers are still wanted for Harrogate Alternative Radio, so get in touch via

CETA charity will be boosted by the efforts of local punk bands with a multi-band gig at The Empress on The Stray in Harrogate tonight, Friday.

As befits a band celebrating its 10th anniversary, headliners are **** with Fire who will be joined on the bill by Homebrew, Pure Graft, The Grebs and Guilty Parties.

It’s a 7.30pm start for the show and entry costs £3 on the door.

SPEAKING of CETA charity, ex-local musician Dave Sowden’s Mix Tape album is on sale now to raise funds for this good cause.

CETA Mixtape 2012, features a whole host of local acts performing individual tracks such as: most of the bands in tonight’s fundraiser at The Empress, Under The Gun, Dan Cope, Croak Ditch, Kasiuss, Pseudonympho, Ripon City Band, 601, Raised As Wolves, Idle Maestro, Chasing Dragons, Ericbana, CGI, Jim Thistlewhite, Dave Sowden himself and others.

If you’d like to buy a copy, visit

THE musically adventurous Strangers in Paradise led by guitarist (and now vocalist) Steve Mosby in a new offshoot from popular Harrogate indie band D’Nile are getting in full swing.

Formed as a bold idea with bassist Andy Mosby and drummer Dave Williams, they recorded their genre-hopping debut EP The Story less than a month later.

This alt-rock-dance outfit start a run of live gigs with a show at Northern Monkey in Leeds next Friday, June 1 before heading to the legendary The Cavern in Liverpool on July 20 and then supporting Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam at Ripley Town Hall on September 22.

HARROGATE’S slightly psychedelic, slightly grunge rock band Lobo appeared on Jenny Ells Introducing show on BBC Radio York last weekend.

The band are also playing The Duchess in York tomorrow, Saturday. Lead singer Lex, who hosts a musicians night each Tuesday night at Vanilla Café in Harrogate, is certainly keeping busy these days.

Watch out for Alternagate at Vanilla on Saturday, June 2 with 10 acts from 6pm ‘til late with a wide variety of stuff from dubstep to blues.