Friday, 17 November 2017

Brix & the Extricated at Reflex

I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to catch Brix & the Extricated live in the Reflex record store in Newcastle. Coincidentally I had called into the shop to buy their new album on clear vinyl and it was then that I found out they were playing an acoustic set followed by a signing session later that afternoon.


Complete set list
1. Something To Lose
2. Pneumatic Violet
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. Valentino
5. Damned For Eternity
6. Hollywood


Me, Steve Trafford (guitarist) and the wonderful Brix.




Thursday, 16 November 2017

OCD Hexham

There’s 9 pubs in Hexham which serves a decent pint of ale. Having been to the Tap & Spile, The Forum, Station Inn and the Globe Inn in the past, I took the train along with the breadknife to tick off the other five to complete the set.
1. THE HEART OF NORTHUMBERLAND - MARKET STREET

2. THE COUNTY HOTEL  - PRIESTPOPPEL
3. THE GRAPES  - ST MARY'S CHARE

4. THE FOX - WEST END TERRACE

5. THE TANNERY - GILESGATE

 New ales supped
1. Three Brother ‘Honeysuckle Smash’ (4.7&)****
1. Allendale ‘Wayfarer’ (4.6%)****
3. Eagle ‘Poppy’ (3.6%)***+
5. Overkill ‘Chatterbox IPA’ (5%)****+
5. Errant ‘Aspirations of Frank’ (4.2%)****
Cheers everyone!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Boiler Shop Ride

RIDE
Boiler Shop
South Street 
Newcastle
Monday 13th November 2017


Complete set list

  1. 1. Lannoy Point
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  2. 2. Charm Assault
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  3. 3. Seagull
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  4. 4. Weather Diaries
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  5. 5. Taste
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  6. 6. Pulsar
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  7. 7. From Time to Time
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  8. 8. Like a Daydream
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  9. 9. Dreams Burn Down
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  10. 10. Cali
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  11. 11. Home Is a Feeling
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  12. 12. Twisterella
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  14. 14. All I Want
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  15. 15. OX4
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  16. 16. Vapour Trail
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  17. 17. Drive Blind
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  18. Encore:
  19. 18. Rocket Silver Symphony
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  20. 19. Close My Eyes
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  21. 20. Leave Them All Behind
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  22. 21. Chelsea Girl





A storming near 2 hour Set, playing most of the tracks from there fabulous recent album 'Weather Diaries' as well as some old classics.

My highlights were Seagull, Drive Blind and Leave Them All Behind.

My second show at the Boiler Shop and my fourth Ride gig. The last time I saw the band was 25 years ago at the long lost Mayfair. 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Heed to Head

On a brief visit to the Berkshire town of Maidenhead I set myself a quick task of completing five pubs in the town before the match between The Magpies and Gateshead.

1. The Bell - Bell Street

2. The Maiden's Head - High Street
3. The Bear (JDW) - High Street


4. The Corner House - Queen Street

5. Conservative Club - York Road
New beers supped
2. Stardust ‘Maiden’s Head Winter Ale’ (4.5%)***
3.Vale ‘Truly Scrumptious’ (3.9%)***
4. Windsor & Eton ‘Canberra’ (4&)***+
5. West Berkshire ‘Good Old Boy’ (4%)***+
New pubs visited in 2017 - 137


✔590 York Road blog

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Wire by the Riverside

Riverside
Nepture House, Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RQ
3rd November 2017



The complete set list

1.Ahead
2. Diamonds In Cups
3. An Alibi
4.This Time
5. Three Girl Rhuba
6.Art of Persisdence
7. Brio
8. Surgeon's Girl
9. Red Barked Trees
10. Small Black Reptile
11. Keep Exhaling
12. Split Your Ends
13. Playing Harp For The Fishes
14. Short Elevated Period
15. Over Theirs
encore
16. Silver/Lead
17. Used To
18. Stealth Of A Stork

My highlights were Surgeon's Girl, Red Barking Tree and Over Theirs.

My fist Wire gig and my fifth show at the Riverside (this one, not that one!)







