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Felice Brothers  – Brudenell Club, Leeds ( January 25, 2020)

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Felice Brothers – Brudenell Club, Leeds ( January 25, 2020)

Posted on 03 February 2020 by John Haylock

The Felice Brothers, Simone, Ian and James have been spoiling us with quality Americana for almost two decades now.

Their distinctive dark and literate folk rock remains as potent today as when they first dropped Through These Reins and Gone, their debut album in 2006.

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Simone left a few years ago and pursues a fabulously creative solo career so the current band comprises of James and Ian. These days they are supplemented by the inclusion of relatively new members Jesske Humme on bass and Will Lawrence on drums.

It’s the coldest night of the year so far.  But inside the Brudenell we’re as warm as toast thanks to the near capacity turnout for the Felice Brothers. We generate the heat, the band generate just the greatest amalgam of Byrds meets The Band sounds and vibes.

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The new album Undress seems pretty familiar to most of the crowd. We devour its many fine songs such as Saving up to be the President, Salvation Army Girl and TV Mama.

With nine albums worth of material to choose from there are lots of favourites aired tonight. This includes Days of the Years, Whiskey in my Whiskey, Ballad of Lou the Welterweight. All such fantastic compositions

The band are eminantly watchable. Jesske concentrating hard and looking mean until all of a sudden cracks a great big grin when the fancy takes her.

Will is a seriously intense drummer never missing a beat. James is the joker of the pack –  ebulliant, constantly wise cracking and joshing with the audience. He’s also a man posessed when playing the accordian.


Ian is the complete opposite, very focussed whilst delivering those majestic lyrics of his and on another plane when in full flow guitar solo mode.
Special mention for Carson McHone who bravely supported tonight.  She’s charming with some seriously good songs and coming back over to the UK in the Spring. (With XXL tour T shirts !).

Words by John Haylock, Pictures by Arthur Hughes


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The Lovely Eggs – Leeds Brudenell Club (October 19, 2018)

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The Lovely Eggs – Leeds Brudenell Club (October 19, 2018)

Posted on 24 October 2018 by John Haylock

The Lovely Eggs are husband and wife duo David Blackwell (drums, vocals, home made box of wires with a bright light screwed onto it) and Holly Ross (guitars, vocals and orange tights).

The redtops would probably describe them as quirky. They play ramshackle, coming apart at the seams punk-rock that goes blam blam blam…Blam!

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Tonight’s mayhem happens inside a sold-out Brudenell, one of our favourite venues. I mean how can you not love a club in which you hear Can, Neu ! The Sleaford Mods and The Velvet Underground while you’re waiting to get served?

Holly takes to the stage clad in the aforementioned orange tights, probably the same ones she wore at the Greenman Festival in August (I do hope she’s changed them ).

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She’s gobby and excitable, with a guitar style best described as bonkers. They’re playing on their own turf tonight and the crowd love it.

The Lovely Eggs are very much a one trick pony, albeit it a muscular, slightly demented Lancashire pit pony. And the trick is second rate Paul Daniels. No matter though, as they are adored by the faithful, who sing along vociferously to some great song titles such as I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too, Fuck It and the sublime People Are Twats.

We even get some cooking tips for onion rings. There’s also a minor crowd altercation with an over excited bouncer and a some drunk lads. This is swiftly tackled with humour and some Northern common sense.

Not a bad night. A bit one dimensional but that might have been the (very) pale ale.

Special shout out to Rob Auton who hails from York who’s doing some daft stand up on the forthcoming The Lovely Eggs dates. Now he is quirky, but in a good way.

Wiggy Giggy was great.

Words by John Haylock


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Purson, Wild Birds of Britain and Crosa Rosa, The Brudenell Club, Leeds (April 2, 2016)

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Purson, Wild Birds of Britain and Crosa Rosa, The Brudenell Club, Leeds (April 2, 2016)

Posted on 04 April 2016 by John Haylock

I knew if I waited long enough 1972 would happen again, I just never expected it to happen at the legendary Brudenell club in Leeds in 2016.

Tonight’s headline band, Purson wear their 1970s prog-inspired influences proudly and defiantly, even taking the time and effort to dress accordingly, with great emphasis on flares, crushed velvet cat suits and much embroidered haberdashery, so you not only get a sonic treat but an extremely pleasing visual one.



Purson’s new album Desires Magic Theatre is a somewhat retro blast of 1970s rock, with lots of cosmic lyrics, great guitar solos and some dynamic vocals courtesy of their striking front woman Rosalie Cunningham. Live they transcend their influences with virtuoso playing, intricate song structures and some fantastic solos. The album does not prepare you for the passion and sheer joy of their onstage performance.

This gig was the final show on the current mini-tour before a summer schedule that sees them playing in the USA and attending various festivals. I’m sure by their return in Autumn word would have gotten out that these young musicians are a great live draw.



Two very different bands supported. Firstly the enigmatically named Wild Birds of Britain, in a short set they played some very nice guitar based numbers, lots of nifty lead work with the requisite quiet, melodic middle section before the trippy solo and final riffy end bit. Again it was very retro sounding but assembled with genuine love.

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Completely opposite were Crosa Rosa, a young, energetic and grungy three-piece from Nottingham, who blazed across the Brudenell stage like a firestorm of sound. Check out their debut EP ‘Pantophobia’ and catch them on the next Dot to Dot festival in Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol.

Words by John Haylock pictures by Arthur Hughes


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