York-born Emma Rugg is certainly no stranger to the Hull music scene. A self-taught guitarist, pianist and singer, she initially honed her natural talents by busking on the streets of Hull. At around the same time she began to visit the Musicians Nights at The Adelphi on a regular basis, unconsciously nurturing her hugely supportive fan base as she sung and played her heart out.
Financed by her busking, she released her debut album in 2003 through her own
People - Thomas Truax - Songs From The Films Of David Lynch (Available Now) By Michelle Dee
'What does this song need to come alive?'
New York anti-folk hero, Thomas Truax has oft had his music described as that of befitting a David Lynch film. The surreal settings, the darkly twisted stories, the cult appeal lend themselves well to his compositions - the innovator, the rebel, the outsider. The epiphany moment came when Truax's
People - Jody McKenna, Keith Hagger, the Secret Millionaire and an Unforgettable Weekend By Michelle Dee
Anyone who watched Secret Millionaire on Channel 4 Sunday 26th April
will have seen Hull musicians Jody McKenna and Keith Hagger receiving that magical
cheque for £20,000. I caught up with them the day after the show was broadcast,
in order find out how they were feeling about the show and their surprise trip
to see Bob Dylan at the O2 Arena with the charitable Secret Millionaire
People - Dicky Deegan Uilleann Piper By Michelle Dee
Renowned and highly respected Uilleann Piper Dicky Deegan's mellifluous tones have been heard in pubs and parlours throughout the British Isles. He has performed at European, UK, Irish and Australian Festivals, on major TV and radio stations including the BBC.
He has played with many bands and artists including Maireid O'Sullivan,
the late Billy Moran, The Crack, Rakish PaddyRead more...
People - An Interview With Finley Quaye By Steve Rudd
Finley Quaye is currently at the start of a huge national tour,
including a performance on 21st March at The Adelphi Club supported by local
singer/songwriter, Jody McKenna. Last time Finley played Hull he had such a
crowd in the Adelphi he stayed all week to party. Steve Rudd interviewed the
90s Reggae star in anticipation of another top night.
Hi Finley, how are things? Sweet as...So how is 2009 treating you so far?
People - Nick Quantrill By Tim Roux
Nick Quantrill is a prize-winning Hull crime fiction writer whose work is
highly-rated by all who come across it, with one notable exception - himself. However,
even Nick reckons that his upcoming novel Broken Dreams is a belter (we'll see what he
says about it in a year's time).
Nick started out as a short story writer, winning
People - An Interview With Jamie McGarry By Steve Rudd
Jamie McGarry is a Scarborough-based poet who recently had an
excerpt of a poem that had been inspired by Hannah Hauxwell published in
The Dalesman magazine. He has been writing poetry for years, with his
confidence having been bolstered by a poetry competition that he entered
and won at the age of thirteen.
Jamie doesn't confine his writing talents to poetry either, as he has also
written a novel.
People - An Interview With Terry Grigg By Steve Rudd
British traveler Terry Grigg has plenty of stories to tell - no doubt about it. Having visited over fifty countries, he's an itinerant soul who always likes to be on the move. In typical form, when I tried to get hold of him for an interview, Terry was soaking up the sun in Goa, India.
Fortunately, he managed to spare some time to chat about his debut travel book,
Backpacking with a Bunion.
People - An Interview With Dave Kebo By Steve Rudd
It's funny who you bump into when you're traveling. I recently visited Istanbul, and though
I was only there for a couple of weeks, the people I met were amazing.
In the space of just a few days I met a firefighter from Colorado, a Mexican woman
who worked for The British Embassy, a man from London who was aiming to cycle
around the world ... and then a guy from LA by the name of Dave Kebo.
People - An Interview with Steve Steinman By Steve Rudd
Newark-based Steve Steinman is a man of many talents. Currently touring with his
spectacular show Vampires Rock, an alternative slice of musical theatre which
features Classic Rock tunes such as Welcome To The Jungle, Total Eclipse of The Heart,
and Poison, he's a true workhorse who lives to perform in the limelight.
People - Kid Carpet On The Difficult Second Album, Being Fired Out Of a Cannon and Touring With Scroobius Pip Vs Dan Le Sac By Michelle Dee
I find it funny sometimes when people say I have a dictaphone...
You've been to Hull before I know because I wrote the preview for the website. How do you find the Hull crowd, do you like the Hull crowd what's going on there?
I played once before in Hull - the Adelphi. It was fantastic. I had a great time, I love grimy sweaty rock n roll venues so that was great, long may that
People - Scroobius Pip Speaks On Spoken Word, Socks, Caps and Collaborations At Hull Uni By Michelle Dee
I arrive at Hull Uni armed with information gathered after an afternoon's research fest on the
bearded one; an unlikely counter culture hero, who takes his moniker from one of the pioneers
of nonsense poetry Edward Lear, or rather The Scroobious Pip, a poem that remained
unfinished at the time of Edward's death in 1888.
I am due to interview him before he headlines alongside beats master and DJ Dan Le Sac.
People - An Interview with Glen Strachan, An English musician in Germany By Steve Rudd
Glen Strachan, formerly of Uxbridge, recently made the bold decision
to relocate to Berlin, where he has been edging his way into the city's music scene
with cunning stealth. Former member of acclaimed underground bands TheBed
and The April, Glen is a prolific songwriter whose tunes never fail to astound and
inspire through being so daring and original.
People - An Interview with The Alps By Steve Rudd
London band The Alps have been receiving rave reviews over the past
couple of years for their CD releases and live performances.
Having recently unleashed their eagerly anticipated debut album,
Something I Might Regret, the band is working harder than ever, with a
string of dates in Spain and the shooting of their latest music video
keeping the four lads tremendously busy.
People - An Interview with Chris Helme By Steve Rudd
Former member of acclaimed Indie band The Seahorses, in which
he penned and performed tunes with John Squire, Chris Helme has never
been one to shy away from the limelight. However, since The Seahorses
disbanded, Chris has been hard at work pursuing other musical avenues, not least
by means of York-based band The Yards.