July 30, 2008

Top Folk Names at Processed Pea

The pick of the pod will be on show when the Processed Pea folk club returns to Light Dragoon Pub, in Etton, near Beverley, next week.

The club, which meets every month, will host a night celebrating the cream of Yorkshire's acoustic talent on Tuesday, August 5. Among the acts lined up to appear will be performers who have already shone in support slots at the club, including Joe Solo, Like A Thief and Rob Nicklas, as well as Graham Brady and Emily Rowley, who will be given the chance to impress as headliners.

Club organiser Martin Peirson, said: "We are regularly impressed with the high standard of musicians that turn up at The Processed Pea to do support slots - and occasionally like to turn the spotlight on them for the whole evening.

"We've picked four acts that complement each other well and have no doubt that we'll have a fantastic night with the line-up. Three of them have played here before and to make it extra special we've got a debut Etton appearance for Like A Thief, aka Holly Jazz Lowe, who will be playing a full night here later in the year."

The Processed Pea has remained a consistently popular attraction on the East Riding music scene since it started in 1969, attracting an impressive collection of big name stars. Martin added that many of the newer acts appearing next week could also go on to find wider fame and popularity.

"One of the reasons for its continued success is the diversity of acts that play at The Processed Pea," says Martin. "With a planned mixture of established acts and new names, audiences can always expect quality.

"I find it as exciting programming some of the new names as the more established ones - there is so much young talent out there. It's always a joy when audiences leave with smiles on their faces after taking a chance with new names with little more than our recommendation to go on. There's a spark you can feel in the air when someone new takes to the stage and wins over an audience - something to tell your friends about the next day."

Martin added that there was a certain strength and depth in the region's music scenes at the moment - which is reflected in the quality of the Pea performers.

"The current acoustic music scene in the area is incredibly vibrant," he says. "We seem to have a very confident generation with a voice to be heard.

"Having recently seen some of the young musicians at Cottingham Springboard and Beverley Festival I'm convinced it's a really positive time for our songwriters and performers."

The Processed Pea takes place at The Light Dragoon Pub, Etton, near Beverley, on Tuesday, August 5, at 8.30pm. Tickets cost pounds7. Call (01430) 810669.

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