It’s been a long time since I blogged on what The Bootleggers are up to. So long in fact the time it has taken me to compile a list and find out the photo’s to match the gig has made me realise I need to get on top of this and update it as we go!
So, what have we been up to. I know many of you follow us on social media but you sadly don’t get to follow us around to each gig and so this is what’s been going on.
August ended & September started with Nathan getting himself all glammed up and hitting the pubs on a bank holiday session leaving Dave behind at home…
But all was forgiven and September saw us start one of our busiest months to date with the very first M-FEST!
M-FEST – Melmerby
We were honoured that the guys behind planning Melmerby Village’s first festival asked us along to provide the live music. We played for these guys a few months ago at a charity event to try and save their local pre-school. The night was a success but sadly the pre-school was lost a few months later. M-FEST, which helped raise money for the local area as well as Yorkshire Air Ambulance was a huge success and the planning and organising that went into the event was second to none! The team really pulled it off and we are excited to be in talks for playing again next year.
The Board Inn, Whitby
We have played here twice since last blogging. Once in September and once in October. This pub has got one of, if not THE best view of any pub I have ever been in. The view across Whitby Harbour is stunning. Both the pictures here were taken from the window behind where we stand to perform. Stunning.
A great traditional pub at the bottom of the steps up to the Abbey and always a great crowd. With Whitby being a huge tourist town the audience are never the same and we love meeting people from all over the UK and further afield at The Board Inn. This has got to be the smallest area we have ever played in to date which although makes it tricky to move around (not that we do much dancing) it is always quite an intimate little gig and lets us have a laugh with those watching.
There is never a shortage of colourful characters too. I feel mean for forgetting his name but we had our very own videographer last time we played here with some random guy walking in off the street, pulling out laptops, wires, web cams, cameras and battery packs from a rucksack and just crack on filming and streaming us….God only knows where those videos are today because they never actually made it to our Facebook page!
If you have never been to The Board Inn, give it a try. They serve food and have rooms too!
Helperby Beer Festival
This was a pretty amazing and very messy day for us! With hindsight we should have been more closely supervised. The Bootleggers at a beer festival with around 40 different ales to choose from! What could possibly go wrong?
We were honoured to be invited along to open up the show which consisted of loads of amazing bands and singers including the phenominal “Chu Ma Shu”, the uniquely amazing “Fat Medicine”, the award winning DJ Rory Hoy, one of the best rock bands I have ever heard on the circuit “The Mothers”, our local friends “Citizen Smith” AND on top of all that we got to perform our debut gig with our other band The Baffled Kings!
This really is an unbelievable festival and one you should definitely try and attend next year. It’s packed with live music, great beers, prosecco and food… What more can you ask for?
The evening ended with me not even knowing how I got home and Nathan dad dancing till late into the evening… It was well worth the hangover and I hope to be back in 2018 to do it all over again!
Check out the pictures and videos here… https://www.facebook.com/HelperbyBeerFest/
Ivy House, Stockton
A brand new venue for us and already becoming a favourite. We have played here twice since I last blogged and it was great to see so many people from our first visit return for the second gig.
Ivy House is on Dovecot Street in Stockton, an area we are hoping to break into a lot more in the new year. I’m told it used to be the old “Pound Pub” and was not a very desirably spot…. Well the new owners have certainly turned it around cause the place is stunning.
A really nice, comfortable, friendly & modern bar that serves grub that smells great (I’m yet to sample it) and a great selection of booze.
In the two gigs we have played here so far we have met some brilliant people and been humbled by the feedback. We met an amazing guy called Roy who is off to Africa to help those less fortunate for several months. What makes Roy even more amazing is he bought us lots of beer! lol. If you’re reading this Roy, thanks for your support mate and have an amazing time in Africa. You’re an inspiration and we will catch up in the new year!
We’re back at Ivy House in December so if you fancy a night out in a great bar listening to great music (even if I do say so myself!) then come and join us!
The Lettered Board, Pickering
Another visit to one of our regular haunts in Pickering. Always a fun night at The Lettered Board with some friendly familiar faces each time we play. The last couple of times we’ve been joined by our friends Mark and Jake from the amazing “Acoustic Brew”.
This was our last gig of 2017 at The Lettered Board but hopefully we’ll see everybody again in the new year.
The only photo I got of this visit was of the most important member of The Bootleggers just taking a break before the 2nd set…
Northallerton Beer Festival
The 3rd and final festival of September and another great night. This one was not so messy with both of us returning home for an rare early night!
The festival take place upstairs in the town hall at Northallerton and it was a fairly busy affair… Spot the Bootlegger (or Where’s Wally) below….
After sampling a few of the beers on offer whilst listening to the young lads who were on before us, we took to the stage to close the festival with a short set. It’s always nice to play to new people and even nicer to get the feedback afterwards.
This was our first time playing in Northallerton despite it only being 5 minutes up the road but we are back later this month at The Fleece Inn so be sure to pop along and catch us if you can!
The Coach House, Rosedale Abbey – The Beast of Rosedale…
The gig we almost never made… The story goes like this.
It was a dark, cold September evening. The Bootleggers were on there way to perform their second gig at The Coach House in the beautiful, picturesque village of Rosedale Abbey in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
The journey was going smoothly. The roads were clear and the weather was fine as The Bootleggers travelled along the A170 listening to soulful sounds of Rag’nBone Man in the car. As they turned into Cropton a thin layer of mist was beginning to form flowing like a stream across the surface of the road. It was almost as if somebody had turned on a smoke machine to create an eeiry atmosphere.
Over the cattle grid The Bootleggers went as they entered the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, the stone welcome marker advising them to drive carefully. On the treacherously narrow, winding roads complete with some of the steepest inclines you’ll find there is no other option but to drive carefully.
