Archived News from Live-on-Stage Listings Magazine 2003

Robert Palmer dies of Heart Attack

One of Yorkshire's most famous Musical sons has died at the age of 54 whilst taking a break in Paris. Born in Batley, and brought up for some of his childhood in Scarborough, he enjoyed Chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with hits like Addicted to Love and I'll be your baby tonight. Click here for our tribute to Palmer. Did you know him or meet him - leave details on our Message Board

JD Adams wins Bridlington "Search for a Star"

Rather belated congratulations to Hull girl JD Adams for her success in winning the Bridlington Search for a Star contest held recently at the Spa Theatre in Bridlington. In 2nd place was local Bridlington girl and formerly part of the sister duo "Clone" - Leanne Sanderson, with Hull lad Danny Sugarman in 3rd place. JD will now go on to represent Bridlington in the National Final of the contest, with a 1st Prize of £ 5,000 and with her considerable talent there is every chance she could win the whole thing. I was recently speaking to Liz Hugill at McLeod Holden in Hull who manages JD and she tells me that the talented young singer is already booked up nearly to the end of 2004! Well done to her and all the other contestants involved.

Ann Breen announces retirement

A Full house at O'Sullivan's Irish Club in Hull were shocked to hear on Friday night that popular Irish Singer Ann Breen is to retire in May of 2004. Following a Caribbean Cruise in February and a Week long Country Festival in Benidorm in May, Ann will retire from touring. Speaking to Adam and Stephanie Jane Goodfellow after the show she explained that she has a 10 year old son, and although she has tremendous support from her sisters who live close by to her home in High Wycombe, she would like to spend a little more time with her son, and does not enjoy the zig zagging trips all over the country to one-off gigs.

However the lovely Ann was in fine form as she entertained the audience with her own brand of popular Middle of the Road Irish and Country Music, including her trademark song "Pal of my Cradle Days" which still seems as fresh today as it was when it charted in 1983. See her website at and see some pictures at

Darley Arms under New Management

Alison from Drum & Cymbals and Michael (ex Polar Bear and one time Darley Arms) have joined forces to take over the ailing Darley Arms on Porter Street in Hull. A £15,000 refurbishment is to take place, and the dynamic duo intend to make Live Entertainment a top priority. Top Award Winning Duo Fallen Angels will be there on Saturday 6th September, whilst Sunday Nights will once more feature the talents of Big Al.

Alison (who continues to run the D&C with Jim) has asked me to plead with any artist who has a booking at Darley Arms to contact them urgently on Hull (01482) 320317 since they have not been left a diary, and they fear that Artists may turn up who are not expected, and this may lead to double - bookings which would not be their fault. Good Luck to them both.

BOB is coming!!

The Gig Shop on Beverley Road in Hull is joining forces with The Springhead, regular national finalists in the Music Pub Year of the Year Award to stage a Best Original Band Competition in the New Year. With a first prize of £ 1,000 and the chance of exposure to a knowledgeable Hull midweek crowd at The Springhead, this will be an opportunity for any band - playing Rock, Acoustic, Folk etc - to play to a wider audience. More information in future months, but advance details can be got from Lyn Blakeston at The Gig Shop on Hull (01482) 440982.

Letter of thanks from Humber St Andrews Club

Thank you to Mona and her fellow committee members at Humber St. Andrew's Club for their letter of thanks, a copy of which you can read by clicking on the small image at the side. We've always enjoyed working at Humber St. Andrew's Club, and I can recall very well the days when Herbert was compere and the backing was by Piano accordion (although I'd be strung up for calling it that, I think it was a Kodavox or similar). Of course the compere job is now done by the fabulous Rene Jordan with Paul on keyboard and Charlie on drums. We thank you for your kind words.

