Following the success of Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, the comedian, again accompanied by the mellifluous Smithereens, tells the story of his own father in this brand-new show. Syd Smith fought at El Alamein, became a POW and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany. In the 1950s PC Syd patrolled London’s South Bank and met a gallery of characters, whom he tried his best not to arrest. Arthur tells this enthralling 20th-century story with laughter, music (from Ray Davies and others), reflections and a hilarious photo.
Fri 27 Sep
We are thrilled to be taking Chris Helme back to Blackpool, this time, for a show at Bootleg Social.
Local special guests will be announced shortly…
Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire's post-Stone Roses band 'The Seahorses' released his brand new solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Still rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun - songs that evoked everything the 90's stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance. Present day societal context may well in fact mirror those times but the man himself, now, appears cut from an entirely different cloth.
Helme's is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it's The Rookery's knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme's keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.
Recorded in just 9 days at The Rookery, a country hideaway nestled in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, the album reveals a beguiling vulnerability in both Helme's voice and lyrics. The wonderfully restrained Darkest Days' somber refrain, 'Following you, leads me astray', rings out with the sentiment of changing direction, putting paid to past misdemeanors, while on the forthcoming single Long Way Round, Helme is found resolute in his plaintive cry, 'Now you've found yourself, you're on your own'. An apt lyric indeed as his solo path turns this dramatic corner.
There is plenty on offer here as Chris and producer Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) showcase their depth of sonic understanding as fuzzed out guitars are married with distorted Mellotron, melting strings, whistling feedback and haunting orchestral vocals. Melodies rooted in traditional folk structures are vividly reimagined on an album of startlingly rich variation. Even the Rolling Stones' stomp of Daddy's Farm bookended between the blues filth of Pleased and the gorgeously mellow Summer Girl, doesn't stick out, testament to Helme's most powerful weapon - his voice.
This aspect to his music was never in question. From the earliest days of his career, his voice always commanded attention, and The Rookery's variation is seemingly bound by this one continuous thread. File next to CSN&Y, Led Zeppelin 3, Buckley, The Coral, and enjoy.
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Fri 20 Dec
Phil McIntyre Live Ltd Proudly Presents George Egg: Movable Feast
Brand new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage. In this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals (sorry). George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing.
14+ Guidance Latecomers not admitted
Fri 22 Nov
Self-penned indie-rock and Americana comes courtesy of this Texas-born singer.
Thu 29 Aug
Captivating Scottish singer-songwriter/pianist who proved her chops by winning the SAY Award in 2015.
Fri 23 Aug
The Austrian percussionist performs using his special instrument, the hang.
Sun 29 Sep
Character comedy centred around Baptiste, a clairvoyant, medium and psychic best known for his appearances on Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, played by Alex Lowe.
Sat 5 Oct
Prices to be confirmed
All-female Japanese lo-fi pop-punk outfit formed in Osaka in 1981. The trio took a break from touring for 16 years until 2009 when they reformed and began touring regularly throughout Europe. They were a one-time favourite of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.
Sat 27 Jul
Australian-Welsh rock singer-songwriter, full of feminist defiance.
Thu 22 Aug
Square Chapel is a multi use art centre with a programme that includes music, comedy, film and theatre.
A major development project, with architects Evans Vettori, was completed in 2017 and provided an extension. The venue now includes the Copper auditorium with 108 seats, a newly equipped Red Brick auditorium with 230 seats and direct access to The Piece Hall. The project delivered a full renovation of backstage and technical facilities.
It is opposite Halifax railway station and next door to the Piece Hall.
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