Georgia Mancio @ Grimsby Jazz Club – live review

Mancio

Wednesday 1st April
Grimsby Jazz Club
Reviewed by Josie Gray

A welcome return for a star of the jazz festival

Having wowed the audience at Cleethorpes Jazz Festival last June, Georgia Mancio’s return visit to the area was hotly anticipated. She is one of the great voices of the contemporary British jazz scene having both outstanding technical ability and great warmth as a singer. Not only is she a great interpreter of standards, she also has impressive expertise in her command of the Brazilian jazz tradition and sings in impeccable Brazilian Portuguese.

Georgia took the stage with bassist Julie Walkington to open the first set with My Ship (Kurt Weill). This is a challenging and complex song delivered with aplomb and set the tone for what is going to be an evening of exemplary musicianship. Joining Georgia and Julia on stage for the remainder of the set were Dave Newton on piano and Dave Ohm on drums. The tone of the first set was artful with upbeat and familiar numbers such as Devil May Care sitting alongside less familiar material including original, Forever Yours. The beautiful ballad You’ve Changed was a real set highlight with Dave Newton’s piano providing delicate, emotional subtlety and reducing this listener to tears.

The second set was full of life and colour and stand out pieces were Doralice and Le Strade di Notte from the Brazilian repertoire plus the lovely Willow Weep For Me. Throughout the evening Georgia gave a bravura performance combining vocal dexterity and inventiveness with richness and smoothness that had the audience rapt from start to finish.

The quality of the band should not go unmentioned. Dave Ohm is a watchable and likeable drummer whose energy is infectious. His solos are full of cheeky delight. Julie Walkington is a statuesque and charismatic bass player who draws out the wealth of tones from her instrument effortlessly. There simply are not enough superlatives for Dave Newton. He is the most of mesmerising pianists and when he plays you want time to stand still and for all things to pay attention.

There is a very good reason why Gill Wilde was given the accolade of Jazz Promoter of the Year. Her impeccable taste and expert programming make Grimsby Jazz events outstanding. The quality never drops from gig to gig and the diversity of what she brings is inspirational.

Don’t miss acclaimed Swiss trio Vein at Grimsby Jazz on Wednesday 22nd April.

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Georgia Mancio is on the web at: www.georgiamancio.com

This review features in The Peoples Issue 33 Web Edition

JC Cook’s New Showroom – A Cyclists’ Paradise

JC Cook

Whether you’re already a keen cyclist or you’re just thinking about taking it up then one place that ought to be high on your list for a visit is the new JC Cook Ltd showroom on Jackson Place (down Wilton Road, take the first left and follow the signs).

When you enter and the doors glide shut behind you it’s like stepping into a big city prestige store with hundreds of bikes, massive displays of clothing and equipment, a repair centre, changing rooms and a first rate coffee shop. It’s the kind of place that makes shopping for your new bike a real pleasure.

JC Cook Ltd is a well known local name of course. Founded by Jack Cook in 1954, present owner Adrian Blow took over twenty years ago. As an ex-army mechanic and keen cyclist he had a special interest in the repair side of the business and that department is still going strong both at the new showroom and at the firm’s shop in Ladysmith Road.

Cycling has been enjoying a boom in popularity lately following the UK’s Olympic success and every weekend will find hundreds of local people out on the Wolds roads or enjoying the thrills of off road riding or cyclo-cross.

Cooks carry a range of excellent machines by the likes of Cube, Orange and many others to meet the needs of the most demanding of sports cyclists but they also offer ranges suitable for commuters and beginners and a great range of kid’s machines. There’s even a selection of electric bikes for those who like to let the battery take the strain.

All of which means that if you’re in the market for a new bike or if you just fancy a leisurely look at what’s available and a great cup of coffee, you couldn’t pick a better place to start than the new JC Cook Ltd.

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JC Cook are on the web at jccookcycles.co.uk and can be contacted on 01472 342406 (Grimsby shop) or 01472 210384 (for the new Humberston shop

This feature appears in The Peoples Issue 33

Park Hire Repair @ Grimsby Cycle Hub

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We’d all like to take more exercise, cut our carbon footprints and save a lot of money on our fuel bills but the truth is it’s not always as easy as it sounds.

We could commute by bike for example, but that would just mean we’d end up grimy and sweaty when we reached work, wouldn’t it?

If that’s what’s stopping you then the Grimsby Cycle Hub is just what you need. Opened in September 2013 by cycling enthusiast Janine Walker and backed by the Council’s Green Transport Initiative the Cycle Hub is an independent Not For Profit whose aim is to make your cycling experience easier, more enjoyable and better suited to your lifestyle.

Situated in the newly refurbished parcels office at Grimsby Town Station, (at the far end of the taxi rank, close to the Transport Police office), the hub offers secure storage for your bike for the amazingly cheap price of £1 and that includes the use of a shower and locker if you want to get changed for work!

They also have a same day repair service run by experienced and qualified mechanics Mick and Adam and a hire service where prices start from only £4 per hour including lights, helmet and lock.
The Hub is open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 9am – 5pm so if you’re thinking about becoming a cycle commuter but you’re not sure about the logistics give Janine a ring on 01472 354986 and let the hub help you to feel fitter, greener and considerably better off.

Happy cycling!

