The Processed Pea…
…means many things to different people:
To professional musicians it is a much respected venue at which to perform. To young performers it is a place to be able to gain experience of playing in front of a live audience and for more experienced musicians it is an opportunity to do what they enjoy … making music. To those in the audience it means quite simply – a good night out!
We meet on the 1st MONDAY OF THE MONTH and operate on a first come, first served basis. The Light Dragoon opens its doors from 6.30 p.m. especially for the Processed Pea, and the evening starts at 8pm. Please come as early as you can to ensure a seat but don’t forget to book in when you arrive. Unfortunately food is no longer available. We aim to finish around 11pm.
Occasionally we may put on additional gigs but they will always be on a Monday evening. See Newsflash below!!
Check out the latest additions to our Gallery. For further information on most of our artists you can go to their websites simply by clicking on their name.
2016 Programme –
All meetings on the first Monday in the month. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. for an 8.00 p.m. start. We operate a first come first served system so don’t forget to book in as soon as you arrive.
The Processed Pea is a not-for profit organisation and all of the proceeds of ticket sales are ploughed back into providing first class live entertainment, equipment and publicity. We depend on your patronage to continue to entertain you and to provide support to musicians and poets who perform here. We are also grateful to the Light Dragoon, Etton, East Yorkshire management and staff who continue to host our club and to staff the bar, not to mention a host of people who regularly commit to get things under way!
Good news, Good News – From February 2017 the Pea will be returning to its usual slot of the First Tuesday in the month! So make a note in your diaries to keep those dates clear.
August 2016 @ 8.00pm. Our Annual East Yorkshire Musicians’ Night
“FOUR OF THE BEST”
Our annual midsummer bash once again features the talents of musicians living and working in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
This session of the Pea is being organised by Rob Nicklas and the following artists are booked to appear:
Anticlockwise from top left: Tom Kay, Lisa-Marie Glover, Graham Graham Beck (not a typo!) and Lizzie Pickering. And it’s only 4 quid!!
Tickets £4.00 are available here from WeGotTickets
September 5th 2016 @ 8.00 pm. The Hillbilly Troupe
To help us celebrate our 47th birthday we have secured the services of the fabulous Hillbilly Troupe.
- Costa del Folk (Spain)
- Galtres Parklands Festival
- Humber Street Sesh
- Hull Freedom Festival
- Hull Folk Festival
- Trinity Festival
- Gatehouse of Fleet Midsummer Festival
- C-Fab festival
Tickets £9.00 available here from WeGotTickets
October 3rd – The Nick Rooke Band – 8.00 pm
Popular Local Band led by Barnsley born Nick Rooke on guitar, banjo, vocals and Paul blackburn on violin and flute.
PR from July’s Hull Folk and Maritime Festival 2016 “Taking inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic, merging bluegrass with pirate anthems, traditional shanties and a decidedly local charm, is Driffield’s Nick Rooke Band. Originally from Barnsley, Nick was surrounded by music from an early age, joined his first band at the age of ten, and grew up playing banjo and mandolin in local ceilidh bands, all of which provided a rich compost of traditional music from which strong, deep roots have grown. His love of people and their stories inspires and fuels his song writing and his romantic outlook on the world, its wide open spaces and the sea, enriches his songs with a deeply evocative sense of place.”
Tickets £8.50 available here from WeGotTickets
November 7th at 8pm Vin Garbutt
I have long admired Vin Garbutt, the man and the music: his singing, his songs (some self-written and some carefully chosen), his integrity, his passion and his wit and wisdom that has audiences rolling in the aisles from Aberdeen to Adelaide.
WINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Live Act” Award 2001
“Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. These are just some of the superlatives used to describe Vin’s performance. This international, award winning, singer songwriter is completing his 40th year on the road. He is for ever in demand and his shows are continually sell outs. Get your tickets early!”
Vin Garbutt is one of the most sought-after and best loved performers on the music scene today. His song writing is witty and powerful, with a clear social conscience, and he is a distinctive singer, an accomplished guitarist and fine whistle player. Vin has been performing nationally and internationally, non-stop, since 1969. His songs always remain fresh and vibrant, and his repertoire is always changing. Vin is genuinely funny, and his quirky observations of life are always very much part of the act, delighting audiences everywhere.
“The diversity and controversial nature of his powerful, thought provoking self-penned songs performed with passion, integrity and a sincere belief in the subject matter earn him universal respect. Add to this his wealth of traditional songs, fun songs, fine musicianship, a zany rare wit, with introductions which could send his audiences “rolling in the aisles”, and you have the ingredients for the perfect recipe for success.” – Folk on Tap
Vin Garbutt is reputed to have said that he is not interested in becoming a big star in the accepted sense. Nevertheless in the area of music where he performs, he’s a big fish in a small pond, though what the world realised long before Vin did, was that the small pond had grown over the years into a considerable lake. Vin can fill a venue with happy, smiling faces like no other performer I know.
All this has happened without the hype from big record companies, and without the usual publicity from the mass media. He has performed all over the globe, and in parts of countries that the biggest stars will never see. This phenomenon has occurred solely by word of mouth, spread by people who have discovered him, and felt the need to share this unique experience with others.
Vin is a superb performer and a real audience-pleaser.
