Gig at Skipton Unplugged – Skipton Folk Club – at The Narrowboat Inn, BD23 1JE. What a great bunch of singers they are, if a little light on numbers on this cold and wet evening. Skipton FC is a lovely welcoming venue with excellent floor singers and we all relaxed and enjoyed the gig.
January 7th 2018
Had a great afternoon session at The Hogshead, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2AH. Loads of musicians turned up for this ‘first Sunday in the month’ gathering. There are pictures in the gallery and we would warmly recommend this session to all. We’re even converting some of the pub regulars and that takes some doing!
New Year’s Eve Party
Lured by the prospect of warm crumpets, fresh scones & booze “the lads” ventured over to Jimi’s house in Brighouse. I’m not sure Dave would have gone had he realised the crumpets were only of the hot buttered variety! Fortunately no ladies were harmed at the event and the guests had a whale of a time eating and taking in the music. We decided to sing and play some of our back catalogue of songs and tunes. I think we got away with it.
There was a near capacity audience in Bailiff Bridge despite the pretty foul weather. Both Hebric and Stuart Douglas were warmly received by the throng and the sound was brilliantly managed by Steve Smith. The banter was in full flow and was appreciated by the audience who sang along in all the right places if not always with the correct notes?!? We sold a lot of CD’s – the new one “Now That I’m Older” and even a few of the original black album – now remastered in CD format. Although 3 of the 4 members of Hebric were suffering from various types of lurgy they had a great time and hopefully didn’t afflict too many attendees with a bug.
A few more recording and re-mixing sessions and we have finished the new CD, written all the copy text and agreed on a name – “Now That I’m Older”. We thought it appropriate to us and it’s also the first line of Silver Coin. Everything got sent off to the printers/presses and we eagerly awaited the return of the finished article. Back they came and oops… managed to send the wrong colour settings so this first batch had a rather pyschodelic, bluey purple mixture. We kept 25 and sent the rest back for a second attempt. This time all was good. So if you bought one of the first ones, it could be worth it’s weight in, well, gold or plastic, depending upon your point of view!
We all piled into Dave’s car to get to the gig and listened to the first mix of the 8 tracks we’ve recorded for the new CD. This set us up well for an excellent night in Otley. The banter that started in the car continued throughout the gig and the audience seemed to appreciate that. We sold 6 of the old CD’s and even signed an original LP brought along by one of our “fans” from the old days. We’re definitely back in gig mode now and looking forward to our forthcoming recording sessions & gigs. Hopefully the new album will be out in time for Christmas.
Having decided to make another CD of our up to date repetoire, we have had a very successful first recording session at John’s house. Brilliant work by Steve Smith of Kimbers Men on the knobs and sliders. We managed to put down 8 songs in 5 hours. It’s amazing how sometimes you think you have a song cracked both in rehearsal and live and then when you record it, realise actually that bits not right and that could do with tweaking. Probably one or two need some work on them. Anyhow, 8 songs x 5/6 takes each = very sore fingertips!! All in the interest of music – oh how we suffer! There are some pictures on the gallery page as well.
We had a fun night at Dusty Miller on Sunday. Roger, the organiser, did some amazing (rather than good!) dancing & we even sold CDs to people in the bar who stopped talking & listened to what we were doing. Result! Next week we’re having a first stab at some recording then it’s Otley folk club on 25th October
All four of us got together again at John’s housewarming party to celebrate his & Janet’s lovely new home. Despite John’s day getting the house ready & preparing food, Malcolm’s full day with the Bradshaw Mummers, Dave’s gig in Stafford & Phil’s silly work day, we did a few songs and tunes to an appreciative “audience”. It was a warm and friendly evening. At our next group gathering we’ll be planning our assaults on music venues and considering new songs and even recording.
Whitby Folk Week – 18/19 August.
Dave dragged all of us over to Whitby as he’s been a regular there in sessions for the last few years. He seems to live in the Middle Earth pub so we joined a very noisy downstairs session there on the Friday & regretted it on the Saturday morning. Heads & throats have definitely felt better. On the Saturday we joined the excellent upstairs singaround session run by an old friend – Iain Glover. We all sat together so had chances to do 3 consecutive items together as the band. Amazingly the room became quiet and we had a blast. We even sold quite a few CD’s so people obviously liked what we did. Glynn Cavell managed to publish a short clip of us on his Facebook page.
We’re now planning to get together for a practice or two when the summer mayhem dies down. There’s even talk of doing some recording. All of us have been ridiculously busy with our other activities this month and September is virtually a wipe out as well because of them.
We 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)
Morley Folk Club – 18th July 2017
My oh My ! What a fantastic night we had at Morley Folk Club on 18th July. The room was nearly full, the atmosphere warm, and the floor singers/poets all on top form. Keith, the organiser, even managed to get our name right by the end of the night! Our 2 sets went down really well courtesy of an excellent sound man (Mark) and we came away very happy. We also sold 12 of the new batch of remastered CD’s so it was a complete success. We’ll be back there next year.
