HELLO JOHN. GOT A CLASSIC MOTOR?

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We paid a visit to Graham Chapman Motors last week to do some research for an article for the next issue about the classic cars and why there’s never been a better time to own one and after we’d done the team shot (don’t they all look cute), Graham and Sarah brought us up to speed on what’s been happening up at their Wilton Road HQ.

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Top of the list is the arrival of this fine looking 1998 Bentley Azure which is just the thing to make your wedding day dreams into reality and takes its place in the rental fleet alongside the legendary Italian Job Minis and their gorgeous Snowberry White 1954 Morris 1000 Convertible.

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On the restoration front they’ve had a busy summer but our favourite from among their collection of success story photographs was this elegant 1962 Jaguar XK140. Described to us as a complete nuts and bolts job it’s now back home in Ireland with its proud owner. What a great looking car.

If you’re interested in classic car rental, ownership or restoration call Sarah 01472 211522/811522 or email sarah@graphamchapmancars.co.uk and see what they’ve got to offer.

These pages are from The Peoples Issue 31 Web Edition

Pianist Jeremy So Dazzles At The Minster

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An appreciative audience at the Minster (including my dad in a noisy coat) enjoyed an exceptional performance at the piano from Jeremy So of the Royal Northern College of Music on Wednesday.

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The programme commenced with Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor Op 57 better known as ‘Appassionata’, usually regarded as one of the composers more technically demanding piano pieces, full of complex patterns and swirling descents and continued with Janacek’s tone poem ‘In The Mists’ a piece notable for its sudden changes of mood and direction, sometimes melancholy, sometimes assertive, but unremittingly intense throughout.

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It’s the kind of piece that one imagines must take a lot out of the performer and you could forgive anybody for choosing a lightweight finale after two such demanding works but Jeremy So is made of sterner stuff and chose to round things off with four of Georgy Ligeti’s Etudes for Piano, including some pieces of such breathtaking polyrhythmic complexity (Etude No 1 in particular) that it was almost impossible sometimes to comprehend just what the music was doing as the left and right hands moved gradually out of phase with each other before being drawn back together towards the finale. And afterwards Jeremy was nice enough to explain to me what I’d just heard and I’m not going to explain it here because I’m not sure I can.

In short, another fantastic lunchtime of music at The Minster and to follow up this Wednesday (October 29th) we have local Celtic folk heroes Merlin’s Keep to look forward to. Cafe open 11.30am to 2pm – Recital 12.30pm to 1.30pm £3 on the door

Example At The Auditorium

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Sunday night in Grimsby.

What more suitable time and place could there be for a meeting with one of the leading exponents of British hip hop, and with the audience pretty well pumped up by supports DJ Delta Heavy, the Auditorium is already filled with more energy than it’s seen in a long time. And that’s before the main attraction has even started his set!

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As Example runs onto the stage, every arm in the crowd lifts, everyone screams, every phone is set to record. He opens with the stomping Stay Awake from his chart topping, platinum selling 2011 album Playing With Shadows and the crowd roars with excitement. Segueing into the next song with a guitar solo, the supporting band members give it the whole pop-punk jump thing, creating an exhilarating visual performance.

It’s nice to see that they don’t just really on the light show. Although that in itself is enough to keep everyone happy!

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With the new album having been released back in July this year, the adoring fans have had plenty of time to learn every lyric in his newest songs, which take a large part of the set.

He teases the audience about Monday morning hangovers and thanks the crows for coming out when it’s a schoolday in the morning. Later in the set he also takes the time to dedicate a song. “I’m gonna dedicate this one to a little guy over there,” he says, pointing into the audience “he’s called Lucas, it’s his birthday, he’s 14.” And he bursts into Kids Again, another new one.

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He finishes rather abruptly but it takes no encouragement to get him back on stage again to end on the classics. We’ll Be Coming Back, Kickstarts, Natural Disaster and finally, Kiss Me fill his encore with massive energy and the night goes off with a bang.

He certainly saved the best til last.

All words by Amy Naylor. Amy is a singer songwriter her music is on SoundCloud, among other places.

