Author Archives: Ian

About Ian

Regular gig-goer in York, both to see local and touring bands. Huge music fan, with more CDs than my wife thinks any one person should own. I also collect American comics, read a lot of SF and fantasy and am a season-ticket holder at Leeds United.

My Beer Journey–500 And Counting

I’m quite meticulous when it comes to the order in which I drink my beers at home. Bottles and cans get put onto a shelf, expanding to the right as deliveries arrive or gifts are received, and are taken off … Continue reading

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My Beer Journey–A Novice’s Story

I’ve liked a pint for almost as long as I can remember, but I can’t remember in enough detail to record the early stages of my journey accurately. I do remember trying a can from the family fridge while my … Continue reading

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Chris de Burgh–The Barbican, 17/10/19

“Here’s a song you’ll all know.” It’s an oft-repeated phrase at gigs which usually leads me to chuckle internally. The things is, I go to gigs because I like live music and like to discover new music. Quite a lot … Continue reading

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York’s Little Festival Of Live Music–Black Swan, 31/03/18

It’s a wet and cold Easter Saturday and, despite having taken a week off from work, I’m finding it difficult, for various reasons, to fit in doing things with the family. The girls aren’t normally into music (at least not … Continue reading

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Boss Caine–The Crescent, 24/03/18

It’s happened! I’ve been to a gig that has inspired me to come out of retirement, if only as a one-off. I didn’t know at the time so, with no notes taken on the night, what follows may be a … Continue reading

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2016 In Review–Part 1, The Gigs

It’s not news that the past year saw me take a massive step back from my (admittedly somewhat minor) involvement in York’s music scene, taking the decision to stop writing up each and every gig I went to. The time … Continue reading

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Jon Palmer Acoustic Band–The Cottage, 10/07/16

I’m not sure why, partway through this evening, I decided to start making notes but, since I did, I might as well use them. I’m also not sure whether this signals an end to my (so far) brief retirement from … Continue reading

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On Putting Not Quite Music Journalism To Bed

Having announced, back in December, that I was going to stop publishing gig write-ups, I had always had the intention of writing a final piece that explained why. As it happened, a busy period at both work and home meant … Continue reading

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Blind Eye–Fibbers, 01/04/16

Tonight reminded me of those halcyon days when I first started attending local gigs, with my then-regular gig-buddies. Evenings where York bands would headline a bill of three or four bands, some of which we might have come across in … Continue reading

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Mulholland–The Basement, 25/03/16

They say that things happen in threes. If it’s true Mulholland’s Stan Smith must have been increasing worried as tonight’s gig got closer to starting. After a breaking a guitar string just as he started playing live on local radio … Continue reading

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