Open Mic Night at Northern Guitars
The best place to be on a Monday evening is back!
Starts at 7pm (get down early to guarantee a space!)
House guitar available.
Free photos of your performance.
Videos of your performance available for £20.
Epic performances from ultra talented local artists.
Open Mic 2 Year Anniversary
Don't worry, the wait is nearly over! 🤘We're back to kick off the new decade with our 2 year anniversary special! 🔥🎶
Starting at 7pm, expect some of the greatest performances you'll witness for free in the city as well as the most welcoming, friendly atmosphere to road test your new material!
We also have brand new filming equipment at the ready to capture your stellar, cinematic performance in glorious 4K for a steal at £30 per song. 🎥
For those who have never been before, the chaos begins at 7pm, each artist can play 2 songs/poems/shadow puppet performances etc. and there's a house guitar available for those last minute performances. 🎸
See y'all down there, we'll be starting this decade in style. 🙌
Potential after party/drinks if the vibe is right too!
The Howlin Ric Trio
An exciting take on a great American tradition. Howlin' Ric & the Rocketeers present original Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a classic and fresh sound!
Howlin' Ric is a musician and songwriter from Leeds in the north of England. Within the roots scene there is a varied and rich range of subcultures of people who really love Rockabilly, Country, Blues and so on. Being a lover of all these styles of music Howlin' Ric and his band work to satisfy those American traditions in their writing, work in the studio and finally on stage.
Howlin' Ric & the Rocketeers aim to deliver an exciting take on a great American tradition. Presenting original Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a classic and fresh sound!
The Last Hurrah Live
Those jangly, noisy beatniks The Last Hurrah are back. The boys continue to play their blend of original catchy guitar pop, with layers of harmonies and a nod to the future and the past.
‘Dance around the living room beat’......‘Shimmering guitars and Fab vocals’ – Henry Lipput (CoolDad Music)
Beatlesque’ – Robert Kinsler (Rock ‘n’ Roll Truth Blog)
Come on down. It’ll be a good night!!
The Blues Against Youth
The Blues Against Youth is a music project entirely run and managed by Gianni TBAY on guitar, voice, bassdrum, hi-hat, whistle and the "invisible iron snare". All instruments are played simultaneously during his one man shows.
Jam Night at Northern Guitars
Why not blow of some steam by shredding some funky chops or watching other people do so while drinking pints?
Jams start at 8:00 - Back Line/Instruments provided.
Get down early for higher priority!
Nick Shaw Live at Northern Guitars Cafe Bar
I'm excited to play at Northern Guitars on January 30th! I know it's a school night but who cares! Northern Guitars Cafe Bar is a great venue, so let's see a packed house for this one!
Closed for Private Event 7pm onwards
Closed for Private Event 7pm onwards
Dead Reckless are a trio from Yorkshire playing original rock n roll, live and loud.
Samuel James (Bass & Vocals), Stephen Hayes (Lead Guitar), Josh Orr (Hits Stuff as hard as he can)
The Magic Es at The Northern Guitar Cafe Bar, Leeds
In only 5 years The Magic Es have released 2 critically-acclaimed albums, 2 EPs and 6 singles. They’ve received radio play across the globe on 100s of stations and a mountain of enthusiastic reviews from the likes of KEXP, BBC Introducing, XS Noize, One On One Music and Amazing Radio. What’s all the more remarkable is that they’ve done this without the backing of any label; pure, hard work and a love for making and playing music.
It’s hard to pigeon hole the band; they’ve been declared as “the best British rock band since Oasis” (Henry Lipput, cooldadmusic.com) while others, such as Don Valentine at I Don’t Hear A Single, compared their album Dead Star to The Stones and The Killers. Ultimately they’re a melodic rock band with pop sensibilities; memorable hooks and big choruses ooze out of every track.
As well as releasing music at a remarkable rate they’re no slouches when it comes to performing. They’ve completed UK tours and can be found gigging up and down the country on a regular basis.
Their blistering live performances have earned them UK tour supports with South Africa’s biggest-selling rock band The Parlotones as well as support slots with Glass Caves, Pop Will Eat Itself and The Wedding Present.
There’s no doubt that when you listen to The Magic Es, on record or from the stage, you’ll end up humming their infectious melodies as if they’d been part of your music collection for years.
They visit the Northern Guitar Cafe Bar for the first time for an extra special 90 minute set
A brilliant band of troubadours playing 90's/00's rock covers. Featuring Adam Taylor as the wonderful lead singer, Adam Wells as our personal riffsmith, James Withers fingering the bass guitar and Matty Jordan battering the drums.
Christy Herron Blues Band
"...from 50's clean stratocasters to fuzz-infused British Blues ... with an unassuming honesty and depth of knowledge of modern and traditional blues, Christy performs with real backbone and fearlessness..."
Blind Dead McJones Band
The old Blues Legend with his current backing band.
