Please Please You has only gone and done it again. For what seems like the umpteenth time the York-based independent live music promoter has put together another cracking schedule of gigs and events for the forthcoming months. PPY’s summer and autumn schedule is once more packed to the gunwales with a diverse range of really great shows that cement the promoter’s firm reputation for coordinating tremendous alternative musical entertainment across the North East of England and beyond.
Here at God Is In The TV we look ahead to some of the many highlights that lie in wait for us over the next few months.
Next week the Louisiana native, member of the Grand Ole Opry and proud owner of a Grammy award, Gill Landry comes to the 100 capacity The Basement in York as part of a short tour of the UK. It is a very rare opportunity to catch the former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist in such an intimate venue.
August lifts off courtesy of a co-promotion with Let’s Go Baboon in support of their CALM project, featuring the combined talents of Manchester’s Irma Vep, and York’s very own Wolf Solent and Missing Kids all of whom will be playing solo sets in the front bar of The Crescent Community Venue.
And then the month gathers even more pace with the arrival of God Is In The TV favourite Ryley Walker for his first ever appearance in York. Earlier this year the man from Chicago, Illinois toured the UK with English folk legend Danny Thompson. This time round Walker will be flying solo as he brings his stunning take on jazz-folk to The Crescent. He is here to support the release of his forthcoming release Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, a record that come December is sure to be battering on the door of all of those end-of-year Top Album lists
Bisecting these shows is a screening of The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton. Also scheduled to be shown at this year’s End Of The Road festival, this musical documentary by Greg Butler is a film that follows the creative process of one of the UK’s most enigmatic musicians and performers. On what promises to be a fabulous evening, local tunesmith Luke Saxton will be playing some songs and Sea Records supremo Dominic Berry spinning some discs.
Please Please You celebrates its 11th anniversary at The Fulford Arms on the 20th of August. The renowned Gun Outfit jet in from Los Angeles to headline the all-day party with plenty of excellent support provided by a quite staggering array of local talent in the form of Wolf Solent, Eskimoomin, Mark Wynn, Thick Syrup, Missing Kids, Adam Hell & The Racing Line and The Black Lagoons.
And August’s magical, musical entertainment draws to a wonderful close when Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts roll into The Crescent on the 29th of the month. Expect some suitably maverick fun from the anti-folk cult legend and comic-book artist from New York.
There is precious little let-up come September. The consistently brilliant Danny and the Champions of the World, the Manchester-based duo of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox, Shield Patterns, Ulsterman and celebrated folk musician Damien O’Kane and Leeds’ legends Cowtown all feature in what will be a quite brilliant month of music.
Despite her having been releasing great music under her own name for over a decade now, Haley Bonar is somewhat inexplicably still flying under many people’s radar. You can change all of that by catching the Canadian-born American singer-songwriter at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on the 24th of October. Expect to hear some songs from her much-anticipated new album Impossible Dream.
A couple of weeks later and Please Please You and TVs Over proudly present at The Wardrobe in Leeds a rare live appearance by the surreal, shocking genius that is Genesis P-Orridge with his band Psychic TV in what will undoubtedly be a must-see, sell-out show.
And then in what should be two more sold-out performances, Please Please You brings us An Evening with Kristin Hersh, first at Gorilla in Manchester and then three days later at The Crescent in York. Perhaps best known through her work with one of the greatest college bands of the ’80s, Throwing Muses, these shows offer us a rare chance to see a unique, independent and free spirit in the most intimate of settings.
Information for all of Please Please You’s upcoming shows – including how to buy tickets for them – can be found HERE