The power of Facebook, our website and Radio Leeds really showed last night as many friends from the old days turned up. Suffice it to say we were not the only relics in the room! As one of them said, the good old times are back – and so are we!
We’re having a bit of a break now to let John do oodles of gigs with Kimbers Men & The Bromleys, Malcolm to keep the Bradshaw Mummers in order & Phil & Dave to recover! If you see The Blues Root Band advertised, Dave will be doing bass and guitar duties with them.
We’ll keep the website updated with developments. As always you’re welcome to get in touch via the contact form or with Dave. You’re also welcome to buy CD’s or offer us gigs! Hope you all have a brilliant summer!
Radio Leeds Live Session
Well we did it and had a great time. David & Lee Durberville made us very welcome on the Radio Leeds Durbervilles Folk & Roots Show on 9th July. Our 3 songs & chat took up around a third of their show. That was very generous of them and much appreciated. 6 photos were taken with the usual, but unintentional, face pulling to the fore. John is “giving it rice”, Phil looks as though he might be asleep, Dave appears to be sucking a lemon & Malcolm looks exasperated with the rest of us. A typical gig then.
As expected, David Durberville (nee Crickmore!) did an excellent job on the sound. A friend commented they were almost moved to tears by our version of Coalhouse Door. She explained the tears were due to our moving rendition, not because it wasn’t very good! We’re glad she liked it because we had a blast.
We travelled over to Radio Leeds in the same car – just like old times. The banter and mischief was as sharp as ever. We think some of that spirit comes over in the programme when we were chatting with David & Lee.
The show is available on iplayer for 30 days after the broadcast. If you search the net for “The Durbervilles Folk & Roots Show – BBC”, you can have a listen and a look at the photos. We’ve put together a table of our parts of the show so you can focus on our contributions, but the whole show is well worth listening to. Hope you enjoy it.
|15:20-19:16||New Hunting Song (19:16-22:50)||22:50-24:00|
|42:53-43:27||Bonny Barbry O (43:27-46:45)|
|46:45-51:03||Black Diamonds/Coalhouse door (51:03-55:48)|
We’re guests of the Morley Folk Club on 18th July. It would be great if you could get along to see us. The full address is Morley United Services Club, 27, High Street, Morley, LS27 9AL and the club site explains how to circumnavigate Morley to find the venue. As always, you’re welcome to contact us via the website hebric.co.uk or via Dave if you want any info – email@example.com or 07533 338675.
Hebric Summer Concert – 9th June 2017
Our summer concert in Brighouse was rather special, made all the better by the multi- instrumental, clogging, body slapping (!?!) and highly entertaining Alice Jones. If you haven’t seen her yet you really should.
The venue, as always – Bailiff Bridge Community Centre – is such a great place and Julia and the staff are the most accommodating people – many thanks for all your help.
We bravely ventured out with half a dozen new songs that we have managed to Hebricise, but the tried and tested older stuff was still there. Someone called out for Elvis but he wasn’t in the building at that point. He finally made an appearance during the last song of the night! (Are we ever going to be able to drop Oyster Girl?) The audience were obviously out for a good time right from the start of the night and there was lots of glorious singing. It’s so nice to see “non-folkies” enjoying the music, and learning the words, so they can sing along. We all had a blast.
It was Dave’s turn to do something stupid – he forgot to plug in his banjo for the first couple of songs. Mind you, a vocal majority suggested it was better that way. Everybody loves a banjo?!? Malcolm & the audience were a bit shocked when Alice put her dancing board in front of the band half way through a tune set and clogged along to Kirks Hornpipe and Hesleyside Ride. Very impressive.
Thanks to everyone who came along – particularly to old friends who have been stalking, sorry following us since the early 70s, to the new “folkies” who we are trying, and it would appear succeeding, to educate into the folk world and to Jane and Steven Lazelle who travelled all the way from East Sussex just to be with us. Amazed at you all!
Finally, to Alice who did two excellent, humorous & varied sets. It was a brilliant night, enhanced by Ben on sound, Hannah on the door & Steve doing techy things with a video camera. Uh oh, I can feel a few Youtube videos coming on. When we get organised we’ll also put some on the website.
We had such a good time that we’ve decided to have a “Bah Humbug” concert, again at Bailiff Bridge, on 29th December. We promise to do NO Christmas stuff. There might even be a “Grumpiest old Git” competition on the night. At least two of the band would be candidates.
Finally, it would be good to see you all at our Morley Folk Club gig on 18th July.
Skipton Folk Club – 8th May Floor Spot
(Full booking confirmed for 8th January 2018)
Pictures courtesy of Jim Ellison (Tykes News) are now on the gallery page.
This was a very special night. The room was really full and somehow the MC – Julian Hide, managed to fit in 16 performers. We’ve known Julian for many years and are happy to call him an old friend. After his “leaving their sarcophagi to be with us tonight!” introduction he gave us, we’ll put the emphasis on OLD!
The range and quality of the floor singers/players was amazing. The audience were in fine voice too with 3 & 4 part harmonies filling the room. There was a really warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere and it was good to meet up with Jim Ellison, lately of Tykes News, but originally from a band called Threefold with whom we played many times back in the 70s.