This article and more pictures are in Issue 30 of The Peoples Web Edition

Jazz Prom At The Minster

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The Grimsby Jazz Prom at The Minster on Saturday 18th October, proved a resounding success as a packed audience watched and listened to an afternoon of quality music.

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During the interval they were able to enjoy a High Tea of equally high quality sandwiches and cakes, served by a courageous band of volunteer helpers!

The funky New York Brass Band began the afternoon in St James Square entertaining a large crowd, before leading them into the Minster. The New Orleans inspired Brass Band is a powerhouse seven piece with a line up of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone. They played typical New Orleans street music, but have a repertoire that ranges from Marvin Gaye to George Michael to Tom Jones, with some funky, gritty northern originals thrown in for good measure.

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This set the mood for a great afternoon of music. They were followed by Steel The Rhythm, a fifteen piece steel band run by MAPAS and led by Lisa Oliver who performed amazing new music written by guitarist Pat McCarthy. Pat also played with the group.

The finale was the fantastic Gypsy Jazz six piece Ultraswing, with accordion, violin, vocals, two guitars and bass. Their repertoire draws tunes from the great Django Reinhardt, French chanson and the current continental players of jazz manouche.

Words by Jazz Prom organiser Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz

This article and more pictures are in Issue 30 of The Peoples Web Edition

THE PETHER STRING TRIO AT THE MINSTER

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Over the past few months we’ve enjoyed some superb music at the Minster, ranging from classical tromboning to cool jazz and from klesmer to urban soul – and there’s no doubt that there’s something about the combination of fine musicianship and the spirituality of the Minster architecture that can make music of all kinds sound extra special.

This was confirmed for us again by the visit this week (Wednesday 15th October) of Edward Pether (violin), Alex Mitchell (viola) and Richard Isaac (cello), known collectively as the Pether String Trio who performed a captivating set featuring works by Schubert and Beethoven which had everyone spellbound. You need a proper classical music reviewer to explain just how good they were and that’s not me so suffice it to say that I’ve seldom seen an audience so enthralled.

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The next lunchtime recital is on Wednesday 22nd October and will feature Australian pianist Jeremy So. The cafe will open 11.30am to 2pm, recital 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Tickets are £3 on the door.

This piece appears in The Peoples Issue 30 Web edition

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Apple Day Harvest Celebrations with Green Futures of Bradley

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The first two weeks of October are traditionally apple harvest weeks, when orchards echo with the sound of happy pickers gathering in basket loads of the pomaceous beauties, so it’s a good time of year to stop and think just how essential to our cultural identity the humble apple really is.

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Although they originate in Asia apples have been a staple crop for European farmers for thousands of years and they’re not just a big part of our diet and cuisine they also crop up all over the place in art and literature, from the golden apples of the Hesperides to the Garden of Eden and from the abduction of Ion (you’ll have to look that one up same as we did) to the story of Snow White, the apple has always had a cherished spot at the centre of our iconography. And that’s without mentioning William Tell, pies and cider.

Now here at The Peoples we don’t know much about Adam and Eve but we’ve been thrown out of a few garden parties so when we heard about Apple Harvest Day festivities, organised by Green Futures and talking place this Saturday 18th October at The Vanson Centre in Bradley, we thought we’d go down in advance and have a look around and see what’s afoot.

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Situated in the former council nursery premises on Bradley Road (directly opposite the entrance to the pitches and use the left hand of the two gates) Green Futures is a community enterprise based on the principles of sustainable agriculture.

They have four large poly tunnels, several netted fruit pens, an allotment area and a large orchard, plus commercial flower growing areas, a hydroponic nursery and a thriving business in plants and hanging baskets. They grow high quality produce which they sell on the premises or can deliver to your door in the form of a weekly vegetable box. When they don’t have enough stock to fill all their orders they buy in, with priority being given to seasonal crops from local growers so that you can be sure your greens arrive bearing as few travel miles as possible. They also sell chillies, fire wood, honey, plants and herbs.