Blind Dead McJones - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Diddley Bow, Kazoo.
Ben "Buddy" Slack - Guitar.
Steven "Wee-Man" Nixon - Drums.
Andy "The Cake" Johnson - Bass
Sabine || Northern Guitars
With intelligent and honest lyrics, matched with beautiful melodies, Sabine brings her unique vocal style; singing original songs flavoured with folk, pop and country that tell a story straight from the heart.
Come and join her for an afternoon of acoustic music where she will be showcasing tracks from her upcoming second EP together with her brand new single 'How Do You Sleep at Night,' set for release early March.
Accompanied by the highly talented guitarist, Nye James
Uphill and Still w/ Jon Lepp at Northern Guitars Cafe Bar
The boot stomping, washboard wielding duo Uphill & Still[Canada/UK] are on the move again!
February 2020 kicks off their UK tour in support of their new album.
With a harmony driven, not-quite-folk vibe, Uphill and Still’s newest home recorded full length “No Time Forever” draws upon the honest aspects of a “vagabond lifestyle” on and off the road.
This time they’ll be joined by fellow Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Jon Lepp – Also touring a new release, “Taking My Way”
Be sure to catch them while they’re near because there’s no telling where they’ll be off to next.
Visit www.uphillandstill.com for a full list of dates, details, and booking information.
About the bands:
Uphill and Still
“Acoustic, original, roots, bluegrass, blues, folk - no matter how you choose to define their music, Uphill and Still always deliver with an organic yet edgy thread that connects listeners of all backgrounds.”
"The music of St. Catharines, Ontario folk roots singer songwriter Jon Lepp tips the hat to ragtime toe tappin’, stirs the pot of laughter and reminds you to remember the small things."
Blue Orchid Reaction
Indie rock alliance looking to inspire and raise cheer through their music. Note by note. Beat by beat
The Scaramanga Six at Northern Guitars Bar, Leeds
The Scaramanga Six will cram themselves into the wonderful Northern Guitars Bar on Call Lane, Leeds for a double-set of loud cinematic punk.
This is FREE IN and the music starts at 9pm.
Thieves of Misfortune
Thieves of Misfortune. Dark, brooding ,heavy and hypnotic. A raw and sonically arresting soundtrack. Alt rock that delivers.
"Leeds trio Thieves Of Misfortune take the desert jam sounds of early QOTSA and infuse it with a healthy dose of psychedelia. After one listen you'll be addicted to their soulful melodies".
– Scott Dadeh Hamilton, 3 Songs and Out.
Brotherhood of Troubadours at Northern Guitars
Songwriter's Circle. Three acclaimed musicians share their songs and stories.
Jon Palmer: Former winner of Grolsch songwriter of the year and a published songwriter with Sony, plus tenure in several great bands, Jon's credentials are undeniable. Each year his writing goes from strength to strength, with political songs, evocative ballads and catchy foot-tapping folk rock.
Dave Vermond: Dave has built his reputation finely crafting songs which occupy a wide range of styles, subjects and emotions which he delivers with passion, wit and top class musicianship. A mainstay of the Otley Folk Festival for over 20 years, Dave has a highly respected presence on the music circuit.
Nick Hall: From touring the world as a session singer and guitarist, via a 25 year membership of near-legendary Yorkshire folk rockers The Hall Brothers, to being one half of the award winning duo Plumhall; Nick is an uncompromising musician with an impressive catalogue of original powerful songs.
Singer-Songwriter, Indie, Indie-pop, Alt-folk, Space-folk.
Leeds - JZ Replacement ft. Tim Lefebvre: "Disrespectful"
Fresh high energy original new London project by saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire) and drummer Jamie Murray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer). They will play music from their debut album "Disrespectful". Expect Drum and Bass meets Eastern Euro Folk Music, with a touch of John Zorn, David Bowie and Charlie Parker.
Zhenya Strigalev – saxes, electronics
Jamie Murray – drums
Tim Lefebvre – bass, electronics
The project was born in London and has already been successfully presented at Love Supreme Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival, Porto Jazz Festival, Rainy Days Festival, Jazz Province Festival. They have also toured in UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Russia.
The music is inspired by Zhenya and Jamie's musical journeys and studies, and these ideas are combined to create an organic and very original frenetic highly danceable sound. Some people hear Indian influences, some Charlie Parker, some Robert Glasper or Michael Brecker. A night of forward thinking Jazz not to be missed.
Now they are on a tour with bass master from Los Angeles, Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Wayne Krantz, Knower, Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana…). They will be playing music from their new album called "Disrespectful" which coming out in March 2020 on new label from Saint Petersburg, Rainy Days.