Denise, Landlady of Half Moon, Acklam

I am sad to report the recent death of Denise the landlady of the Half Moon Public House in Acklam near Malton. Denise had been ill for some months, and the pub will be run by her husband John. Denise was born and bred in Acklam, a small village set in a valley between Pocklington and Malton and was a real character. She took over the pub about 3 years ago, having originally been involved in farming, and she continued the Monday Night country Music night, although she had to discontinue the Friday night entertainment. She will be sadly missed. The funeral was Friday 29th August 2003. May she rest in peace.

Country & Western Night axed at Howden WMC

Due to dwindling numbers and lack of interest the committee at Howden Working Men's Club have decided to discontinue their regular Friday Night Country Music Night "for the forseeable future". Despite the best efforts of Club Chairman Norman Stevens, the support for Country Music had been slowly declining for many months, and with the increasing cost of Artists, the club has had no alternative but to axe this once popular evening.

Kipper hospitalised following beating

We're sorry to learn that Sons of the Desert front man and half of the Sax Mad Duo - Kipper - is in hospital recovering from injuries sustained when he was set upon by a gang of youths after one of them had stolen a bicycle from him. We wish him a swift and complete recovery and would like the opportunity to witness the aforesaid youths taking a similar beating at the hands of the thousands of friends and fans of this talented vocalist.

In the very likely situation that the Police fail to apprehend any of the aforesaid slime balls, I have a size 9 boot which I would gladly insert with great force to help with the treatment of piles that any of these youths might have, following a visit to the area by the "Friends United in the Care of Kipper in Unison" although we've yet to work out an acronym for this group of Charles Bronson sympathisers. Some lessons are only learnt the hard way!

Sammi Louise has a baby Girl

Congratulations to talented local singer Sammi Louise who has given birth to a baby girl to be called Emily. For further details or to leave a message go to our Message Board where you will find all the information you need.

Local Band Torsohorse release First Album

Bridlington based Metal Band Torsohorse have just released their first full album "Freak Show" amidst great expectation from their Record Company - Native Records. More than 4000 copies have been sent out to stores such as HMV, Virgin Megastore and MVC across Britain although the Record Company believe that there will be even greater demand for the group's work in countries such as Germany, Italy, France and Japan! Native Records Managing Director, Keven Donoghue says: "Japan in particular will love what they are doing, and they will love their image"

Some Live on Stage readers may recall that lead singer Adam Towse helped out on the sound at the short-lived East Riding of Yorkshire Talent Contest, and we have reported their steady progress over the past 2 or 3 years, kept up-to-date by Adam's enthusiastic and supportive parents Elain and Richard Towse.

For more details log onto their own Website at or better still go out and buy the album!

Calvert Club - The End!

Well the news is now official - The Calvert Club in Hull is to close it's doors and make way for development. Presumably resident Musicians Pat and Phil will soon find alternative employment, and I suspect that the owner is receiving a good price for what will be a prime site - Good Luck to them all. Are you a member at the Club, do you have any interesting stories about the venue, Are you an artiste, and have played there? Let me have your thoughts at I understand that the last show will be this weekend (28 / 29 June) with guest artiste Lee Kamen there on Saturday. If you get the chance call in and wish them all well.

Ringside changing hands

Remember Lance and Gail, one time of the Springfield Club in Anlaby? At the moment they are running the Mulder Arms in Beverley, but they are also to take over the running of The Ringside on Beverley Road in Hull. They have plans to make some big changes to the venue, which has a large upstairs room, as well as build a stage for live Artists and Bands.

They take over on Wednesday 11th June and we wish them every success - why not bob in and see them?

Where is Dean Egan?