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It’s an impressive set up and many thanks go to Matthew for showing us around. His enthusiasm for the project, at which he has worked for four years was obvious as he pointed out rows of chard, white beetroot and pack choi as well as plenty of more familiar veggies. Thanks also to CEO Carol Prendergast for taking the time to fill us in on the background to this local success story.

Having been founded four years ago and taken over a completely derelict site Green Futures now employs eleven people and enjoys the assistance of more than fifty volunteers a week, who come from organisations such as the YMCA, the Linkage Trust and from local colleges. All profits from the business are reinvested so there’s every prospect that Green Futures will go from strength to strength in the future.

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Anyway, to get back to Apple Harvest Day. It’s on Saturday 18th from 10am to 3pm and there will be games and competitions for the kids, Morris dancing, a competition to find the best apple cake, plenty of fresh vegetables for sale, excellent home made soup (vegetable probably) and plenty of stalls showcasing a wide variety of local art and craftwork.

Admission is free so why not pop down and see what’s going on and do your bit to keep the doctor away.

You can contact Green Futures about vegetable boxes, hanging baskets or gardening services on 01472 870609 or at www.greenfuturesgrimsby.com

This article also appears in The Peoples Issue 30 Web Edition

Tracey Edges – Girl About Town 3

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I am feeling that, ‘Girl About Town’
should be renamed
‘Girl Stuck In The House’.
I’ve moved house.
Now I don’t seem to be moving far, at all.

I’ve managed to pull things around, set a few things up and I am living a very basic life which no longer includes an oven, a washing machine or a boiler. Three things that I have come to realise are the crux of easy living. Being fed, clean and warm have never been such a challenge and it is so time consuming, when you can’t just press a few buttons. I have to boil four kettles just to wash up!

I am also getting to the point where I never want to see another chip – ever! Luckily, for me it is a temporary situation while I sort out enough space for someone to work in, but for many others it is a way of life, one for which I now have a lot more empathy, especially now the weather has turned. Brrrr…

For this month’s column, my forays ‘About Town’ will be looking back to a time when my life had a few more hours per day and also the great local people that I have had the pleasure of being involved with during my new adventure.

Summertime, which now seems rather a way away, is for events in Peoples Park, Grimsby. Local events company The Culturehouse hosted a Family Fun Day which was a mix of local bands, craft stalls and street performers from far and wide – including dancing with shopping trolleys. Thankfully the weather was kind, the sun had its summer hat and sunglasses on and a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.

You can read more of Tracey’s column in The Peoples Issue 30 Web Edition

All Mixed Up at Abbey Walk Gallery

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Abbey Walk Gallery will be filled with beautiful Raku ware and contemporary textile work this autumn when they host a major exhibition celebrating the lifelong friendship of sculptor Stuart Smith and textile artist Margaret Nash.

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Stuart Smith is an internationally renowned sculptor who received his formal training under the tutelage of James Butler RA at The City & Guilds London Art School and then at the Royal Academy School, Piccadilly.

He draws inspiration from everyday situations and his intimate and imaginative sculptures are based on a close and affectionate observation of people going about their everyday lives.

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Margaret Nash is not only a creator but also a teacher and was for many years the embroidery designer for Marks & Spencer. In fact many of the designs which will be on display at the exhibition are kindly loaned by the Marks & Spencer archive collection based in Leeds.

Margaret takes inspiration from natural and organic forms and makes use of stitched and appliquéed textiles to create complex and subtle narratives of remembrance and connection.

Abbey Walk Gallery is open from 9-5 Tues-Sat. For further information contact Gill or Elaine on 01472 241007 or email art@abbeywalkgallery.com

This article is also available in The Peoples Issue 30 and in the Issue 30 Web Edition.

The Shannon Reilly Trio at The Minster

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At Grimsby Minster the new lunchtime concert season is in full swing and we stopped in to catch local jazz super group The Shannon Reilly Trio (plus one) performing an outstanding set straight out of the great American songbook to an appreciative audience.

In addition to Shannon herself, and regular trio members Pat McCarthy (guitar) and Warren Jolly (bass), the group also boasted the exceptional trumpet playing of Lincoln’s Thom Whitworth and between them they produced enough cool sounds to gladden the heart of any music lover.

