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THE ROSSE
62 BINGLEY ROAD
SALTAIRE
WEST YORKSHIRE
BD18 4SD


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Saturday 27th January 2018



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OTHER FUTURE GIGS
Our gig list is constantly changing and is updated regularly.
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YOUR VIEWS AND COMMENTS
We would really appreciate the views and comments of the people who look at our web site.
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Go to the "Contact Us" page and use the E-mail to send us a message
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We are also on Facebook
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The link below will take you to a selection of videos filmed by Colin Crabtree at The Ashfield Club on 14th April 2012
Colin has a site called Camera Colin where there are hundreds of videos of bands that he has filmed around the Huddersfield area.

Click here to go to Splash Alley @ The Ashfield on You Tube

Click here to go to Splash Alley @ The Will O Nats on You Tube

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WE WILL PUT ANY SUITABLE PHOTOS
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BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE

As many of you may know we played the Bingley Live Music Festival on 1st September 2007

Click on the links below and view video recordings from
Bingley Music Live Festival on YOU TUBE

Track 1 :- ALL RIGHT NOW

Track 2 :- HERE I GO AGAIN

Track 3 :- JUMP

Track 4 :- SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG

Track 5 :- SWEET CHILD O MINE

Track 6 :- WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE

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ROCK YER SOCKS OFF IN ROYSTON
25.11.17
THE KLONDYKE
ROYSTON

We love playing at this venue.

We were told that recently the attendance was at an all time low with only a few punters turning up.
We were prepared for a poor attendance and we were surprised when a good sized audience showed up.
We had a cracking gig and we hope that people turn up and support other bands and the venue.
They have rebooked us fortwo more gigs in 2018 and hopefully the club can survive for us to return.

The punters will have to "Use it or lose it".

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A CRACKER IN CULLINGWORTH
17.11.17
THE FLEECE INN
CULLINGWORTH

What a cracker of a gig this turned out to be.
A full pub
Lots of people dancing and singing along with the songs

A fantastic gig !.

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AT THE BARGE FOR BREAKOUT
04.11.17
THE BARGE
BRIGHOUSE

We've not played this venue for a few years
Aarrens other band Breakout were unable to do this gig due to an injury sustained by Gav theie keyboard player.
We agreed to cover the gig for them but we also had to call in Derek Bridge to stand in on drums as Ian was not available to do the gig.

What a fantastic gig we had.
The crowd loved it, Dancing and singing along with the band.
Several musician friends of ours also turned up for the gig.

Probably one of the best gigs we've had this year.


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SPLASH IN SELBY
20.10.17
THE BLACKAMOOR HEAD
SELBY

Our First ever gig at this pub.
The pub is in the centre of Selby near to the abbey.
There are several other pubs and venues close by.
Punters are constantly moving between them so we had a constantly changing audience.
The people were really out to enjoy themselves.
A good gig
We will back here again in the new year

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MUSIC AT THE MINERS
26.08.17
THE MINERS ARMS
MORLEY

Second gig here this year .

A good gig but would be better with few more punters.
Those who were there enjoyed it and we enjoyed it too.

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ROCKIN THE ROSSE
12.08.17
THE ROSSE
SALTAIRE

ts a few years since we last played at the Rosse.
The place was rammed with people.
We had a fantastic night.
The landlord was so impressed that he has rebooked us for another three dates in 2018

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WOODBOTTOM FAMILY FUN DAY
06.08.17
WOODBOTTOM WMC
BAILDON

The club provided this event free for everyone
Food, beer, ice creams, bouncy castles, raffles, races,
Topped off with two sets of classic rock music from Splash Alley

A great day filled with fun for everyone.

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THACKLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
05.08.17
THE COMMERCIAL INN
THACKLEY

This was the 2nd year of this festival.

We had a great time doing the sound for the other acts on this event.

Hoards of people turned up to enjy the sunshine music and beer.
Splash Alley once again headlined the festival.

We are booked to do it all again in 2018.


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ROCKIN IN ROYSTON
22.07.17
THE KLONDYKE
ROYSTON

This is a venue dedicated to live music

The punters love their rock nights
And we love playing here

Can't wait to return again later on in the year

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ROCKIN THE BRIDGE AGAIN
07.07.17
THE BRIDGE TAVERN
BRADFORD

Weve lost count of the number of times weve played here.

Always a good gig.
Hosts Fred & Sam have run this pub for donkeys years.
They are great supporters of live music as are the punters.

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LATE GIG AT THE LEPTON LIB
10.06.17
THE LEPTON LIBERAL WMC
HUDDERSFIELD

We took this gig with a couple of days notice
Our friends in Suicide Blonde were unable to do the gig so we helped them and the venue by standing in.
We love playing at this venue.
We had a great gig and managed to make a few of the punters jump with our pyrotechnics, LOL

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GUISELEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 10th ANNIVERSARY
12.05.17
THE STATION
GUISELEY

We played at the first ever Guiseley Music Festival
We also played at several other Guiseley Music Festivals over the first few years

This festival has now established itself as a well attended annual event.
As this was the tenth year of this festival it was fitting that Splash Alley played this event.

May the Guiseley music festival continue for many years to come.

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ROCKIN THE INN
12.05.17
THE COMMERCIAL INN
THACKLEY

Another visit to this great little pub

Always an enjoyable gig for us
Quite a few of our regular followers were in attendance.

We are back here another couple of times this year.


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MUSIC AT THE MINERS
05.05.17
THE MINERS ARMS
MORLEY

Our First ever gig at this pub.
The people who attended the gig enjoyed themselves.
Landlord Paul is hoping that the live bands will eventually bring in more punters.
A good gig
We are back here again later in the year

Hopefully ther will be a bigger audience next time.

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TOUR DE YORKSHIRE FUN DAY
30.04.17
THE HALFWAY HOUSE
BAILDON

We supplied the PA for this event.

The event started with a 65 piece rock choir. (That was a bit of a challenge!).

Then there were numerous other acts on (Guitar vocalists, duos, trios, bands)

They all sounded amazing through our big PA system.

Splash Alley had agreed to headline the show and disaster struck part way through their first song when Ian managed to bust his snare drum skin.
This mishap would not normally be a major problem as he usually has a spare skin with him but he forgot to bring one.
We could not borrow a snare drum from any of the bands who had played earlier as their drummers had left the event.
The band could not continue their set so Aarren played a few solo numbers on his own to keep the punters happy.

Well done Aarren.

Ian (Basher Barnes) dont forget to bring spares with you in future.

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ALRIGHT AT THE ANGEL
18.03.17
THE ANGEL
BOLTON ON DEARNE

A new venue for us.
A very nice pub with a proper music room.
Punters were a bit thin on the ground but those who were there enjoyed it.
Hopefully there will be a bigger audience next thie we play here

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BACK AT THE BRIDGE
11.02.17
THE BRIDGE TAVERN
BRADFORD

Last week we at played one of our biggest venues @ PONTINS SOUTHPORT.

This week its one of the smallest venues we play

Size does not matter to us, BIG or small we like em all.
We've been gigging at The Bridge for years and years.
Great little venue.Landlady Sam & husband Fred are great people

Great punters who like their live bands,
Great Gig !

We are back here again later in the year.

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HEADLINING @ PONTINS
04.02.17
THE ORIGINAL CRUISERS RALLY WITH A CHALET
PONTINS SOUTHPORT

This bikers rally had three days/nights of live bands.

We were booked to headline the event on the final night.

We set up and sound checked at lunchtime
Charlie Brown (The Event Supremo) then asked us if we could do an extra set in the afternoon as one of the acts had cancelled.
We were more than happy to help him out as he always looks after us well at his events.

In the evening two other bands did a set each before it was our turn to play.

Judging by the audience reactions, the cheers, applause and the full dance floor the Rally loved Splash Alley
the set lasted well over two hours, must have been one of the longest sets we've played in years.

During the set we set off 16 pyrotechnics, bangs galore.

Awesome gig ! ! ! !

LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THIS GIG CAN BE FOUND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE


Click here to go to our Facebook page




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LOVE THE LOCKWOOD
21.01.17
THE LOCKWOOD
HUDDERSFIELD

Our First gig of 2017
We love playing here.
The punters love their classic rock
Always a good gig

Great Venue and a Great Crowd.

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A DEP DRUMMIST IN DECEMBER
16.12.16
THE COMMERCIAL INN
THACKLEY

Ian has had an operation on his knee so we had to get someone to dep on the drums.

Our friend Derek Bridge who spent many years touring with Black Onyx kindley agreed to help us out.

Derek did a great job and we are very grateful for his help.

Ian will be out of action for several weeks and Derek has agreed to stand in for him.

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ROCKIN AGAIN AT THE KLONDYKE
12.11.16
THE KLONDYKE
ROYSTON WMC
BARNSLEY

Back at the Klondyke again.

They like their Rock here

The band did two great sets and a coupe of encores

We are back here again a coupe of times in 2017

Come and join us !

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LOVE IT AT THE LION
07.10.16
THE LION
CASTLEFORD

Our second visit to this well known live music venue.

Its a fantastic Venue
Aarren was ill so Jack Rowe deputised for him
Jack did a Great job and he said that he really enjoyed it

The crowd were great

Belter of a Gig.

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DOWN AT THE DALTON
10.09.16
THE DALTON
HUDDERSFIELD

First ever visit to this venue

Not a lot of punters attending but those who came enjoyed it
It was a good gig despite the low attendance.

Ian was ill so Des Price did the drumming and did a great job. Thanks Des !


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HELLO CAMPERS !
07.05.16
BRADFORD & BINGLEY SPORTS CLUB
BINGLEY

The club provide camping facilities for people going to Bingley Music Live
Hundreds camp on the Sports club grounds
We were the entertainment for the After Event Party.

The club was packed and everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves.
A great gig !

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FAIRLY WELL ENDOWED BIKERS RALLY
12.08.16
CROW EDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE
HUDDERSFIELD

We love playing at bikers events
The bikers always enjoy themselves at their rallies and this gig was no exception

The place was really rockin.

We had lots of compliments paid to us

A most satisfying Gig

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THACKLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
06.08.16
COMMERCIAL INN
THACKLEY

Only a week has passed and here we are back at The Commercial Inn
This time we are outside on the car park supplying the PA system for the Thackley Music Festival.

Some really good acts performed at this event and Splash Alley headlined

Landlord Gary Rayner has booked us to do the festival again in 2017


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FUN AT THE INN
30.07.16
THE COMMERCIAL INN
THACKLEY

Our first ever visit to this pub

The band play in a seperate room to the one where the audience is.
It seemed a bit strange at first but we soon got used to it

It turned out to be quite a fun gig.

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ROCKIN THE LOCKWOOD
23.06.16
THE LOCKWOOD
HUDDERSFIELD

Its been awhile since we last played at this venue.
Punters were a bit thin on the ground at first but the pub eventually filled up.

Towards the end of the evening we even had girls dancing on top of a flight case.
A cracking gig.

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WOODY'S 50th
25.06.16
THE WOODEND
SHIPLEY

50th birthday bash for Trevor Wood.

Trev is a regular follower of the band.

Lots of family and friends turned up to join in the celebrations.

A very enjoyable gig.

Oh almost forgot......Happy 50th Trevor

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LIVE AT THE LION
17.06.16
THE LION
CASTLEFORD

Our first ever visit to this well known live music venue.

Great Venue

Great Punters

Great Landlady

Great Gig.

We are back here again later in the year.

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FAREWELL TO THE CONNIE
10.06.16
THE CONISTON
IDLE

This was the penultimate gig before the closure of the Coniston.

As attendances at this fantastic venue have dwindled over the last few years Graeme & Marleen Warren have reluctantly decided to call time and move on to pastures new.

It's sad that The Connie is closing down and following the footsteps of so many other live music venues.
We will miss the Coniston as we have had loads of great gigs here over the years.

Although tonights gig was tinged with sadness we rocked the place and everyone had a good time.
We let more pyrotechnics off that we normally do so that the gig went off with an extra special bang.....
Well quite a few extra special bangs actually....LOL

We had a great gig.
It's a great pity its our last ever gig at The Coniston.
We will also miss Graeme & Marleen who are without doubt the best landlord and landylady we know.

We wish Graeme & Marleen Good Luck and lots of success in their new venture.





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ROYSTON ROCKS
07.05.16
THE KLONDYKE
ROYSTON

Our second visit to this venue.
Its a great venue for bands.
Good sized stage, and a good sized room!
They like their classic rock music here

What a great gig....Great Venue with lovely staff and a Great Crowd.

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PYRO MAD
19.03.16
THE CONISTON
IDLE

We went a bit mad with the pyros tonight.
Loads of bangs ,flashes and smoke.

As always it was a great night at The Connie.

A lot of new faces and great comments from a lot of them.
Lots said they will be attending more Splash Alley gigs in future.

Thats what we like to hear !

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THE FIRST GIG OF 2016
12.03.16
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

We love playing at this club
The audience was a bit depleted tonight and the room was only about half full
Evidently there had been a dispute between some of the committee and members
This resulted in them boycotting the club by staying away
Those who came stayed and enjoyed themselves
Hopefully the disptes will be sorted out before we return later in the year


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BRIAN'S BIRTHDAY BASH
28.11.15
THE CONISTON
IDLE

Brian's birthday bash at the Connie.

The weather was terrible.
We got soaked loading the gear in.
We didnt expect many punters to turn up as the rain continued to pour down.
Once again our followers didnt let us down.
Lots turned up and everyone enjoyed themselves.
We made a few people jump when we set the pyros off...LOL!

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ROCKIN IN ROYSTON
18.10.15
THE KLONDYKE ROYSTON WMC
BARNSLEY

Nice venue, nice crowd
They clapped and cheered after every song
When we asked them to sing along with some songs they sang.
The crowd were amazing

We are back here again twice in 2016

If you want a really enjoyable night come to one of these gigs

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ROCKIN THE RALLY
15.10.15
THE ORIGINAL CRUISERS HALLOWEEN ROCK WEEKEND
PONTINS HOLIDAY CENTRE
SOUTHPORT

What an absolutely fantastic gig.

We have to say a big thank you to the Original Cruisers for their hospitality.
They fed us and provided us with two chalets to stay in.

PA and lighting was provided so we didnt have to take all of our gear.
Hopefully we can do it again next year.

Click here to see a video

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BACK IN BINGLEY
02.10.15
THE BINGLEY TAVERN
BINGLEY

This pub was called The Old Queens Head last time we played here
Now has new owners and has been refurbished.

We started the first set and Aarren's pedal board developed a fault.
He managed to rectify the fault after a few minutes though.

We had a fair sized audience who thorougly enjoyed the night.

Hopefully we will return here in the future.

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EXPLOSIVE NIGHT
26.09.15
THE CONISTON
IDLE

Our 3rd visit to the Connie this year.

The night might have started quietly with the place only partly filled.
We had a surprise for the audience later on.
Because we started later obviously we finished later too

Right at the end of the last set we unleashed our surprise.

PYROTECHNICS

FLASH.....BANG.....LOADS OF SMOKE.

A woman sat just in front of the sound desk said "Bloody hell I shit mesen...thought it was a terrorist attack"

Pyros....What a great way to end a show!

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15.08.15
JEREMYS AT THE BOATHOUSE
BRIGHOUSE

We were asked to do this gig by Adrian Scaife as his band Rewind had to cancel late on Thursday as a band member had to travel south due to a member of his family having a medical emergency.

When we arrived at the venue we were told that we could set up but could not sound check until 9pm as a lot of were dining.
After a quick sound check We started our first set at 9.30.
The crowd were loving it and as we neared the end of the set the power failed.
It took about ten minutes to rectify the power problem and we decided to go straight back on and continue with an extended second set.
The second set went down a bomb with the crowd.
They were dancing and singing along with the songs, applauding and cheering.

What a great gig....Great Venue with lovely staff and a Great Crowd.

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QUIET AT THE KEYS
14.08.15
THE CROSS KEYS
MORLEY

Our second visit to the Cross Keys
Despite doing loads of advertising on Facebook it was a low attendance by the punters.
Those who did turn up enjoyed themselves and were applauding and cheering after every song.
The Landlord Colin has really transformed this venue since aquiring it
Great in house PA and lighting has been installed.
What the place needs is plenty of regular customers but they didnt turn up tonight

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WORRA GOOD DAY
08.08.15
THE BIG DAY OUT
THE LITTLE BLUE ORANGE
BAILDON

This was a charity fundraiser for the Alzheimers Society
We supplied the PA for this outdoor event
We also played a set

A pretty good turn out of punters enjoyed the day sat in the sunshine watching the bands.
An enjoyable day for everyone.
And some useful funds raised for a good cause.




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HAD A BALL AT THE HALL
01.08.15
OWLET HALL SOCIAL CLUB
SHIPLEY

A very local gig for us.
Quite a few of our regular followers came to the gig but a lot of regular faces were absent.
The missing regulars might have been away on holiday
Or it might have been the door charge that kept them away.
We still enjoyed the gig and we had a surprise for the punters at the very end of the show.

FLASH!....BANG!....LOTS OF SMOKE!

The first live trial of our new Pyrotechnics.

THERE WILL BE MORE OF THIS AT FUTURE GIGS!

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ANOTHER ONE DOWN AT THE CROWN
18.07.15
THE OLD CROWN
PUDSEY

Our second visit this year to this venue
It was not as busy as our last gig here.
Still plenty of punters in though.
Lots of happy people enjoying the music
Yet another good gig.

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GOLDEN OLDIE AT THE GOLDEN FLEECE
11.07.15
THE GOLDEN FLEECE
LEEDS

Our first ever visit to this venue.
When we arrived the place was already buzzing with a birthday party which had been going on for some time.
We were well on the way to completing the setting up when a special visitor arrived.
An original member of Splash Alley who emigrated over the pond many years ago.
Allen Hepworth all the way from Sandiago in the USA where he now lives.
It was great that Allen got to see and hear the band on this visit to the UK.
In the past when he has visited the UK the bands gigs have not coincided with his visits.

We had a good gig at the Golden Flecce and hope to be back again soon.

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THE HUT SHOOK
20.06.15
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB
(THE IDIOT HUT)
OXENHOPE
Nr KEIGHLEY

Our second visit of this year to Oxenhope.
It really rocked and the hut definately shook
Des Price was invited on stage to play the drums for the final number "Whole Lotta Rosie"
Another great gig at the Idiot Hut.

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LATE N LOUD
06.06.15
THE CONISTON
IDLE

Our 2nd visit to the Connie this year.

Although there were a few people in quite early doors we decided to delay playing until the pub filled up a bit more.
It seems that people go out much later these days.
It was worth waiting as a lot more people arrived.
Because we started later obviously we finished later too
Later, Loud, Loved it.

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LOVED US AT LINDLEY
16.05.15
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
LINDLEY

We've played here several times before
We had a little difficulty setting the gear up because the big screen was on for the Sky football.
Once the game finished we completed the setting up of the gear and did a quick soundcheck
We were using the new Roland M300 digital mixer and stageboxes which made everything much easier.

The audience loved the first set and they were cheering and applauding after every song.
After a short break for the punters to play their stand up/sit down game of bingo we started the 2nd set.
More shouting, cheering and lots of applause from the audience.
Two enchores and more cheering etc.

They loved us, and we loved them.
The concert secretary wants to rebook us and a member of the audience also booked us for his 60th birthday party.

Quality gig, Quality Venue, Quality Audience!

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CROWDED CROWN
09.05.15
THE OLD CROWN
PUDSEY

Our first visit to this venue
What a great little venue.
Full of people who love rock music.
Great landlady and staff.

The landlady was a little bit frightened when she saw all the flightcases being taken oit of the truck.
Her fears were soon laid to rest once we had set the gear up.
What a fantastic gig
A full pub, Cheers and applause after every song.Lots of shouts for more
Cant wait to come back here in July

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LOW KEY
24.04.15
THE CROSS KEYS
MORLEY

Our first visit to the Cross Keys
A very good in house PA & lights meant that we didnt have to take too much of our own gear.

We had advertised the gig well and so had the venue
Unfortunately the attendance by punters was poor
It was a bit disappointing that more people didnt attend.
Those who attended were treated to the usual Splash Alley show
For those who missed it we hope to see you at our next visit to the Cross Keys.




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A SMALL LIFT UP & DOWN
05.04.15
FIRTH PARK WMC
SHEFFIELD

Our first ever visit to this club.
We were aware that the concert room was on the first floor but there was a lift to get the gear up.
With the amount of gear we have we really were thankful for the lift.
As the lift was only small we could not get the flightcases in it
We had to empty each fligtcase and put the contents of each case in the lift seperately.
It took us over an hour just to get the gear up to the concert room.

It was well worth the effort.
Lovely concert room with a decent size stage
It was nice to see a good crowd who liked their rock music
A really enjoyable gig.

Then after packing the gear down we had another hour of getting the gear back down to the car park in the lift.

WE WERE THANKFUL FOR THE SMALL LIFT

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CRACKER AT THE CONNIE
14.03.15
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD

Its always a good gig at the Coniston
Tonights gig was no exception

We had a few technical problems with the gear but the punters never knew about them.

There were quite a few people using their phones to video the band.
It would be good if anyone who has these videos could put them on Facebook for everyone to see.
Or send them to us by email to info@splashalley.co.uk and we'll add them to our Facebook page.

Yet another cracker of a gig at The Coniston.

See you all at the next one !

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POWER PROBLEM AT THE PLAYERS BAR
06.02.15
THE PLAYERS BAR
WAKEFIELD

This gig was cancelled by the venue at short notice due to a major problem with their electricity supply
The venue have promised to reshedule our gig for a later date
Apologies to anyone who turned up at the venue expecting to see us
Please keep your eyes on our gig listings and news page for the resheduled date.

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HOT AT THE HUT
31.01.15
THE IDIOT HUT
OXENHOPE

Our first gig of this year
This gig was for the stewards leaving party
The Idiot Hut (Oxenhope Social Club) was packed with people from start to finish
What a belter of a gig this was
What a great start to our 2015 gigs

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COMPETITION FOR THE CONNIE
06.12.14
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD

Two other live music venues in Idle had bands on tonight.
The bands at both of these other venues usually both attract a good amount of punters.
As it turned out it did not make any difference to the Coniston because it was full as usual.
We played until well after our normal finishing time

A great gig and a great way to end our gigs for this year.

We are back at the Coniston again in 2015

See you all in the new year !

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ANOTHER BIRTHDAY BASH
29.11.14
THE TURF
BRADFORD



Another birthday for Brian
Loads of people turned up
Yet another cracking gig at the Turf

Dont know if we will be back here in 2015 as the pub might not be continuing with live bands
Evidently the neighbours are complaining about the noise
We had to finish playing by 11.30 to avoid getting any complaints

Why do people move into a house near a pub and then start complaining?
Especially when the pub (with its live music)has been there longer than they have

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BULL ROCKS
15.11.14
THE BLACK BULL
SUTTON IN CRAVEN

We had been told by Steve (The landlord) that the Saturday live band nights had not been very busy for the last few weeks.
It was therefore a pleasant surprise when the pub filled with people.
And it stayed that way all night.
Another great gig at the Black Bull.
Thanks to everyone who came to the gig.

