Vanity & Vision

Enjoy a wonderful film and immerse yourself in the food, music and style of the day at Mansion House.

Join CinemArts Ltd in celebrating the life of one of history’s greatest composers – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

During the evening you will enjoy a Baroque inspired meal platter and a bar will be available throughout for purchase of a range of drinks.

Saturday 16th March @ 7pm – £25

Review: No Frills – Sleaford Mods

I took a trip to Fibbers last week to see The Fall sound-a-likes The Sleaford Mods.

Prior to their arrival on stage we were treated to support act Liines (I can only assume the extra I is to make their name easier to Google). The band themselves are a 3 piece alternative, post-punk band from Manchester.

The easiest comparison to make in terms of their sound would be Gang of Four (repeated statements as lyrics and a bass which seems to be turned up to 11). The band consists of lead singer Zoe McVeigh (who looks like Justine Frischman from Elastica and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance had a love child), Tamsin Middleton on the aforementioned dirty bass and Leila O’Sullivan on drums.

I have to say, having never even heard of the band before, I was mightily impressed with their stage presence and their songs even if some of them are a little too derivative of 1980’s post punk for my liking. I would definitely recommend checking them out on whatever device you use to listen to your music.

Following the satisfying starter course of the support band, The Sleaford Mods came on for our main event of the evening. If you have never seen the band before, my only warning would be to not go in expecting all the sensory stimuli which normally comes when you see a successful band. There are no frills here; no light shows, no smoke machines, a very basic, unmoving background image on the screen behind. It is literally two men and a drum machine. The first thing to say about the band would be that Andrew Fearn has the easiest job in music from a live performance perspective. He stands there with his bottle of lager and presses play at the start of the song – that’s it! This is not a criticism by the way as I think it actually adds to the bands don’t give a shit attitude that they seem to have towards anything that could be considered as extraneous. Vocalist James Williamson has good stage presence, particularly his extensive use of what can only be described as the T-Rex arm whilst gesticulating. Suprisingly, some of his mannerisms also cross into Morrissey territory.  His ‘singing’ style can best be described as a hybrid of spoken word/ shouting/ rapping. All in all, he keeps the crowds attention well throughout their set.

The bands set consisted of many songs of their new album ‘Eton Alive’ which is a good thing as I feel this is their strongest album to date due to the increased complexity of the backing music composed by Andrew Fearn, and the introduction of some much needed melody during choruses (something which I think really helps to differentiate between songs). The new songs were punctuated by old favourites such as ‘TCR’ which seemed to have the most resonance with the live crowd.

Overall, I would definitely recommend seeing them live but I perhaps would have liked to see a bit more stage banter in between the songs to introduce the context due to the live setting the lyrics can sometimes get a bit lost in amongst all the other noise going on in the venue. This is important as the lyrics, telling the stories of everyday UK life, are the main selling point of the band.

Words by Christian Greenwood  (Presenter of Music History 101: the Story of…)

Image Credit: YelloMustang / www.fibbers.co.uk

York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition (10/03/2019)

If you listen regularly to either Information Takeaway or Yor Living Well, you will know that Juliet Powell organised York’s very first Wellbeing Day last year.

Tomorrow, you can join Juliet and a host of fantastic health & wellbeing practitioners for the inaugural York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition.

Be at Hotel du Vin York from 1:30pm tomorrow to meet, talk to and learn from:
A Global Community Of Wellness
Environment Healing
Relax Kids York and Selby with Kirsty
SHH safe healthy happy
The Happy Healing Hut
Chiropractic 1st
Finding Perspectives
Pretty Plaits

Two Rivers Radio will be live from York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition from 1:30 – 5pm, talking to the practitioners and playing the much of the great music you will have heard on Juliet’s shows over the last 18 months.

Tune in here: www.tworiversradio.stream

LGBT Mastermind 2019

Spoiler Alert!  If you are planning on listening to the LGBT Mastermind quiz at 5pm this afternoon and don’t want to know who won – stop reading now.

