Young rock bands showing craft

Crafters. (Picture by SiRAstudio)
Crafters. (Picture by SiRAstudio)

By Graham Chalmers

ALL of a sudden the Harrogate area seems to be awash with young rock bands who are mainstream but a bit ‘alt’, commercial but intelligent and more professional than I remember similar bands in the 90s locally.

After Kasiuss and Silvertone comes Crafters, a Harrogate four-piece led by vocalist Max Grainger and featuring lead guitarist Tom Meyer.

Influenced by the likes of The Cure, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay and The Mystery Jets, this original outfit are passionate and ambitious.

Earlier this week they appeared on BBC Introducing on Radio York and they are about to feature shortly on Stray FM’s Sunday Sessions.

Crafters are playing at The Fort in York on March 25 and, if you are lucky, you might catch them at one of the Blues Bar’s excellent Monday night jam sessions.

Otherwise, you can listen to one of their self-penned tracks, Becoming a Mannequin. on their new website:

IT’S good to see so many local musicans supporting the Sadie Rose Clifford Appeal.

Knaresborough band Royalty 3 are the latest, headlining their own fundraiser for Sadie at Frazer Theatre tomorrow night, Saturday with support acts.

This young band, made up of Joe, Will and Andy, mix originals with covers by the likes of The Beatles, OMD, Human League, Kings of Leon, Queen and more.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start and entry costs £5.

Email christopherlynch@thinkpositive for details.

STICKING with Frazer Theatre, Kula Productions’ latest gig there features BBC Folk award-winning artist Jim Moray whose unique musical vision encompasses folk, pop, rock, and new approaches to traditional British folk songs and the oral tradition.

Playing on Saturday, March 24, the talented young Moray has been winning plaudits from fRoots and more since his ‘breakthrough’ album Sweet England in 2003 and will be performing songs from his new album Skulk at Knaresborough.

H BOMB! Charity’s rockabilly night at Jaipur Spice restaurant in Harrogate last weekend had everyone all shook up as leading Elvis tribute act, The Rockin’ Reverend, aka Steve Caprice (who is an ordained minister) raised the roof – and funds.

H Bomb!’s Kelly Gavaghan reports £600 was raised for the Harrogate Refuge.

The event also saw a fleet of vintage hot rods parked outside this popular restaurant in true American Graffiti style (if you’ve seen the classic movie with a young Richard Dreyfuss?)

IN the run-up to June’s family-friendly music festival Dragongate in Harrogate, organisers and supporters are holding a series of warm-up gigs of all musical shaes.

Blake Sanders reports the latest taking place are:

Tonight, Friday, sees live music upstairs at The Regency with Leo Brazil, Vicky Whelan and Angie Shaw and Jon Palmer plus resident DJ Martin Dods mixing soul and ska. The fun starts at 8pm.

In total contrast, next Friday, March 9, the Dubstep Dragongate Warm Up downstairs at Vanilla Café (ex-Crabrees), features a welter of DJs including Darren ‘The Urbaniser’ Ibbetson, Jason ‘Mr Wicker’ Mawer (Whatstep Records), Kev Eastman and a whole lot more. The event runs from 10pm until 4am.

FINGERS crossed that Biz from Kasiuss has recovered from his recent illness which caused a couple of the band’s gigs to be cancelled.

It’s reported the boys are fit and raring to go for their acoustic show at Christies on Kings Road in Harrogate tonight, Friday from 8.30pm and for their ‘electric’ show at The Alexandra next Thursday, March 8.

I’M still none the wiser as to YouTube sensation Alexa Goddard is, she who is playing a special show at Harrogate’s Viper Rooms club tonight, Friday.

Someone did kindly tweet me about it, but the limited number of characters didn’t explain much and, well. . .

I do know she is on stage tonight at 11.45pm, though doors open at 10pm, and that VIP tickets are available on 01423 520567.

Maybe someone will tweet me more details @HarrogateGigs