We hope to be back at this venue in 2015 but that will depend on who becomes the new landlord as Steve and his wife are moving to Tenerife in the new year.
We wish them all the best for the future.


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SPARSE AT HOLLYGARTH
03.10.14
HOLLYGARTH SOCIAL CLUB
ILKLEY

We were very disappointed with the sparse audience at this gig.
Despite our constant promotion of this gig on Facebook and the venue putting lots of our posters around in Ilkley
Only a handfull of local people turned up.
Some family and friends of the band attended and outnumbered the other punters.

We were told that quite a few of the regulars were attending an event elsewhere
As our gig had a door charge people may have opted to attend a free gig in the town centre

Whatever the reasons were we did what we were paid to do by entertaining those who came to see us.

The show must go on even if the audience was sparse at Hollygarth.

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ILL AT THE IDIOT HUT
27.09.14
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB
(THE IDIOT HUT)
OXENHOPE

Our full time drummist Ian was ill with a torn back muscle
His Torn muscle was probably caused by lifting his wallet, Ha Ha
We had to call on our retired drummist Derek (Des) Price to play the drums
Des didnt have far to travel as he only lives round the corner from the club.
Ian still turned up to support the band even though he was walking like a cripple...that's dedication

Brian (Sound & Lighting Engineer) was also unwell with what was probably mild food poisoning.
He must have eaten something that was iffey the night before whilst working at Barnsley on the Toyah Willcox gig.

The show must go on and Brian still did his job on the mixing desk.....more dedication.

Although the club was not full to capacity those who attended were treated to a great show
Des played a blinder....Well done Des.
And well done to the rest of the band too.

Another great gig at the Idiot Hut.

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LOUD AT LEPTON
20.09.14
THE ASHFIELD CLUB
LEPTON

We've played here quite a few times

The've changed the layout a bit since the last time we were here
The area where the band used to set up is now occupied by pool tables.
Now the bands have to set up facing the bar which does cause a few problems with sound levels.
Don't really know how the bar staff cope with the bands playing straight at them.
We tried to keep the volume down as much as possible and we didnt get any complaints so it must have been OK.

We had a good gig, we enjoyed it, the punters enjoyed it.

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MAKEUP4STACE
06.09.14
THE CONISTON
IDLE

We decided to turn this gig into a bit of a fundraiser for Stacey Mowle.
Our lead guitarist Aarren is Stacey's uncle and we were keen to join the MAKEUP4STACE appeal.

The band all had womens make up applied by Aarrens wife Kim.





We did a bucket collection and raised £92.14.

Thanks to everyone who contributed.


We had a great gig and the review below appeared on Facebook the next morning.


This is a review of our gig at the Coniston in Idle which was written by Keith Foxton and posted on his Facebook page.

With time short, we, Dale, Sharon, and me, decided to miss our visit to see “Big Fish” because it had only been 2 weeks since we’d seen them. As fast as permitted, we dashed across Bradford to The Conniston. Seemed like only yesterday since we’d been there.
The place was packed to the rafters. Thought it had been packed last night, but now it was sardine time. How do I describe “Splash Alley”? Well, if you’ll pardon my teutonic English, “WOW, fucking WOW” This is where I get into trouble again. With the same problem that the critics must have had in the 60’s with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and all the other groups, I have to make the bold and arguable statement that, Splash Alley are perhaps the best ‘live’ band in England.

It was worth going if only as a tech geek to see all their equipment and lighting gear. Their sound balance was simply bang on. Their musicianship was beyond criticism, with a tightness I haven’t heard in a very long time. Their 2 tons of equipment must have taken all afternoon to set up, and worth every minute. Often I pick out one of the band as exceptional, but in this case, it is impossible, they were all amazing. Each and every song was recreated to perfection. These included, Bonjovi, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Free, and loads more. This band is so in depth and experienced, I can’t attempt to describe how fantastic they are. It amazes me to realise that I saw a band of this calibre at a free venue. Anywhere else in the world I would have expected to pay £50 plus. For those of you who like all the background facts, I recommend a visit to their website www.splashalley.co.uk. Like their presentation and equipment, it is the best site I have visited for band info and news. If by some miracle, you haven’t seen this band, add them to your bucket list. Just try to keep me away from their future gigs.

One little point I almost forgot, it was a lovely surprise to bump into Neville Keighley there. I say surprise because Neville sings such laid back songs that I never expected him to be a fellow head banger. And, thanks once again to Jon Matley for suggesting I saw Splash Alley, and a little of the background info, and hi to Andy for the indepth chat. See you guys at the next gig.

We dont actually know who Keith Foxton is but we would like to thank him for coming to our gig and for writing this review.

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BRILL AT BURLEY
16.08.14
BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE SOCIAL CLUB
ILKLEY

It must be at least 25 years since we last played at this club
It was called the Burley Rifle Club back then.
Its obviously been modernised in recent years.
Nice decor,dance floor with seating around it and raised seating area beyond.

We got a standing ovation after the sound check from some punters who were in early.

Lots of compliments after the first set.
Standing ovation and two encores at the end of the night.

What a brilliant gig.

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SMITHYWOOD SQUEEZE
09.08.14
SMITHYWOOD WMC
SHEFFIELD

This was a late replacement gig for us as the gig we had booked elsewhere was cancelled.
We have never been to this club before

Other musicians contacted us on Facebook and warned us that we might not be able to get our truck round to the load in entrance.
This was because the stage is at the rear of the club and the access passage to it is very narrow.
It was a bit of a squeeze with only inches to spare but we managed it.

What we could have done with was a lot less spare space on the seats in the concert room.
Its a big room and unfortunately there were not enough punters to fill it.

On the plus side....those who were there enjoyed themselves

And they showed their appreciation by shouting for MORE......

Three encores ! ! !

Lots of great comments from members of the audience and committee members.
Con Sec asking for our contact details to rebook us straight after the sound check.
Hopefully the club will be fuller when we return.

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HOT TURF
26.07.14
THE TURF
BRADFORD

It was a scorching evening outside

Those who managed to tear themselves away from their BBQs were treated to some hot rock

It was Hot in the Turf

Hot Rock !

The Splash Alley crowd turned up once again and made it another epic gig

A most enjoyable gig again at The Turf

Thanks for coming everyone.

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MALT KILN GIG CANCELLED
12.07.14
THE MALT KILN
UNDERCLIFFE
BRADFORD

Unfortunately this gig was cancelled by the venue at short notice due to a problem at the pub
Apologies to anyone who turned up to see the band.

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HOLLYGARTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
05.07.14
THE HOLLYGARTH CLUB
ILKLEY

This music festival coincided with the Tour De France Le Tour
The cycle race came past the front of the club
The music festival was a fundraiser for The Air Ambulance and Cancer Research
It was held on the club car park in the afternoon and inside the club later in the evening
We supplied the PA system for the afternoon event and we also played the opening seton the outdoor stage

Followed by... OLDS COOL...LIQUID BRICK...THE KNIGHT CREW...HIGHWAY TO HULL

The event then moved indoors and BALLS TO THE WALL played the second half of the event in the club concert room.

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ROCKIN THE ROSSE
28.06.14
THE COUNTESSE OF ROSSE
SALTAIRE

Its about three years since we were last at this venue

The pub has had a big refurb and is under new management

By just after 8 pm the place was rammed with people
The band treated them to two great sets and went down an absolute storm.

We had been told that all music had to stop by midnight.
The landlady decided to overule this and asked the band to play another encore.

Her comment afterwards was "That was an amazing show"

We look forward to returning here in 2015

Hopefully it will be another "Amazing Show"

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LUV US AT LINDLEY
21.06.14
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

This a great club with nice people who enjoy their live bands
A couple commented on much they love coming to see us
Well we like playing here too
Yet another good gig.

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LOUD AT THE LOCKWOOD
20.06.14
THE LOCKWOOD
HUDDERSFIELD

Its been a long time since we last played here.
On arrival the landlord told us that they did not get many punters in on a Friday.
To his surprise the loads of punters turned up and it turned out to be a cracking gig.
It was loud and lovely.
Thanks to everyone who came along.

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ROCKIN THE CONNIE
31.05.14
THE CONISTON
IDLE

The pub was completely empty when we soundchecked.
Twenty mintes before we wer due to start playing there were only about ten people in the place.
Five minutes to go and they started arriving
By the time the first set was half way through we had a full pub.

FULL PUB....FULL IN YER FACE ROCK....FULLY ENJOYED IT

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NEW TO US
17.05.14
THE NEW INN
THORNTON

This is a new venue for us
Easy load in straight onto the playing area
Quite a few of our regular followers turned up to swell the numbers in the pub.

We had a really enjoyavble gig and hope to be back here some time in the new year.

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BACK AT THE BULL AGAIN
05.04.14
THE BLACK BULL
SUTTON IN CRAVEN

This little village pubs punters love to rock

We give them exacly what they want.....ROCK Music

Always a good gig here

We are always made really welcome and we love playing here.

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ROCKIN THE TURF
15.03.14
THE TURF
BRADFORD

We were told that a lot of the regulars had gone to a party elsewhere it would be a quiet gig.

WRONG.....it was far from a quiet gig

The Splash Alley crowd turned up and made it another epic gig

Thanks for coming everyone.

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TOP GIG AT THE TUT
08.03.14
THE TUT & SHIVE
YEADON

The Tut & Shive has had a refurb and is under new management
Live bands are back and we were pleased to be one of them

What a good night we had with the punters all enjoying themselves.

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BARNSEY BADLY
01.03.14
THE CONISTON
IDLE

Our regular drummist Ian Barnes could not play this gig as he was ill.

We had to get our retired drummer Des Price to dig out his sticks and dust them off

Des did us proud and belted the beat out all night.

Great Job Des....Thanks for standing in. .

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BACK AT THE BRIDGE
28.02.14
THE BRIDGE TAVERN
BRADFORD

Weve done lots of gigs at this pub over the years
Landlord & Landlady Fred & Sam are a great couple and supporters of live music

Its always a good gig and well supported by punters
Tonight was no exception.

Great gig



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FILL THE KILN
01.02.14
THE MALT KILN
UNDERCLIFFE
BRADFORD

Our second visit to this pub
Another quick set up and soundcheck took us just over an hour again.
The pub was full of punters very quickly.

The punters were dancing and singing along to the songs

Great Gig.

Were back here again in July

Hope its another good gig !

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BIG RIG AT ACKLAM
25.01.14
THE STEELIES
ACKLAM
MIDDLESBORO

Our first visit for a while at The Steelies

We wanted to try combining our normal PA with our new rig which we have for smaller venues.
We were all amazed at the sound the combined rigs delivered.




The Splash Alley PA @ Acklam


we really like playing at this club
And the punters seem to like us judging by their reaction.

We had a great gig and we dismantled the rig and had it back in the truck in record time.

Then the long drive back home, band members snoring their heads off.

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QUALITY AT THE QUEENS
18.01.14
THE OLD QUEENS HEAD
BINGLEY

The landlady at this pub is related to our retired drummer Des
She is trying to make the pub a live band venue so we were happy to try and help.

The pub has only just started having live bands so it was amazing how many people turned up.
It was good playing to an appreciative audience
Quite a busy night and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Hope the live band nights at The Old Queens Head keep going.

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BARRY'S BIRTHDAY BASH
17.01.14
WOODBOTTOM WMC
SHIPLEY

Barry (The lead singist in the band) celebrated his 65th birthday with a special gig
Held at the local club where most of the band have been members for years.

It was made all the more special because musicians who have played alongside Barry in bands over the years also attended.

Barry played in The Dingle Berrys back in the 60s
The rest of the band (Brian Glover, Dave (Tiny) Glover, Andy Greaves reunited and returned to te stage to play again.
After a couple of Beatles numbers Mike Smith took over on Bass and a short Rock & Roll medley was delivered.

Charlie Meehan and Michaela Glover of Top Notch then did an AC DC number with Barry.

Then it was time to bring the old Splash Alley back
Jerry Smith and Des Price who both retired from the band a few years ago joined Barry and Tiny on stage
The old Splash Alley who had played together for over 15 years showed everyone that they can still do it.

Keyboard Maestro Gav Sykes was also persuaded to play Van Halens Jump with the band

The current Splash Alley with (The 2 new guys LOL) Aarren Mowle & Ian Barnes finished the night off with a great set

Many people have said that Splash Alley have always been a quality band.

That would be very difficult to argue against after tonights showing.

Oh....Almost forgot

Happy Birthday Barry

Pensioners Rock....You Bet They Do !

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OUR LAST GIG FOR 2013
14.12.13
THE BLACK BULL
SUTTON IN CRAVEN

Our last gig for this year
We like this venue and we are always made really welcome

not quite as busy as we would have liked but the crowd who came enjoyed it

We are already rebooked here for three gigs in 2014
We will look forward to returning

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone

See you next year !

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THE PARTY WAS HEARD AT THE GEORGE THE THIRD
29.11.13
THE GEORGE 111
QUEENSBURY

The Party?
Well it was Brian's birthday
It certainly was heard
And the crowd in the packed pub made themselves heard too
They were singing along and dancing from start to finish

It was an awesome gig
We also got Charlie Meehan and Michaela Glover (Ex Top Notch) up to play with Splash Alley
Our retired drummist Des Price and some Oxenhope SC members also attended
In fact lots of friends,family and followers squeezed into the pub
Of course the pubs regular music lovers also attended

It would have been impossible to cram anymore people in the place

It all made for an amazing night

It was definately heard at the George The Third

To be honest most of Queensbury might have heard it....LOL.

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QUICK AT THE KILN
23.11.13
THE MALT KILN
UNDERCLIFFE
BRADFORD

Our first ever gig at this pub
We have re jigged our equipment and put together a smaller rig to suit these smaller venues
We amazed ourselves with the speed that the new rig was assembled
From arrival to soundcheck took us just over an hour
It was like a F1 pitstop, very quick and efficient.

The punters loved the gig
The venue rebooked us for February 2014

Packing the gear down was quicker than the setting up time
Then a drink with the pub management
At the curry Restaurant an hour earlier than we normally are

Quick at the Kiln.........Perfect !

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COLLAPSE AT THE CONNIE
16.11.13
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD

What do we mean "Collapse at the Connie" ? ? ?
The first set of the night and the band start playing
Barry is sat at the keyboard playing the intro to Living on a Prayer
Suddenly the stool he is sat on collapses and he dissappears behind the keyboard.
Barry is flat on his back on the floor,
The rest of the band do their best to carry on playing but cant continue because they are laughing so much.

After obtaining a stool from the nearest table in the pub the set recommences.

One of the funniest incidents we have ever seen and you can see a video of it on our Facebook page

The rest of the evening was another excellent Connie gig
Were back at the Coniston for four more gigs in 2014

Hopefully there wont be any more collapsing seats.

LOL !

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DAY TRIPPERS
19.10.13
THE ASHFIELD
HUDDERSFIELD

We've played at this venue several times
Its a nice venue but you can never gauge if it will be busy or quiet.
Some of the people seem to drift in and out of the place throughout the evening
Tonight was one of the quieter nights at the Ashfield
Evidently a lot of the regulars were on a club day trip

Those that were in did enjoy themselves though
We enjoyed it as well despite having a smaller audience than usual due to the day trippers

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THE TURF SODS THE X FACTOR OFF
07.09.13
THE TURF
BRADFORD

The choice for people tonight was

Rock at the TURF or stay at home and watch the X Factor

A lot of people said SOD the X Factor and came to the TURF

The place was full

We made it Rock

Extra encores

Great night.

The landlord sent us a message the next day saying he is away on holiday but will be phoning to rebook us as soon as he returns.

Another satisfied customer !

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THEY DONT ROCK IN ROYSTON
06.09.13
ROYSTON MIDLAND WMC
BARNSLEY

Other bands who had played here in the last few weeks had told us that this venue didnt get many punters in
The committee and staff were very friendly and they gave us all our first drink free
They told us that they had been having bands on for a few weeks to try to get people in the club
They alsio said that they intend to carry on for a month or two in the hope that punters will start to come in.

There could not have been more than twenty people in the place all night
Those who were in were clapping and cheering and seemed to enjoy themselves

Full marks to the club for sticking at it but if its to be a success they need more customers.
The people of Royston Dont rock at the moment....

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LOVE IT AT LINDLEY
31.08.13
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

Its been a while since we played here.
We love playing at Lindley Lib
Always a good crowd
Always appreciative of our music.

This was yet another good gig
WE look forward to more of the same here in the future

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A BUSY TWO FESTIVAL WEEKEND
24 & 25.08.13
SILSDENBURY YORKSHIRE
& CLACTON ON SEA IN ESSEX

YES YOU READ IT RIGHT
TWO SEPERATE FESTIVALS IN ONE WEEKEND

Our Friend Mike Smith has a PA Company callked Red 13
Mike was asked to supply two festivals with PA and lighting on the same weekend
The only way he was able to do this was to draft us in to help

In order to supply what the two festivals had requested we combined our equipment and crews
Our Lighting rig and part of our PA was installed at Silsden for their 2 day festival
Barry, Tiny and Jacob from our crew and Adam from the Red 13 crew worked at Silsden.
Mike Smith and Brian took one of the Splash Alley rigs and some of the Red 13 PA & lighting to Clacton.

Both festivals went well and it had been arranged that the Silsden Festival would be derigged on Monday morning
In order to achieve this Mike & Brian derigged at Clacton when their fest finished late on Sunday evening
They then travelled back to Silsden through the night arriving at 7.30 am Monday morning to help pack the gear down.

The people who attend these festivals have no idea how much work is involved for the PA and lighting guys.
A lot of hard work and not much sleep.
Glad we dont have to repeat this sort of workload every week. Were All Absolutely Knackered
But it was enjoyable.

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LIVE AT THE HIVE
03.08.13
BRADFORD & BINGLEY SPORTS CLUB
BINGLEY

We were booked to supply the PA and lighting for 2 stages at this Festival
The main stage was in a large marquee and the second stage was in the main clubhouse function room.
We also supplied the portable stage units for the marquee.
It was quite a task setting up 2 seperate PA systems and 2 sets of lighting
The venue had put security on site so we were able to set the bulk of the equipment up the day before the event.

Splash Alley had also agreed to play a set at the festival in the afternoon
The promoter had 22 bands listed to appear (11 on each stage) with minimal change over time between each band.
It was really hard work for our crew trying to keep to the listed times but it seemed to go quite well
We were paid numerous compliments by the officials and organisers at the event and also by the acts.

The downside of the event was that it was poorly attended
The general opinion was that the low attendance was mainly due to high cost of tickets.
The organisers said that they will review the ticket prices for the next event they put on
Hopefully a lower entry charge will encourage more people to attend.

We have already been told that they will be booking us to provide the Sound and Lighting at their next Festival

We must have done something right then Eh!

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ROCK AND RAIN
27.07.13
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD

A lovely sunny evening as we set up the gear in the Coniston
With about ten minutes to go before our first set and there were only about a dozen people in the place.
We were a bit concerned that it might be a quiet gig with so few punters.
Then suddenly people started to arrive on foot and in taxis
The pub filled with people and they continued to arrive throughout the set

As the first set finished the heavens opened and the rain lashed down.
we thought that the heavy rain would deter any more punters from coming to the Coniston but we were wrong
Taxis continued to arrive outside bringing even more people to the gig.

The second set ended up being extended by a few more songs as everyone was enjoying the gig so much.

Outside it was still raining heavily
But inside it was ROCKING!

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HOT INT TARN
26.07.13
THE TARN
YEADON

It was a hot and sunny evening at the Tarn
Lots of people were sat outside drinking and soaking up the evening sunshine.

When we started playing all of the people who were outside the pub came into the pub
The place was rammed with people

It was very hot
But it was also very enjoyable

Hot weather and a hot gig.......Great!

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HOT ROCK
13.07.13
THE BLACK BULL
SUTTON IN CRAVEN

It was a hot summers night with the outside temperatures soaring.
The question was would people come to the pub or stay at home doing a BBQ in their gardens.
A lot of people opted for the pub
A packed pub
lots of happy people
It was a HOT night
They got some HOT Rock
Another great gig at The Black Bull

Were back here again later in the year.

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NICE AT THE NATS
06.07.13
THE WILLS O NATS
MELTHAM

This was an outdoor event with two other bands playing alonside Splash Alley
The pub is in open country just outside Meltham Nr Huddersfield
Bob the landlord puts several of theses outdoor music events on throughout the summer.

We were the second band on and the car park and lawned beer garden was full of people enjoying the bands and the sunshine

The PA was provided by our friend Phil Munt so all we needed apart from our instruments was our back line amps.

The event was videod by Colin Grabtree, Colin does has a web site where the numerous videos he has done can be viewed.
Click on the link below to view the videos on Colins You Tube site

Wills O Nats Festival Splash Alley playing Hell Aint A Bad Place


Turned out to be a nice day.
Nice weather
Nice crowd
Nice place

It was Nice at Wills O The Nats

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PARTY AT THE 19th HOLE
21.06.13
WEST BRADFORD GOLF CLUB
BRADFORD

This was a fairly late booking by the club which they booked with us less than two weeks ago
They decided they needed a band when they had 3 x 50th birthdays booked for one night
We've played at this golf club several times in the past so they knew exactly what to expect from us.

The chaps who were celebrating their birthdays bought us drinks
There was food on (Curry. chilly. corned beef hash, chips, rice) YUM YUM, it was very nice too.

We even played some old Rock and Roll because they requested it

Three encores as well at the end of the night.

Every gig we have played at this golf club has been great
And this was yet another great West Bradford Golf Club gig ! ! ! !

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BACK AT THE BRIDGE
25.05.13
THE BRIDGE TAVERN
BRADFORD

Our first visit here since July last year.
We like playing this pub and we have played here many times over the years.
The crowd who frequent this pub are real music lovers and they like it to rock!

We cant put a lot of gear in as the space is limited
But that doesn't stop us giving the punters a proper Rock Show.

It was another great night at the Bridge
The Bridge Rocked !

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AMAZING ACKLAM
18.05.13
ACKLAM IRON & STEELWORKS (THE STEELIES)SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
MIDDLESBOROUGH

We last played at this club in December 2010
The concert secretary who booked us last time is no longer at the club and the club didnt have our number
Fortunately we phoned them and they were more than happy to book us again.

The massive concert room was only about a third full but thats still a lot of people.
The crowd shouted and cheerer and applauded after every song we played

IT WAS BLOODY AMAZING !

Even after we had finished the second set they continued shouting for more.
So we had to play an encore of two more songs
And they still wanted more!
We couldnt start packing the gear down because people kept coming up and paying compliments

We cant wait to play another gig at Acklam Steelies

ITS BLOODY AMAZING !!!!!

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QUALITY TURF
30.03.13
THE TURF
BRADFORD

NO Not green stuff on your lawn.
Its The Turf Hotel in Bradford.