Park

Secure cycle parking only £1 per day. Includes use of a locker, changing room & shower if required. With monthly & annual deals you can park for as little as 33p per day! Your bike is secure & fully insured & you can have a key fob to enter & collect out of hours if you wish.

Hire

We have all sizes of bikes including accessories for those too young to ride solo, from £4 per hour, including lights, locks and helmets. Ride around town or have tour bikes delivered anywhere in Lincolnshire. Free delivery within 10 miles of Grimsby.

Repair

Our mechanics are very experienced and qualified but also friendly! We offer free advice and safety checks and we keep our charges as low as possible. We can often repair while you shop or you can make use of a free courtesy bike.

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Grimsby Cycle Hub is on the web: grimsbycyclehub.org.uk They are also on Facebook and tweet as @GrimsbyCycleHub

This feature appeared in The Peoples Issue 33

Mike Harding – a life in music (and poetry)

Mike Harding

Mike Harding comes to Barton Ropery Hall on May 16th for an evening of poetry. He’s been a star of the folk music scene for nearly fifty years so it seemed like a good idea to take a quick look back at his career.

Mike Harding is one of those people who are rightfully hailed as national treasures. He’s a singer, songwriter, poet, raconteur and radio presenter and for many years he was the voice of British folk.
Born in Manchester, in 1944, into a working class Irish Catholic family. His father died returning from a bombing raid over Germany four weeks before he was born. During his early years Mike developed a love for music, playing in skiffle and rock bands in the 60s. He has fond memories of sharing the bill with The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Hollies, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders and the late Eric Spanner and the Rhythmaires.

Among his early musical influences, Mike lists Lonnie Donegan, Jesse Fuller and Lancashire folk singer, the late Harry Boardman.

After a chequered early career as dustman, bus conductor, road digger and carpet fitter, Mike took a degree in Education, paying his way by working at night in Folk Clubs. Finally, the lure of the bright lights proved too much and he became a full time entertainer.

His success as a live entertainer began in 1967 when, during a gig at Leeds University with The Edison Bell Spasm Band, he began to tell jokes to fill in the awkward pauses while the band tuned up. The patter became part of the act and when the jokes dried up he delved into his store of real-life stories for which he has become famous.

In 1975 the record The Rochdale Cowboy flung him from folk music into the mainstream of live entertainment with his own regular TV series and radio work that continues to this day. He also began a 20 year succession of concert tours with his unique mix of comedy and music, visiting virtually every major venue in the country as well as tours to Australia, Hong Kong and the Middle East. Over the same period he made over 20 albums which still notch up impressive sales to his legion of committed fans.

By the mid nineties Mike had largely abandoned public performances to concentrate on writing and broadcasting, and to indulge his love of fell walking and fly fishing. He’s since earned widespread acclaim for both the quality and breadth of his work with over 40 books and plays published.

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His writing has ranged from comedy to church architecture, from poetry to play writing, from short stories to novels and, unsurprisingly, from fell walking to a manual for fishermen on how to tie flies, with many of the books illustrated with his own photographs.

For 15 years he presented his highly-praised Folk, Roots and Acoustic Music programme on BBC Radio Two, establishing a regular evening audience of a million listeners until he was replaced as presenter two years ago because “the BBC wanted the music to be more in tune with Radio 2’s daytime output.”

Now he presents his own Mike Harding’s Folk Show on the internet, where he’s built an audience of over 250,000 through live transmissions on Sunday teatime and subsequent podcasts. To listen click on http://www.mikehardingfolkshow.com

A further change in his pattern of work came four years ago when he was enthused by an ad hoc performance in a village hall near his home in the Yorkshire Dales and decided it was time to go back on the road. With some trepidation a try out stand up tour of arts centres and little theatres was arranged. Publicity was limited but the outcome surpassed all expectations with sell out audiences and virtually all venues asking for a second night before the tour had even started.

Since then Mike has undertaken three more tours to increasingly bigger venues with much the same packed house response, proving that his fans had certainly not forgotten him.
He’s not abandoned his writing either with a new play, Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer inspired in part by the death of his father in a Lancaster bomber. The play has attracted the attention of leading theatre impresario, Bill Kenwright and is currently under consideration for a national tour.

Other recent publications include The VW Camper Van – A Biography and a new collection of his poems (his fourth) under the title Connemara Cantos. In fact, it is his poetry that has become the main focus of Mike’s public appearances in recent months. Last year he undertook a series of visits to literary and arts festivals in Swaledale, Worcester, Stratford, Morley, Thame and the Shetlands with the aim of bringing his poetry to a wider audience.

This in turn has prompted his next tour entitled An Evening Of Poetry With Mike Harding, which will be visiting arts centres and little theatres across the North of England in May.
Although born and raised in Manchester, Mike’s lived in the Yorkshire Dales for the past 44 years – a lot longer than he lived in Lancashire. The move, in 1971, was prompted by his love of fell walking, fly fishing and the countryside in general.

With the Dales as his base, Mike walked and cycled and photographed and lived among the farming community. He became President of The Ramblers for a 3 year term and is now a lifetime Vice President. He is in constant demand to speak on environmental and ecological issues and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

And he’s even been known to admit that there are times when he wishes he’d been born a Yorkshireman.

Words by Geoff Sargieson

This feature is taken from The Peoples Issue 33 Web Edition