Something for the weekend

Dan Haywod's New Hawks
Dan Haywod's New Hawks

WITHOUT a doubt, this year’s August bank holiday weekend has been a long time coming.

That one extra day makes all the difference as far as Sunday night blues are concerned, so why not try one of the gigs listed in the gig guide, blues or otherwise.

You can squeeze the most out of the three-day weekend at The Yorkshire House, which will be trembling with the sound of folk rock on Monday night, as it welcomes four extremely talented performers.

Glasgow’s Trembling Bells and Lancaster’s Dan Haywood’s New Hawks will be joining forces to create a wall of psychedelic sound alongside singer songwriters Ponies and Mikey Kenney.

Over the course of four albums, Trembling Bells have explored, experimented with and blended early music, folk tunes and acid rock and roll.

Sometimes reminiscent of late sixties/early seventies Brit folk-rockers, they soon attracted the admiration of Joe Boyd (producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and many more), and have recorded and performed with Mike Heron, founder member of The Incredible String Band.

Trembling Bells’ current album, The Marble Downs, features duets from Kentuckian indie-folk artist Will Oldham, AKA Bonnie Prince Billy.

The Trembling Bells/Bonnie Prince Billy collaboration continued with a UK and European tour earlier this year.

Dan and half of his fellow New Hawks players are local to Lancaster and, as such, Dan Haywood’s New Hawks is one of the region’s most exotic musical exports, and this will be their first hometown show in over twelve months.

Their 32-song triple vinyl LP has received international critical acclaim and taken them all over Britain and Europe, with headline tours

and teamings with New Mexico’s A Hawk and A Hacksaw and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier.

They’ve also opened for The Unthanks, Frank Fairfield, and a tour of major European cities begins in Madrid in October.

Marc Nellis, from ECP Promotions, who are putting on the gig said: “Their stage performances are so rich and dynamic that illustrious label Static Caravan approached them for a live album, due for release later this year.

“For this show expect an uncompromising, free-spirited set of ensemble rocking featuring lap steel, synths, gongs, fiddles and mandolins and DH’s inimitable sourmash vocals.”

He added: “Ponies sets are often few and far between, so this is a great chance to catch a solo performer who eschews cliches and delivers his sharp heat-seeking lyrics with great integrity.

“Tough and smart blue-eyed soul of the highest order.

“Liverpool’s deliriously intense Mikey Kenney is a vocal and instrumental powerhouse and writer and leader of folk-pop-art project Ottersgear. His eagerly anticipated new album is to be released next month.”

Tickets are £5 in advance, available at, or £6 on the door. Doors open 7.30pm.

If you’re attending this gig, or any other for that matter, why not let us know how it went with a “tweet review”?

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For example, @guardiandigital pat mac mellow spinning some great vintage vinyl @thegoldenlion thursday night, gotta be the only one in town?

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