This pub has been refurbished and they have started live music on Saturday nights.
The live music has only been going for a few weeks and attendances have increased each week
The audience was a healthy size when we started the first set.
During the second set more punters arrived and people were dancing wherever they could find space.

Full pub, Happy Punters, Happy Landlord, and a Happy Band
A good venue and a good gig

Lets hope the Turf continues to be a regular live music venue.

We are back in September.

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WILL IT BE QUIET?
16.03.13
THE CONISTON
IDLE

On arrival the landlord (Graeme)told us that all gigs this year at the Coniston had been poorly attended.
The number of punters had been very low despite good bands playing the venue every Friday and Saturday.

Because of his comments we were not expecting a big crowd.

Surprise! Surprise!

Just before the first set started the place filled with people.
And it got even busier as the night wore on

The landlord ws chuffed to bits, "busiest night this year" he said
"Splash Alley always seem to attract a good crowd"

He also said that he hoped it would be a springboard for weeks to follow.

We hope he is right as Graeme and his wife Marlene put a lot of time and effort into supporting live music.

This Splash Alley gig was another cracker of a gig and judging by the comments from the punters they thought so too.

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A FIRST FOR EVERYTHING
01.03.13
YORK STREET SPORTS & SOCIAL
BINGLEY

Yes there is definately a first for everything
It was the first day of March and we were the first band to play at this venues New Live Band Night

Because we were the first band to play on the venues band night we didnt expect a great gig
We thought that there would not be many punters attending.
We were however quite surprised with the numbers who turned up.

There is a saying tht March comes in like a lion and it certainly did at York Street
We made the band nights come in the same way. Like A Lion!
The band roared into their first set and the punters loved it
The second set had the punters up dancing and singing along to every song.
We were told to finish the last set by 11.15pm but the punters wanted more.

The management gave permission and "whole Lotta Rosie" was delivered as a final encore.

We're sure that given the support from the punters the live band nights here will thrive.

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ANOTHER BELTER AT THE BULL
23.02.13
THE BLACK BULL
SUTTON IN CRAVEN

Our second visit to this venue
Tiny was using his brand new Orange bass rig for the first time on a Splash Alley gig.
What an awesome sound it delivers

The landlord had his diary open to give us another gig even before we started the first set.

The first set went down a great
The second set was even better with loads of compliments from the punters.
The Landlord (Steve Riley) said "That was F**king Brilliant"

When we told him that the band had not gigged or rehearsed for three months he was even more gobsmacked.
A band of the standard of Splash Alley prove that they can always deliver top quality.

We are back at The Black Bull in July & December 2013 and we are already looking forward to it.

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PARTY AT THE PRIV
30.11.12
THE BOLD PRIVATEER
WROSE
SHIPLEY

Our annual gig at The Priv was also a birthday celebration
The birthday was for Brian Glover, The Bands Manager, Sound & Lighting Engineer, Truck Driver etc etc
The day before this gig He reached the ripe old age of 65 and became an Official OAP.

Apart from the standard Splash Alley classic rock covers there was also a rendition of happy birthday and a couple of Beatles songs.

The pub was packed.

A great number of alchoholic drinks were consumed

A good night was had by everyone.

And a Happy Birthday was had by Brian.

Hic! Hic! Burp!

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A FULL ROCKIN CONNI
17.12.12
THE CONISTON
IDLE

What a contrast to last nights gig in Sheffield which was poorly attended.

Tonight The Coniston was FULL and thats the way we like it.
Our retired drummer Des Price did a guest appearance on the drums and played the UFO number Doctor Doctor
Quite apt really considering he had to retire on Doctors orders, LOL

Micheala Glover (Tinys Grandaughter) also guested on Bass for an AC DC number

It was another great night at the Conni

IT REALLY ROCKED !

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NOT MUCH RINGING AT THE BELLHOUSE
16.11.12
BELLHOUSE ROAD WMC
SHIREGREEN
SHEFFIELD

Its a few years since we played at this club and things have definately gone down hill.
The Bellhouse Friday rock nights were always well attended in the past but the financial climate is taking its toll.
We were warned that the audience levels were lower that they have ever been.
The number attending would not have filled a small pub

We gave them the full Splash Alley treatment and they showed their appreciation

Its to be hoped that The Bellhouse club can get back to its former glory in the near future .
Time will tell but if people dont attend and make the Bellhouse tills ring then it could go the way that many other good venues have gone.

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RIP STEVE LALLY
14.10.12
SAD NEWS FROM ROCK OF THE NORTH

We have just been given the sad news that Steve Lally has died.
Our thoughts are with Steves wife Tracey and his son Joe

Steve was the founder of the Rock of the North website which has been a contact site & lauch pad for many local musicians, bands and live music venues
Steve also used the RotN website to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK and had a big hand in organising many local music events to raise cash
Many thousands of pounds have been raised for Cancer Research UK through RotN and Steve Lally over the last few years
Quite recently Steve has been suffering from Cancer and this terrible disease has resulted in his untimely death.

Before Steve became ill he would travel throughout the region to watch live music and would report his findings on the website
He always gave positive comments on the bands and musicians and gigs that he attended. he would never publish anything bad on his website about anyone

Steve Lally was friend of many and always raised a smile when he met you, He was a good freind of the guys in Splash Alley
We had helped him raise funds in the past and we would like to think that we can continue to raise funds for his cause in the future.

You may have left us Steve but you will not be forgotton,
You paid tribute to many whilst you were living and we will continue to pay tribute to you now you are not here.

God bless you, RIP Steve Lally

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INT TARN AGAIN
12.10.12
THE TARN
YEADON

Another Splash Alley visit to the Tarn
We were only using a minimum amount of equipment due to the limited space available in the pub
We still surprised ourselves with the speed with which we got set up.

The playing times at the Tarn have been altered due to one neighbours constant complaints
All live music now starts earlier (9.00pm) and has to be finished by 11pm.
The new start time has resulted in fewer punters than normal for the first set
The second set was better attended and seemed to end just as the crowd was at its peak
We finished our last set at the appointed time.
Then we surprised ourselves by packing the gear down in record time
Its to be hoped that the complaining neighbour does not spoil this good live music venue.

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PLAY SOME MORE
06.10.12
THE PRINCE OF WALES
ALLERTON
BRADFORD

It was April 2008 when we last played here
That gig was the farewell party for the pubs Landlord & Landlady who were moving on.
The current landlady likes live bands and she is trying hard to make her pub a regular live band venue.

Although the pub was not full to capacity there was a good sized audience
There was a function going on at the pub over the road so that had some effect on audience numbers

The landlady had told us that someone who lives opposite the pub always complains about sound levels
Because of this we were told that we had to finish by eleven pm.
The landlady then said we could play till 11.15pm
She seemed to be really enjoying the band and told us to keep playing on
Then she said to do 2 more encores as she would deal with any noise complaints
We duly obliged and eventually finished playing at 11.45pm.

After we had packed the gear away the landlady booked us again for the new year and bought us a drink.
No complaints of noise were made, and it was a great gig.

We are looking forward to our return gig.

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BRILL AT THE BULL
15.09.12
THE BLACK BULL
SUTTON IN CRAVEN

Our first ever visit to this venue
The pub is right in the centre of the village on a crossroads,zebra crossing outside & yellow lines everywhere.
A bit awkward for unloading especially when you have a big truck like ours.

Once we had set up we did the usual sound check
Ian was using his brand new drum kit for the first time on a Splash Alley gig.
The new drum kit sounded great on the sound check.

The first set went down a bomb and "The band sounded awesome" (a comment made by a punter)
After a stunning second set the compliments from the punters, landlord, etc just kept coming.
Everyone who spoke to us passed complimentary comments,
"Best band I've seen", "Fantastic show", "Brilliant", "Fantastic band" etc etc etc.

We must have done a decent job as the landlord had his diary open to rebook within minutes of the last set ending.

We were more than happy to oblige as it was indeed a great gig and venue and great punters.
Oh and a great Landlord & Landlady.
We are back at The Black Bull in February 2013 and we are already looking forward to it.

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LOVE US AT LEPTON
01.09.12
THE ASHFIELD
LEPTON

This was our third visit to this venue this year
They really like Splash Alley at The Ashfield.

There were some strange going ons at this gig.
People kept appearing in fancy dress costumes, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Cartoon Characters Etc.
Evidently there was a private party in the function room upstairs.
Splash Alley treated the Ashfield punters to two great sets of rock
The lady concert secretary said that she will definately be having the band back for some more gigs.
They love us at the Ashfield.

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YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
27.08.12
THE BIRDWELL VENUE
BARNSLEY

Because of a bad weather forecast the plan to hold this event outdoors was changed.
It was a wise choice to move indoors as it rained heavily for most of the day and night.
Six great bands entertained the audience on the big indoor stage.
First band on the Birdwell stage were THREE CHORD WONDER who played a varied set of old and new numbers to please everyone.
They were followed by THE KICKS who played a very energetic mix of music from different eras.
GLAM ROCKZ then took us back to the days of Sweet and TRex complete with full Glam costumes.
SPLASH ALLEY then took to the stage with their set of classic rock.
The wild and enthusiastic trio RORY HOLL AND THE MEN then gave the audience a wild set of rock.
New local band STREET TALK finished the show.

Perhaps with a bit more advertising and better weather conditions the event would have been better supported.
Although the audience numbers were lower than we all would have liked some useful funds were still raised for the charity.
Those who attended were treated to some great music from great bands.

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ROCKONNI
04.08.12
THE CONISTON
IDLE

Once again we Rocked the Connie

Altghough it started off a little low on audience numbers it soon picked up
By the end of the night the audience had grown to a very respectable size
We are told that due to holidays local audiences are generally much lower than normal at this time of year
Obviously not everybody in Idle has gone away on holiday have they?

Rock at the Connie is far better than a stick of rock from the seaside

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FAR FROM GOOD MANNERS
28.07.12
THE EQUALIZED WMC
STAPLEFORD
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

This was the third time that we have played at this club
This gig was another great gig and probably the best we have done at this club

The audience were clapping and cheering every number the band played
At the end of the night we even played two encores.

After a 5 minute rest at the end of the gig we immediately started to pack the gear down.
As we started to load some of the gear into the truck last orders were called at the bar.
We placed the drinks that we had bought at the side of the sound desk whilst we loaded some gear into the truck.
As we had almost completed the loading we discovered that one of the bar staff had taken our drinks.
The bar staff were approached and asked politely what had happened to our drinks.
A very rude "Its after time so we poured them down the sink" was the reply.
It was pointed out to them that we had just bought them and we were loading the gear away.
They admitted that they knew they were our drinks but had never asked who the drinks belonged to.
Normally bar staff will ask the owner of a drink to drink it off before taking it away.
There was a rather heated exchange of words before eventually the bar staff gave us a half hearted apology.

What we wanted really was a drink after loading all that gear into the truck.

The Equalized Club is a really nice club, with really nice members and committee people.
The two members of the bar staff who were responsible for taking our drinks let the club down.
Bad manners might be a well known band from years ago but the bad manners at this club belong to members of the bar staff.

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TARN RECORDED
27.07.12
THE TARN
YEADON

Our friend Mike Smith (Red 13 PA) brought his digital recording desk to this gig
He recorded the whole gig and hopefully we will have some recordings ready to put on the website very soon.

After a few early gremlins were ironed out the gig developed into our usual Rock the Tarn gigs
Another good gig at the Tarn.

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BRIDGE THAT GAP
21.07.12
THE BRIDGE TAVERN
BRADFORD

It has been a few years since we played here.
The main reason for this has been that we charge more than the pub normally pays
However, we agreed to do this gig to help Fred and his wife Sam out as a band had cancelled at short notice.

We took an absolute minimum amount of PA gear and only half a dozen lights
We had a really good gig which everyone thoroughly enjoyed

We might just do another gig at the Bridge in the near future.

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MARTINFEST
23.06.12
THE BOLD PRIVATEER
WROSE
SHIPLEY


The Martinfest was organised by Martin Stokes and his family to celebrate his 50th Birthday
The other purpose of this music festival event was to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.

The two days prior to this event had seen some of the heaviest rain ever experienced in the area
The weather forecast was for heavy showers and it was feared that rain might ruin the event.

Apart from a slight shower as the live music was due to start the day stayed fine (Thank goodness)

The shower meant that there was a half hour delay before the live music commenced
As the council outdoor live music licence covered from 3.00pm to 8.00 pm the delayed start was an problem

A bit of time juggling ,great co-operation from the acts
Plus some high speed changeovers from our crew and we managed to complete the live music bang on 8.00pm

Well actually We did go on a few minutes longer for everyone to sing Happy Birthday to Martin Stokes

We hope that the council licence people dont mind considering the circumstances.

As Help for Heroes will have some extra useful money heading their way from the event.

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THE GREMLINS ATTACK
09.06.12
STAINCROSS WMC
BARNSLEY

This was our second visit to this venue.
Thankfully we found an easier way than up and down the steps to get the gear in and out.
We borrowed a portable loading ramp from our friend Mike Smith and used it like a bridge from the trucks tail lift to the top of the steps.

As the dreaded BINGO rules in clubs we were unable to do a sound check before our first set.
If we had done a sound check we would have discovered there was a problem on the PA.
A faulty wire decided to fail about a minute into the first song of the set.
The gremlins strike when you lest expect it.

The concert chairman organised another house of bingo while we rectified the fault on the PA.
We then continued with the show and thankfully there were no other gremlins

Apart from the gremlin attack we had a good gig.

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BANK HOLIDAY AT THE ASHFIELD
04.06.12
THE ASHFIELD
HUDDERSFIELD

Its only a few weeks since we last played at this club
We were asked back so soon because they really liked us
They also wanted to try live music during the afternoon for the Bank Holiday Monday

The club did not get anything near as full as it was we we were last here
However those who dragged themselves away from their Queens Jubilee celebrations enjoyed it
For the third gig in a row Splash Alley delivered a 1st class show

We were happy, three good gigs over three consecutive days.
All we need now is a few days rest..... Ahhhhhhhhhhh !

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UP THE STAIRS
03.06.12
THE GROVE HILL CLUB
OTLEY

We dont usually accept gigs at venues that have stairs
We agreed to do this one because we were promised some able bodied club members would help us get the gear upstairs.
True to their promise some committee men and several club members got stuck in and helped with the gear.

Live bands are a fairly new venture for this club and it was a ticket only event
The audience were great, they applauded and cheered every song and really enjoyed themselves.

The club officials were well pleased with the event

We had a really enjoyable gig
We will be back at this venue again.

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SUPERMARKETS DONT DO BANDS
02.06.12
THE FORRESTERS HOTEL
HUDDERSFIELD

SUPERMARKETS DONT DO BANDS is the catch phrase dreamt up by Daz the landlord at this pub.
Its a swipe at the Supermarkets for selling cheap booze which is affecting the pub industry

The Forresters is only a small pub so we had to put a small PA in
The smallest PA we have decided to develop a fault so we had to get a slightly bigger rig out of the truck.
Its a good job that we carry a load of extra gear with us to gigs.

Although the pub was not full those who attended loved the Splash Alley show
It was a good gig and a good start to the Diamond Jubilee Weekend

Daz is a great landlord and we hope that he wins his battle with the supermarkets.

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YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY FESTIVAL
19.05.12
THE GUIDE INN
KEIGHLEY






This is the second year that we have supplied the PA and Lighting for this event
Although the sky was overcast and the sun only managed to break through occasionally at least it stayed fine

The live music started at 1.00pm with LEGEND, followed by THE REPO BROS.
JARRED concluded the afternoon live music

The Bike Show prizes were presented whilst we prepared for the evening session.

THE UNDISCOVERED opened the evenings entertainment and they were followed by THREE CHORD WONDER

DIRTY DEEDS concluded the show, It was well after midnight when their set finished

By the time that we had packed all of our equipment away and travelled home it was almost daybreak
Another 20 hour gig completed.

The event raised £1127.45 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance



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SET UP FOR THE CUP
05.05.12
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

We had been told in advance that the club were showing the FA Cup on their big screen.
As the big screen drops down on the front of the stage we had to get set up before the game started.
We decided to put less gear in than we usually do at this venue to keep the set up time down to a minimum.
We managed to get everything in place before the televised game kicked off

There were fears that the game could go into extra time if the scores were level at full time
This would have delayed our show but thankfully the match was decided after 90 minutes.

The club was not as full as the last time we played here but everyone enjoyed themselves.
At the end of the set the audience shouted for more so we finished playing a little bit later than normal

One advantage of using less equipment was that we got it packed away quicker.

In early and out early.

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FILMED AT THE ASHFIELD
14.04.12
THE ASHFIELD CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD


This was our first ever visit to this club
The area for the band to set up in is quite big
The whole room was fully carpeted with leather armchairs and settees everywhere
Aarren commented that it was like playing in someones really big front room

A local chap called Colin Crabtree set up his video camera and filmed the gig.
Colin is well known for his band videos on his You Tube site called CameraColin
Theres a link further up this page to the recordings he of Splash Alley that Colin did tonight

If you missed it click on the link below
Click here to go to Splash Alley @ The Ashfield on You Tube


We had an absolutely fantastic gig
Lots of punters kept coming up to us after the gig telling us how much they enjoyed it.
One young lady (NIcky Collins) put the following comment on our Facebook page

"absolutely totally blooming fantastic at the ashfield last night!!!!!!!! best sweet child o mine I have ever heard, welldone

We love compliments like that.

We will be back at The Ashfield again and we look forward to another brilliant gig.

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WHO SAID FRIDAY THE 13th IS UNLUCKY?
13.04.12
THE TARN
YEADON

Well this Friday 13th was not unlucky for us
Neither was it unlucky for the pub or the punters
People always expect something to gp wrong on Friday 13th
Everything went perfect, no gremlins or problems whatsoever.
We really enjoyed ourselves and so did the staff and the punters.

Everyone had a great night and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

We even managed to get a curry at our favourite restaurant after the gig.
How's that for Luck ?

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YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
08.04.12
WOODBOTTOM WMC
SHIPLEY






This Festival was organised at very short notice (two weeks)
A large marquee hired by the club for a wedding reception was not been used for anything over the Easter weekend.
Plans were quickley put into place and we agreed supply the PA & lighting and organise the bands.

The Easter weather forecast was not very promising but as the event was undercover it was not a problem
When the event got underway we started getting an occasional weird humming sound coming over the PA.

Opening act JOE GALLAGHER soldiered on with his set and made fun of the noise problem.
Joe is a seasoned and well experienced entertainer and he always puts on a good show regardless of any problems.
After some investigation it was discovered that our PA and the clubs kitchen were on the same electrical circuit and a microwave oven in the club kitchen was somehow creating the interference.
The offending microwave was quickly disconnected and the phantom humming noise ceased.

The next act were a band called SHES A FIRE.
This brilliant young band stood in at 2 days notice when another band could not make it.
Despite their young age they certainly know how to deliver quality music.

The afternoon session was rounded off by three guys who go by the name of BIG PICTURE BAND
This band have been around for a few years and they played a superb set of songs which the audience loved.

Throughout the day the audience numbers increased and by the time the evening session started the marquee was full.
SPLASH ALLEY opened the evenings entertainment
they delivered a quality set of classic rock including favourites from Bon Jovi, Thin Lizzy, AC DC & Whitesnake

Then it was local band VOODOO SOUP who took to the stage playing a selection of songs old and new
They played songs from the just about every era, Beatles to Kings of Leon, the audience loved it.

The final band of the event were the excellent ANGEL OF SIN playing some great popular rock music
This band is fronted by Vicky on lead Vocals, Keith on Bass, Aarren on Guitar and Ian on Drums
(If the guitarist and drummer looked familier its because they also play in Splash Alley.)

The event was a greaat success and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is better off to the tune of several hundred pounds.

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SQUEEZE IN THE SHOULDER
06.04.12
THE SHOULDER OF MUTTON
HEBDEN BRIDGE

This gig was our first ever at the Shoulder of Mutton in Last of the Summer Wine country
On arrival we found that the place was packed with people enjoying a Good Friday booze up.
We had to squeeze a minimum amount of gear into what is probably the smallest area we have ever set up in
The staff were really helpful getting people, tables and chairs moved so we could set up.

We played the first set and you could hardly move the pub was so full
The crowd applauded and cheered after every number and really seemed to respond to our material.

We were a bit bemused when the crowd thinned considerably during the interval and we thought that we had maybe done something wrong
The landlady reasurred us when she said that most of them had been drinking all day and would have normally gone sooner had we not entertained them so well
Allthough a lot of the punters had left when we started our second set some returned to enjoy the rest of the evening
We were quite chuffed when the landlady then said that she was really pleased how well it went
Evidently the pub is usually empty on a Friday and she slso said that most of the crowd had come to see our band.

They want us back so we will look forward to our next visit

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ANOTHER CRACKER AT THE CONNIE
31.03.12
THE CONISTON
IDLE

Our gigs at The Coniston are always good and this one was no exception

For some reason we also appear to be cursed with equipment problems of one sort or another before every gig here
This time it was Aarrens amp that decided to develop a fault so he ended up using a small spare amp to play the gig

Because of time taken up attemping to rectify the problem amp we did not have time to do a sound check
It took a short while during the first few songs to get the sound right but from then on it was Splash Alley as people expect.

A very full pub of Classic Rock loving people showed there appreciation after every song
After a troubled begining to the gig it was nice for it to end up a cracker of a gig at The Coniston

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MUSIC FOR A MARATHON
23.03.12
CROSSFLATTS CRICKET CLUB
BINGLEY

We were asked to do this gig by our ex lead guitarist and long time member of the band Jerry Smith
Jerry's daughter and some friends were using this gig to raise sponsorship to take part in the London Marathon.
The final proceeds of the run will go to the British Heart Foundation charity

The gig was opened with an appearance by brothers Chris & Nick Robinson who did several vocal/accoustic numbers.
They were then joined on stage by their cousin Joe Smith (Jerry's son),The three lads used to be together in a band called Sidewinder
The lads played some great music much to the delight of the crowd

Splash Alley supplied the music for the rest of the evening.
Just about everyone in the room was up dancing for most of the gig.
We sincerly hope that some useful cash was raised for the marathon and the charity.

We also need to thank Chris,Nick and Joe for their help entertaining the crowd and packing the gear away after the gig.
Oh and thanks to Jerry Smith for the supply of drinks etc.

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ROCK N ALE
17.03.12
THE DENBY DALE PIE HALL BEER FESTIVAL
DENBY DALE

We were recommended for this gig by one of the parents of a young band called The Undiscovered.
The Undiscovered had worked with us before on a festival and they were already appearing at this one.

We arrived at the venue early and went about the job of setting the gear up
The task was made a little difficult as the venue was already full of people enjoying the ales.
We decided to take the gear out of the flight cases and carry it in piece by piece instead of our usual method of wheeling all the flight cases in and unloading them inside

The shocked reactions of some people when they saw the amount of gear made us chuckle

One we had everything ready the young lads in The Undiscovered opened the show
As we expected they did a great job and the crowd loved them.

