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.
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!
June 6th 2016 – “Loved-up” Les Glover – 8.00pm
You’ve seen him supporting Henry Priestman – now come and see him performing in his own right.
Over the last 35 years, Les has been performing, either as a solo artist or as part of a band, both in the UK and across Europe, and has several TV and radio appearances to his credit.
He has played and sung with a variety of top acts, including:
Henry Priestman (The Christians /It’s Immaterial/Yachts), Graham Gouldman (10cc), Pete Riley (Edwin McCain/Amy Wadge), Lotte Mullan, and Micaela Haslam (BBC singers/Synergy Vocals) and Gary Barlow, to name but a few. He has also supported artists such as Nick Harper, Martin Stephenson and Wreckless Eric.
He has a healthy love of all styles of music, from Hank Williams to Motorhead and an unhealthy love of 70’s Pop. Les can often be heard incorporating an interesting cover or two into his live performances.
His early band days of the late 70’s/early 80’s saw him as part of the Liverpool music scene playing at the now legendary Eric’s club, supporting the likes of The Chameleons and A Flock of Seagulls.
Having a very dynamic approach to playing, Les applies his unique style to his own original compositions. His new album ‘The Love Terrorist’ contains twelve tracks, covering a variety of subjects; from bitter sweet observations with hints of poignancy and humour, to life affirming, joyous rants, aimed at people who are old of mind but young at heart, or vice versa! The title track, looks at life through the sympathetic eyes of a man in his mid fifties, trying to come to terms with the injustices of a crazy world by offering a simple solution. ‘Behind My lens’ tells a story of unrequited love and expels ‘the grass is greener’ myth, and most middle aged men will relate to that uncomfortable mid life check-up, so eloquently described in ‘Doctor Feelbad’.
Throughout 2015 Loved up Les™ has been performing, both solo and as the right hand man and sparring partner of his musical mentor/collaborator Henry Priestman, at house gigs, music venues across the UK. He has also been approached to open with a solo spot at the 2015 ‘Folk on the Farm’ festival as well as close it alongside Henry.
Plus support in the shape of Men of a Certain Age:- Mr. Peter Robinson on bass guitar, Mr. Dez Allenby on a variety of things as well as folk instruments, Mr. Martin Peirson on guitar and mandolin and with a new member on “Cahon, Cymbal & Entry-Level Guitar” – Mr Henry Priestman!
Tickets £8.00 available here from WeGotTickets
July 4th @ 8pm – THE ALAN HULL SONGBOOK
DAVE HULL-DENHOLM and IAN THOMSON from the legendary band LINDISFARNE will explore the songbook of their colleague the late ALAN HULL .
The duo both worked alongside singer-songwriter Alan Hull who had great success in the seventies and beyond as the voice of Tyneside’s best-loved folk-rock band. It was a great shock to all the band’s fans when Hull died unexpectedly in 1995. At the time he was working on what turned out to be his final solo album with son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm – who completed the tracks ready for release. Lindisfarne continue to perform with Dave and bass player Ian Thomson in the present lineup.
Recently Dave discovered a collection of tapes in his father-in-law’s loft, that contained numerous early demos of songs that Alan never got around to releasing. The very best of these songs have now been recorded by Dave and Ian as The Alan Hull Songbook, and released on a new album ‘Some Other Time’ which the pair are now touring to promote. Some of those songs will be included in the duo’s live performances that also feature many other great Hull songs such as Lady Eleanor, Run for Home and Fog on the Tyne.
With this special set, Hull-Denholm and Thomson explore Hull’s songbook giving the very best compositions a poignant and faithful re-working demonstrating Hull’s status as ‘one of Britains finest songwriters– ever’!
Hull’s songs have been covered by many other singers including Elvis Costello who described Winter Song as one of the best songs ever written. The songs tap into all emotions –some sad, some funny, some whimsical and some about life’s frustrations- all felt and shared by their writer.
Alan Hull played at The Processed Pea several times so we welcome this opportunity to hear those superb songs again, whilst welcoming Dave and Ian back to the venue.
Tickets (£9) are available here from WeGotTickets
August 2016 @ 8.00pm. Six 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 further details will be given in the very near future but one thing is for certain – you will be in for a cracking evening’s entertainment!
Tickets will be available from the usual sources and reservations can be made as usual by ringing Stuart Bell on 01430 810669.
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
Tickets £8.50 available here from WeGotTickets
November 7th – Vin Garbutt – 8.00 pm
Further details to follow very soon.
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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