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.
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.
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 ainâ€™t big enough for all of them!
Hereâ€™s a video of last timeâ€¦
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 spaceâ€¦
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 â€œI canâ€™t believe I am sitting so close to someone making such good music!â€ 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 listenâ€¦
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.
â€œThank you for bringing us to the nicest place in the worldâ€ â€“ Martyn from Old Time String Band
â€œI wish we were treated this well at all our gigsâ€ â€“ Flo from Bean Train Gang
â€œWe should be playing for a fortnight to justify food this goodâ€ â€“ Bee from Oui Bee