Then it was our turn to make the hall rock

Two sets of classic rock music later and the crowd still wanted more.
The compliments and great comments came thick and fast
People were asking for contact details so that they could book us for other venues & functions

It was an absolutely fantastic gig

The only down side was that we all got soaking wet putting the flight cases back into the truck

I think we would have prefered to get soaked in Ale on the inside than rain on the outside

The British weather always spoils things but it cant beat Rock N Ale

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A CRACKER AT THE CRICKS
10.02.12
THE CRICKETERS ARMS
BAILDON GREEN
BAILDON


Our First time for years at this venue
It was a cracker of a gig
The pub was full and the crowd were really up for a good night

We had to put a minimal amount of gear in as we were limited with available space
We didnt even use any of our own lighting but used the pubs new in house stage lights.

Anyone who missed this gig can catch us the next time around

We are back here on 21st July

DONT MISS IT AS IT SHOULD BE ANOTHER CRACKER AT THE CRICKS

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NORTHERN WEATHER
10.02.12
THE NORTHERN
ODSAL
BRADFORD


The freezing cold northern weather made its mark tonight
We had problems with the lock and the tail lift ramps on the truck freezing solid
the pathways outside the venue were like sheets of glass
Because it was the coldest night of the winter so far a lot of people stayed at home

The Northern is doing its best to get Friday live music nights going

The landlord (Lloyd) said
"If we cant attract an audience with a band of Splash Alley's calibre what chance have we got with the usual bands".
Well Lloyd, you cant control the weather

Even though the audience numbers were low
Those who did turn up were treated to a great nights entertainment.
We had nothing but complimentary comments made to us about the band

The Northern could be a very good live music venue but it needs people to support it
All venues are struggling with attendances due to the current financial situation
Its a simple case of use it or lose it.

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UPHILL STRUGGLE
10.12.11
STAINCROSS WMC
BARNSLEY

This was our first ever visit to this club
This club had a disasterous fire about a year ago
Since the club reopened the committee have been having an uphill stuggle attracting the audiences back

We also had an uphill struggle getting the gear into the club
When they booked us they said that they had a ramp to get the gear in
Well there was a disabled ramp up to the front door but that was at the oposite end of the building to the stage
If we used the ramp we would then also have to carry the gear down some steps to get to the dance floor & Stage
We decided instead to haul the gear up some outside steps by the stage fire exit doors. (Uphill Struggle)

We played the first set and received a great response from the audience
We were told by the concert chairman that most of the audience would actually leave after the bingo
He pointed out that it was no reflection on the band as that was what always happened here
He said that there would not be much of an audience left for our second set
It was a pleasant surprise when the large majority of the audience didnt leave after the bingo
They not only stayed for the whole of the second set but a lot of them were even up dancing
We must have done something right as they have rebooked us twice for 2012

We will buy our own ramp for next time so we can get the gear in and out easier

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COLD PRIVATEER
09.12.11
THE BOLD PRIVATEER
WROSE
SHIPLEY

Its always either raining or bitterly cold when we play the Priv
Thats probably because we always do this gig at the back end of the year
At least it was nice and warm in the pub with the open fire blazing away.
The punters were also ready to be get warm to the classic rock of Splash Alley

Because one of the pubs neighbours complains about noise from the pub all music has to cease by eleven pm
This means that the music has to start earlier in order to get two sets in.
The pub was fairly full for the first set and got even fuller as the night went on

It was yet another good gig at the Priv

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CLASSIC CONNI
26.11.11
THE CONISTON
IDLE

This was our umpteenth visit to the Conni
And it turned out to be another Conni classic gig

The place was packed

Members of the audience kept requesting songs some of which the band had never played before
Splash Alley duly carried out some of these requests and nobody would have guessed that the band had never played them before.
Some of the requested songs sounded so good that they might end up as regular inclusions in our future set lists.
The crowd were dancing and singing along to the songs
It was a belter of a gig

The last set did not finish untill well after the normal finishing time
Who cares, the crowd were loving it and so were the band.
Landlord and landlady (Graeme & Marlene) Loved it

It was Another classic Conni gig.

There will be more Splash Alley gigs at the Coniston in 2012
DONT MISS THEM !

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ARDLEY BUSY
22.10.11
EAST ARDSLEY GENERAL & WMC
EAST ARDSLEY
Nr WAKEFIELD

We hadn't played at this venue since the late 1960s

The club has quite a good sized concert room which will hold a lot of people
There only appeared to us to be a scattering of people in to see the show
The staff and officials at the club told us that it was busier than usual
Those that attended really enjoyed themselves and the dance floor was very busy
There was even a bloke in a wheelchair giving it spins etc on the dancefloor

the crowd continued to shout for more after the band had left the stage
Some members of the audience came up to us pleading for the band to go back on stage and play some more.

The club want to rebook us and it has a good chance of been busier the next time we play the club.

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A RED HOT GIG
30.09.11
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR
BRADFORD

Another of our regular visits to the Drop Kick
This must have been one the hotest night of the year in more ways that one
The sun had been shining all day and it was scorching hot
The band played a scorcher of a gig

Banzai (The bands new drummist) was really giving his drums some stick
Only his second full gig with the band and it seems like he has been with them for years

Splash Alley are back to their best and in the words of the song "Things can only get better"

IS THAT POSSIBLE ? ? ?

We can guarantee it !

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A FULL IDIOT HUT
24.09.11
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB

We now have a new permanent drummer but we are not publishing details of who he is at the moment
To find out who our new drummer is just come to a gig and see for yourself
For now we will give him a nickname of "Banzai" (That's Japanese for Crazy)

What a combination, a drummer who's nickname means crazy and a venue nicknamed The Idiot Hut
Well there was nothing crazy or idiotic about this gig
Banzai did a fantastic job, who whole band did a fantastic job
The idiot hut was full
The comments we got from the punters were fantastic

Our retired drummer Des Price even got up on the drum kit and played a couple of numbers.
We are told its the best night that Oxenhope Social Club has had for ages.

Fantastic.

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ROCK AT THE HEIFER
17.09.11
THE ROCK AND HEIFER
THORNTON


Years ago this venue was one of the best rock venues in Bradford
The new landlady (Sadie) is hoping to get it back on the map as the place to be for Rock Music
As the pub is a bit off of the beaten track she has a big task ahead of her and we wish her every success.
Although the large function/entertainment room was not packed with people there was a reasonable sized audience
If more people can be attracted to the venue on a regular basis there's a good chance the venture will succeed.

We had a cracking gig and everyone enjoyed it.

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ELEVATED
10.09.11
ST PATRICKS CATHOLIC CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

This was the second year that we have played this charity event and supplied the sound and lighting.
The main problem with this venue is that the concert room is on the first floor.
Thank goodness that they have an elevator.
The concert organisers also supply some wiling hands to help us in with the gear.
Its a good job that ther's a lift as just over a week ago Barry had an operation on one of his knees and was on walking sticks

last year we started the concert but this year we headlined it
People commmented last year that we were the best band on and should be headliners.
So this year we agreed that we would headline the show.

The concert opened with a very good girl solo artiste
She was followed by a local band who had told us that they had never been through a big PA
They said that they didnt want anything through the monitors and then said the sound on stage was crap.
What a bunch of W*****s !
The sound on stage was their back line and basically the band were crap.
Another local band followed and they were very good.

Whilst we were getting ready for our set the compere did the raffle, then he did a horse racing game.
Then he waffled on about anything and everything.

Eventually someone managed to shut him up and we got the joint rocking
We started our set later than planned, finished our set later than planned
Got home later than planned

never mind, Its all in the name of charity !

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FERRY FEST
28.08.11
THE FERRY INN
BROUGH
HULL

This was the first ever Ferry Fest
We provided the sound and lighting as well as playing a set.
The landlady of the Ferry Inn (Nicky) used to be run The Branch Hotel in Shipley so she knew what we can do.

Although the weather was fine and dry there was a cold breeze blowing.

Although quite a few people braved the conditions most people kept taking shelter inside the pub in between the bands playing
We used the back of the truck instead of the gazebo for the sound and lighting desk.
We would like to thank Nicky for looking after us so well with bacon butties and drinks when we arrived
And cups of coffee and beer throughout the day

The money raised from the Ferry Inn festival will soon be winging its way to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

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JUST A SMALL TARN GIG
19.08.11
THE TARN
YEADON

We took the smallest amount of gear we could to the Tarn as access is not good for our big rig.
We actually managed to get it in a Daf van, (Now there's a surprize)
The Daf van would have probably fit inside the big truck we normally haul our gear around in.

We had John Lloyd (Ex Scream Machine)depping for us on drums
With a small rig and a dep drummer you might think that we would have problems. Not So !
John Lloyd did a fantastic job on drums

We had an absolute belter of a gig.

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MUSIC ON THE FARM
12 & 13.08.11
WOODFEST 11
HIGHCLIFFE FARM
HAINWORTH
Nr KEIGHLEY

This festival was a two day event for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice
There was a large open fronted marquee for the audience (just in case the weather was bad)
The stage was in another open fronted smaller marquee facing the main marquee
A big generator supplied the power for the stage and a smaller seperate generator for the beer pumps.
You cant have a festival without beer can you ?

Friday night started at 7.30 pm had three excellent bands with the last one finishing at midnight.
Saturdays event started at lunchtime and went on for twelve hours with a total of seven bands performing.

Evereyone had a great time and the festival raised over £4000.00 for the charity

Thats a good result !

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A CRACKER AT THE CONNIE
16.07.11
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD

Because we had a technical problems with one of the monitors ther was no time for a sound check
This gig turned out to be one of the best we have ever had at the Coniston
The place was full
The place was rocking

The crowd loved it

Marcus Murray was on drums and you would have thought that he had played in our band for years
Great job Marcus

the comments we got from the punters were fantastic

We will be rocking the Connie again later in the year.

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QUICK PACK DOWN
15.07.11
THE GEORGE HOTEL
BRIGHOUSE


We only took the small PA for this visit to this venue
Even with less gear we still struggle to squeeze it in.

Richard Wilson was on drums for us tonight
He treated the audience to one of his famous drum solos
The audience constantly changes throughout the evening so some of them missed a treat.

We finished the last set just before midnight and managed to get the gear back in the truck by just after 1.00 am
We made it to our favourite Curry Restaurant, Rajpoot in Shipley before they closed.

there are some advantages in using less gear !

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THIRD TIME LUCKY ?
09.07.11
THE LITTLE UN
SOUTH ELMSALL

Our 3rd visit to the Little Un
On our last two visits the venue has always been pretty busy but never full.
We have previously had competition from big boxing matches or footie matches on the telly.
We were hoping that on this visit we would get the place rammed.
On arrival at the venue we were told that there were 2 big wedding doos that regulars were attending.
And just to add insult to injury there was also a trip to the races.

By the time we were ready to play there was a reasonable audience in the venue
They stayed all night and judging by the comments they made they all really enjoyed it.

Danny the landlord of the Little Un apologised for our gig once again clashing with other events.
Maybe next time we will get the full house we desire.

After we had packed our gear away Danny once again treated us all to Pizza and a complimentary drink
Thanks Danny ! You really know how to look after the bands !

We might get Pie and Peas & plot Toffee instead of Pizza on our next visit here
Because we are back at the Little Un on Novemebr 5th, Bonfire Night.

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DROPS OF RAIN
17.06.11
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR
BRADFORD

It always seems to rain when we play the Drop Kick
The rain did not dampen anyones spirits though

A decent sized crowd attended
Richard Stix was on the drums
Charlie Meehan did a couple of guest appearances on guitar

We always have a good gig at the Drop Kick

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MOANING IN MELTHAM
04.06.11
THE VICTORIA PARK
MELTHAM

The landlord at this pub rang us a several weeks ago to book the gig.
He said that some of his customers had recommended that he get Splash Alley to play a gig at his pub.
He was advised that as we have never played there before he needed to advertise the gig to ensure a good audience.

Posters were delivered by hand and were handed over the bar over 2 weeks before the gig

The landlord rang us the day before the gig and said that he had only just found the posters hidden behind the till.
He was told that we had delivered them in good time and we had also put the gig on Facebook.
He accepted that it was not our fault and he still wanted the gig to go ahead

We arrived at the gig at 6.00 pm and were greeted by the landlord
He immediately started moaning about all the gear we had and we told him that we had only brought part of it with us.
The load in was quite awkward, up a decking disabled ramp with a sharp turn at the top and across a large decking patio.
As we started setting up the landlord started complaining about the multicore cable running across the floor
He was told that it would be covered and taped down for safety.
Ten minutes later and he was back again complaining about the haze machine saying it would set off his smoke alarms.

Splash Alley played two terrific sets which the crowd enjoyed.
All of the people who attended the gig loved the band and lots of them commented on how good Splash Alley were compared to the normal standard of bands at the pub
After packing the gear away and loading it into the truck the landlord was moaning again saying that he expected more punters.
He was reminded that he should have done a better job of advertising which he accepted.

After all the moaning he did at least he admitted that Splash Alley were the best band that had played in his pub.

Despite being tempted we didnt complain to the landlord about the awkward access
Or several of his drunken regulars who constantly made a nuisance of themselves from the moment we started setting up and throughout the gig.

Oh ! We didnt complain to him about his constant moaning either, It was tempting though.

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ANOTHER GREAT GUISELEY FESTIVAL
29.05.11
THE STATION HOTEL
GUISELEY

This was the 8th Guiseley Music Festival that we have provided the sound and lighting for

The weather forecast predicted that poor weather was due but once again the sun shined on the Station car park
We made several comments to landlord Tony McCaul on the lines of how lucky he is with the weather.

Once again the place was packed

All of the bands did excellent performances

Good money was raised for the local charities

Everyone enjoyed the day and Tony booked us again to do the next festival

Good result all round

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COMPETING WITH TAKE THAT
28.05.11
HUMBLEDON & PLAINS FARM SOCIAL CLUB
SUNDERLAND

This was our first visit to this club
A rival gig in the area was the Take That concert at Sunderlands Stadium of Light.
We were also competing with the Champions League final between Man Utd & Bacelona on the telly.
And just to make things even harder there was a club members birthday party upstairs in the private function room.
Add to this the fact that we had a dep drummer playing with us and the odds were firmly stacked against us.

We set about the task of entertaining a partly filled club.
Judging by the reaction of the people in the concert room we did a decent job.
After the final bingo session everyone stayed for our second set and some were up dancing.
When we were packing the gear away a club official came talking to us
He commented that we had been up againt it with all of the other things going on (Take That, Footie, memebres party)
He thought we did a great job and hoped that we would get a full club next time we play there.
Lets hope so !

Oh ! Almost forgot to say a big thank you to Pete Tate for depping on the drums for us.

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YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE DAY
21.05.11
THE GUIDE INN
HAINWORTH, Nr KEIGHLEY





As well as performing at this event Splash Alley also supplied the sound and lighting.

When we arrived to set the gear up it was a nice sunny morning but it was quite windy.
A couple of hours later we had all the gear set up and we were ready to rock

First band on were a local band called DO MISS AMERICA, They did a great job opening the show.
After a short break TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR took to the stage with a full set of Beatles favourites.

The next couple of hours were devoted to the bike show.
The wind had now become more blustery and as the gazebo covering the sound desk was almost blown away
The sky looked like rain was threatening so it was decided to move the desk into the back of the truck during the break.

As well as playing in Splash Alley Aarren also plays in a band called BREAKOUT,
They opened the second part of the show with a blistering set of covers from different eras.
They were followed shortly afterwards by SOUNDHOUSE who also played some great covers from the 60s to the present day.

Next it was the turn of SPLASH ALLEY and guess what ? It started to rain
Simon who is the drummer with Soundhouse had agreed to help us out on the drums and he did a great job, Thanks Simon !

Despite the rain and the blustery wind the crowd at The Guide Inn did not falter
They braved the conditions and packed across the front of the pub to enjoy the music
Some of the crowd even danced in the rain.
Even more of the crowd danced in the rain when the last two songs of Splash Alley's set were played
"Sweet Child" and "Whole lotta Rosie" always gets em dancing though.

CLASSIQUE were the final band but part way through the set their bass player walked off, no explanation.
The show must go on so Aarren took to the stage and depped for them for the last part of the set.
Well done Aarren. and well done the remaining members of the band for their professional attitude.

Well done everyone who took part, helped with the event or attended.
Much needed funds were raised to help with the cost of running The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.

Now the worst bit of the day for us, Packing the gear away.
Its not the most enjoyable task at the best of times but now the rain was coming down really heavily.
Trying to keep the equipment out of the rain whilst packing it away is a nightmare as it takes twice as long to do.

Eventually we managed to pack everything into the truck and set off home.
Cold, wet through and exhausted and crawling into bed at 4.30 am after a 16 hour shift might make you ask why we do it?

Would you believe that We actually get pleasure out of it?

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BRANCHING OUT
20.05.11
THE BRANCH HOTEL
SHIPLEY


This was Splash Alley's first ever visit to The Branch Hotel in Shipley

We have visited the pub a couple of times lately to see other bands perform
The number of people attending these other bands gigs have been low so we were not expecting a big crowd.
How wrong we were
Loads of people turned up and they stayed all night and even wanted more after we played 2 encores.

We had aquired the depping services of local drummer Marcus Murray
Marcus did a fantastic job on the drums
He had never rehearsed or played with us before and only had a set list emailed to him 2 days earlier.
Great job Marcus, Thanks very much !

The landlord of the Branch (Rob) was over the moon with the gig and cant wait for our return gig.
We are back at The Branch on Friday 7th October 2011.

Dont miss it folks ! ! !

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THE CONCERT FOR JAPAN
01.05.11
THE BIRDWELL VENUE
BIRDWELL
BARNSLEY






Splash Alley and six other bands did this concert to raise money for the disaster
Every band did an astounding job
The Sweet Connection were headlining with our friend Jeff Brown fronting the band.
Jeff and keyboard player Gary Moberley are both ex members of Sweet.
Mike Smith of Red 13 PA did the sound
We did the stage crew work and the lighting

There were some great raffle prizes which had been donated by some famous bands and celebrities

All of the funds raised at this concert is going to Children in Need & UNICEF Charities

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THE GEORDIE AT THE GEORGE
15.04.11
THE GEORGE
BRIGHOUSE

This was our first visit to the George for quite a while

The area where the band set up is a little bit tight for our band
We only put the minimum amount of equipment in but it is still a bit of a squeeze.

For this gig we had Geordie Brynn Reed on drums (Whey Aye)
Even though he had little chance to rehearse the songs Brynn did a sterling job.
Well done Brynn !

There were plenty of punters in the George despite having to compete with another local pub who had a well known local band on.
Judging by the compliments we received the customers in the George all enjoyed the gig.

An all round good gig

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BACK AT THE TARN
18.03.11
THE TARN
YEADON

Our 3rd visit to the Tarn pub in Yeadon.

As our big PA and lighting rig is far too big for this pub we used a downsized rig again.
Once again it worked a treat and the sound was just great.
For lighting we only used 4 Martin Pro 400s, 2 moving heads & 1 laser
A very small light show by our standards !

Gary Seymour who has been doing the depping on the drums for us was not available for this gig.
Our good friend Richard Wilson stood in on the drums
No its NOT the Richard Wilson from the TV series One Foot in the Grave
Although after witnessing Richards superb drum solo you would have been entitled to use the catch phrase

"I Dont Believe It"

The crowd loved the drum solo but we knew what to expect from Richard
He has played with Splash Alley several times in the past but everytime he plays a solo it just gets better

It turned out to be another great gig at the Tarn for Splash Alley.

We are back here again later in the year!

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BIG ROCK SHOW AT THE LITTLE UN
12.03.11
THE LITTLE UN
SOUTH ELMSALL

This was our second visit to The Little Un in South Elmsall
Its not a big place as the name suggests.
There is not enough room on the stage for a big lighting rig by our standards so we use less than a dozen lights.
We also have to downsize the PA to less than half its speaker cabs.
Fortuntely the downsizing does not affect the quality of the show
Although we still had a big sound and light show by most bands standards
It was certainly not BIG with the amount of equipment used, not by Splash Alley standards.

The venue was only about a third full for the first set but it got very busy later.
There were lots of the usual positive comments from punters and staff at the end of the gig.
Danny who is the landlord was well pleased and he treated us to pizzas after the gig.

We have two more gigs at The Little Un this year and we are looking forward to them

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SPLASH BACK
05.03.11
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD


This was the first gig that Splash Alley have played in 2011
What a great gig it turned out to be

Splash Alley are back

And they are back BIG style

There was a big audience which included ex band members and friends.
Quite a lot of new faces came to see what Splash Alley was all about.
The pub was full

Our equipment has not been used for months and we had one or two minor technical problems early on but we soon sorted them out.
We had a great gig which was enjoyed by everyone.

We must once again thank Gary Seymour for standing in on the drums until we get a new drummer in place.
Cheers Gaz, Your a gem !

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BROKEN BELT STOPS BELTING END TO YEAR
18.12.10
ACKLAM IRON & STEEL SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
MIDDLESBOROUGH

We were really looking forward to playing at The Steelies for our last gig of 2010
We were expecting the gig to be a belter.
We all met up at 1.30 pm and started the truck up to warm it up & loaded the 2.5 tonnes of equipment
We even went to the trouble of loading bags of rock salt, shovels, spare anti freeze and extra de-icer with us
We thought that we had covered everything and set off for Middlesborough
Then the bloody fan belt on the truck decided to break
Where do you get a fan belt for a 7.5 tonne Mercedes truck at 2.30 pm on a Saturday or a replacement truck big enough for our gear? .....Answer...???????????......
We had to phone Barry Woolley (the con sec) and tell him the bad news that we had broken down and we didnt expect to be able to get to the gig
We have now found out that that we cant get a fan belt till Monday anyway

What a bummer !

It just goes to show that no matter how good your planning and preparation is things can and will still go wrong
We were really looking forward to the gig at the the Steelies
This is the first ever gig that Splash Alley have not made it to in the 40 years that the band has been in existance
Thats a record that we did not want to break

We managed to get back to base without a fan belt and unloaded the gear

We apologise to the people who were making the effort to see us at The Steelies and also to Barry Wooley and the club,
We hope to rearrange the gig for 2011
We also hope that 2011 brings the band some good luck


We would like to wish all of our friends, fans and followers

A Very Merry Christmas

and

A Happy New Year

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ROCK IS BACK
03.12.10
THE EQUALISED CLUB
STAPLEFORD
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE


We last played at this club in January 2008 and they stopped having bands a few months after we played there.

They had billed tonights gig as "ROCK IS BACK" as we were the first rock band to play the club since mid 2008.

The club has also undergone a major refurbishment since our last visit.
The stage and has been relocated and the bar has also been moved slightly.
The club interior looks nice and modern now.