 

Listen live at 5pm by clicking here! HERE

There has been a wide programme of events this February in York to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history organised by York LGBT History Month, and on Thursday night last week it was marked by LGBT Mastermind. Hosted at the Corner Pin on Tanner Row, the event was based on the television programme ‘Mastermind’ and saw six contenders competing to answer the most LGBT-related general knowledge questions within two minutes. With Lisa Kelly asking the questions and Jake keeping time and score, the contenders responded to a wide range of cultural and socio-political questions, the answers to which were often rather surprising and indeed fascinating.

The event began with an exceedingly keen group of contenders and supporters singing, until everyone curbed their enthusiasm to make way for the event. The first contender, last year’s champion Annis, was up! The whole thing had to be restarted as the mood lighting – albeit magical and romantic – was slightly too dim. With this issue rectified, it was all go. Questions were asked and answered relating to all manner of things (I personally learned a lot!), such as the Stonewall Campaign, Sir Ian McKellen’s knighthood, statues of Alan Turing, York Pride, Sappho… The list goes on. There were two rounds with an interval of notable camaraderie and conviviality! Annis, CJ (who guessed LGSM to stand for Lesbian and Gay SadoMasochists), Dale, Ian, Martin, and Rebecca all had the chance of a further two minutes in the second round to cash in some more points. At the reckoning, it turned out that Annis had been knocked from the champion spot and been usurped by Ian, who emerged as victor with 15 points.

Overall, the event proved to be an immense success, with much laughter and celebration as well as discussion of serious matters concerning LGBT history which the event aimed to address. I had some very illuminating conversation with participants and supporters alike both in the interval and after the event when the group remained for a while for a jovial chat. Congratulations to Ian, the LGBT Mastermind 2019 champion!

 

Picture & words credit: Claudia L. Wardle

24 Hours of D&D – for Charity!

Two Rivers Radio presenter of What Rock?, is taking part in a big charity event this weekend.  He and friends will be playing Dungeons and Dragons for 24 hours straight from 5pm tonight.

The event will be raising money for Special Effect, who make video game controllers for disabled people (mainly children) so that they can play video games in the same way an able bodied person could.

Follow the link HERE to learn more!!

Schedule – 18/02/2019

Tune into Two Rivers Radio today from midday.

www.tworiversradio.stream

Your local #communityradio station bringing you the best in music, talk and more!

Midday – 2pm – The Lunchtime Rush with Declan Minskip

2pm – 3pm – Fasil Demsash presents Black York

3pm – 4pm – Beats ‘n Pieces (repeat of last week’s show)

4pm – 5pm – Yor Living Well with Juliet Powell

5pm – 6pm – The Connoisseur’s Stash with Will Son Tomm. The very best in rock ‘n roll – the music and the lesser-told stories.

6pm – 7pm – Graham Blueskies hosts a special edition of the Blueskies Roadshow with a very special guest

7pm – 8pm – Music History 101: the Story of Grandmaster Flash. Christian Simon charts the ups and downs of another legend!

Two Rivers Radio broadcasts every Monday from our pop-up studio at The corner pin. Tune in here: www.tworiversradio.stream

Schedule 11/02/2019

Good morning people of York! Its Monday 11th January and we have some fantastic programmes lined up for you today. Tune in from midday here: www.tworiversradio.stream

Midday – 1pm – The Lunchtime Rush
An eclectic mix of chat and music from Declan Minskip to kick-start your week.

1-2pm – Ask York
We will be repeating one of our fantastic episodes from the Two Rivers Radio archive.

2-3pm – #LGBT Hour
Yo, LGBT Hour returns today – This month the discussion is around HIV & AIDS from the 1980s to present day with special guest Ben Arnup and lots of great #music too

3-4pm – What Rock?
This week on What Rock? It’s a birthday special as Alex & Sam celebrate Sam‘s 21st by looking at bands from around his home town, Manchester.
Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester Music

4-5pm – That 80s Show with Lisa Kelly
Hey, Lisa is back again with “That 80s Show” …awesome tunes from #Bowie#Madonna#U2 and many more….but what was the month that all of these tunes were first released?

