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Graham Parker and the Rumour. Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Back on the road after thirty years with a new album but this band are pure retro nostalgia for me. I don't think they pretend otherwise.

I caught the 314 up from Lockwood for the Five mile trip through Holme Valley. Holmfirth is a queer place and i mean that in the oldest sense of the word and not with any rancour. I like it, just not as much as their tourist marketing suggests i should. Where i come from " Holmfirthing" was a euphemism for cheating, at cards or dominoes or illegally paying ringers at cricketer for instance. Some of the biggest head cases in town reside there and drugs are as much a part of the place as Summer Wine is.

Set down a dark ginnel amidst the olde mills and cottages The Nook is a bed rock of the village. †It seems to have escaped its recent years of †scuzziness but is still the unpretentious bare bones pub it always was albeit spruced up with a few contemporary refinements thrown in. Burgers for instance and a door on the bogs.

I shuffled through the peaty autumnal dark then through its familiar doors. The snug is a lovely room with a real fire but i almost spat my beer when a "comerinner" told someone how friendly everyone was in Holmfirth. The bar man, one hand on a beer pump clocked me for a nano second and raised his eyebrows a micro before resuming his downward stare into the filling froth below.

Around the corner is Gonzos, a Hunter S Thompson themed craft ale bar and burger place. Used to be a Chinese restaurant and is now exactly the kind of overpriced shallow joint we talked about recently. It falls short of just about everything it claims to be and is everything the Nook is not. I waited for the other three †in the window seat, admirably unimpressed.

The Picturedrome is another fantastic venue in a great location. It does tend to Specialise in too many tribute bands and very old reunited bands like Wishbone Ash for my liking but Graham Parker and the Rumour are a bit of an exception. Same band members, great underhyped back catalogue, a new album and in "Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions" possibly the best white boy soul blues song ever in my opinion.

Full house, full of middle aged men but a smattering of others greeted the aging but well kept band then the diminutive Graham Parker himself. He was full of rapid fire inter song cockney banter that was undecipherable to us but he seemed to be having fun at least. His voice seemed unaffected by the years retaining that slight gravel and feint American nuances favoured by London pub bands of '70s. The band too were on it. Les Paul and Strat twin leads organ bass , drums and acoustic rhythm were collectively tight but individually expressive.

The songs were mainly back catalogue and i couldn't help thinking it was all a bit too retro. Too reminiscent of †Minder episodes where Terry goes looking for some geezer in a chalky London boozer with a band on. Quality music shines through though whether via i tunes, a Ferguson turntable or boozy club and it did there last night. "Back to School Days", "Local Girls", "Watch the Moon Come Down", "Howlin Wind" and "White Honey" still ring with spring time fervor. The finale of "Don't ask me questions", "Hold back the night" and "Soul Shoes" was as predictable as it was joyous. Like the whole night in fact. Next up at the picturedromeÖ. Wishbone Ash, realy.
Dock

Great report LD. Some of the Huddersfield lads I worked with on the removals used to tell me about the darker side of Holmfirth. A bit in-through-the-pub door-out-through-the-pub window type of a place form what they told me. As for the gig I dont know any of his stuff. Any recommends?
Frazier Cranium

My g/f's dad always calls Holmfirth a cowboy town, he has visited the place countless times in his life.

I had a gripe with the Picturedrome there whenever attending gigs, as they never gave you your ticket back (or stub) when entering, and even when ordering online there would be some sort of 'confusion' going on where you never even got a ticket but had to turn up at the venue and thyy'd check your name was on a print out.

All said, I think it's a good and honestly run venue nowadays, and I like the pubs around there.
Frazier Cranium

Don't Ask Me Questions is a 'punk' compilation mainstay innit?
Dock

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Don't Ask Me Questions is a 'punk' compilation mainstay innit?


Could well be Codge. But I haven't heard that song or any of his other stuff. Or else I wouldn't have asked would I..............Hammerhead!
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Hey Lord (Whoever you are )

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Another Favourite. White Honey. Prolly about some kind of rare bee that produces white honey, yeah that'll be it

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For a long time the Pubs in Holmfirth were absolute shite, The Nook the only decent one. The Elephant's alright but about as fiercely local as a local can be. I went in on Wednesday. The lass says "donít have the Bombardier, its crap, people keep bringing it back". I wondered about asking why's it's still on then but the glares from my right persuaded me otherwise. "Ill have a Tetleys" then I said. "Arr thatís crap as well" she said. That left a 3.7 blonde that she was prepared to let me try "but donít except too much" she said. "I'll leave it for now then, Thanks" I said and walked out. I laughed †to myself †"welcome to Holm fucking Firth"

I still have nightmare flashbacks from '70s dicos in the Postcard and am still mentally scarred so haven't been in since. The Shoulder of Mutton is just fucking grim. Herveys "wine bar" a massive rip off, always has been. The Bridge is good now its been done up and dragged out of the 70s. The White Harte is now thankfully The Brambles, just in time before it got shut down by the police I reckon. Good beer, decent place. The Nook Brewhouse next to teh Nook has been an assortment of things connected with the Nook pub and its owners and is now a decent cafť type bar, for the trendier types. A few decent pubs around the area but for decades ive always said it lacks quality boozers
Frazier Cranium

Dock wrote:
Frazier Cranium wrote:
Don't Ask Me Questions is a 'punk' compilation mainstay innit?


Could well be Codge. But I haven't heard that song or any of his other stuff. Or else I wouldn't have asked would I..............Hammerhead!


Typical twonk claims not to have heard anything Graham Parker has recorded and tries to blame the good-hearted samaritan type trying to help him out of his dull wittedness.
fartcatcher

Excellent lyricist. Music was categorised by the biz as pub rock - rather unfairly.


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keyboard player Bob Andrews is a Leeds lad. Played in a few local bands in the 70s.

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