On arrival we were told that we could not set up for an hour until after the football match had finished on Sky TV.
A quick phone call later to the Concert Sec soon sorted that out and the TV was turned off by the staff.
We squeezed as much of our gear as we could into the corner stage and had to make do with a minimal lighting rig.
(19 lights is all that we could manage to squeeze in but it still looked pretty good)

Although the club was not packed to capacity there were still plenty of people in attendance
We were told that the bad weather had kept people away.

We thought that our sound check number received a big round of applause.
But the applause was even better during the sets
The crowd were fantastic and gave loud applause and cheering after every single song of both sets
At the end of the gig almost everyone in the club came up to us passing compliments and praising our show.

Gigs like this make travelling a long distance so worthwhile.

Aarren's dad (Bob Mowle) came to the gig as he lives not too far away in the midlands
Bob took some snaps of the band and some bits of video and these can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Click Here for Bob Mowle's Photos


After playing an encore the gig finished just after midnight
We packed the gear away in record time and set off back up the M1 in sub zero temperatures

All was going well until the traffic came to a standstill due to an accident just past Barnsley
We sat there for over an hour with the engine running to keep us warm.
As a result we didnt have enough fuel left to reach the services and ended up stuck on the hard shoulder.
We were rescued by Brian's son Andrew who got out of bed at 4.15 am and brought us some fuel

Andrew you are a * * * star * * *

The drama didnt end there ! !

Got back to base @ 7.00 am & could not get the truck into its parking place as the road surface was sheet ice.

It turned out to be one long day (17 hours)

"Rock is Back"

Yes It Is....

Rock is back home at last !

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FAREWELL TO DES
27.11.10
THE CONISTON
IDLE
BRADFORD

This gig was the final appearance of Des as the Splash Alley Drummer
He is retiring from the band due to health problems

The Coniston was full of people
There were a lot of people who had made a special effort to see the last official appearance of Des in the band
Our Ex lead guitarist Jerry Smith also attended the gig to witness the retirement of Des.

It was a night to remember for everyone who attended
We presented Des with a framed montage of photos
The montage included photos of the past and present band and photos of Des at two big recent highlight gigs
One was the Bingley Music Live and the other was The Frontier Club

Des had chosen the number that he wanted to be his finale with the band


Doctor Doctor by UFO


Quite an apt choice really when you consider that it was the doctor who told Des he had a health problem

Des really went for it and the drums thundered around the room



The picture we presented to Des is below and it says it all




You will be missed Des ! ! !

Look after yourself Des and you are welcome to do a guest appearance any time you want to.



After Des vacated the drum stool Gaz Seymour returned to the drum stool to continue the gig
(We have to thank Gaz for depping on the drums until we find a full time replacement)

Splash Alley then continued the gig in the style that the are renowned for

A BIG Rock show as it should be

Loud & Proud

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ROCK N COLD
26.11.10
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR
BRADFORD


Despite the sub zero temperatures outside and the threat of snow showers there were a lot more people at the gig than the last time we played here.
The crowd really enjoyed the gig and they sung there heads off on the audience participation numbers.

It was after midnight when the last set finished.
The compliments were from members of the audience were in abundance.

By the time we got the gear packed down and started loading the truck the snow had started to fall quite heavily.
The main road outside the pub was white over
We were slipping and sliding on the disabled ramp that we used to wheel the flightcases down
It was like a sledging track

Despite the show we still managed to get to our favourite Curry Restaurant (The Rajpoot) before they closed.
That rounded off a near perfect gig

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ROCK THE ROSSE
20.11.2010
THE COUNTESS OF ROSSE
SALTAIRE

Its a long time since our last visit to this pub and it has had a bit of a refurb since then

There was quite a good turnout of punters who had braved the cold wet weather

A short way into the first set Aarren's amp decided to develop a fault
We had to pause the set for a few minutes whilst his spare amp was plugged up
Its a good job we have spare equipment with us for these sort of instances

The equipment failure did not deter the band and they played 2 outstanding sets

It was a good return to the Rosse and we hope that this venue keeps going with the live music.
And they keep it Rockin

Splash Alley certainly Rocked The Rosse !!!!

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THE PENULTIMATE GIG FOR DES
13.10.10
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB
OXENHOPE

Our long serving drummer Derek (Des) Price has announced his retirement due to health problems
This gig was the penultimate appearance with the band for Des
It was fitting that it was held at his local club

We got to the club early and proceeded to set up
We then discovered that we had forgotten the flight case containing all of the mics & leads
This resulted in an hour round trip to collect them before we could sound check

Des got up and played with the band for a couple of numbers in the 1st set
He then returned to the stage in the last set for the last song.

Everyone who attended the gig really enjoyed themselves

Des will play one more official gig with the band at The Coniston on 27th November

DONT MISS IT

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SPLASH IN SHELF
11.09.10
THE SHOULDER OF MUTTON
SHELF
HALIFAX

This was the first time that we had played at this venue
Its a big pub and they have only recently started having live bands
Mags the landlady really wants to get this pub on the live music map

The pub is a fair size but its still not big enough for the full Splash Alley rig
So we put in as much of the gear as we could sqeeze in.

The audience love their live music
Its a pity that some of the neighbours complain if the music is too loud
None the less it was a good night and everyone enjoyed it.

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A PAIR OF HANDS NEEDED
03.08.10
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR
BRADFORD


Our regular drummer Des is still out of action, (Get well soon Des)
Once again we called upon the services of Gaz Seymour on the drums

Aarren has been having a problem with pains in the fingers of his left hand
The pain has made it difficult for him to play his guitar.
Fortunately the source of his pain has been found and it is been treated.

Another pair of hands were needed (No pun intended)
Someone who could play lead guitar !

Who could help ?
The answer was Charlie Meehan ! ! !

Young Charlie jumped at the chance to play with Splash Alley

Aarren played guitar on part of each set and Charlie did it on the rest of the set.

It worked a treat.

Its a pity that the Drop Kick was not as full as it usually is when we play there.
Those who were in really enjoyed the night

Our thanks to both Gaz and Charlie for standing in.

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WOODYSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010
28.08.10 & 29.08.10
WOODBOTTOM WMC
BAILDON






This was the Second Woodystock Music Festival at Woodbottom WMC
The club hired a big marquee to make sure that the weather could not spoil things.
It paid dividends as although there was no rain it was a bit chilly outside.

The Club had big advertisements put up around the area
Anyone venturing into Shipley town centre could not miss the event posters
There were posters on lamp posts and in shop windows almost everywhere you went.

The Dunwell Brothers Band were advertised as the Sunday headline band
Unfortunately they had to cancel at short notice
Splash Alley who had headlined the Saturday event
Also now stood in to replace the Dunwell Brothers as the Sunday headliners
No Quarter were then added to the band list to take over the slot vacated by Splash Alley

The bands who appeared on the Festival over the two days all did a first class job
Every band played their socks off and really entertained the crowd
Each band deserves a BIG pat on the back for giving their time to this worthy cause

Splash Alley's long serving drummer Derek (Des) Price was unable to play as he is ill
Gary (Gaz) Seymour who plays in the band Breakout stood in on the drums
Gaz did a great job and deserves a big thank you.

This event had something for all the family
As well as the fantastic music there were egg & spoon races for the children,
A wellie throwing competition for adults and children
bouncy castles, face painting, raffles, and a duck race on the river.

An auction of some raffle prizes that were unclaimed from the Frontier Rocks Event raised £128.00
This was added to the rest of the money raised from Frontier Rocks
Aarren & Brian then presented Steve Lally who runs the Rock of the North web site with a cheque for £2529.00 which was the total amount raised at Frontier Rocks.




Aarren & Brian presenting the Frontier Rocks cheque for £2529.00 to Steve Lally



Steve Lally then explained to the audience what had prompted the fundraising by RotN
He thanked everyone who had helped to raise money for the cause and he then presented a £4000.00 cheque from Rock of the North to Simon Moran from Cancer Research UK



Steve Lally presenting the RotN cheque for £4000.00 to Simon Moran from Cancer Research UK



Below are a few photos of some of the bands who appeared on this event

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If anyone has any photos of the bands taken at the festival we will be happy to add them

Please e-mail your photos to us
at
info@splashalley.co.uk


Once we are informed of the total money raised for charity at this event we will publish it here

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GUISELEY MUSIC FESTIVAL No 7
21.08.10
THE STATION
GUISELEY






This was the seventh Guiseley Music Festival organised by The Station Landlord Tony McCaul

We have now done the sound and lighting at all 7 festivals

The Help for Heroes were the chosen charity for this event
We hope that they raised some usefull funds from this event

Once again the weather was kind to us and it was nice to see the sun shining
The sunshine brought the crowds out making this a very well attended Festival

The car park, the decked area and the pub were packed.

Once again there were some great bands on and the crowds loved it.

Eighties band Musical Youth came up from the Midlands to take part.
After having the crowd dancing to some great music including some reggae
The played their famous 80s hit "Pass the Dutchie"
And when they played it the whole crowd joined in.

Another amazing Guiseley Festival

Everyone seems better than the one before it !!!!!!!

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RETURN TO THE TARN
30.07.10
THE TARN
YEADON

Our 2nd visit to the Tarn pub in Yeadon which is run by Mick & Lisa.
Mick & Lisa are great hosts and they make you feel very welcome.

We knew from our last visit that our big PA and lighting rig would was to big for this pub.
So we used a downsized rig again
Once again it worked a treat and the sound was just great.
For lighting we only used 4 Martin Pro 400s, a followspot & 2 moving heads
We cant get the light show much smaller than that ! He was told by Lisa to shut up and move further away from the speakers or leave the pub
Lisa sorted him out very quickly.

It turned out to be another great gig at the Tarn.

We will be back here again !

Almost unplugged yet again.

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FRONTIER ROCKS
25.07.10
THE FRONTIER
BATLEY





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Below is a copy of the report on the Rock of the North website written by Steve Lally



To say the Frontier Rocks festival was a success would be a huge understatement.
It was probably the best ever Rock of the North event we've ever done,
and we've certainly had some great moments in the past.

When Aarren and Brian came to me with the idea of the gig I had serious doubts that it could be a success.
I was what is known as a doubting Thomas.

The Frontier management had fixed a "deal"
which would penalise us by charging a sizeable sum if we didn't get 500 people in the place.
I didn't like that deal but we went with it
and it turned out the attendance was in excess of that figure.
Brian was confident and Aarren and myself were having hot sweats for a month or two!
In reality the event was awesome!

I will continue with a report later today but leave you for now by thanking all at the event but with a special note of appreciation for the Splash Alley stage crew who played a major part in the success of the event.
More later....

but what a fantastic event it has been. Here we go with a bit of a review on the most successful and professionally presented RotN festival in our history.

I arrived at about 11:30 to see the ever-busy Splash Alley crew doing their thing. Webmaster Joe assembled the drum kit as I helped unload our van. A special mention to a shining star of the community Chris Morley will start now for his great help at every level. Thanks Chris, you are a star.
Thanks also to the Splash Alley Crew again for hanging our new banner which proved to be a sod of a job to do...ah well! Aarren and myself were having anxiety of gastro-enteritis quality regarding attendance but well before the doors opened at 1:30 there were people queuing outside...phew...

To the bands and first up were those masters of the Texas Boogie from the Lone Star state of Wakefield...what??? Yes the fabulous ZZ Eliminator came to the stage dressed with long beards and Gibson Explorers! The costumes were authentic and so was the music. It was excellent with both Rod and Dave singing lead for different songs. A selection of ZZ Top classics performed so well took us through the set. Examples such as Cheap Sunglasses and La Grange would have satisfied the most critical ZZ fan and when the drums came in for Gimme All Your Lovin' I was thinking "Oh yeah!".
Great band, and totally recommended.


Our MC Tony McCaul made the band changeovers seem short and they were actually very slick
thanks to the Splash Alley team and Chris Morley and Joe Lally.

We soon heard an introduction by RotN correspondent Mav for Empress. One of the two bands of 2010 along with Suicide Blonde, Empress started up with the intro to Big Spender! That's right , the Shirley Bassey song. As I had dedicated this day to my late mother who loved Shirley Bassey, it was a surreal moment and a tip of the hat to one of the regular stars on the Batley Variety Club stage, the very one we were using! Louise is so confident in a tongue in cheek way she makes me chuckle then gives me the Whoa feeling when she sings, what a voice! I think the band followed with Weak by Skunk Annansie, and the Whoa factor kicked in again. Does this band do it justice, good god it's like vocal viagra! All through the set there was a wink and a wiggle and great musicianship, hey Gav Coulson is in this band! I was so pleased when Gav and Louise sang Deadringer for Love and I'm not a particularly keen Meatloaf fan, but it was superb,
I loved it and hats off to Tony and Lee their brilliant rhythm section.


Next up were one of my favourite bands and a band who've got the lot. That's Suicide Blonde. I rave about how good they are regularly and I was confident they'd prove my hype was justified. They did...oh boy they did and then some! This performance put this band in the premier league, they even shocked me. Using every bit of the stage, and it's a big one, they used the dynamics of sound and vision and athletic prowess to rock the socks off the gathering. They must have quadrupled their fan base in seconds with this performance. Hitting us firmly between the eyes with the first song as a band should do, they performed Tie Your Mother Down,fab...then Crazy Bitch...plenty of those about, then Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way which prompted a comment from my brother Kev, "This is what a rock band should be like!"...too true our kid, and they dedicated the Kansas song Carry On My Wayward Son to me which I'm always so pleased about. One reason is I love the song, the second reason is, this band nail it, it's so good. Finishing a little less in the past the band did a rousing version of Dakota and retired to a even more rousing reaction from the crowd.


How could anyone else follow that, but Top Notch playing their last ever gig did do,
and they they did it very well warming up quickly and giving us a great performance from these youngsters. I was impressed with Bryan Adams Run To You and the always well received Paranoid before 15 year old Charlie Meehan treated us to a great version of Lord of the Dance increasing the tempo on every verse. Charlie's playing some great guitar these days. Micky (Michaela) Glover is noted for her vocals but she's a talented bass player too. Her vocals suited All Fired Up the Pat Benatar song and what a shame the band are now splitting due to musical differences. I wont do a post mortem but wish all the members good luck and many thanks for entertaining us so well today at The Frontier.


Dave and Helen Taylor of Resurgence introduced a band who need no introduction to these pages and The Erics immediately tinkled the Morecambe and Wise Bring Me Sunshine intro which let the clutch out with plenty of revs on, morphing into a fast and furious I Fought The Law which was excellent. The Erics were clearly enjoying themselves on the stage their heroes had played on many years before. The Ataris Boys of Summer is a regular one in the repertoire and why not ? The band did a great version, fast in tempo, and a great favourite, always well received. The pace slowed as the band put on a more serious face to play Thin Lizzy's Still In Love With You with little Sexy Dave Wilkinson taking the main lead break. Goose-pimpley good was this song and an indication of the bands musical skills and credentials. For the finale the band went nuts and played their legendary version of Wont Get Fooled Again with LSD running about the club like a demented lunatic making us all laugh like hell! Superb band, my brother loves 'em and so do I.


So after that crazed performance how can a geriatric band with an average age of 92 follow that I ask?

Very ably is my reply.

Not all old timers at all with Aarren Mowle playing some great guitar work,
the band played a selection of rock staples starting with Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be and straight into Tush, a song ZZ Eliminator didn't actually include earlier. A Thin Lizzy medley followed and very nice it was too, then a new song emerged and very well played too. This was Whitesnake's Is This Love. This was excellent and Aarren again played some very, very good guitar on this. This gave way to Here I Go Again making a nice medley again, before those familiar opening guitar phrases to Sweet Child of Mine rang through the awesome PA installed at The Frontier. The ever popular set closer by Splash Alley massively experienced members was Whole Lotta Rosie and the band do a great version, they drag it out a bit, enjoy themselves, and so do the people watching them including me.

Bus passes or not, this band rocked the Frontier and I for one had a satisfied smile on my face.


So then it was my turn to introduce the Invisible Idols. I hate speaking publicly so I kept it short and the band went on as their excellent intro music built up the tension. When an original material band follow a festival of cover bands, especially those who do it so well, you ponder on whether the material will please. Luckily the Idols material is catchy and for a three piece they have a full sound. Of course they distributed thousands of free CDs this spring and summer and many of the audience sang the words! Result. Two covers went down well too and they were Hush the old Purple number and Once Is Not Enough by the brilliant Von Groove. I'm biased I know and I apologise but the band rocked and it wasn't just my opinion.


So to the headliners , the totally class Dunwell Brothers. Great lads these are, superb musicians and simply fantastic singers,
the harmonies are incredible.
I didn't know any of the songs but watched and listened as the mellow high quality songs flowed over me.
They truly are brilliant but many felt they were slightly misplaced at the finale to a rock festival.
May be but those who saw the band appreciated them greatly. Check out their Elizabeth single on you tube or download it, it's lovely. All the artist of the day were invited to the stage at the very end and that was funny to see but also a great reminder of what our community is all about, and that's friendship and mutual respect.


My thanks go to all the bands,all the helpers,
the Frontier management and employees, the people who supported the event...that's you lot of course,
and especially Aarren Mowle and Brian Glover and the Splash Alley crew with hangers on Chris and Joe.

For me it was like a big birthday party with so many people I know either performing or spectating.
Deep down though it was like a dedication to my mother.
She died of cancer and we were making steps to avenge her death
and that of every loved one that me or you have lost.

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A FIRST UN
11.07.10
THE LITTLE UN
SOUTH ELMSALL


This was our very first gig at this venue

It came about as a result of us playing a few numbers at a jam night here.
We arrived at the venue just after five o clock so we could be set up before the world cup final started.
Danny the landlord really looked after us and he even fed us.

We thought that the audience numbers would be affected by the football on TV but we were wrong.
The place started filling before we were due to play our first set.
By the time we started playing the room was quite full

We played two great sets and the punters loved it
It was midnight by the time we finished our encore.

Danny is keen to have us back later this year and we will be happy to play his venue again.

The Little Un was a GREAT gig and a GREAT little venue.

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HOT STEELIES
10.07.10
ACKLAM IRON AND STEEL S/C
MIDDLESBOROUGH

As we have said many times, The Steelies is one of our favourite venues
When we arrived we had to wait until the cleaners had tidied up the concert room after an afternoon party.
It was a blazing hot day and we were sweating like hell setting the gear up.
Thankfully the club steward came to our rescue and turned the air conditioning on.

The Concert Secretary (Barry Woolley)always has a laugh and joke with us both on and off stage.
However, He made the mistake of telling us he had taken his wife shopping to the supermarket earlier today.
And he had turned up at the club looking like he was about to take part in the Snooker championships
Complete with waistcote and bow tie.

Mr Woolley got some stick from the stage throughout the first set.
Lots of leg pulling about him having to take the wife shopping
As well as joking about when he was getting his snooker cue out

The first set went down really well.
The second set saw the dance floor in use
The crowd included a friend of ours called Mick Parker who moved from Baildon to Acklam a few years ago
Mick also brought a few others with him

Quite a few people came up to us and paid compliments
Everyone enjoyed the gig and we packed the gear down loaded the truck in just over an hour and a half.

Whilst packing down & loading the truck there was more of the usual banter between us and Barry Wooley
He could not have a dig at us for his fuses blowing like they did last time we were here
Thats because they didnt blow as we have by passed the dicky sockets that we used in the past.

We are back at the Steelies again in 2010.
As usual, We will look forward to that !!

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GREAT ! ! ! !
03.07.10
THE CONISTON
IDLE

We were back at Idle in the Coniston
We always have a good gig here
This one turned out to be one of the most enjoyable gigs we have ever had here.

The sound was great
The lighting was great
The crowd were great, singing along to the songs and cheering and applauding.

You cant say much more about this gig.

GREAT ! ! ! ! !

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VISIT TO THE VENUE
26.06.10
THE BIRDWELL VENUE
BIRDWELL
BARNSLEY

This was the first time that we had played at this venue
Its a big concert room and they have some big name acts on a regular basis
Our friend Mike Smith of Red 13 PA does some of the sound engineering for them
Mike agreed to help us on this gig as we intended to use the venue lights alongside our own lights.
It has to be said that it was one mega big light show and the band sounded great.

The audience numbers were low and looked worse than is was because of the big room
The world cup footie and the scorching hot BBQ weather also had an influence.
All of the people who attended really enjoyed the gig and made sure we knew they had

Hopefully our next visit will attract a bigger audience.

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ROCK IN THE COUNTRY
19.06.10 & 20.06.2010
LINDLEY WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL
LINDLEY
Nr OTLEY


The company who had supplied the service for this festival for several years had let the organiser down
We were contacted at short notice and asked if we could provide PA & lighting.

This is a private invitation only festival run by a chap called Mick Turner
Mick owns the land that the festival is held on and also plays in a band called The Rough & Ready Boys.
The event runs over the full weekend.
The setting is on a field in the middle of woodland
People who attend pitch their tents and stay on site for the full weekend.
Its a really beutiful place to hold a festival and there ar no neighbours for miles.
All of the funds raised are distributed to charity through the local Round Table.

There are two permanent stages, the main stage is at the bottom of the field in alongside the woods
The main stage was the one we did the sound for and this staged the bands
The main stage also has a purpose built building part way up the field to hold the sound desk etc.
A 2nd smaller stage at the top corner of the field hosted vocalists,duos and some smaller & new bands

As one act plays on one of the stages another act sets up on the other stage.
The live music is therefore continuous.

On Saturday the first band started on the main stage at Noon
The last band finished at 3.45 am on Sunday morning (Its a good job there are no close neighbours)

The music started again on Sunday at 10.30 am until mid afternoon.
There was some very good entertainment over this weekend and everyone enjoyed it.

We would love to do it again next year if we are asked.

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GUISELEY MUSIC FESTIVAL No 6
30.05.10
THE STATION
GUISELEY

This was the sixth Guiseley Music Festival organised by The Station Landlord Tony McCaul

We have done the sound and lighting at all 6 festivals

The Royal British Legion were the chosen charity for this event
We hope that they raised some usefull funds from this event

After getting soaked at the event yesterday it was nice to see the sun shining
The sunshine brought the crowds out making this the best attended Guiseley Festival to date

The car park, the decked area and the pub were packed.
If this festival gets many more people attending the place won't be big enough
Might need something the size of a football stadium to do it in in the future

There were some fantastic bands on and the crowds loved it.
The Guiseley Festivals are getting better every time.
The organisation was always good but even that gets better & better.

Live Music Lives at Guiseley at The Station

Roll on the next Guiseley Festival on August 21st

See you all there folks !!!!!!!

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DAMPENED DELIUS
29.05.10
FINGS FEST
DELIUS LIVED NEXT DOOR

We would hope it was dryer When Delius wrote his piece of music "In A Summer Garden"
It rained all day when we were at Delius Lived Next Door for the Fings Fest.

We got soaked setting the gear up.
We were cold and wet all day and got soaked again packing the gear away.

The poor weather kept the majority of punters away but some brave souls stuck it out.
The bands who were performing brought a few friends with them to swell the numbers a bit.

Why does the English weather have to put a dampener on things?