Just got an E Mail from Dean Egan who is working in Alcudia in the North of Majorca. He seems to be enjoying himself, but as he E Mailed me from an Internet cafe I cannot reply, and I don't know in which Bar he is working. We've just come back from Majorca and we spent a couple of days in Alcudia, which is a beautiful resort, with what must be one of the nicest beaches. You can step into the water no more than ankle deep and you're feet are surrounded by shoals of fish. If anyone knows more precisely where Dean is, or if Dean reads this when he checks out the Web site next, please let me know where he is, and maybe anyone visiting the beautiful island can pay him a call.
If not, we're due to return in October, so if he's still there then we'll hunt him down!
Just out of interest our favourite Live Entertainment venues in Magaluf where we were staying were Mrs Doyles, fantastic Irish Bar with Mick the Fiddler, The Titanic with Leo on Keyboard and the zany Juanito Banana, and Arfur's Bar, although we never got to see Arfur himself. Been on holiday or going on holiday? Tell us your favourite holiday entertainment venue -E Mail us

The Remnants

Had an E Mail a few days ago regarding a new Group forming in Hull with some formidable and well known members. Andy Piper Keyboard and vocals, Pete Allison Bass and Vocals, John Cambridge Drums and Vocals and Paul Sutton Guitar and Vocals are no longer with Sean Finch's Streetband, and instead have formed a group called The Remnants.
They are working hard on new material as well as polishing up on the stuff they already know, and will be starting gigging in June, kicking off with a Sunday night residency at Hull's Top Music Venue - The Springhead, as well as appearances at the new Bilis Bar on 6th and 21st June. They can be contacted by calling Paul on 01482 847007 or Pete on 01482 441515. Good luck to them.

York Concert Secretary's Audition Night

Held at Pocklington United Services on Tuesday 27th May 2003 the entertainment was provided by Castleford based singer Mark Henderson, and York duo Full Fat Funk with Bridlington Duo The Goodfellows stepping in at the last minute to cover for an unavailable artist.
Mark Henderson represented by MAP Entertainments opened the Show with casual dress and seemed a little nervous at first but soon got into his stride, particularly with a couple of Meatloaf songs, by which time his voice had warmed up and the audience also seemed to warm to his act. The sound was a little loud for such a small concert room, but he was using the gear of FFF and was probably unused to the balance.
Full Fat Funk are a Male / Female Duo made up of Jason and ??? and they opened with a couple of lively songs, featuring Jason on Saxophone, and coordinated dance steps. Whilst it may be true that Jason provides the main Musical input to the act, with his skills on Saxophone, Guitar and Vocals, ??? makes up for visually with her good looks, and dance moves. They are a very popular duo, with an impressive light show and put on an excellent show for the assembled audience.
The Goodfellows, made up of solo singers Adam and Stephanie Jane Goodfellow stepped in at the last minute to help out Wilf the United Services Concert Secretary and put on a good spot of varied material, bowing to audience pressure as they included "Penny Arcade" and "Hey Baby" in their lively set which also included solo songs by both talented singers.
An enjoyable night was had by all, with all the acts benefiting from bookings from the Concert Secretaries present.

Read it here first - The results of the Hull Daily Mail Talent Trail

The Final of the above competition took place at Hull City Hall on Thursday 8th May in front of a Capacity crowd. Read the full result here - including a write up and pictures - it's the next best thing to being there. Full report here.

S. O. L. E. Annual Dinner Dance

The second Annual Society of Local Entertainers Dinner Dance took place on Monday 14th April and you can read all the no-holds barred write up, including an act that well and truly died on it's arse! Read the report here.

Max Sax bust up!

Singer Michelle and Sax player Jacob appear to have had a bust up at a weekend gig. Our correspondent tells us that afer a couple of songs from Michelle's replacement Carol, things got a little heated between the original members, which culminated in Jacob uttering a few very audible profanities and storming off the stage. Our sources suggest that Michelle aims to pursue a solo career, and it sounds like that might happen a little sooner than originally expected!

Fallen Angels not splitting after all!

Despite our earlier article - regarding the split of Fallen Angels, we are pleaseed to advise that Denise has had a change of heart, and she and Karen are to continue after all! "Denise had a think about it" said Karen "and realised that she would miss it too much, so she's hada chat with her husband, and she's going to stay after all"

Fans of the multi award winning duo will be overjoyed, although spare a thought for Casey Lee who was to have joined Karen as a replacement. She will continue with her solo career, and there is a possibility that she and Karen will do an occasional duo booking, without being blue! We think this is an end to the matter - but watch here for the latest developments!!!

