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 150: Martin McAloon Plays Prefab Sprout alone; Yard Act at Leeds Festival; Best Album Covers of All Time
For their 150th episode, Charles and Graham enjoy a rare night out together at the Old Woollen, Farsley, as bassist Martin McAloon switches to guitar and vocals to execute his own versions of Prefab Sprout hits, album gems and B-sides. Did this gig, played by only a single member of the sublime north eastern band, make Two Big Egos 'Swoon' or not?
Surviving the middle day of this year's Leeds Festival, Graham reflects on his meeting with James Smith of Leeds band Yard Act.
What makes a classic album cover? Charles and Graham put their spin on the latest public poll on the best sleeve designs of all time.
Episode 149: Oppenheimer; Deer Shed Festival; Grayson Perry at Wentworth Woodhouse; Blur's new album - a rethink
Graham discusses Christopher Nolan's epic movie Oppenheimer and how it sheds light on American politics as much as the race for the atom bomb - and hopefully leads a revival of film-making rooted in this world's realities, not comic book fantasy.
Still with Graham, former snooker world champion Steve Davis stole the Deer Shed Festival at Topcliffe - until The Comet Is Coming hit the stage, that is.
Charles headed to Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, for its debut exhibition: The Vanity of Small Differences tapestries by Grayson Perry.
And finally, why Graham was wrong about Blur's new album, The Ballad Of Darren.
Episode 148: Edinburgh Special - Edinburgh International Film Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival 2023
Charles and Graham give their verdict on this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival and discuss some of the other events they attended too. Undoubtedly, the star attraction was the tram system!
Episode 147: Heading to Edinburgh; Mercury Prize Nominees; Amis vs McEwan
Ahead of their annual visit to Edinburgh, Charles and Graham wonder if the revived Edinburgh International Film Festival can revive the magic in its 76th year.
How big is the real audience for this year's crop of new albums and this year's Mercury Prize nominees?
Graham gives his thoughts on what two of the most successful British novels of the last 30 years (Ian McEwan's Amsterdam and Martin Amis's Time's Arrow) say about British writers.
Episode 146: Mission Impossible 7; Barbie; New Blur Album; Harrogate Crime Writers' Festival
Graham and Charles begin by looking at two of this summer’s blockbusters: Mission Impossible -Dead Reckoning Part One - the seventh film in the franchise - and then Barbie, which has now become part of a double-header moment in the revival of mass cinema attendance, alongside Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, with some audiences choosing to see both. The arrival of Blur’s second comeback album, Is the Ballad of Darren a welcome return to form? Graham reports on his experience at Harrogate’s Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival - the twentieth anniversary edition and wonders what makes crime writers so different from other types of writer.
Episode 142: Elton John at Glastonbury; RIP Curzon Ripon; Wes Anderson's Asteroid City; Local Comedy for Local People; Dexys' new single alert
Charles and Graham discuss Glastonbury and its headliners, including the allegedly last UK appearance of Sir Elton John. Charles reports on the decision by Curzon Group to close its cinema at Ripon and the duo discuss the health of independent cinema. Graham gives his verdict on Wes Anderson's latest, Asteroid City and the launches into the local comedy scene in Harrogate and how it reflects current trends. Charles urges listeners to listen to the latest track by Dexys.