Sunday, 29 October 2017

Tyne Valley Whistle Stops

As part of my bessy mate’s 50th celebrations, myself, Honest Paul, Plymouth Pete and of course the birthday boy himself - Zippy Turnbull, headed across to Carlisle for the starting point of a monumental pub crawl.  Out task was to have a drink in 15 pubs in seven different locations on the Tyne Valley rail line, before getting back to Newcastle before 10pm.

Carlisle 
(arr. 10.45 dept. 1225)

After partaking our breakfast in the Market Hall,  we had an hour to tick off a Carlisle hat-trick. I picked out 3 pubs that I hadn’t been to before, which were close together.
1.The Last Zebra - Lakeland ‘Entente Cordiale’ (3.9%)***+
2.Thin White Duke - Loweswater Gold (4.3%)***+
3.The Fat Gadgie - Salopian ‘Pogol’ (5.5%)****
THE LAST ZEBRA

THE THIN WHITE DUKE
THE FAT GADGIE
Wetheral
(arr.1232 dept.1339)

The tranquil village of Wetheral has two pubs:

4.The Wheatsheaf - Keswick Waimea Pale (4.2%)****
5.The Crown Hotel - Great Corby 'American Pale Ale' (4%)***+
THE WHEATSHEAF
THE CROWN



Haydon Bridge
(arr.1416 dept.1504)
A brief visit to Haydon Bridge to visit two boozers on the north side of the river, where I supped the best pint of the day in the Havelock.

6. General Havelock Inn - Cullercoats ‘Wild North Blonde’ (3.8%)****+
7.Railway Hotel - Great North Eastern ‘Baron Von Frankenstout’ (4.6%)****

GENERAL HAVELOCK INN
RAILWAY HOTEL


Haltwhistle
(arr.1518 dept.1657)

We doubled back to Haltwhistle, where we had loads of time to knock off three hostelries in the middle of Britain.

8.Manor House Inn - Ringwood ‘Doggle’ (4.2%)***+ (re-sup)
9.Comrades Club - Adnams ‘Nut Blonde’ (4%)***+
10.Black Bull - Allendale ‘Curlew's Return’ (4.2%)***+
MANOR HOUSE INN

COMRADES CLUB

THE BLACK BULL
 Hexham
(arr.1721 dept.1932)
This was the only disappointing leg of the journey, only having time for two pubs after spending too much time in the Chinese restaurant. We also lost Honest Paul when we ran back to the station.
11.Station Inn - Allendale ‘Golden Plover’ (4%)***+ (re-sup)
12.The Globe Inn - York ‘Otherside IPA’ (4.5%)***+
THE STATION INN

THE GLOBE INN


Corbridge
(arr 1936 dept. 2032)


As the town centre is a canny hike from the train station, we were just going to go to Dyvels, but to get back on target we hiked up to Corbridge in the howling wind and called at the Golden Lion.

13.Golden Lion - Theakstons ‘Golden Lion Ale’ (4.1%)***+
14.Dyvels - Allendale ‘Pennine Pale’ (4%)***+ (re-visited)
GOLDEN LION

DYVELS


Wylam
(arr.2050 dept.2134)
 After reuniting with Paul on the train our
 seventh and last destination was a visit to one of my favourite pubs
15.The Boathouse - Yeovil ‘Star Gazer’ (4.1%)**** (re-visited)
THE BOATHOUSE


Mission completed



Back in Newcastle on schedule and time for a couple of pints in the Head of Steam, before staggering to the bus stop at 11.30.

Friday, 27 October 2017

British Sea Power at the Arc

ARC Stockton Arts Centre
Dovecote Street
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1LL








Complete Set list

1. Bad Bohemian
2. Who's In Control?
3. Saint Jerome
4. Atom
5. Oh Larsen B
6. What You're Doing
7.  How Will I Find My Way Home
8. No Red Indian
9. It Ended On An Oily Stage
10. Praise For Whatever
11. Lights Out For Darker Skies
12. Remember Me
13. No Lucifer
14. Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
15. Carrion
16. Waving Flags
17. The Great Skua
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18. Machineries Of Joy
19.The Spirit of St Louis

 


My first gig at the Arc and my 4th British Sea Power show.
Highlights include 'Oh Larsen B' 'Praise For Whatever' 'The Great Skua(as always) and Keep On Trying with the dancing yeti!