Tickets £12.50 available here from WeGotTickets
December 5th – Henry Priestman – 8.00pm
For the eighth year in succession we are pleased to announce that our guest for December will be Henry Priestman and friends.
“It’s absolutely brilliant…..he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
With SEVEN annual sold out Processed Pea gigs under his belt, Hedon-born Henry’s very much looking forward to returning to his favourite intimate venue. As usual he’ll be accompanied by his trusty band The Men of A Certain Age (Les Glover, and local boys Martin Peirson & Peter Robinson), and whoever else he might be able to persuade to get up and hit/play something on the night! Henry will be featuring old songs (some from his tenure in Yachts, and even a couple of The Christians’ hits that he composed), songs from his two recent solo albums, and even some newies.
In 2009, Henry (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s, and Yachts’ songs in the 70’s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” to critical acclaim, and singles from the album (including “Grey’s The New Blonde”) made it onto the Radio 2 playlist.
Proper Records released “The Last Mad Surge of Youth”, in 2014 and it garnered Henry the best reviews he’s had in 36 years of releasing records (see below), and in 2015 a live 21 track DVD was released, “Settle Down”, covering songs from his 38 years in the music biz.
Here’s what they said about the new album:
UnCut: 8/10 “…compares favourably to Ray Davies. These are heart-warming self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that he’s not done yet”
R2: **** “Clever crafted songwriting…full of proper tunes & grown-up words…a clever, wily, literate writer”
Q: ***“It’s all bound by Priestman’s songwriterly craft: some things age cannot wither”
New Zealand, Sunday Star Times ****1/2 (CD of the Week) : “unique clarity, and honesty…”
Classic Pop: **** “A lovingly crafted album…his fourth act might be his best”
New Zealand, The Dominion Post ****: “Priestman occupies the territory somewhere between Ray Davies’ sardonic take on life and Nick Lowe’s sly humour”…
“a great favourite at festivals…quirky, witty, & definitely idiosyncratic.” Mike Harding
After over 38 years in the music business – and with a credit list longer than both your arms – in 2009 Henry Priestman (having not sung since 1981!!) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” on the famous Island Records label. He followed that up in 2014 with “The Last Mad Surge of Youth”(released on Proper Records) and in 2015 put out his first live 20 track “Settle Down”, which contains 20 songs from a long and varied career.
Both albums are the sound of a man who’s seen the music world explode from punk (his band Yachts supported the Sex Pistols in ’77, and The Who on European Tour in ‘79) via pop (three million albums with The Christians; a top five single for Mark Owen) through to the digital age (soundtracks for James Bond/Xbox, BBC’s Wildlife on One, Natural World), writing/production duties with the likes of singer/songwriters Lowri Evans, Amy Wadge, Lotte Mullan, 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, even Aled Jones (who covered “At The End of the Day” the opening song from “Surge..” on his last album), and still has something worth singing about.
So in this age of genre’s, niches and “tribes”, where does Henry fit in? Amazon.com seem to think he’s folk (“Chronicles…” topped the Amazon “Folk and World” charts on it’s release), Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker described Henry’s new direction as “music for grumpy old men”, The Daily Mail said he is “a master of the rueful observation”, and elsewhere the phrase “post-punk-folk-protest” has been bandied about.
Henry Priestman’s “got form,” his “previous” including Yachts (described in Gene Sculatti’s U.S. book The Catalog of Cool as“Cole Porter Punk”!), It’s Immaterial, The Christians (writing all songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), sharing a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney, composing the title song for London West End musical “Dreamboats and Petticoats”, and even having Aled Jones cover a track on his latest album. To say nothing of a roll call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightning Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, Ian McNabb and Echo & The Bunnymen, plus vocals on Jools Holland/Tom Jones’ 2004 CD.
Tracks from his debut album (including “Grey’s The New Blond”) were playlisted at Radio 2 & featured on BBC Breakfast TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOiTSqpjhR0 and his latest “Surge…” album garnered Henry the best reviews he’s had in 37 years of releasing records.
Having discovered a new found love of live work (usually with his partner-in-crime “Loved- Up Les” Glover, mixing ramshackle chaos & tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures!) he will be touring all over the UK this year (check website: www.henrypriestman.com), and is available for housegigs too (24 housegigs booked in for 2016 already!). You could say he likes to keep busy… his last mad surge of youth perhaps?
More Press and Media quotes below.
“An album of rough-hewn charm that should appeal to listeners for whom thumping disappointment & bloody-minded stoicism are the new rock and roll” **** The Sunday Times
“A master of the rueful observation” *** The Daily Mail
“A solo album full of wit and love and disappointment and vitriol… perfect pop decorated with spikiness and anger” **** Rock n Reel
“…a welcome addition to a varied and charming back catalogue *** The NME
“This is Grumpy Old Men set to music … fantastic” The Guardian
“The Last Mad Surge of Youth is just the latest sonic jewel in nearly four decades of musical achievement for Henry Priestman” Guitarist Magazine
“A one-man musical battle against banking greed” The Independent
“It really is a fabulous album…gorgeous” Janice Long, BBC Radio 2, 10-10-09
“it’s absolutely brilliant…..he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Website : http://henrypriestman.com/
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