Flowerpot changes hands

Popular Music venue the Flowerpot Pub on Staveley Road in Hull has changed hands, and singing landlady Michaela has gone to join her husband John at The Cherokee Club. A holding company is looking after things at the moment, but it is hoped that the entertainment will continue as before, with any bookings being honoured for the time being. It might be a good idea for any booked artists to confirm their bookings in writing with the New Management - just to be on the safe side.

Ian heading off to the Sun?

A guest at our Presentation Night was Ian Moor, all round nice guy, and winner of "Stars in their Eyes" Champion of Champions, and of course a local Hull lad. Ian is now looking after his own bookings and is working more in the local Club scene, although a lot of his work is in the Manchester area. Ian had recently appeared at a Showcase for various Cruise Companies, and there is a distinct chance that Ian could be heading off to sunnier climes with a Caribean Cruise on the cards. We wish Ian well - watch here for further details. See our tribute to Ian - "Pride of Hull"

Keeping Music Live

There is proposed Government Legislation that will further increase the need for an Entertainment Licence. This could be another nail in the coffin for Live Entertainment in this country - particularly for Folk Clubs etc where a licence is not usually required. There is an on-line petition at where you can add your name to the thousands of others who are lobbying the Government to abandon this legislation. Please take a minute and add your name.

Changes at SAS Entertainment Agency

Norman Turton, the straight-talking Agent based in Kellington near Goole is taking more of a back seat in the running of this Yorkshire Entertainment Agency - Select Artists Agency and he is handing over the reigns to York based Guitar Vocalist Alan Roy. Norman will still work a couple of days per week, but eventually Alan will take over the sole running of this Agency who do a lot of work throughout the Yorkshuire area. Any interested act or venue can call Alan on 01904 700707.

Public Liability Insurance

As from 1st January 2003 members of the Leeds CIU (Union of Clubs) are now insisting that acts appearing at their clubs are in possession of valid Public Liability Insurance and that their equipment is PAT tested. Acts who cannot provide proof of such cover will not be allowed to perform. This has caused some consternation amongst some artists, who would like similar safety checks done on the Clubs themselves - poor (or sometimes non-existent) dressing room facilities, poor access, especially up and down fire escapes etc. A full thread relating to this and other artist matters can be found on the Club Acts Forum.

Thunder Road

A drama based around a fictitious Hull Social Club has been showing on BBC Choice and it features several local Club Acts, some of whom for the purposes of the programme were being portrayed as "poor quality Acts". The drama revolves around a couple who take over a run-down Club (the actual club being used for filming was the Pearson Club - some might say it didn't need a lot of work to make it look run-down) and they book a succession of acts through a 'dodgy" Agent who uses the Car Park of the local Asda store as his office since his full time job is a trolley collector. The acts used included Chrissy, Dave Tennyson, Neil Coleman, The Aces, Dr. Jive and Craig Leach and I don't suppose their appearance on the programme has done anything to advance their careers!

Dori Moore (better known to some as country singer Calder Rivers) played a principal character and although not heavily featured she gave a good performance, and in particular her genuine Hull accent shone like a bright light through a succession of thee, tha, wain't, and bain't which are West and South Yorkshire expressions. Just a little research on the part of the producers would have avoided this irritating point to most Hull people.

Of course the club's fortunes are amazingly transformed by two teenage girls who "have just won the Talent Trail at th'City Hall" and who amazingly manage to fill the club to bursting point as they sing apparently without gear and without backing tracks and everyone lives happily ever after! I found it all a bit predictable and sterotyped, although I think the moments of comedy introduced by Adrian Hood as Tiny (who I also enjoyed in 'All quiet on the Preston front) made it watchable. However not a programme that did anything for the reputation of Clubland, nor for the performers who appeared in the programme. Anyone with a different opinion - E Mail

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