A passionately laid back overview of the arts and culture scene in York and Harrogate with observations on journalism. This podcast is hosted by Charles Hutchinson and Graham Chalmers and regular guests.
Episode 41: Creeping Threat to Live Events; Teenage Age Fanclub; Sound of Metal; Tom Cruise; Dead Good Festival; Chris Simpson and Magna Carta; Lies, Lies, Lies
A spiky Charles fumes at the possible threat to the return of live events, Graham introduces the new album by indie stalwarts Teenage Fanclub and Charles bangs the drum for Riz Ahmed's current film, Sound of Metal. As has been reported, Tom Cruise has been filming Mission Impossible 7 locally. Charles and Graham take a look at his enduring appeal. Graham reads a first draft extract from his book about Harrogate's prog rockers, Magna Carta and Charles reflects on the rise and rise of lies and lying as an accepted practice at the heart of contemporary politics.
Episode 40: Oliver Stone and JFK at 30; Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl; Does Jazz Equal Happiness?; Les McKeown and Jim Steinman; New Gigs and Plays Announced
Charles and Graham discuss Oliver Stone's upcoming JFK documentary as his controversial political drama celebrates its 30th anniversary, accompanied by a special online interview for Harrogate Film Festival. The duo review Mick Jagger's lockdown knockdown single, Eazy Sleazy, recorded with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, and reflect on the passing of Bay City Rollers' Les McKeown and the (Stein)man who wrote Meat Loaf's mountainous hits. In new research, the happiest music fans are into jazz, but why is this? More new events are being announced, but others have been cancelled due to Covid insurance issues, notably Deer Shed Festival, so what more can be done to help keep music live?
Episode 39: Interview Special: Benjamin Francis Leftwich
In an interview special Charles and Graham interview York-born singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich ahead of his new album.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich released his first album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in 2011 which made the Top 40 on the UK album charts and kick started his successful career to date. He is celebrating the ten years since with the release of his fourth album, To Carry a Whale.
Candid, as ever, Ben opens up about his life and some of the issues he has faced since that debut, as well as the freedom and joy he finds in being able to collaborate with other musicians and make his own music.
Episode 38: Top Three Albums of the Year So Far; Stuart Cosgrove's Harlem 69; If and The Rolling Stones; Prince Philip; Alan Ayckbourn
Charles and Graham open with a look-back at the best albums of the year so far and what's coming next. Graham goes further with his report on Stuart Cosgrove's book, Harlem 69: The Future Of Soul, and then compares Lindsay Anderson's classic 1968 film, If, with The Rolling Stones' track Jig-saw Puzzle from that year's album, Beggars Banquet. Charles reflects on the monarchy, the Beeb and the media after the passing of HRH Prince Philip and then looks forward to Sir Alan Ayckbourn's 85th play premiere and CH's 60th birthday.
Episode 37: Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Olly Alexander; Harrogate’s Secret Rock Connections; Update on Pandemic Funding; Tony Palmer; Kelly Jones; Romeo and Juliet; Vaccine Passports
In a packed programme, the duo move from an update on the secret rock connections of Harrogate to a celebration of the life of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder of San Francisco's groundbreaking City Lights bookshop. Charles leads an update on the latest Government funding for beleaguered cultural organisations and Graham reveals his involvement in the new documentary about Harrogate-born music documentary filmmaker Tony Palmer. Charles reminisces about seeing Kelly Jones solo at York Barbican, as a new Stereophonics show is announced, speculates over the future of independent shop culture, and reacts to the National Theatre's debut film in lockdown, Romeo And Juliet. Oh, and here come vaccine passports...or not.
Episode 36: Music Special - An Interview with Tom Beer from York Band, Bull; Chris Simpson and Magna Carta; Gigs Upsurge and Female Artists on Festival Bills
Graham updates Charles on progress in the writing of his book about Harrogate prog band Magna Carta. The duo discuss upcoming gigs and Charles examines the thorny issue of the representation of female artists on festival billing before welcoming special guest Tom Beer from York band Bull.