The Warren Fundraiser Event at Pave 26th July 2014: by Gina Robson
The sun was shining, the drinks were flowing and the music was thriving last Saturday at Pave on Princes Avenue. The bar’s beer garden was packed with locals as they came to help raise money and celebrate one of the cities most beloved charities The Warren. The event was host to a variety of local musicians as they all fought to help save The Warren due to being threatened with closure after 32 years of helping young people in Hull.
Local’s gathered to enjoy some of the best musicians the city has to offer.
Promoting local acts and Humber Street Sesh by selling CD’s and programmes.
The festivities kicked off with easy-listening acoustic solo artists Joe Duncan and Tim Mellins followed by duo The Evil Litter. Local singer songwriter Emma Fee was next on the stage as she performed relatable and personal songs, one of which she described as being based on “the night before and you’re doing the walk of shame”. Her ‘Lana Del-Ray’ inspired voice worked effectively alongside the soft acoustic guitar and it gave her performance a great summer vibe.
The talented Lyn Acton took to the stage to wow the audience with her bold performance. Her smooth and soulful voice alongside an acoustic guitar, bass and percussion took the crowd away from Hull and transported them to a bar in Barcelona with her bossa-nova sounds. Acton’s singing style seems to have taken inspiration from older generation singers such as ‘Ella Fitzgerald’, but alongside her Latin jazz influences, it made her set truly unique.
Mick McGarry, lead singer of local band ‘Hillbilly Troupe’ differed from the more mellow acts who had performed previously and brought something new to the day. His eclectic style took influences from ‘The Pogues’ and ‘Dropkick Murphy’s’ as he fused Irish rock with folk and punk. McGarry’s performance had everything, from songs about being drunk to a song which appeared to tell the story of a dog passing away. As well as featuring parts of the punk classic “I Fought The Law” and folk song “Fall Down Billy O’Shea”, McGarry made the crowd want to stand on the tables and dance the night away with his fun and lively set.
Emma Fee’s mellow performance set the mood for an afternoon in the sun.
The drinks began to flow when Mick McGarry and some of his Hillbilly Troupe friends took to the stage.
Singer songwriter Jody McKenna was next on the stage with his ‘Jake Bugg’ style performance. Telling stories through his songs, he brought the crowd into his set with his personal and relatable lyrics. With guest appearance from Jordan aka Purematics, it urbanised his performance with his reggae influences and brought a little bit of Jamaica to the day.
Sally Currie, also known as The Dyr Sister, was perhaps the most quirky performance of the day. The multi-talented musician played a range of instruments during her set as she played the viola, the mandolin and vocal loops. She also created a make-shift drum with a plastic container to create her percussions. Her haunting voice gave the performance an ethereal quality and was a humorous contrast from her strong Yorkshire accent. The one-woman band had a ‘Bjork’-style singing voice and her unique performance meant that it was hard to pin what genre she is trying to be, but that is was what made her an original live act.
Hull locals were mesmerised by The Dyr Sister’s imaginative act.
As the sun began to set, 19 year old Emily Moulton took to the stage with her laid-back performance. Covering a wide range of artists from ‘Elvis Presley’ to ‘The Lumineers’ to a song from ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’ as well as many of her own, Moulton took a different approach to these tracks with her acoustic set and country style voice.
As the evening began to draw to a close, tenth act of the day Crooked Weather were next on the stage. Male vocalist ‘Will Bladen’s’ raw and husky voice complimented female vocalist ‘Holly Blackshaw’s’ gentle ‘Florence Welsh’ style voice well. Performing new and old songs alike, Crooked Weather’s nursery rhyme sounding intros filled the venue with a chilled and relaxing atmosphere and the bohemian four-piece’s earthly and easy-listening sound made them the perfect act to listen to on a summer evening.
Danny Wright (bass/ vocals), Will Bladen (guitar/vocals), Royston Lion (harmonica) and Holly Blackshaw (vocals/ukulele)
Matt Hogg made a very special appearance out of retirement to play songs, which he had recorded at the Warren 22 years ago. He encouraged the crowd with a chant of ‘up the Warren’, which went down a storm and really engaged the audience. The Mighty and the Moon finished off the day with a stripped down band performance ending the day on a high and being asked to play an encore before the stage had to come to an end. Beautiful weather, amazing live music and a relaxed atmosphere made the event the perfect Saturday afternoon. It was a proud day for the city, showcasing some of the best musicians in Hull and raising money for one of the most established charities in the area, The Warren and Pave put on a brilliant show they should be truly proud of and raised a staggering £2400 in total. Well done everyone involved!