Some of the floor singers restricted their performances to only one song so we could finish the night with a 25 minute set. Malcolm played a lively set of tunes and, as the audience were singing so well, all our songs had choruses. Slightly unusual for a floor spot, bu the audience asked for an encore and we duly obliged with Oyster Girl.
We were delighted to be given a booking at the end of this most enjoyable night so we’ll be back in Skipton at the The Narrow Boat Pub on 8th January 2018. Three floor spots & three bookings. Looks like we’re doing something right.
We’re now getting ready for our Bailiff Bridge concert with Alice Jones on 9th June. Details are on the home page. Please let Dave know if you are coming to that – his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Otley Folk Club – 19th April
(Full booking confirmed for October 25th 2017)
Otley Folk Club 19th April 2017. This is becoming a habit – we had a great time again doing a floor spot at Otley. Started with New Hunting Song, then Malcolm’s tune set and finished with Black Diamonds/Close the Coalhouse Door. John even found Elvis in the building (they asked us to finish the night off as well so we sang Oyster Girl).
The welcome we got was SO warm and friendly and the range and quality of singers was amazing. Quite by accident, we encountered our old friend Woody from the early days. He was just as amazed as we were to meet up again. We’ll be doing a full gig at the club in the Autumn and might even play at their festival in September if our diary allows. As before, we’ll post dates on the site when we have them. Onwards and upwards!
Morley Folk Club – 7th March
We had a great time at Morley Folk club on 7th March where we did a floor spot of 3 songs and a set of tunes. Takes us back to the early Seventies when we were just starting out! We sang “New Hunting Song” (a bit of a theme song for us as we don’t know any other artists singing it), Malcolm played a set of tunes (the names of which continue to baffle me) and the doubled up “Black Diamonds / Close the Coalhouse Door”. Always a stunner!
Julie Jones, their featured 3+3 artist that evening, has a lovely voice and sang some songs I hadn’t heard for a long time – very enjoyable.
They have an in-house PA but with our voices and all our instruments we’d have needed 10+ inputs, so to make life easier we decided to hide behind 3 mics and act as if we were acoustic. It can’t have been too bad as we have been asked to go back. As soon as we have the date we’ll post it on the site.*
*Update – booked at Morley FC now on July 18th**
Cock O’ The North – 7th February 2017
We had a great time at the Cock O’ The North open mic session on 7th February. A lot of friends came to support us – much appreciated. There was a very loud PA which we used as “sound reinforcement” letting the mikes pick up all our sound rather than plug instruments in. This meant we were the quietest act and also the only people playing folk. We were pleased with how it went and by the 4th song the audience were really listening. Strangely enough – for basically what was a non folky audience – you could hear a pin drop during Close the Coalhouse Door. All in all a success. Our next outing is at Morley Folk Club on 7th March when we’ll do a floor spot at their open mic night.
Dusty Miller Folk Club – 8th January 2017
So, we’ve done our first fully acoustic gig since reforming. With no mikes or lights between us and the audience we were able to really connect with everybody there. It felt very comfortable. There was a lovely atmosphere in a friendly pub with a full range of delicious hand pulled beers. Lots of friends turned up – some from quite a distance, and there was the feel of a real folk night. There were very few mishaps and a lot of good natured banter between band members. Amazingly, we all finished the night with voices intact despite singing and playing acoustically.
The surprise of the night was that Malcolm spoke to the crowd a few times and even took centre stage in a couple of the tunes. We’ll have to watch him – he’s even talking about playing mandolin on some songs. John’s finding more and more whistles and wanting to play guitar, Jimi’s looking less perplexed & Dave’s threatening to start using his acoustic bass too. Be afraid, be very afraid.
It was good to know we can still fill a room without wrecking our voices. Every one of us naturally moderated instrument and vocal levels so that the sound was balanced. That’s very pleasing after all those years.
We’ve decided to go out and do “floor spots” at local venues and folk clubs. We’ll be trying out new songs, playing to people who’ve never heard us and of course, looking for gigs. Not all of our floor spots will be put on the website in advance but a report of each venture will be put in the gig report section within a week of us playing.
As always, if any of you want to book us or know someone or somewhere that might, please get in touch with Dave on 07533 338675. You might be surprised at what we can offer in our restart phase!
Bailiff Bridge Community Centre – 2nd December 2016
The Bailiff Bridge reunion gig on 2nd December went really well. Great fun was had by all and the singing was exemplary – at least by the audience!
There were 9 oldies but goldies, and 16 new songs that filled the night out. Our technical problems were overcome by the sound of laughter from the audience or it may have been pity – not sure which.
Over 90 people attended and many of the limited edition CDs were sold. If you want one contact Dave pretty soon. The next time Hebric can be seen is on Sunday 8th Jan 2017 at the Dusty Miller Folk club HD3 4XH. It’s free entry with an early start – 7:30, so get there early, enjoy the atmosphere and the superb range of beers. We’re acoustic this time so a bulk load of Strepsils have been ordered for our Monday sore throats. Hope to see you there!