"...fascinatingly intense, winding and staccato performance – a real orchestrated duo..." - London Jazz News
Tim Lefebvre is an American bass guitarist. Both as a session musician and band member, he has worked with a wide range of musicians, including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Sting, Empire of the Sun, The Sleepy Jackson, Wayne Krantz, Patti Austin, John Mayer, Jovanotti, Chuck Loeb, Mark Guiliana, Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti, and Knower. A member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, he has performed on film and television soundtracks, including Ocean's Twelve, The Departed, Analyze That, The Sopranos, and 30 Rock.
Called a "musical linguist" by Bass Musician magazine, Lefebvre is proficient in various genres, including rock, jazz, fusion, electronica, and R&B.
Lefebvre played bass on David Bowie's final studio album, Blackstar, released two days before Bowie's death in 2016
Zhenya Strigalev (saxophones, electronics):
Since graduating from London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, where he was invited on the full scholarship, Zhenya has cut a dynamic path between the London and New York jazz scenes. He’s worked with some of today’s most forward thinking musicians (including Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tim Lefebvre, Chris "Daddy" Dave, Alex Sipiagin, William Parker, Aaron Parks, Joseph "Foley" McCreary from Miles Davis fame, Larry Grenadier) and has appeared at many prestigious jazz festivals and concert venues, performing extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Britain, Switzerland, Chile, Argentina, Peru...He has recorded 4 albums with his groups Smiling Organizm and Never Group and his music is regularly played on BBC radio as well as national radio stations in Austria, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, France. You can also see his concerts around the world on the French music TV station, Mezzo Live HD. He enjoys the challenge of shining a light on the undiscovered, and describes the desired on-the-edge thrill that unfolds: “The whole point of what I do is that I need to surprise myself". JZ Replacement is his latest achievement.
"A maverick at the heart of modern jazz."
★★★★ The Telegraph
"This could be the kind of jazz album that has something for everyone... Universally appealing."
★★★★½ DownBeat Magazine
Jamie Murray (drums)
A forward thinking and conceptual player, with a solid groove style yet an open minded approach to free experimentation, his performances are always fresh and exhilarating! With a strong sense of writing, his compositions are personal and original, with an electronic - Jazz - Fusion style attached to them. He has played with most of his contemporaries and peers in the London Jazz Scene as well as crossing into the electronic pop world. He has played and recorded with jazz giants including the Sun Ra Arkestra Members Knoel Scott and Cecil Brooks as well as many other musicians in today's Jazz scene. Currently, Jamie is involved in a number of projects, often touring Europe and the USA as a side man and also as a band leader. His current projects “JZ Replacement” and "Beat Replacement" has enabled Jamie to perform across the world in the Jazz/crossover scene. Having performed with his own bands on a regular basis at Ronnie Scott’s and some major festivals including, The Love Supreme, Glastonbury & Afro punk in New York, Jamie Murray is a name to keep an eye on. Recently Jazzwise magazine featured him in the “Shape of Jazz to come 2019” and “A drummer to watch out for” in Rhythm drummer magazine. His influences spread through a wide spectrum including greats as Vinnie Colaiuta, Elvin Jones, Dan Weiss, Jeff Porcaro, Ed Blackwell & Mark Guiliana just to name a few. He hopes to create a blend of personal expression through this mix of heroes as well as incorporating his own style and ideas.
"Phenomenal UK drummer puts the fun back into fusion" - Jazzwise
"The most disrespectful drummer in London" - Chris Phillips JazzFm
"A young killer" - Kurt Elling
Tickets £15 in advance, £20 on a door. Message for details.
Hell Fire Jack + Dunes
Hell Fire Jack and Dunes return to Northern Guitars in Leeds.
Pink Peg Slax
Pink Peg Slax are a 4-piece roots rockabilly band from Leeds who have been writing and performing music since they started out in 1980.
Northern Guitars Cafe Bar
An relaxed eclectic afternoon of acoustic and roots based music with The Hunch.
"One of the best bands I’ve seen in a long time..” Jon Strong
"A great band.” Jonti Willis - SineFM
"Brilliant.” New Headingley Roots
"Masters of their craft.” Pennine Sky Music
"Played to two packed stages showing their experience, versatility, professionalism & stamina.” Southwell Festival
Bryan Chung Electric Trio
Formed in 2019 on the same Jazz pathway in Leeds College of Music, this electric trio are influenced by classic recordings from the bebop and hard-bop eras. Expect to hear some popular standards, including blues, rhythm changes, and bossa nova tunes.
Bryan Chung - Guitar
Owen Thomas - Bass
Oli Reeves - Drums
When Rivers Meet at Northern Guitars Cafe Bar, Leeds
Looking forward to playing in this great bar!
My Beautiful Distress at Northern Guitars
"My Beautiful Distress is the moniker for music made by Max Lilleyman and his collaborators. Inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Jason Molina and Damien Jurado; Max writes sad, sappy songs likes the fop-pop wallflower he is. The new monicker is to highlight the importance of collaboration and compassion, not just in music."
*Times to be confirmed*