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BACK TO THE FORTIES
15.05.10
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB
OXENHOPE

Although there were quite a lot of people in the room when we opened up for the first set it was not full.
Part way through the set many more people arrived and they were dressed in 1940s style clothes.
Unknown to us the local area had been having a 1940s weekend.
They celebrate the 1940s and lots of people get dressed up in period clothes.
There were men and women in wartime military uniforms
Women in old fashioned dresses with hairstyles to match.
Blokes in 1940s style suits and one man was dressed like the spiv from Dads Army.
We told them that we dont play Glen Miller music so they would have to make do with some AC DC.
It looked a bit strange seeing people doing modern dancing in old fashioned clothes.

As is the norm at Oxenhope everyone just enjoys themselves and they really enjoyed the music.
That included two special guests who attended.
Our retired lead guitarist Jerry Smith came to the gig with his bass player son Joe
They were both full of compliments for the band.

To be honest the band probably played better than they have ever done.

It was A bloody good gig.

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TEST THE BARGE
14.05.10
THE BARGE
BRIGHOUSE

This was our first ever visit to this venue
We had previously done a PA hire for landlord Julian at another pub he ran.
That was at the Victoria in Shelf when Bez of Happy Mondays appeared there.

Julian then booked Splash Alley to do this gig at the Barge.
This also gave us the opportunity to make sure our PA would fit in the pub when we do the PA hire for Bez who is performing at the Barge on 5th June.

We managed to fit the PA in OK but we struggled with space for the lighting
We had to manage with far fewer lights than we normally use.
Its a bit strange from a sound engineers point of view in this pub.
As most of the audience are round the corner from the sound desk
That makes it hard for you to know how many people are in the place.
You also have to keep having a little wander to where the audience are to make sure that the sound is right.

The audience at the Barge seem to enjoy the music but they are not very responsive with applause.
Julian said that was normal in this pub and he said it was a great night and he was well pleased.

We will see how responsive they are to Bez on 5th June !!!!!

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A PAIN IN THE RIBS
30.04.10
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR, BRADFORD


This gig nearly did not happen due to Barry damaging his ribs.
He had fallen onto a fence a couple of days earlier and hurt himself.
He claims that he was not drunk but we will reserve judgement on that !!!!.
Barry would have to be hospitalised before he would let a gig be cancelled at short notice through illness.
We could give a long list of ailments and injuries that the members of Splash Alley have suffered over the years and still played on regardless.

The saying that "The Show Must Go On" has been said many times

So after a pre gig visit to the doctors and doses of serious painkillers and stretchy bandages the show went on.
Barry pumped in the painkillers (and a beer or two)
Then he pumped the vocals out as if there was nothing wrong with him.
We might have to kick him in the ribs before all future gigs to keep up the standard.

Although the audience at the Drop Kick was not as big as we would normally expect when we play there
It was still a great gig which was enjoyed by all concerned.

No doubt Barry will get a ribbing for his falling over episode for a long time to come !!!

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LIFT FOR CHARITY
17.04.10
ST PATRICKS CATHOLIC CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

This concert was to raise money for Castle Hill Special School in Newsome
The event was ticket only an was a sell out weeks before the concert.

We were originally booked to supply the sound and lighting for the show.
Splash Alley were then asked if the band could open the show, which we agreed to do.

There was one little problem for us at this venue, the concert room is upstairs.
Thankfully there is a lift but the size of the lift limits the speed with which you can get the gear into the venue.
As we have a lot of gear it took a while to get it up to the concert room.

Splash Alley opened the show to a packed room and the audience loved it.
Three other local bands also performed and the event which finished just before 2.00 am
This event raised over £2k for the charity.

Then all the gear had to be shipped out in the lift.
It was well after 5.00 am when we all got home to bed from a very enjoyable gig for a very good cause.

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FRANKFEST
10.04.10
WOODBOTTOM W.M.C.
BAILDON

This festival was to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity

It was held in the memory of Frank Rice who died last year of Prostate Cancer.
Frank was a local musician and a live music lover and he was well known around the local music scene.
He worked at local scrap company Crosley Bros and they were one of several sponsors for this event.

Splash Alley supplied the PA for the event which started at 12.30 pm

The weather was fine and the sun shone the whole day long

Throughout the day the bands who appeared on the outside stage in the following order :-

Eddie's Shed
Shetters Shorties and the Halfpoles
Scarlet Heights
Last Orders
Motus
Quiller Drive

The outside part of the event finished at 10.30 pm

Ozzbest then continued the entertainment inside the club until the early hours.

It was a great days entertainment
All of the bands and the people helping with the fundraising did a great job
We hope that the money raised at this event will go some way towards beating Prostate Cancer.

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IN THE TARN
09.04.10
THE TARN
YEADON

No its not us using South Yorkshire lingo for "Being in the Town".

In this case it refers to the Tarn pub in Yeadon which is run by Mick & Lisa.
Mick & Lisa are very good friends of our lead guitarist Aarren.

We knew beforehand that our big PA and lighting rig would not all fit in the available space at the pub.
Barry has a saying "dont put a pole where you can put a speaker cab"
We had no choice for this gig so it was a bass bins with poles in on which a top speakers were mounted.
It worked a treat and the sound was just great.
For lighting we only had room for 8 Martin Pro 400s at the front.
(The smallest light show we have ever used)

Aarren told the crowd that we had never ever used so little equipment at a Splash Alley gig before.
He added that "Its almost Splash Alley unplugged"

It turned out to be a great gig though.
Quite a number of the audience said that they had come especially to see us.
The whole crowd loved it.
Mick & Lisa loved it.
And we loved it.

We will be back Darn the Tarn again soon !

Almost unplugged again.

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A WEDDING DO
19.03.10
MYTHOLMROYD COMMUNITY CENTRE
MYTHOLMROYD

We were asked to play at this wedding celebration by the Richard who runs the Drop Kick pub.
Richards son Alex was getting married to his fiancee Lynsey.

So we did not disrupt the afternoon reception we set the gear up the night before.

When we arrived for our performance in the evening the disco was in full swing.
Once we powered the lights up it was a bit of a problem keeping the small children away from the moving head lights that were positioned at the front of the stage.
Its funny how children are always facinated by these moving lights.
Mmmm, maybe we are all kids at heart and thats why we like nice lighting effects !

We started the first set with some Bon Jovi songs as this is the brides favourite band.
The best man kept telling us that he hates Bon Jovi
He did get his favourite music later in the night when we did the AC DC stuff

Even though we are not keen on playing weddings this was an enjoyable gig.

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HELP FROM THE POLICE
05.03.10
CRIGGLESTONE W M C
CRIGGLESTONE
Near WAKEFIELD

Thanks to a local giving us some bad directions we were lost
So we were looking for someone else to ask when a panda car came down the road .
We flagged it down and asked the policeman for directions to the club
He said "Turn your truck around and follow me and I will show you where it is"
We got a Police escort to the club
What more could you ask for?


On entering the clubs concert room we were quite surprised.
A nice sized room, tiered seating at one side made it look more like a caberet venue than a working mens club
A big stage which was on two levels and the concert chairman was a realy nice helpful bloke.

Tony from a band called Plan B appeared (armed with his camera)
He said that he only lives 10 minutes from the club so he decided to come and have a look at our show.

We set our gear up (and by passed the decibal machine)we did the sound check and we were ready to go.

After our police escort to the club it was amusing to us that the first song of the set was
Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy.

A few minor cock ups in the next couple of songs were probably due to lack of rehearsals for two weeks.
Never the less the band pulled it together and went on to put on a great show.

The club has on been running the Friday Rock Nights for a few weeks and as a result the attendances are low
Hopefully as the locals get used to it the Rock Nights will flourish.
The concert room was not full but the audience were enthusiastic and applauded & cheered every song.

Tony was clicking away with his camera throughout the night and seemed to be enjoying himself.
He mentioned to us that a member of the audience had said to him
"Bloomin eck they are like a real rock band .."

Well we like to think we are !!


Quite a few of the audience spoke to us after the show and they all seemed impressed.
They all said that they would look forward to seeing Splash Alley next time we are at Crigglestone WMC

We will also look forward to it

Nice Place, Nice People,

We should be able to find it next time without asking for help from the Police

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IDLE ROCKS
06.02.10
THE CONISTON
IDLE

The last time we played in the village of Idle was October 2008 at the Coniston.
Since then we have been constantly asked by people from the area "When are you gonna play in Idle again"

A steady flow of people arrived, many of them were the regular music lovers from the area known to us.
There were also a lot af faces we had never seen before.

By the time we started the first set the pub was full.
Then the Coniston one again Rocked to the sound of Splash Alley.
It was 12.30 by the time that the last set had finished with the crowd still shouting "More More More"

Several people who by their own admission had never seen Splash Alley before past comments

One bloke dressed in biker gear said
"I've seen loads of bands and Splash Alley are the best rock covers band I've ever seen"

A young couple said that they had heard from others that Splash Alley were good and now that they had seen the band for themselves they would be coming to more of the bands gigs

A lad who said he played in a band said "How the hell do you get a quality sound like that"
The answer given to him was that we put it down to experience
Then he asked how much the light show cost us, his face went white when we told him

Every comment made to us was complimentary and if we listed them all here in would go on for pages.

We are back at the Coniston in July and you can bet that it will be another packed gig.

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ROCK BY THE RIVER
23.01.10
SALTS SPORTS ASSOCIATION
SALTAIRE

This gig was a private 40th birthday party for a lady called Tracy (She's a Splash Alley Fan)
The last party we played at this venue was for Brian's wedding reception back in 1971.
Here's a thought, Tracy would have only been a year old when we did that gig.

The day had started badly due to a cock up by the firm where we hire the truck.
We always hire a truck from them with a tail lift on and they had reserved us a truck without tail lift.
We explained the problem to them in dialect that they understood (F$*@"?!*&)
We had to go to another of their depots miles away to collect a truck with a tail lift.

Because of the delay sorting the transport problem out we got to the venue later than we had planned.
Then we had to negotiate numererous doors and twists & turns to get the gear in the club.
We eventually got the gear set up, sound and lighting checked. everything was ok.
The DJ arrives, sets his gear up, plugs it in and half of the Power in the club goes off.
Power restored and Splash Alley play a great set, No power problems, Brilliant !
Then the DJ plugs something in, yes you guessed it, Power goes again.
Power restored again and Splash Alley play another set without any problems.

Despite the cock up with the transport, the struggle with access, the power failures

It turned out to be a very good gig.


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We dont usually do gigs on new years eve
Pippa who books the entertainment for the club managed to talk us into it.
Most of the equipment needed for the gig was supplied by a guy called Andy
He is the guy who organises the jam nights at the club
We agreed that we would just take a few lights some microphones and the drum kit
Just taking the minimum of gear made our job much easier.
Pippa also told us that we were only required to do a single one hour set as the club also had a DJ on.

There was one slight problem though !!!
Aarren was away darn sarf at his parents for Christmas and New Year.
The problem was solved when Chris Morley offered to stand in on lead guitar.
Chris did a good job and it turned out to be a really enjoyable gig.
The club was packed despite the cold and snowy weather
Everybody had a great time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

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OVERPOWER THE STEELIES
12.12.09
ACKLAM IRON AND STEEL S/C
MIDDLESBOROUGH

The Steelies is one of our favourite venues
The Concert Secretary (Barry Woolley) is a great host and we have loads of fun with the banter between us.
As we were setting the gear up the doors at the far end of the concert room swung open and in walked Santa
"Ho Ho Ho the North Yorkshire Santas here" said the voice from behind the santa beard.
No disguise to hide the fact that this was the one and only Mr Woolley.
After a bit of banter between us and Mr Woolley we got back to finishing the setting up.

The first set went down really well especially when one of the clubs favourite Journey songs was played.
After the star turn (The Bingo) we waded into the second set
Everything was going well until the power went off
The Steelies power supply could not cope with the demands of the big Splash Alley PA & lighting rig.
It took us a few minutes to re-route the supply by using sockets in the dressing rooms and off we went again
The Steelies Rocked and the crowd loved it

Several people came up to us and paid compliments and one guy said "What a fantastic show you guys put on"
Its nice when you get compliments like that.
Everyone enjoyed the gig and we packed the gear down loaded the truck in less that an hour and a half.
With yet more banter between us and Barry Wooley
He wont let us forget that we blew his fuses yet again.
Then it was the long journey home.

We are back at the Steelies a couple of times in 2010.
We will look forward to that !!

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40th AT THE FIDDLERS
11.12.09
THE FIDDLERS THREE
CLAYTON



This was a 40th birthday party for an AC DC fan called Kev
Originally it was to be at a different venue and was moved to The Fiddlers Three 2 days before the party
It was the first time we had ever played this venue and the room was small
We could only put a small amount of our equipment in as there was not much space available

Both Top Notch & Splash Alley delivered an excellent nights entertainment.
Birthday boy Kevin joined Splash Alley to sing Brown Sugar
The night was rounded off with Whole Lotta Rosie
Despite the difficulty with the tight space in this small venue it turned out to be a very good gig.

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A COLD WET WINTERS NIGHT
5.12.09
THE WOODEND
SHIPLEY

It was a cold and very wet night.
Even though there were two birthday celebrations going on the bad weather did keep people away.
Some people will have also stayed at home to save their cash for Christmas.
Even the bad weather and Christmas approaching did not stop us have a good gig at the Woodend.
We had the whole gig recorded and filmed to hopefully put on a DVD and CD

Splash Alley put on a great show and if its reflected on the recordings it will be fantastic.

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A 50th AT THE 19th
28.11.09
WEST BRADFORD GOLF CLUB

This function was a 50th party for a member of the golf club.
By eight o clock the place was full

Top Notch opened the evening with their usual quality set.
They went down really well with the crowd.
Then it was the turn of the hot buffet to take everyones attention
The buffet was excellent,(Our drummer Derek had at least two massive helpings)
After a thank you speech and a few anecdotes from the host it was Splash Alley's turn to take to the stage
Quite a few new songs have been added to the set and these went down really well with the crowd.

We had also been asked to provide the disco music for this function
So after the live music was completed Simon was elected to be the DJ.
We turned the bands stage lighting around to light the dance floor.
This encouraged the people to dance until the early hours.
Half past two to be exact.
Because of the late (Or should it be early) finish we left pack down until the next day

With all of the birthday functions we seem to be getting lately the question should be asked
Are we becomimg a function band?

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BACK AGAIN SO SOON
14.11.09
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD


It was only a few weeks ago that we played a wedding do at this club
Tonights gig was the normal gig at this venue
The members here seem to like Splash Alley so much that they cant get enough of us.
Isn't it nice to be popular?
Inevitably we ended up playing well after the appointed finishing time due to extra encores
That meant that it was once again after midnight before we finished playing

Another good gig completed.

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ROCK NIGHT AT OWLET
25.10.09
OWLET HALL SOCIAL CLUB
SHIPLEY

This was the last time this local club is having its monthly rock night on a Sunday
The rock nights will in future be on the last Friday of the month
The officials at the club had decided that they wanted Splash Alley to play the last Sunday Rock Night.
The club was not full but we were told that the audience numbers were far in excess of the normal Sundays
It is hoped that when they move the rock nights to Fridays they will be a success
If the number of people that turned up at our gig can be repeated at these rock nights in future then the club should be happy

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ANOTHER BIRTHDAY BASH
24.10.09
THE WOODEND
SHIPLEY

This was yet another birthday bash at this popular local venue.
We always have a good gig at the Woodend and this was no exception.
The local lass who's birthday was been celebrated seemed to enjoy herself.
And so did everyone else at the function.

With both Top Notch & Splash Alley putting on a great show.

How could they not enjoy themselves.

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TWO BANDS ROCK THE FOX
10.10.09
SNOOTY FOX
OAKWORTH


Our lead guitarist Aarren also plays in another band who are called Darklight
We had agreed to play this gig with them as it was their drummers 40th birthday party
It was the first time we had ever played this venue

Both bands delivered an excellent nights entertainment the likes of which this venue had never seen before.

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BEZ from HAPPY MONDAYS
26.09.09
THE QUEEN VICTORIA
NORTHOWRAM

We supplied the PA & Lighting for this gig
Bez from Happy Mondays was performing with his other band Domino Bones
There were also three support bands on.
The place was packed.

Bez kindley posed for this photo with the Splash Alley Crew





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A WEDDING DO
25.09.09
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

We had been asked to play at this wedding reception by Dawn Dutchman & Ian Fawcett
They are members of this club and asked us to do the gig after seeing us perform there a couple of times.

Wedding events are always different to the normal evenings we do at venues and this was no exception.
Some people attend these receptions and you can tell by their faces that they dont really want to be there.
Top Notch went on first and despite playing a great set they struggled to get the audience going
The audience did applaud every song but would not get up and dance.
Then Splash Alley did a half hour set and the audeince responded in the same way,
Plenty of applause but nobody dancing.

After a short break whilst the buffet was served Splash Alley took to the stage again
It took several more songs before a few people finally got up to dance

It was well after midnight before we finished playing so we left moving the gear until the next day.

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THE WOODYSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
19.09.09
WOODBOTTOM WMC
SHIPLEY

This was the first ever Woodystock Music Festival

The Committee at Woodbottom WMC pulled out all of the stops to make this festival a success.
A considerable amount of cash was invested by the club on this event
The facilities included
A forty foot trailer for the stage.
A large marquee on the edge of the cricket field to provide shelter should the weather turn nasty.
An outside bar selling draught beer and another one selling cans of beer, pop sweets and crisps
A mobile caterer with hot and cold food.
A bouncy castle and Face painting for the kids
Extra temporary toilets and extra car parking facilities.
Posters, advertising in the local press.
Woodystock printed Tee shirts were on sale.

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GUISELEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
30.08.09
THE STATION
GUISELEY

This was the 5th Free Music Festival to be held at The Station

Once again we did the sound & lighting for the event
It is always hard work for The Splash Alley Crew but well worth the effort

Much needed funds were raised for The Macmillan Nurses and some local charities

As usual we started at 9.00 am setting the pa and lighting up

It looked like it would be a nice clear day.

The Guiseley Ladies Football Club once again did an superb job of keeping everyone fed
They sold loads of burgers, hot dogs etc.

The staff of the Station Hotel kept the drinks flowing and collected the empty glasses etc ,

The bands appearing were

DAVE DUNWELL & FRIENDS
DESILVA,
TOP NOTCH
ROUGH & READY BOYZ
EDDIE EARTHQUAKE & THE TREMORS
VOODOO VAN BOOGIE
SPLASH ALLEY

All of the bands did a great job
Even though there were some bursts of heavy rain it did not put the punters off.
They stayed put and applauded every band.

We got soaked whilst covereing the equipment to protect it from one of the heavy downpours

The only sour point of the gig was the insistence by a Leeds Council Environmental Health Officer
that the music had to be turned down to a level that was acceptable to him.

He insisted that the maximum level did not exceed 65 decibels at a point just over the road from the pub.
He was told that it was a ridiculously low sound level, and most people could fart louder than that.
This bloke was so annoying we just don’t know how we kept our cool,
He really made you feel like giving him a smack in the mouth or choking the awkward bastard.

It would appear that Leeds Council are coming out on the side of 5 complainants
who are trying to stop this twice annual community charity festival.

The pub have started a petition to save the Festival
The landlord Tony would appreciate support from music lovers everywhere.
A Supportive e-mail can be sent to him at station@orchidpubs.co.uk.
The e-mails will be forwarded to the council
They might then just have to listen to some overwhelming public opinion.


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HARLEY WEEKEND
28.08.09
THE SHIPLEY HARLEY DAVIDSON CLUB
30th INTERNATIONAL RALLY
BAILDON RUGBY CLUB

It was an honour to be asked to play the 30th Anniversary Harley Rally
Its the 3rd time we have played for the Shipley Harley Club in the last six years.
What a start to the weekend !
Friday night was the opening night of this rally and it was an absolute belter

Top Notch had to play as a trio as Chris Morley had a prior appointment in London.
The Harley bikers loved what the kids played and they went down a bomb with the crowd

After a short interval Splash Alley took to the stage and did what they do best

They absolutely rocked the place
Thats probably why the Baildon rally organisers keep inviting Splash Alley back.

We just love doing the biker gigs

Roll on the next one

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BARRY IS BACK
22.08.09
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB

After a forced lay off for surgery on his knees Barry is well and truly back !

The Oxenhope faithfull got a show that they will remember

When Top Notch hit the audience with a belter of a set and they loved it.
Michaela was suffering from a throat problem but she managed to get through the set just fine.
With the addition of Chris Morley on Guitar and Vocals Top Notch are a top band.

Then it was Splash Alley's turn.

Jerry Smith stood in on lead guitar again.
Jerry just did his usual quality playing and Barry really went to town on the appreciative audience.
Tiny & Des kept the beat as tight as ever.

Splash Alley played two top quality sets and at the end of the show the audience were begging for more.
As the rest of Top Notch had gone home before the finale Chris was invited up to play lead on "Sweet Child"
And it has to be said that he played it as good as I have heard anyone play it.
And the new followspot made sure that he could not hide from the limelight.
The new lasers added to the lighting show looked great

Every time we have played at the "Idiot Hut" we have had a good gig but this one was the best yet.

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A BREAK FOR SURGERY ON BARRY'S KNEES



Our front man Vocalist,Guitarist,Keyboard played Barry is now going to be out of action for a few weeks

He has to have operations as his knees are giving him a lot of pain.

Basically His knees are knackered.

He would like to have us all believe that his knees have been damaged by too many knee tremblers.

In the words of a well known song that Splash Alley play

"Dont believe a word"

The more likely reason that Barry's knees are worn out is all of the trips to and from to the bar.
Unfortunately we have had to rearrange some gigs that we were due to play over the next few weeks
Top Notch will be playing some gigs at local pubs on their own which will be good experience for them.

This break in Splash Alleys gigging will give Barry time to recover from the surgery.

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NO PARAMEDICS
03.07.09
CROSLAND MOOR WMC

The last time we played here we needed the paramedics and an ambulance when Des was taken ill
Thankfully he got over that and is back to his old self

Jerry Smith stood in on lead guitar as our new lead guitarist Aarren is still honouring his gigs with his current band.
When Top Notch opened the show the concert room was a bit sparce of audience numbers but that soon changed as the room filled with more people.
Top Notch and Splash Alley both did superb sets and the audience loved it.

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A NEW ERA BEGINS
27.06.09
WOODEND
SHIPLEY

This is the start of a new era for both Splash Alley & Top Notch

Arlo has left the band by mutual agreement
The role of lead guitarist will be taken on by Aarren Mowle.
Aarren currently plays with local band Angel of Sin
He will become a full time member of Splash Alley on September 1st.
Jerry Smith(Who thought he had retired)will be covering some gigs for us between now and the end of August
As Aarren's current band were not working tonight he agreed to play this gig at Woodend
He fitted into the band perfectly
No one would have guessed that this new line up had never done a live gig together before.
The quality of both the music and the vocals was astounding
If this first gig is anything to go by the future looks great.