The mist turned to fog and the further along the road the thicker it got. Dave joked to Nathan that it’s quite a spooky looking terrain and he would hate to break down out there in the middle of nowhere with no lights for miles and no phone signal either. It had all the hallmarks of a classic horror movie they thought. As they travelled on slowly, barely going over 15mph in the dense wall of fog which had now formed Nathan pointed out the sign on the left which warned of sheep in the road.
With almost scripted timing Dave caught site of something through the fog ahead. Two glowing eyes standing about 4ft high staring straight at them. As the drew closer the eye seemed to lower to the ground. “What the f**k is that!?” Dave said as a huge dark mound slowly appeared through the fog as they edged ever closer.
Whatever it was seemed to blocking the road and had no intention of moving anytime soon. With visions of American Werewolf in London and Hound of The Baskervilles in his mind Dave had no intention of stopping and was forced over the right side of the road skirting the edge and the short drop into the Moors to get around the beast before them.
As they passed the evil creature on their right Dave looked down and made eye contact with the biggest, blackest, most evil looking Ram you could ever imagine! As he took up his position in the middle of the road, clearly resting after devouring a party of hikers, his satanic eyes bore through to Dave’s soul as his snarl seemed to say “This is my road knobhead. Move on!”.
And move on we did! After flagging down and warning another motorist heading toward the killer Ram (I’ve no idea if he has ever been seen since) we made it safely to The Coach House for an awesome evening of music, beer and laughs.
The crowd were great with folk up dancing right from the start thanks to a wee Scottish lad there with his family who got the party started early. We played late into the evening, met some great people and we hope to be back there again in 2018… If the Rosedale Ram will let us pass!
Private Birthday Parties
October saw us having the honour of playing at two big milestone birthdays in our local area.
A 40th at Thirk Athletics Club which despite a party goer deciding to stage dive taking my mic stand with her (no major damage caused and she was unhurt) turned out to be a fun night!
Then we had a 60th at Sutton under Whitestonecliffe Inn. A fantastic night with a big crowd of Birthday boy’s family and friends with many coming from Germany and even Texas, US! The pub was amazingly decorated and the atmosphere was fantastic. The night even took an unexpected turn as Donald Trump turned up wearing a tutu!
If you would like to book The Bootleggers for any private function then please get in touch on our Facebook page or by emailing us at email@example.com
Little 3, Thirsk
It had been around 6 month since we last played in Thirsk when we descended on the Little 3 for a wild night. The Little 3 has fast become the premier music venue of Thirsk since both it and The Frankland Arms changed hands.
With live music nights every Thursday night and now more frequently on Saturdays too, Little 3 does more than it’s fair share of supporting the local live music scene!
It was a special night too as we celebrated the Birthday of my better half, Katie and it was nice to see so many friends and familiar faces out to join in the fun. It was also nice to perform to our home crowd again after taking a break from Thirsk to venture out further afield.
As usual when we play at the Little 3 it was a late and messy night and well worth the hangover the next day!
We are back there this coming Thursday 16th November celebrating both Nathan’s Birthday AND The Bootleggers 2nd Birthday! There’s even free beer up for grabs as a thank you so come and join us!
The Wedding of Myles & Ginna Strudwick
October saw The Bootleggers perform at their first wedding for our friends Myles & Ginna. It was an honour for me to not only perform for them but to sign the register as witness to their marriage and be part of such an amazing day.
The evening event took place at the stunning Aldwark Manor Hotel
The evening went amazingly and we were joined on stage by a very special guest in the form of Myles & Ginna’s daughter, Jodie who has an amazing taste in music! After insisting we sing “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns n Roses I asked her if she would like to join us and sing along. She told me “I am only singing the first verse and the chorus and that’s it”… By the time she got to the end of the first chorus there was no stopping her! When I asked if she was going to sing the rest I was met with a very determined “YES!” before she rocked out the rest of the song in front of her mum and the crowd that had gathered on the dance floor.
The Bootleggers have already taken some bookings for weddings in 2018 so if you want us to come and play for your special day then get in touch today!
Gold Cup, Nether Silton
Another one just up road. The Gold Cup is a quaint family run Yorkshire village pub in Nether Silton. Not the busiest of venues we have played but definitely one of the friendliest! This was the second time playing here and the crowd were great. They joined in, danced, sung and didn’t mind the occasional bit of cheeky banter either.
To top it off one little dude sat with his parents sketched us this picture during the gig!
How cool is that!?
We hope to be back in Nether Silton in the new year so keep your eyes peeled!
Wine Bar, Pickering
Just touching slighting into November and last night’s gig at Wine Bar in Pickering…
It was our final gig of 2017 at Wine Bar and in Pickering and what a great night it was! The place was rammed and everybody joined in right from the start. It was so busy I didn’t even get chance to grab a photo.
We’re yet to secure any dates for 2018 in Pickering but watch this space!
STILL TO COME…
So what next? Well we are entering into our final stretch for 2017 with possibly the highlight for me being performing in front of hundreds of people in Thirsk Market Square to support the Squires Bikers Cafe charity bike run which will see them deliver sacks of toys to Thirsk for those children less fortunate. What an absolute honour and privilege it is to even be asked to take part in this amazing charity event. You can catch us on stage at some point after 12pm on Sunday 26th November.
But that’s not all! Just look at the list below and catch us if you can…
We have big plans for 2018 too with booking already being taken, new territories being scoped out and plans for our first album being made after postponing it in September.
Onwards and upwards for The Bootleggers and we are honoured to have you all along on our journey!
See you all soon!