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 95: Temple Newsam's concert revival; Graham and something rotten in Denmark...or not; This Is A René Magritte Book Update; DJ Charm at Knaresborough BedRock ; On Johnny Depp & Jeff Beck Watch in York; Dionne Warwick walks on
Hitting their stride as summer entertainment begins, Charles and Graham discuss the latest gigs just announced at Temple Newsam, including such 1980s' stalwarts as Simple Minds and Bananarama. Graham reveals his latest diplomatic incident - this time involving Scandi-noir-tastic Denmark. At last - sigh- Graham has finally finished the biography of this podcast's favourite surrealist, the one and only René Magritte. Graham reveals the secrets of his talent as a non-DJ at Knaresborough BedRock before Charles keeps an eye on the media's 24-hour newswatch on Johnny Depp's day and night with Jeff Beck in York. Charles ends with a tribute to York's other celebrity visitor of the week, Dionne Warwick, as she defies doctor''s advice to walk on with her UK tour at 81, playing with string players at York Barbican, as he muses on the stoical generation of older pop, rock and soul singers.
Episode 94: God Save The Queen Dissected; Danny Boyle's Pistol; Baz Luhrmann's Elvis; Bradford, City of Culture 2025; Live At Leeds heads outdoors; André Rieu: Happy Days Are Here Again; Abbatars to the Future
Graham draws on the lyrics from the Sex Pistols' once-banned God Save The Queen to reflect on the Platinum Jubilee and Charles questions Danny Boyle's new Disney+ series Pistol. The duo discuss the upcoming release from Baz Luhrmann, Elvis, and Charles celebrates Bradford's victory as the next UK City of Culture. Graham reviews the latest incarnation of Live At Leeds and then wonders why romantic violinist André Rieu is so popular, ahead of his latest show streamed to cinemas. Charles looks at what the future of rock and pop may hold as Abba's 'Abbatars' break new ground in London.
Episode 93: Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick; Ray Liotta RIP; Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Luna Cinema; Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
The duo begin with the adrenaline rush of Tom Cruise's new action movie, Top Gun: Maverick and a look in the mirror at Cruise's stellar career. Barely pausing for breath, they move from one Hollywood icon to another, Ray Liotta, who sadly passed away earlier in the week. Charles basks in the summer seasons at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Luna's lovely outdoor cinema locations, before letting Graham turn all spiritual as he celebrates the enduring legacy of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
Episode 92: Howe's that as Yes Return; Fontaines DC's Third Album Hastily Re-appraised; Teen Movie Rumble Fish Then and Now; Pinter's The Homecoming in 2022; Charm Gig Update
Once Charles recovers from the desperate last-gasp action for Leeds United, Graham explores the somewhat confusing world of Yes as the Steve Howe-led prog rock band play York Barbican on June 22. After a hasty reassessment of Fontaines DC's third album, Skinty Fia, he takes a look afresh at Francis Ford Coppola's hugely influential 1983 teen movie Rumble Fish. Charles reviews the touring revival of Harold Pinter's bleak 1965 comedy The Homecoming at York Theatre Royal and Graham finishes with an update on his upcoming Charm gig with Karl Culley at Harrogate Theatre.
Episode 91: Belle & Sebastian's New Album; The Dark Future of Cinema; All Hail The Velvet Underground
Graham reviews the compelling new album A Bit Of Previous, after 26 years of previous by Scottish indie titans Belle and Sebastian. As Charles becomes exasperated by the not-so-Marvellous current choice of films to watch at the cinema, he and Graham take a look at what the future might hold and Graham interrupts with a look at the ever-longer shadow cast by New York rock pioneers The Velvet Underground.
Episode 90: Bono and The Edge Play Ukraine; Karl Culley Returns to Harrogate for Charm Gig; Pretentious Documentary The Velvet Queen; What Happens When Critics Change Their Mind?; Messums Gallery Closes
After a weather sabotaged attempt to record this podcast, Charles and Graham regroup in time to discuss the underground appearance of U2's Bono and The Edge in Kyiv as a show of rock solidarity. Graham previews his forthcoming Charm Gig in support of Harrogate Theatre's restoration fund featuring the Harrogate return of singer songwriter, Karl Culley. Charles, responding to Arifa Akbar's article in The Guardian, looks at critics' willingness to change their mind about a show or release on second acquaintance. Graham wonders if the French-made The Velvet Queen is the most pretentious nature documentary ever made, then reports on the quiet demise of Messums' Harrogate gallery after only a year. This prompts the duo to reflect on the floral town's attraction to brands more likely to be found in cities around the world