Top Notch also have a new addition to the band.
Chris Morley has joined them on guitar and vocals and he has also made a big difference to their sound.

The audience at Woodend was swelled by a large group of youngsters and their parents.
Some of them had seen Top Notch at the Guiseley Festival
They were impressed and they decided to bring their friends to see the band.
They were cheering and applauding from the moment that the band were introduced on stage
And they continued to shout and cheer after every number.

One of the numbers that Top Notch played was the Michael Jackson song Black or White
The band had learnt this song a couple of weeks ago after Michael Jacksons Musical director Michael Bearden and his show director Kenny Ortego had been in touch with Brian Glover asking if we could send some video to them as they were interested in having Charlie play the number with Michael Jackson at his O2 concerts.
Sadly as we all know Michael Jackson died suddenly on Thursday and his death spelt the end of what could have been Charlie's big chance at stardom.

We had a little surprise in store for Little Charlie.
He would play Black or White with Michael Jackson
A life size cardboard Michael Jackson Statue from his History tour
The cardboard statue had been stored in Brian's loft for over 12 years.
It might have been just a cardboard statue
but to everyone in the room is was as near as they would ever get to MJ.

Top Notch did a belter of a set

Then Splash Alley took to the stage and rounded the night off with some superb quality classic rock.
Michaela joined them to play the keyboards on Van Halens Jump
Then Charlie joined Splash Alley for the Guns and Roses classic Sweet Child O Mine.
Aarren and Charlie playing guitar harmonies and everyone just having a really good time.

It was followed up with a finale of Whole Lotta Rosie which was unbelievable

No it was better than that

It was bloody awesome.

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GUISELEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
24.05.09
THE STATION
GUISELEY

Following the success of this event over the last two years
Tony and his crew at The Station set up the event again for this Bank Holiday weekend.

We did the sound & lighting for the event
It was hard work for The Splash Alley Crew but well worth the effort

Much needed funds were raised for The Teenage Cancer Trust
Some worthy local charities and volunteer groups also benefitting from the days fundraising.

We started at 9.00 am setting the pa and lighting up and it was nineteen hours later before we got home to bed
We were all a bit knackered after a very long hard day

The Guiseley Ladies Football Club did an superb job of keeping everyone fed with burgers, hot dogs etc.

The staff of the Station Hotel worked very hard keeping the drinks flowing and collecting glasses etc ,
The pubs staff were still cleaning the car park when we left in the early hours of Monday morning.

All of the bands and musicians did an outstanding job

JOE GALLAGHER (he plays his guitar upside down)and his drummer started the day off
Joe's bass player was unable to make it to the gig
Our good friend Mike Smith (better known for his Red 13 pa Company) stood in on Bass

They were followed by

BIG PICTURE

JAKE & THE CRAZY EUROS

CLEAR

THE ZOOMS

RUBBER BULLETS.

Then Tony McCaul got on stage with his didgeridoo aided by Johnny and Top Notch guitarist Charlie Meehan.

As the sun went down the lights came on and TOP NOTCH got the crowd really rocking.

THE UK FOO FIGHTERS TRIBUTE BAND concluded what was once again a great festival.

This is the 4th Guiseley Festival that Tony McCaul the landlord has organised
We have worked on all of them.

Each one gets bigger and better

There is another music festival at the Station Hotel in Guiseley

on

30th August 2009


DON'T MISS IT !


We are already looking forward to it.

Click on the link below for more information

Link to Live Music At The Station

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IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER
03.05.08
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB


We didnt think that this gig could get any better than the last gig we played here.

Well it did !

The place was full to capacity
The Top Notch kids opened the show and wooed the crowd with an hour of quality music,

Splash Alley then played a 75 minute set and a couple of encores.

We actually finished playing 20 minutes later than planned.

We have said it before and we will say it again

Lindley Liberal Club is a great gig.

And it keeps getting better.

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26.04.09
OWLETT HALL SOCIAL CLUB
SHIPLEY

We dont play very often on a Sunday because we all have to get up for work on Monday
This club is nice and local and we decided that we would do it and pack the gear away on Monday evening.

The kids of Top Notch did the first set and went down a bomb (As Usual)

After a break for the customary Bingo session it was Splash Alley's turn to take to the stage
They finished the night off with an hour of non stop Classic Rock.

A very enjoyable gig for the audience
And a very enjoyable gig for us

The hard work will be packing the gear away on Monday night after a full days work.

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A SATURDAY IN SHEFFIELD
04.04.09
BELLHOUSE ROAD W M C
SHEFFIELD

We arrived at the club at 2.00 pm so thet we would have plenty of time to set up.
Unknown to us the concert room was in use for a kids party until 3.30 pm
We had to wait until they had cleaned up before we could get the gear in
We used the waiting time to sample a few beers.

The normal Saturday entertainment is club bands
So we were not too sure what reaction to expect from the audience.

After the usual star act opened the evening (THE BINGO)
The kids of Top Notch hit the audience with a cracking openening set.
And the audience loved it !
Then Splash Alley and the kids of Top Notch did a set between them
A 14 year old local drummer called Brendon was invited up to play Van Halens Jump
He did a cracking job.

Then the STAR ACT returned !
Yes it was bingo time again.

Splash Alley then rocked the Bellhouse with all the classic rock stuff
The Guns n Roses number Sweet Child o Mine went down a storm.
Little Charlie doing his Slash impersonation and Arlo playing guitar in harmony
It looked and sounded Awesome

We had to finish the night off with the Bellhouse Club Anthem "Whole Lotta Rosie"

A great night even though the club was not full everyone enjoyed it.
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THE IDIOT HUT
28.03.09
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB

Des returned from another round of heart surgery
This time it seems to have worked as he got through the gig without any ill effects



The kids in Top Notch played a good set with Barry & Tiny both doing guest numbers.
As usual the kids went down great with the crowd.
Splash Alley took to the stage and played their of Classic Rock, Michaela & Charlie both did guest appearances.
The place was full and people had come from as far away as Manchester to see the show.
Everyone who was there stayed to the end and really enjoyed themselves.

The lady who is concert secretary insisted on rebooking us for her birthday bash in November.
By the way ! If you want to know why its called the Idiot Hut
look into the clubs history on the internet.
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A FULL 19th
07.03.09
WEST BRADFORD GOLF CLUB


Every time we play this venue its packed to capacity
Its always a ticket only gig and its always a sell out
Full marks to Gary Meehan (Charlie's dad) as he is the one who sells all of the tickets.

The kids of Top Notch opened up with a cracking first set.

Then it was Splash Alley's turn to play

We were unsure if Derek was fit enough to play drums for the two sets after his recent health problems.
So Alex of Top Notch had practiced with Splash Alley just in case.
Derek managed to get part way into the first set and had to give up when he felt unwell
Alex took over on the drums and you would never have known that he had only had a couple of practices with Splash Alley.
Alex did a great job and continued to do so for the rest of the gig.

Because of Dereks problems we almost forgot that Arlo was playing his first full gig on lead guitar after replacing Jerry
Derek insisted on getting back on the drume to finish the night with Whole Lotta Rosie.

Despite Dereks health problem it was still a great gig.

The kids in Top Notch really deserve a lot of credit for their contribution to this gig.

They are a top class band and their name sums them up
They are definately TOP NOTCH.


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FAREWELL TO JERRY
HELLO TO ARLO
21.02.09
WOODEND
SHIPLEY

This was Jerry’s official local leaving do.
Unfortunately the gig did not go according to plan
It started quietly at about eight o clock and in no time at all the place was full.
Top Notch went on first for a short set and they were absolutely brilliant.
Then after a short break they returned to the stage again and did a second belter of a set.

Then Splash Alley took to the stage.
Derek had assured everyone that he was alright to play
but after a couple of songs he started to have problems with pains in his chest.
Derek had to leave the stage and after taking some medication he said that he was feeling a bit better.
It was decided that it would be best if he just rested.

Andy Greaves who was our drummer way back in the 60s in The Dingle Berrys Show Group took over on the drums
He got on the kit and did a few numbers.
Alex from Top Notch then got on the kit and he played his socks off.
If you didnt know otherwise you would have thought that Alex had played in Splash Alley for years.
What a great drummer this kid is.

Jerry thanked everyone for attending and for their support over the years.
He also thanked the rest of the band and said we were all great guys
He said that it had been a pleasure to play in the band for over twenty years.

Jerry has promised to help us out if we ever need him in the future.
No doubt we will get him up to play when he comes along to a Splash Alley gig as a spectator.

Part of tonights plan was to have our new guitarist Arlo on stage to play a few numbers.
That plan went out of the window due to Dereks health problem.

Hopefully Derek will make a full recovery in due course.
and Arlo will be ready to rock.

As a result of Derek's current health problems we have had to contact the West Auckland WMC.
We have told them that we are unable to play the gig we have booked for Saturday 28th February.
We have however arranged with the club that Rock Solid will take our place.
We will rearrange our gig for a future date.
We would like thank the clubs Treasurer Dave for his understanding
and we can only apologise again for any inconvenience this may have caused to the club and its patrons.

Good luck with the future Jerry
The band and all of the friends you have made will all miss you.

Derek , Get well soon mate.
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BAD LUCK COMES IN 3s
06.02.09
CROSLAND MOOR WMC
HUDDERSFIELD


This gig at Crosland Moor WMC started out with bit of bad luck.
A tyre on the trailer getting knackered on route. (that was bad luck Number 1)
Then we got the trailer stuck on the icy car park (that was bad luck Number 2)

We managed to get over these first two obstacles.
Staff at the club told us that previous live band nights had been poorly attended
and with all of the snow & ice about they reckoned that it would be a very quiet night.
We were therefore quite amazed when the concert room very quickly filled to near capacity.

Top Notch went on to start the show
(These kids just get better and better)
The crowd were singing along and cheering and shouting for more.
It was awesome.

Then it was Splash Alleys turn to entertain the crowd.
The sound was great and the crowd were loving it

Then DISASTER

(Bad luck comes in threes)

And this was bad luck Number 3

Our Drummer Derek told Barry that he did not feel well and needed to get some air.
Barry told the audience about Derek having recent heart surgery and that we would have to take a short break.
As Derek was getting pains in his chest and left arm which are signs of a heart attack we dialed 999
A paramedic and an ambulance soon arrived and Derek was rushed off to the local A & E department.

For us the gig was over.

Now the good news is that after a check up, tests and an overnight stay in hospital Derek is fine.
In fact they could not find anything seriously wrong with him.
He had just been overdoing things and it had caught up with him.

We could not believe the number of phone calls that we received from people asking if Derek was OK.
We left our gear at the club overnight and went back the next morning to pack it up
Just about everyone who spoke to us asked "how is your drummer".

We would like to offer our apologies to the Crosland Moor WMC
And apologies to all of the people who attended for not completing our show for them.
Also a big thank you to all of the people who showed concern for Derek and sent their best wishes.

We sincerely hope to be back at Crosland Moor WMC again soon with better luck on our side.


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STATE OF THE ART SPOTLIGHTS ? ? ?
17.01.09
ACKLAM IRON & STEELWORKS SOCIAL CLUB
(STEELIES)
MIDDLESBOROUGH

Yet again we had a cracking gig here

Despite the credit crunch and everyone claiming to be skint just after Christmas the concert room was full

Top Notch played as a trio and they were terrific and the appreciation by the audience was tremendous
Barry Wooley (The Entertainments Secretary)arranged a collection in the concert room and the kids got a bonus of £107.

Splash Alley were back to full strength again with Des returning on the drums after his recent Surgery.
Splash Alley once again rocked the Steelies with some great classic rock.
Whilst the bingo was played we were inundated with people paying compliments
they were also making requests for songs they wanted us to play

As some people will know our lead guitarist Jerry is retiring from the band at the end of February
and his replacement Ian Arlo McFaddzen was introduced to the audience.
Arlo played several numbers with the band
Part way through the Journey song "Seperate Ways" all of the power on stage failed.
After finding some sockets that were on a seperate curcuit we restored the power to complete the show.
We discovered that the cause of the power failure one of the clubs "State of the Art" circa 1960s spotlights
which had a fault causing the power breaker to trip out.

Once again we stayed overnight at a local hotel and returned to the club to pack the gear away on Sunday morning
We had a right laugh with Barry Wooley (The Entertainments Secretary) at the Sunday lunchtime session.

What a great bloke and what a great Club

We will be back at the Steelies later in 2009
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STILL NO DES
12.12.08
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR

Des is still recovering from his surgery
So once again we had to call on the services of Peter Tate to stand in on the drums.



The kids in Top Notch played their set as a trio.
As usual they went down great with the crowd who were in.
The audience numbers were a bit lower than we normally get at this venue.
A very wet night,just before xmas & the credit crunch.
All possible reasons for the lower turnout of punters.

Anyway Splash Alley took to the stage and played over an hour of Classic Rock.
Everyone who was there stayed to the end and enjoyed themselves.

All in all it was a very good night.
Thats the last gig of 2008

We Wish Everyone

A MERRY CHRISTMAS
&
A HAPPY NEW YEAR

See you in 2009
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NO DES
29.11.08
WOODEND
SHIPLEY

Our drummer Des Price could not play this gig
He had to go into hospital at short notice for an urgent heart operation.
Get Well Soon Des !

Peter Tate was drafted in at short notice on drums
This gig once again co-incided with Brian Glover's Birthday
The audience numbers were swelled with Family & Friends

The kids band TOP NOTCH opened the entertainment.
Even though Rick has officially left the band he got up and did a few numbers.
Alex,Charlie, and Michaela then played the remainder of their set as a trio and they were great

Splash Alley did an outstanding set of classic rock covers.
Stand in drummer Pete Tate played a brilliant drum solo in the middle of Radar Love
Des sent a text message saying that the stand in drummer should not get too comfy
As Des WILL be back
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HALLOWEEEEEEEN
31.10.08
THE CONISTON
IDLE

All the usual stuff you get on Halloween
Loads of people in weird costumes
Some very good costumes.
The kids in Top Notch got dressed up for Halloween.
Splash Alley dont need costumes to frighten people
Some people get a fright when they see all the gear we have.

It was another good gig here at the Conni.

Quite a busy night and everyone out to enjoy themselves.


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ANOTHER SHED FULL
06.10.08
THE OLD TRAMSHED

The last couple of times we have played this venue its been packed with punters.
And we packed it again this time.

As usual Top Notch opened the show
It was Ricks last gig with Top Notch as he is moving away with a new job
He will probably remember it for a long time.
It was the best that they have ever played !
And they went down an absolute bomb.

Splash Alley then took to the stage and they really rocked the shed with two terrific sets of top quality music.
It was a terrific gig.
There were lots of musicians from other bands in attendance.
The majority of the audience stayed right to the end which was well after midnight.
Its got to be special for a Monday night gig.

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QUIET ???
08.08.08
THE CONISTON
IDLE


We expected a quiet night

Graham the pubs owner told us that the place had not been very busy lately

It did not take long before the place filled up with people we had it rocking

It turned out to be much busier that expected

In fact it was a busy night and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Graham seemed pleased as he treated us to quite a few free drinks after we had packed the gear away.


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WOODIES BIRTHDAY
26.07.08
THE WOODEND
SHIPLEY

This was the birthday party for a Mr Paul Wood
(He owns the place)

There is something special about this venue as we always have a great gig here

It was another belter of a gig

The place was packed and everyone had a great time.

Roll on the next gig here in November

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STEELIES
05.07.08
ACKLAM IRON & STEELWORKS SOCIAL CLUB
MIDDLESBOROUGH

We had a cracking gig here

The concert room was full

They had it billed as a battle of the bands between

"Teenage Sensations Top Notch"

and

"The Godfathers of Rock Splash Alley".

Barry Wooley(The con sec) came up to the sound desk after Top Notch had played their set and said
"How are Splash Alley gonna follow that?"

He was told to wait and see.

He came up again when Splash Alley were part way through their set and said
"I see what you mean".

He also gave us an envelope with some cash in it for Top Notch and told us he had done a bucket collection for them.

What a brilliant gesture !

It was just as well that we were staying up there overnight because after the show we could not get on with packing the gear away because of people coming up wanting to pay compliments and ask questions
especially questions like "when are you here again"
A lot of people commented on the high quality of the show.
One couple said that they go to the Steelies every week and they had never seen a show as good.
many were amazed that the Kids in Top Notch were so good.
They could not believe that little Charlie was only 13.

Some people told us that they normally stay in the lounge at the club
but they could not resist coming into the concert room to see for themselves

They ended up staying right to the very end
We were supposed to finish by 11.45 but we went on for another 25 minutes by demand.
Barry Wooley even sorted out a bed & breakfast place for us
It was only a few minutes away from the club and it was just the job,
nice clean rooms, nice breakfast.
We packed our stuff away on Sunday morning and then tried to get Barry Wooley drunk at the lunchtime session,
We didnt manage it though.

By the way we will be back at the Steelies early in 2009.

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WHAT A BELTER
27.06.08
BELLHOUSE ROAD CLUB
SHEFFIELD

Its only the second time that we have played this venue
It was a belter of a gig
Top Notch were a member short as Rick was away in Germany
So they had to make do with a short set mixed in with Splash Alleys first set.
The Bellhouse responded with standing ovation

After the Bingo break Splash Alley set about making the place rock
And when they played Whitesnakes Here I Go Again the whole club joined in singing and clapping
IT WAS AMAZING !

The Bellhouse faithfull really love their rock music
and after the encores were over they kept coming over to say how much they enjoyed it

We enjoyed it !!!
No we really enjoyed it

WHAT A BELTER OF A GIG

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ONE TO BE AVOIDED
07.06.08
THE CLARENCE
HUDDERSFIELD


This is one place to avoid

Below is our comment to the Rock of the North website


Here’s one for the SHIT LIST. The Clarence @ Newsome Huddersfield. We were asked to do this gig by Nigel Round Entertainments from Chorley and a few days ago I was warned by a member of a band from Huddersfield who had played it a few weeks ago that it was a gig they would not do again. Now I know why he said it! The pub is OK, the punters seem OK, The problem is the Old Landlady !!!!! She looks like an old witch, She is only small (a good bit below five foot tall ) the most awkward and the nastiest person you could wish to meet. Barry nicknamed her the “Poison Dwarf”. From the moment we started setting up she was moaning because we moved a table to put the desk up, then she moaned when the kids turned up saying that her licence did not allow for kids in after 7.00 pm but after making a phone call she came back and said she had had it confirmed that it was OK, although by her expression and tone of voice she was not pleased that she had to back down on that one. We were contracted for 2 x 45 minute sets and she moaned after Top Notch finished their set because they played longer than 45 minutes, then she moaned again when Splash Alley played two encores at the end of their set. As well as the pubs regulars We had over a dozen people who had come all the way from Shipley to the gig and about the same amount of our regular followers from the Huddersfield area, We have to please the punters so if they shout for More they get More ! The”Poison Dwarf” was going round the pub taking peoples unfinished drinks off of the tables before we had finished playing much to the disapproval of some of the regulars ( One couple told me she does it all of the time) As soon as the set was finished we started stripping the gear down and she said that we had to be out of the pub in thirty minutes. We asked her to put the outside lights on and she said they did not work (Funny I could have sworn they were working earlier). I can assure you that we wont be going back there to play as long as “The Poison Dwarf” is in charge. At least you don’t have to haggle to get your fee at the gig as it’s a NO Pick Up, you have to wait for the agent to pay you a few weeks after you have played there.


Below is Rock of the Norths answer

There was or maybe still is a landlady like that in Wakefield North. We have had and 18th party there and the band Joe was in played there...the owner probably was from the same coven. She was small, covered in gold jewellery and totally inhospitable...she was hostile from the first minute,and totally oblivious to the fact that she had one of the then top bands in clubland on her premises.Yet she thought her damp smelling...wait for it...room was the Royal Albert Hall.It didn’t even have a sufficient supply of power to keep both the band and four Par 56’s going.These kind of people ought to get a life. The Clarence...not recomended.Shit listed

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CATHS BIRTHDAY BASH
31.05.08
THE WOODEND
SHIPLEY

We seem to do a lot of party nights here
The Woodend is ideal for these events

We had a little problem to sort out
Jerry was unable to do this gig as he had to go away to a work convention
We could not replace him at short notice and we will not let anyone down

To quote the well known phrase

"THE SHOW MUST GO ON"

Top Notch started the show
As usual they did a brilliant job

We had drafted in some extra help from another band
RESURGENCE
(Who are friends of ours)
They had agreed to do a set for us
They were terrific

Then we cobbled together the last set of the night
Micheala & Charlie took to the stage with Splash Alley (Minus Jerry)
and played Jump and Shook Me All Night Long
Resurgence Lead Guitarist Maddog then did an excellent job playing All Right Now
Then Brian took took the stage for
Eight Days A Week & Twist & Shout
The crowd were then encouraged to join in on Hi Ho Silver Lining & Living Next Door to Alice
Charlie then returned to the stage and the evening was concluded with him playing the lead on
Sweet Child and Whole Lotta Rosie

What could have been a bit of a disaster turned out to be a belter of a gig

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GUISELEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
25.05.08
THE STATION
GUISELEY

Following the success of last years first event
Tony and his crew at The Station set up the event again for this Bank Holiday weekend.
We were once again drafted in to do the sound & lighting for the Festival
We were also headlining the event.

Due to some late changes to the bands due to appear the show started a little later than planned.
The band list was as follows

JAKE & THE EUROBOYS

UNKNOWN CAUSE

SOULFIRE

THE JOHNNY & JORDAN DUO

DAVE DUNWELL & FRIENDS

MR PIE

VOODOO RHYTHM DEVILS

THE ZOOMS

TOP NOTCH

SPLASH ALLEY

The weather was nice
The place was packed with people
Every act played great

It was an excellent festival

There is another Festival at the Station
on
24th August 2008

Dont miss it !
Click on the link below for more information

Link to Live Music At The Station

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BULLS & RHINOS
23.05.08
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR

Richard the landlord at The Drop Kick thought that it would be a quiet night because
The Bulls were playing The Rhinos just up the road at Odsal Stadium.

HE WAS WRONG !!

By the time the kids in Top Notch started their set the place was full.
The kids played the best that they have ever done.

Then Splash Alley took to the stage and played an hour and a half of Classic Rock at its best.

People were coming up and talking to us after the show and paying some terrific compliments

All in all it was a really enjoyable night.
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SQUEEZE IT IN
16.05.08
THE PRUNE PARK


Its the first time we have played here
And it was a bit of a squeeze getting the gear into the available space
We managed to get the gear in but we had to cut down on the lighting
It just would not fit in
There is also a big pillar straight in front of the area where you set up
which blocks the view a bit

Top Notch did a full set first
Splash Alley followed with two full sets
The place was packed and both bands had it rocking

It turned out to be a very good gig


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3 FLOORS UP
10.05.08
THE RENDEZVOUS HOTEL
SKIPTON

This was the 50th birthday party for a Mr Mick Smith
It was held in a large function room which was on the 3rd floor of this large hotel
It took us ages to get the gear in as the service lift was not big enough to take some of our big flight cases.

