The Band is Back

It’s time to finalise stuff for “The Real Ale Years” Folk Evening/Concert on October 12th at the Old Brods, Hipperholme HX3 8JU.

To start the night we’ll have that old timer – The Reverend Blind Melon Dave Calvert to get us going with a few bluesy numbers although that does require him to remember to bring along all his fingers. He’ll be joined by the rest of us breaking into blues mode whenever we feel like it, probably just when it’ll annoy him most.

Next up will be Hebric with some new stuff and some old stuff and er Jimi is singing as well. I recommend ear plugs but don’t borrow someone else’s it’s not nice. Then we have  a break for beer etc and to start the second half, our own, our very own John Brom singing his heart out with his son and daughter, James and Jenny – The Bromleys.

Hebric finish the night off and I’ve no doubt there will be others on stage with us for a final bash. Hope you can make it, just turn up and pay on the door, a measly £8.00.

After a brilliant time at Whitby folk week our thoughts move to the concert on 12th October and also a very favourable review of our new CD by Tykes News – see below.

On 12th October we’ve a concert at Old Brodleians Rugby Club HX3 8JU. It will feature some new material as well as old favourites. We’ve even convinced Jimi to sing a couple of songs up front. There’ll also be solo spots to let John and Dave show off some of their non Hebric repertoire. The club has ample on-site parking and real ales. Should be a great night. Tickets are only £8 and can be bought from any of the band or via Dave on DO try to get along. It will be a brilliant evening with some typical Hebric banter.

Tykes News have a very positive review of our latest CD – Now that I’m Older. Phrases include “this is an album you need”, “I listened with interest, then pleasure then delight. At some point I remarked this is really good”, “rich in exactly the right kind of nostalgia”. High praise indeed. The CD’s are available at £10 from any band member. Even better, collect yours from us at the 12th October concert. You can also use the Contact section of the site.

After a very positive Hebric feature on the 1st July Radio Leeds folk show, we had a brilliant weekend at Cleckfest – 6/8 July.

Dave became a year older but the band continues to feel younger despite 5 gigs in 3 days. Please see the gig reports page for details of each gig. We were buoyed by so many positive comments. All of the following are genuine believe or not…

“The mighty Hebric”; “real manly harmonies, must get you on at my club”; “The Hebric wall of sound”; “They sure know how to pick a good song”; “lovely harmonies”; “doing the sound for them is easy – they know how to play and sing”; “Crikey – all of them are still alive”. Well, the last one was unspoken. All our preparations were worthwhile.

We sold quite a few CD’s and are now really looking forward to our concert at Old Brodleians Rugby Club, HX3 8JR on 12th October. In the meantime we’re doing floorspots, preparing new stuff, playing at sessions, depping with other bands and just enjoying summer.

Our new CD – Now That I’m Older, is still available at £10. Just Contact Dave  – details on the contact page on this site.

Continuing our 100% record of bookings from floor spots, we’re at Kiveton Park Folk club’s Christmas Party on 10th December. It’s next year though:(

5th June

Looking forward to gigging at Morley Folk Club this Tuesday the 5th June.

2nd June

Private Barbecue at Chez Ibbersons tonight – 4 bands on, 300 sausages, 300 burgers, 6 barrells of real ale – oh dear!!!

Should be great though, just need the weather to hold off.

10th April – floorspot at Kiveton Park Folk Club

After a break of over 40 years we thought it might be safe to revisit this club. We were right. The welcome couldn’t have been warmer, and the reaction to our 2 mini sets couldn’t have been better. It was a lovely night with excellent floor singers and CD sale. We’re hopeful of a full gig there although it will be well into next year as the club diary is full for 2018”

We’ve been a bit remiss in updating our website lately so the notes below make amends…….

Stop press – Jimi is finally coming out of his shell and will be taking the lead vocals on some songs. We will provide early warning when this happens. We can’t promise defibrillators but we’ll try to ensure first aiders are present 😊

Jimi & Dave went out to visit a couple of possible venues for our next concert. We are determined to find a place with real ale and easy parking. Watch this space.

Been offered 3 local festivals and we can’t do any of them – bummer! Too many commitments but hey ho there’s always 2019.

Stop Press!!!

Super excited, 4 bits of news…

Tickets for our Bah Humbug Concert on the 29th December at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre are now available at a Scrooge -like price of only £9.00!!

For those living Denby Dale way, we are playing a special pub gig along with Wakefield Morris Men at The Dunkirk in Denby Dale on the 18th December. Everyone welcome.

We’re finalising the new CD – appropriately titled “Now That I’m Older” – and it should available by the 18th at only £10.00.

And last, but definitely not least, we will be playing the full weekend of the Cleckheaton Folk Festival on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July 2018.

Hebric’s “Bah Humbug” concert on 29th December with Stuart Douglas at Bailliff Bridge Community Centre HD6 4DX 

Here’s an opportunity for you to buy a unique and enjoyable present for yourself or for friends. Tickets are £9 and available from any of the band or from Stuart. The contact page has more details.

We promise a night of good company, good music, some new stuff & maybe even a new Hebric CD! Stuart brings an authenticity to all his songs with a superb blend of laughter & thoughtfulness. Definitely one not to be missed.There will be no Christmas songs as everyone should be “Christmassed” out by then.

Get in touch with Dave on 07533 338675 if you want any more info.

While you’re here, why not have a look round the site? The gallery has some photos to make your toes curl, not to mention ours. Under the “songs” menu there are 15 complete songs to listen to and soon a mashup of various others as well. Most of these were recorded live in the past few months with four of them in video form. In the gig reports you’ll see we’ve been quite busy. Hope to see you at one of our live gigs

Hebric is back on the music scene after quite a break ! The friendships were rekindled when we met up again in 2016 first at John’s 60th then at Dave’s 65th birthday parties. Instruments came out of their cases, songs were sung, tunes were played and much fun was had. As a result we decided to start playing again as a band. We still love chorus songs & lively tunes but also do more thoughtful stuff, including current topics.

There’s always been some confusion about the band’s name and its “ethnicity”. Let’s clear that up.

Way back in 1973 John suggested the name Tha e Breagh which means “it is fine” referring to the weather, apparently. John had found the phrase in a book and liked it. This was shortly after he’d learnt to read and he thought that was how Queen’s English was written. It wasn’t long though, before club organisers, friends and family corrupted it to “tea break”, “half brick” or worse and eventually we succumbed to pressure and changed it to Hebric. It’s  as simple as that although it didn’t stop Radio Leeds announcing us as Harpic!

To find out more info about the band, especially if you want to book us for your event, you’re welcome to email Dave at or contact him on 07533 338675.

01/09/17 – We’ve had a new “pressing” done of the old CD so if anyone wants a copy let us know via the website or the usual contacts with Dave. They’re still only a fiver (+ postage if needed)