5-6pm – Catch A Fire
We will be replaying 1 hour of some fine reggae/dub/dancehall from York’s aficionado’s. This is form the archives and #strictlyvinyl.

6-7pm – Rosey’s Time Capsule
Join Rose Drew for just another day, eh? Not so fast! On or around this day, Tiberius died and cleared the way for Nero to seize control of Rome. I’m sure we can have a great chat on modern dictators that, while not as depraved sexually as Nero, are certainly fiddling while our planet burns. However! Rose will be searching out happy, cheerful events from the past to talk about at 6pm. After all, who wants to listen about the US Pres while they’re starting to think about an evening meal?

7-8pm – Soul Funktion
Soul Funktion returns for its new monthly slot between 8 and 9p.m. with this month David Johnson focusing on ‘Soul Divas’. An hour dedicated to great female soul singers. There will be music from Anita Baker, Randy Crawford, Chaka Khan, The Jones Girls and of course a show like this has to include Aretha Franklin! With Valentines looming this week there will be one or two tunes to get you in the mood for ‘loooove’❤️

8-9pm – Breaking York
This week Graham will be joined by singer/songwriter Colin Cutler.
We’ll be playing some of Colin’s own songs and some songs that have inspired him over the years, whilst chatting about what brought him to #York, Where you can hear him play live, which other musicians does he likes from the local scene, that sort of thing. And of course we’ll be asking the really difficult questions like what setting does he use on his tumble dryer and has he ever dried his socks in the microwave?
Yes we ask the tough, topical questions! Get your ears Cutlerated for an hour.

9-10pm – Beats ‘n Pieces
Another hour of epic beats and sexy syncopation from Jonah Hebron.#hiphop

10-11pm – (Late) Mr Judge to You!
“THE FINAL HOUR OF THE FINAL HOUR!”… The Late Mr Judge To You will be a little less late following today’s show… when we will move to a new 9 till 10 slot… The last of the ‘last hour’ will be marked by a veritable cornucopia of “Radio Quiet” musical monuments, to calm and collect us as we trade our Monday trials, tests, follies and grind for the mystical world of deep night, dark dreams and sleepy secrets in the very last last hour… (until the next one!!)

Tune in and enjoy from midday ’til 11pm today. Please like, share and comment on our content.

Two Rivers Radio is a no-for-profit community radio station for the people of York, by the people of York, in the heart of York.

We broadcast every Monday from a pop-up studio at The corner pin on Tanner Row. Feel free to join us at the bar or tune in online: www.tworiversradio.stream

Two Rivers Radio does need your support and we will be very happy to accept donations or offer advertising/sponsorship opportunities to local businesses.

If you would like to support Two Rivers Radio or would like to get involved email us: tworiversradio@gmail.com

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Help! I’m Trapped In The Body Of An Adequate Comedian!

This is the cry for help from York stand-up comedian, Jake Donaldson.

Comedian Jake Donaldson presents his debut solo hour!

Jake mixes stand-up and storytelling in this show, which explores what really goes on inside his head.

A hilarious hour of comedy about what its like to live with a mental health condition from this up-and-coming comic who is fresh from his debut year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was one of the Huffington Post’s “Ten Must See New Acts at The Edinburgh Fringe.

With support from a selection of the best local, up-and-coming comics on the circuit!

Also named one of “The best comedy show titles at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe” by British Comedy Guide.

Jake will be joining Declan Minskip for the Lunchtime Rush on Monday 14th January.  Make sure to tune in between midday and 1pm!  www.tworiversradio.stream

As heard on BBC Radio Leeds and Radio Yorkshire.

 “… a comedian not to be missed. Incredibly funny and down to earth.”

 

Saturday 19th January @ The Basement, York

Doors open 7:30pm, Show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £7 (£5 Students) and are available from the Basement website http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/jake-donaldson