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.


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

Prospero Año Nuevo para todos nuestros amigos!

A little late I know, but we have been busy breaking our new years resolutions… well all except Maya who has resolved to work less, drink more and have more fun, and so far has been succeeding!

We have not heard any really good resolutions yet, please tell us if you have any, just leave a comment or put them on Facebook. The best we heard last year was a commitment to start wearing more brightly coloured socks, truly ground breaking and honourable I am sure you’ll agree.

What’s new in the New Year?


Yes, the decorators have been in, and the fragrance of paint drying has subsided. Soon new pictures will be on the walls and new menus produced, all ready to be admired and coated in your laughter.

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.


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!

They are queuing up to come back, and are beloved friends and customers are making Tuesday nights a regular thing down in our little bar.

If you know any musicians or bands please get in touch, if you want to join in from the comfort of your own home then you can watch online: https://www.facebook.com/ElBareto/app_142371818162. Or of course come down and join us for a drink, or maybe even a prawn or two, and enjoy some of Yorkshires finest musicians.

I will post more videos and reviews in this blog for those who enjoy reading them.

Hasta Pronto! xx

With even just a couple of people in the restaurant you get a wonderful atmosphere, and when the bands are having so much fun it rapidly becomes infectious. And whether they are covers or original tunes they are so often compelling.

As one regular, Phil, commented “I can’t believe I am sitting so close to someone making such good music!” That was while watching Love of the Brave play, who have to be one of the highlights so far. Does this sound like I am hyping this up or getting over excited? Watch and listen…

I have played many a gig where even getting a drink from the venue proves difficult, as if bands should be grateful for the chance to play rather than the venue being happy to have the entertainment which brings people in.

Right from the first gig Pablo and Maya have insisted on treating the musicians as best as possible, some of the responses from the bands have been cracking.

“Thank you for bringing us to the nicest place in the world” – Martyn from Old Time String Band

“I wish we were treated this well at all our gigs” – Flo from Bean Train Gang

“We should be playing for a fortnight to justify food this good” – Bee from Oui Bee