El Bareto Sessions

Every Tuesday we get to have different and exciting bands come and entertain us, delight you wonderful friends and help create that special atmosphere. This Tuesday we have Mordrake coming back, bring their blend of gentle Americana.

If you don’t know what Americana is (I only recently learned) it is the sort of slow harmony laden country based songs you expect to hear along the Mississippi. Just listen to a moment or two of this video, from last time they joined us, and you’ll understand.

What a perfect way to spend an evening.

Still going, despite technical issues and temperamental computers, we are broadcasting our live stream on Facebook from out little place every Tuesday. We have had people watching from California, Luxemburg and Newcastle, as well as just round the corner.

Here’s another video for those who missed out, Martyn Roper performing the Johnny Cash classic Fulsom Prison Blues

Then Leeds City Stompers will get the place a tappin their feet on the 19th followed by Haley Gaftarnik, one of Leeds finest singer song writers with a new album on the way, on the 26th Feb.

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It is quite amazing how good the bands we have got to come and play have been. Already this year Tessa Smith has had us stunned at her vocal ability, and made us laugh at the chemistry between her and Gavin McGrath on guitar. Having played together for so many years, the banter between the two of them was utterly natural and kept everyone smiling.

Here is a video of one of the dafter songs, complete with comedy ending, for you to enjoy.

Love of the Brave were also magnificentwith their 70’s inspired folk, Mordrake with that gentle Americana and in February the raucous bluegrass of the Backyard Burners. All broadcast on Facebook with videos to follow.

We hope you get to enjoy the snow, and don’t let it get you down.

Hasta Pronto

The next big event at the original El Bareto Taverna will be a special El Bareto Session (which happens every Tuesday)  featuring your very own Maya and Lawrence, where we will be filming the whole event. Please come down and show your support, and your beautiful face may end up being included in the final film! The more people in the video the better, so please do come and join in, it will be great fun.

Still going, despite technical issues and temperamental computers, we are broadcasting our live stream on Facebook from out little place every Tuesday. We have had people watching from California, Luxemburg and Newcastle, as well as just round the corner.

Here’s another video for those who missed out, Martyn Roper performing the Johnny Cash classic Fulsom Prison Blues

Then Leeds City Stompers will get the place a tappin their feet on the 19th followed by Haley Gaftarnik, one of Leeds finest singer song writers with a new album on the way, on the 26th Feb.

Allegedly Leeds has more musicians as a density of the population than any other city in the UK, some have claimed this statistic underplays the number. With such a large university population and as well as the various music colleges, it comes as no surprise. But this means boat loads of talent bubbles through the city, and to be able to start bringing it to Chapel Allerton is a great thing.

Take the music away from the drinks offers, cheap alcopops and sticky floors of the city centre and put it somewhere where people can listen to the music, relax and enjoy the finest foods, beers and wines, and you must have a winning recipe. Of course the bands like it and are asking to come and play for us, and so do those people that have been down, and the word is slowly spreading.

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Thieving Lloyd Cole letting rip! Fantastic blues, they didn’t want to stop playing, their food was cold by the time they finished!

We have had dancing and laughter; the bands handing out their instruments, only to have them played by those watching; rapturous applause, disbelief at how close you can sit to such talented people and quieter moments of beauty. As well as a generous helping of bum notes; a smidgeon of feedback and plenty of times when the audience sits in wonder, along with the musicians who have lost where they are in the song!

Without question the El Bareto Sessions are proving a big hit with audiences and bands, so much so it has caused this blog to slip, sorry, but at least it is in a good cause.

How about some entertainment tonight? Love of the Brave, a band worth getting excited about, will be playing. Just as a 2 piece, rather than a full 16 piece funk bank, our place just ain’t big enough for all of them!

Here’s a video of last time…

Those of you who have been watching the videos will have noticed a slow and steady improvement in the quality. This one is OK, but a bit quiet. The new videos are looking and sounding great. Tune in to El Bareto TV, or look on Facebook for more. Soon there will be a you tube channel of loads of the videos, watch this space…

Hasta Pronto!

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Yes, this year, you will be able to come and find us serving up meatballs, tortilla and anything else we can think of, somewhere within the Chapel Allerton Festival (Fri 31 Aug – Sun 2 Sept). We don’t know where our pitch will be as yet, but as soon as we do we will let you know.

There is no particular reason why this is the first year we are going to provide food at the festival, we have always wondered up to enjoy the music and atmosphere, so it is going to be great to be a part of it.

Highlights and Free Music

Have you looked at the musical line up yet? Highlights for us look like they are going to be watching the whole crowd bounce to the always brilliant Middleman, and then seeing Hope and Social.  Did you know Hope and Social (featuring the constantly working Gary Stewart) sell their albums for whatever you want to pay for them (which includes everyone’s favourite price…FREE), and you can listen to them for free as well, so you can decide what their worth. Click here to go straight to their website.

Let’s hope for perfect weather as it is the only extra ingredient to get you lovely people of Chapel Allerton taking an ordinary street and turning it in to an stupendous mess of music, ale, laughter, art and food. Bring it on!!

We hope to see all our friends on the street, and if we don’t know you yet come and say Hola! Strangers are only someone you haven’t met yet.

Below, Happy Red Tractors playing on the main stage at the Chapel Allerton festival back in 2010.

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The quality of music in and around the whole of Leeds continues to inspire. The two Tuesdays either side of the Chapel Allerton Festival we will still have our usual session which will feature one pair of gentlemen new to the Leeds scene, who are already regulars and favourites at the Grove, and a band who have been regulars on BBC Introducing and around Leeds for a few years but who are calling it a day.

Tuesday 28 Aug it will be The Rye Smiles. Two charismatic gents singing in harmony and playing country guitar, very much “like The Everly Brothers but where all the sugar has turned to alcohol!”

Tuesday 4 Sept we shall have Tag Team Preacher. Very cool pop impresarios, who have pleased this fair city for a few years, they will be missed when they go, and this will be one of their very last gigs.

To get you in the mood for the gig, here is another video form Tue 21 Aug, when an A List gathering of members of Leeds Music Scene got together again, cos they knew they would be well fed! 6 string banjo and all… More Videos to follow…