Their set took in classics such as Bye Bye Blackbird, All Of Me and Summertime but it wasn’t all golden oldies and the highlight of the show was a terrific version of Imelda May’s 2009 hit Big Bad Handsome Man.

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There’s plenty more music on the way at the Minsterr including a return visit from the wonderfully talented Charlotte Barbour Condini on Saturday 25th October at 7.30 pm. Charlotte was was the first recorder player to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2012, performing Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto in C minor.

Tickets for this event are £12 with accompanied children under 16 free.

For further information ring the Minster office on 01472 358610 or Cleethorpes TIC on 01472 323111

15th October
7:30pm
Pether String Trio

18th October
2:00pm
Jazz Prom

22nd October
12:30pm
Jeremy So (solo piano)

25th October
7:30pm
Charlotte Barbour Condini (recorder) BBC Young Musician Finalist

28th October
from 10am
Family Fun Day

To Earthwood And Beyond

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Josie Gray talks to poet and author Sime Naylor

Sime Naylor is well known around town as the front man of Merlin’s Keep, as a poet and as a bare kneed the postie with a social conscious. He’s had a busy autumn, producing two new children’s books in the popular Earthwood Series and a also a new volume of poetry, The Waymark. I caught up with him after his daily round to delve further into the wonderful world of the Earthwood stories, for which Simon writes the stories and his friend and illustrator Tim Michael provides the drawings and I started by asking how they came to collaborate.

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‘Tim and I met about 5 years ago when we were both at a local festival. I was aware of Tim’s cartoons and he was aware of my music and we got chatting. When I saw some of his new characters, Red the Squirrel in particular, I thought  of some stories I had written for my kids years before.’

So Earthwood was born and the pair set about creating a series of stories set in a magical woodland.

‘I’ve always loved the outdoors, especially woodland. The woods and trees have a real pull, something ancient, something hidden and magical, but at the same time something familiar and comforting,’ explained Simon when I asked him to tell me why he had chosen a  woodland setting for his world.

‘Woodland has been the friend of the human race since time immemorial, providing food, fuel and shelter, but also creating legend and myth. I guess I wanted to tap into that somehow, and hopefully bring some of the wonder of the woodland to children.’

The books tell the stories and adventures of animals, trees and the environment but they also have a more human dimension.

‘Essentially they’re stories about friendship, about working together, and working with the world around us rather than exploiting it.’

The two new volumes in the series continue these themes. The Scarecrow And The Crow’s Nest deals with fear and looks at how everyone, even if they seem strange, has something positive to offer. Belinda And The Bee’s Nest takes a gentle look at greed and desire and at how we only need take a little of what the world has to offer.

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We soon got to talking about poetry, Simon’s love of nature and how he tries to capture that in his verse. The new work is a further exploration of landscape and follows on from his previous two collections.

‘This time I wanted to catch a particular moment in time, with all the associated sensations. Poetry is a very solitary thing for me, a way of distilling and discussing the emotion and inspiration that comes from walking the Lincolnshire Wolds, a landscape that I feel very rooted to.’

Simon explained that he sees his song and story writing as a direct way of connecting with an audience whereas for him poetry is more personal.

‘I reflect upon and record the living landscape that is such a source of imaginative inspiration and spiritual sustenance for me. It’s no surprise therefore, that I admire nature poets. Wordsworth is an obvious inspiration, as is the poetry (rather than prose) of Thomas Hardy.’

Simon finds that the work of other poets inspires him to keep writing and to look to improve all the time. He is never unprepared for inspiration to strike him.

‘I carry a notebook when walking, and sometimes a whole poem or song will flood out. Sometimes it’s only a line and it’ll sit and gestate in that book until the time is right. I do tend to write very quickly, I have this need to get the thing finished pretty much straight away – then I tend to leave it alone and come back and chip away until if finds a form I’m happy with.’

Simon’s books are available from Waterstones and Amazon or directly from the author at Moonfruit Books 36 Manor Ave DN32 0QR.

Poetry £3, Earthwood  £3.50

This interview also appears in The Peoples Issue 30