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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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Frøkedal–The Basement, 26/02/16

Although tonight’s headliner continued the Scandinavian theme of the last gig I attended, it couldn’t have been more different from the loud heavy metal of that night. Local promoter Please Please You had put together a female-heavy bill at The … Continue reading

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Rachel Sermanni–The Basement, 23/09/15

Please Please You have been putting on gigs in York (and beyond) for ten years, roughly the same length of time that I have been regularly attending gigs in the city and yet, as far as I can remember and … Continue reading

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The Taskers–The Basement, 28/02/15

Rarely has a man-and-acoustic-guitar act grabbed my little group’s attention in the way that Sand Creature (a.k.a. John Holt-Roberts) did tonight. In an energetic style which saw a sheen of perspiration on his forehead before the second track had finished, … Continue reading

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Mulholland – The Basement, 27/11/14

Local Americana band Mulholland opened their own EP launch gig – held, appropriately enough on Thanksgiving – with a set of acoustic covers. “We’re normally louder,” explained frontman Stan Smith, and they would be later in the evening. Bass player … Continue reading

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Vesper Walk/Dan Webster–The Basement, 17/09/14

While Kate Bush was filling the Hammersmith Apollo and, I assume quite rightly, receiving plaudits from fans, celebrities and critics alike, York’s Vesper Walk were quietly working on their own piece of musical theatre, albeit on a much smaller scale … Continue reading

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Unfinished Drawings (Ciara Star EP Launch)–The Basement, 26/06/14

Photos provided by and © Marc McGarraghy, whose work can be found on Facebook or the Yellow Mustang website. Thanks, as always, go to him for allowing me to use them. As day four of York’s Little Festival of Live … Continue reading

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Boss Caine–The Basement, 07/03/14

Don’t you just hate it when supporters of one band performing at a gig insist on talking through the other bands’ sets, despite there being people in front of them obviously trying to listen to the music? Me too and … Continue reading

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Boss Caine–The Basement, 21/08/13

I believe that Mark Wynn is regarded highly in the acoustic singer/songwriter scene around York but, until tonight, he hasn’t really made an impression on me. Admittedly, I have only seen him once before, in a performance I described as … Continue reading

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Andy Doonan – The Basement, 10/05/13

Tonight sees me on a rare trip to one of York’s smallest ticketed venues to see a headline act that grabbed my attention a few weeks back when he supported Blackbeard’s Tea Party. The Basement, situated under the City Screen … Continue reading

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