We have to say that the hotel management were less than helpful.
The duty manager had a bad attitude problem.
When he saw the amount of equipment we had he immediately started to take issue with us about sound levels and threatening to turn it off if was too loud even before we had turned anything on.

It was made clear to him what the levels would be and he was also told what the consequences would be for him and his hotel if he switched any of our things off.

A big bill for damage to our equipment??
A choice between Hotel food or Hospital food??


On the positive side of things the function room was a nice size and the acoustics were excellent.
Mike Smith and his family and friends are really nice people.
Most of them were in fancy dress and there were some fantastic costumes.
Everyone was out to enjoy themselves
And they did
We were complemented by Mike and his family and many of the guests.

It turned out to be an excellent gig and we finished at 1.30 am

Then came the job of getting the gear back down three floors a bit at a time in the lift
It took nearly two hours

Dawn was breaking by the time we got home

Thats Rock and Roll !!!


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MORE-MORE-MORE
03.05.08
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB

This was the 4th time we had played at the Lindley Liberal Club
After our last 3 visits We were really looking forward to playing here again.

The audience at Lindley Liberal Club love their rock bands.
This gig just gets better each time we play it

The Top Notch kids opened the show
The place was packed and the crowd applauded and shouted and cheered after every number.

Splash Alley then played two absolutely cracking sets the crowd responding to every number we played.
As Usual, We finished the last set with the encore number "Whole Lotta Rosie".

We had been told that we had to finish playing by midnight
The the audience applauded and shouted for more.
In the end we had to get back on stage and play another encore number
Not something we normally do.
But we had such a great night we could not refuse.

Lindley Liberal Club is a great gig.


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THE TREMELOES
26.04.08
SQUIRES LIVE
NEWTHORPE

We supplied the sound & lighting at this gig for The Tremeloes.
These guys are outstanding
The vocal harmonies are superb
The Squires Live Site says it all
Just Click on the Squires Live link below and read the review
And check out the pictures.




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SHED FULL
21.04.08
THE OLD TRAMSHED

The last time we played this venue was 14th August 2006
We packed the place then
And we packed it again this time.

Top notch opened the show
They went down an absolute bomb

Splash Alley then took to the stage and really rocked the shed
It was a terrific gig.
The majority of the audience stayed right to the end which was well after midnight
Thats got to be special for a Monday night gig.

Our good friend Rais Hasan came along and took lots of photos of the gig
The rest of the photos can be viewed by going to our Gallery Page




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BACK AT CHARLIE'S LOCAL
19.04.08
THE PRINCE OF WALES

A return to The Prince of Wales !
The pub at the top of the road where Little Charlie Meehan lives.
As we have said before its not actually Charlie's local cos he's not old enough to drink,
It's his dads local in Allerton Bradford.
The landlord and landlady are moving on and we had agreed to do this gig as their farewell party

What a belter of a gig this turned out to be !!
By 8.00pm the place was really full, And it stayed full all night
Charlie and his band Top Notch were once again brilliant.
A bucket passed round the pub collected £113 for the kids band.
Splash Alley then lived up to the "Super" status that the landlord had put on his advertising board outside.
The crowd loved it

The landlord said that this gig would be talked about for years.

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PRIVATE PARTY
12.04.08
THE GUIDE POST HOTEL

The man who booked us for this gig actually lives in Crete but he used to live in Low Moor.
So he booked the event for his daughter's 18th birthday at this top quality & very posh local hotel

We played in what is effctively the hotel main dining room.
The bar was in a seperate room next to the room we were playing in.
It was a bit strange at times with some people dancing on the dance floor
and others dancing in the bar area out of sight of the band.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
The buffet was excellent
Our host gave the band a free bar and said that he really enjoyed our music.
Now that Can't be bad !!!
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ROCKING THE CAFE
03.04.08
THE ROCK CAFE
HUDDERSFIELD

This was our first ever visit to The Rock Cafe in Huddersfield.

We had been recomended to the management by our friends in Jagged Edge.

The only drawback with this venue is that its upstairs,
31 steps to climb with over 2 tonnes of gear.
After setting the gear up we needed a rest so we put the Top Notch kids on to warm the audience up.
They certainly did a good job.
The crowd really enjoyed them and they showed it !

Splash Alley played their first set and the audience shouted and cheered after every song.
After a 20 minute break the second set commenced.We played on until about half past twelve.
The place was full from start to finish and the audience included several members of Jagged Edge and their crew.

We picked two other gigs up from delighted punters including a wedding and a local working mens club

The Rock Cafe owner rang today (Friday 4th) and rebooked us for a higher fee, now that cant be bad.

It would be nice if they invested in a lift before our return gig!
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MERSEYBEATS
29.03.08
THE CANBERRA CLUB
BRITISH AEROSPACE
BLACKBURN

We had a phone call a few days ago from Tony Crane the Merseybeats lead singer.
He said that they were impressed when we did the job with them at Squires Live and he asked us if we could do the sound and lighting for them on this gig at the Canberra Club.

There were two other artistes on the show so we arrived early and set up our equipment.
By the time that The Merseysbeats arrived the club was almost full of people.
The tickets for this show sold out weeks ago.
As the first act was due on stage we only had time to do a quick line check
As we did not get time for a sound check it took us a couple of songs to get it sorted out.
The audience loved it and from our point of view it was a very enjoyable gig

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POWER OFF
21.03.08
THE BOLD PRIVATEER
WROSE

This was the first time we had played here for over 18 months.

The pub was soon packed to capacity.

Top Notch opened the night and wooed the crowd with their set.
Splash Alley then treated the audience to a set of Classic Rock Covers.

After a short break the second set commenced and part way through the first song the power went off.
After a couple of further power failures the cause was discovered
Some careless idiot had spilt a drink over a socket.

In the end it was a good night
The landlady said that the bar takings were the highest ever for a band night.
And everyone went home happy !!
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ROCK & ROYAL
08.03.08
THE ROYAL OAK
PADDOCK

We always have a major problem fitting our equipment in the space available here.
We still keep coming back here though because the Landlady Jane and her husband Tony are brilliant people and the customers really show their appreciation of the live music by shouting and cheering after every number.

Top Notch opened the night with their set of new and old rock numbers
The crowd loved it.
Then Splash Alley really rocked the pub with two terrific classic rock covers sets.
One of our regular followers from the area (Pete)was encouraged onto the drums
Splash Alley then played a Rock & Roll medley with Pete doing a drum solo.

All in all the Royal Really Rocked tonight !!

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AGES OF ROCK
23.02.08
SQUIRES LIVE
NEWTHORPE

We supported The Merseybeats at this gig.
We dont have to say anything about it
The Squires Live Site says it all
Just Click on the Squires Live link below and read the review
And check out the pictures.




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BUSY AGAIN
15.02.08
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR

Despite a fall in audience numbers over the last few weeks the Drop Kick was very busy tonight.
By about 9.00pm the room was quite full.
The kids band Top Notch played their set and the crowd showed their appreciation with loud cheering and applause.
Once again the kids did a great set.

Splash Alley then played their first set and received the same appreciation from the crowd as the kids band had.
Their applause and appreciation was then repeated for the second set.
Once again this was proper Rock Concert stuff
A lady who had never seen our show before insisted on buying the whole band and crew a drink
She said that she had never witnessed anything like our show.
She also said that she would definately be coming to some more Splash Alley gigs
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ROCK & ROSSE
09.02.08
THE ROSSE,SALTAIRE

Our 1st ever visit to this pub and we were amazed at how many people turned up,
The place was packed.

Little Charlie managed to get back from Britains Got Talent filming in London in time to join Top Notch to open up the show.
As usual the kids went down an absolute storm.

Splash Alley then took to the stage and made the Rosse Rock.
It was well after midnight when the final encore was played
Yet another great gig!!!!
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NUTS IN NORTH NOTTS
26.01.08
THE EQUALISED CLUB
STAPLEFORD

We ventured into North Nottinghamshire last night to The Equalised Club at Stapleford.
Its not a massive club but the atmosphere is awesome.
The crowd were brilliant.
The Kids in Top Notch wooed them so much that one of the committee men took little Charlie’s Slash top hat off of him and went round getting money in it.
He collected well over a hundred quid for the kids and one guy threw a £20 note in.

When Splash Alley took to the stage the punters did not know what had hit em at first.
They went nuts and never stopped shouting and cheering all night.
They were coming up and asking if they could buy us drinks
Our bloody hands ached with all of the hand shaking.
We could not get our gear packed up for people talking to us.
We got back home at 5.30 am.
It was all well worth it though.
Its nice to venture into a new area.
It makes a change from going round and round the same circuit.
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LITTLE CHARLIE IN THE SUN
22.01.08

This article appeared in the SUN
on 22nd January 2008.





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ITS A GAS
19.01.08
BRADLEY HALL GOLF CLUB
HUDDERSFIELD

This was a Christmas Party for the Huddersfield British Gas employees
Yes we know that Christmas was four weeks ago but this WAS for British Gas!
And you know that the Gas Man is always late !

As usual we put Top Notch on first.
They went down really well.

There was a short interval for the Buffet
(Our Drummer managed to devour two massive helpings)
Greedy Bugger !!

Splash Alley then turned the pressure up
(Get it! "Gas Pressure")

Everyone was congregated around the bar area for most of the evening.
They shouted and applauded after every number.
Judging by the compliments we received afterwards they were very pleased with the entertainment
Several people even approached us asking if we would do them functions they were planning for birthdays etc

The only downside of the night was the rain.
It was belting it down all night
We got soaked loading the gear back into the trailer
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CHARLIE'S LOCAL
29.12.07
THE PRINCE OF WALES

No we don't mean Prince Charles The Prince of Wales !
We mean the pub at the top of the road where Little Charlie Meehan lives.
Its not actually Charlie's local cos he's not old enough to drink,
It's his dads local in Allerton Bradford.
We agreed to play this gig so that all of the people of Allerton could get to see their Little Local Rockstar.

What a gig this turned out to be !!
By 8.30pm the place was packed, And it stayed packed all night
Charlie and his band Top Notch were brilliant.
A bucket passed round the pub collected just over £100 for the kids band.
Splash Alley then lived up to the "Supergroup" status that the landlord had put on his advertising.
The people of Allerton loved it
(And they kept telling us all night just how good it was)
The landlady said that the pub had never had so many people in it ever before.

This was a terrific gig to end the year on
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VERY FRIENDLY
22.12.07
THE FRIENDLY INN
BOOTHTOWN

It was the first time that we had played at this pub.
The Staff and customers here are as name of the pub suggests, "Friendly"
It was just a pity there were not more people in the pub.
It could be that some people are saving their money for Christmas
Those who did turn up thoroughly enjoyed it.


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LITTLE CHARLIE IN THE NEWS
20.12.07

This article appeared in the Telegraph & Argus
on 20th December 2007.





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IDLE ROCKS
15.12.07
THE CONISTON IDLE

The Coniston really rocked tonight
TOP NOTCH started the show and they were outstanding.

The place was full when SPLASH ALLEY took to the stage and the Conni Rocked

Several musos from other local bands were present.
The comments they made to us after the show were very complimentary.

Neil Saxton from local band Mr E sent an e-mail to us the day after the gig which read
"Nice one on Sat by the way, probably the best sound I've ever heard in the Conny!"

Thanks Neil,

We thought it was pretty good but its nice when others confirm it

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A QUIET START
07.12.07
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR

Richard the Landlord of The Drop Kick told us that the Smoking Ban had affected his trade
and the audiences numbers had been low for the last few weeks

The place was quite empty until about 9.15pm.
Then people started to arrive and it was about half full when the kids band Top Notch played their set
Part way through their set there was a power failure on some of the lighting.
This was soon rectified by switching to other sockets.
Once again the kids did a great set.
The audience shouted for an encore and got it

Splash Alley then took to the stage and wowed the punters as only Splash Alley can.
This was proper Rock Concert stuff
People who had not seen the band before came up and asked for cards.
Mike Smith (Red 13 PA Company) said it was the best he had ever heard and seen Splash Alley
And he has watched Splash Alley on Dozens of gigs
Thats some accolade Mike!!!
Thanks Very Much

Richard the landlord said that he was very pleased with the attendance
And he once again paid compliments to Splash Alley & Top Notch for putting on a good show.
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WHAT A PARTY
01.12.07
WOODEND
SHIPLEY

This was one helluva party.
to celebrate Brian Glover's 60th Birthday

The place was packed to capacity with Family & Friends

Members of other bands also attended this birthday bash including musicians from
Abandinurhead, Angel of Sin, Caterpillar Heroes,
The Chantel McGregor Band, Jump Start & The Trees

The kids band TOP NOTCH opened the entertainment.
During their outstanding performance they sprung a surprise with their rock rendition of Happy Birthday

Brian also took to the stage with Splash Alley and they played a couple of Beatles numbers.

Splash Alley then did an outstanding set of classic rock covers.

After a short break Brian took to the stage again to do Hi Ho Silver Lining and Living Next Door to Alice

Chantel McGregor & her drummer Martin Rushworth assisted by Mike Smith on bass
treated the crowd to some more quality rock music.

Splash Alley then returned to the stage to round off the entertainment
with another cracking set of rock covers

Everyone had a great night and Brian was a drunk as a skunk
And so were a lot of other people

What a Party !!!

Professional photographer and good friend Rais Hasan was kind enough to do the photos for the party
Some of the photos he took can be viewed by clicking the links below

Party Photos 1

Party Photos 2

Party Photos 3

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A YEAR ON
17.11.07
THE GEORGE BRIGHOUSE


Its almost a year since we last played here.

Despite the smoking ban generally having an adverse effect on the numbers of people who now go out to the pubs there was still quite a reasonable sized crowd at The George.

This time we put the young uns band (Top Notch) on first and the crowd loved em.
They cheered and shouted after every song.
When we played our two sets the crowd continued with their cheers and shouts for more.
They were singing along to the songs.
Some of them were playing Air Guitar.
We had yet another good gig which everybody enjoyed.


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SECONDS OUT
03.11.07
THE RING O BELLS


We had to wait until the Great Britain v New Zealand rugby game had finished on the TV before we could finished setting up and start playing.

When we did get started we used the same format for this gig as we had the last time we were here and put the young uns band on first as our support band.
Once again the kids were a great success.
The crowd loved them.

We followed the kids with a quality classic rock covers set and rocked the place.

The smoking ban does not seem to have affected this pub in the way it has others as the pub was packed for the whole night
The applause from the crowd suggested that they were enjoying every minute of the show.

When we had finished playing we had to wait for a boxing match to finish on the TV that the punters were watching before we could pack the gear away
We missed our usual curry as they were closed by the time we had put the gear away
Eventually got to bed just before 5 am.

RUGBY, ROCK, BOXING & BED.

good night !!!!!!

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LAST ONE BEFORE THE BREAK
29.09.07
THE WOODEND,WINDHILL,SHIPLEY

This was the last gig we are playing for a few weeks as Jerry is going to the USA for a few weeks.
Des is also taking a holiday break at the same time.

We always enjoy the gigs at The Woodend and as usual plenty of our supporters turned up here.

The young uns band now has a name
TOP NOTCH
They started the show again and as always the crowd loved em.

Splash Alley followed with two cracking sets and the place really rocked.
This was another great gig at the Woodend

We will be returning to The Woodend for a special event
Brian (Splash Alleys Sound & Lighting man) will be holding his 60th birthday bash here.
on
Saturday 1st December 2007
Everyone is invited so put the date in your diary and watch this page for more information


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THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
15.09.07
Ooops Sorry! Wrong Royal, It should be
THE ROYAL OAK
PADDOCK

The Wrong Royal is the fault of Tony & Jane (the landlord & landlady)
They said that we had enough equipment to play the Royal Albert Hall
What with our big PA and all of our other equipment and lights.
We told them that we had only put half of the lighting rig up.
Jane said she is amazed that we manage to squeeze the gear in the available space.

Anyway the place was full and we had another great gig.

Some friends of ours from a band called Lights Out and our regular local supporters turned up to see us.
They all said that they had really enjoyed it.
We got the usual complaints that we dont play in Huddersfield often enough.
We really do like playing this gig despite the tight space.

The only other problem is that Tony & Jane make us so welcome and always want to have a drink and a chat after everyone else has gone home that we always seem to get back home just before daybreak.
When you think about it we would probably get home at daybreak from the Royal Albert Hall !!


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COMPETING WITH THE RUGBY
14.09.07
THE DROP KICK


Despite there being some local high profile rugby games on we still managed to pull a crowd.
Some of them arrived a little later than usual but were in time to see the young kids open the show.
As usual the kids pleased everyone with their classic rock spot.

There were quite a few people in the audience who admitted to never seeing us before.
They all stayed to the very end.
It was almost half past midnight when we finished playing.
We received some very nice comments from quite a few of these newcomers and promises that they would certainly be coming to see Splash Alley again.

Yet another great night at the Drop Kick.

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BACK AT THE IDIOT HUT
08.09.07
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB
OXENHOPE

Oxenhope Social Club has the nickname "The Idiot Hut".
Like we said last time we were here
The people who frequent this place are not Idiots
They can't be.
They Like Live Music

We had yet another great night at this great little club.

There were no fewer than three people in the room all celebrating birthdays.
Birthdays always seem to make the booze flow.
Which makes the audience let their hair down.
(If you have hair to let down !!!!)

Anyway everybody enjoyed themselves.

Thats what its all about

Having a good time.

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BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE
01.09.07
MYRTLE PARK BINGLEY

We played at this "NEW" outdoor concert which has replaced the Music at Myrtle event.
The new Bingley Music Live event is organised by Bradford Council Parks and Landscape Service. The live music started at 4.00 pm.
WE PLAYED OUR SET AT 5.20 pm

The whole band played an excellent and really professional set.
Michaela and Charlie also strutted their stuff and the crowd loved it.

It was an amazing day.

The backstage staff were great and everything possible was done to help us.
We were treated like pro rock stars with our own dressing room, our own fridge with complimentary drinks.
Full catering facilities with choice of menu. A stage crew was privided to help set up the gear.

The Music was broadcast live on the Local radio station.
We were also interviewed by them which was also broadcast live.

The plaudits poured on us after we had played were amazing.
Even members of some of the other bands went out of their way to pay us compliments.
Members of the backstage staff were shaking hands and complimenting the band.
Even the staff behind the bar in the VIP tent passed comments on how good it was.

We will have some more of this type of gig anytime.

Be a rock star

Yes Please, Its Marvelous

In fact its Bloody Brilliant!!



We also have to say
A VERY BIG THANK YOU
to

Andrew Wood
of
Bradford Council Parks & Landscape Service
for inviting us to participate in this 1st ever Bingley Live Music Event

May there be many more of these in the future

Click here to go to the Bingley Music Live Website


Click on the link below to view 5 pages of Pictures
from Bingley Music Live taken by Joe Smith

Click Here For PHOTOS FROM BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE

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BACK TO CLUBLAND YET AGAIN
27.08.07
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB

We were back to play at the Lindley Liberal Club for the second time in this year.
We last played this club in January.
After our last 2 visits We were really looking forward to playing here again.
This time it was an afternoon gig starting at 2.00 pm
The audience at Lindley Liberal Club love their rock bands.
We discovered that we could take the gear up the diabled ramp instead of the fire escape
That saved us a lot of bloody hard work.
We opened the first set with Thin Lizzys Jailbreak and continued with a mixture of classic rock numbers
Our two young uns (Michaela & Charlie) did two AC DC numbers and the audience loved it.
They applauded and shouted and cheered!!!

In the interval the Concert Chairman made it clear that he was not keen on bingo but he had to do it anyway
At least it was only one game of bingo we had to sit through.

In the second set the crowd responding to every number we played.
As Usual, We finished this set with "Sweet Child O Mine"
and then did the encore number "Whole Lotta Rosie".

When we finished the Concert Chairman said over the mike " What a Bloody Good Band"
And the audience applauded his comments.
Its comments like that that make all the effort worthwhile

Lindley Liberal Club is a great gig.

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GIVE IT A KICK START
24.08.07
HARLEY DAVIDSON BIKERS RALLY
BAILDON RUGBY CLUB

This is the second time we have played this gig in as many years.
It is held in a big marquee on the rugby pitch
We were asked to open the weekends entertainment.
The guy who booked us said that they wanted us to do the first night "To give the weekend a Kick Start".
Nice play on words, "Kick Start"
(If there are any thikos out there, Some bikes have a kick start on them to start the engine)

We put the young kids band on first and they went down an absolute bomb
Its probably their best performance to date.

We followed with a cracking first set
Judging by the shouting and cheering after every number the crowd were really enjoying it too.
In the second set the crowd were singing along to every number we played

The crowd would have had us playing all night but we had to finish by midnight
as the rugby club has to respect the local residents.

Biker Gigs Are Always Enjoyable

And We Love Playing Em

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FROM SUNSHINE TO SHOWERS
18.08.07
THE CONISTON IDLE

Brian, Simon & Tiny returned at 4.00 am this morning from 2 weeks in the Sunshine of Tenerife
to the wet horrible rain in Yorkshire.

We can't do anything about the lack of sunshine in Yorkshire
We can however try to brighten things up for you with our show
And we hope that this gig brightened things for those who attended.

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LATE ONE
22.07.07
SKELLOW GRANGE W M C
DONCASTER

This was a short notice gig which we only accepted on Friday afternoon
The band who should have played it cried off at short notice with the excuse that the venue did not get enough people in on Sundays to watch the bands.
How wrong they were !!
Even though the club was not packed to capacity there were plenty of people in the place.
We had a great night and the crowd loved it
Some people commented that they thought we were a professional band and not a semi pro outfit.
We will look forward to coming back to this venue.


But we brightened up the Coniston for the evening.
Well we lit it up with our light show.
And made the place Rock.
And judging by the comments from the punters we brightened up their evening as well.

Another great night at the Connie was enjoyed by everyone.
Pity about the weather
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THE IDIOT HUT
14.07.07
OXENHOPE SOCIAL CLUB
OXENHOPE

Evidently Oxenhope Social Club has the nickname "The Idiot Hut".
If what we are told is true it got the name because many many years ago a bunch of bikers dismantled this old church building (which was in another village several miles away) and transported it piece by piece on their bikes to its current location In the heart of Bronteland and reassembled it, some local people thought that the bikers were complete idiots so the building became known as
"The Idiot Hut."
Its a quaint building, it looks a bit like one of those old fashioned pre war wood and asbestos sheet garages
but a helluv a lot bigger.
We found enough power to run all of the lights and amps and were assured by the staff that despite the
buildings flimsy appearance it would withstand any efforts by a rock band to shake the place down

Well we rocked the place and its still standing.

We had a great night and they booked us back for the 8th September


It Might be called "The Idiot Hut"

But the people who go there are not Idiots

They cant be
They Like Live Music

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APRIL & WAYNE
06.07.07
FARM ROAD SOCIAL CLUB
KENDRAY

No NOT April and Rain
Its not a comment about the month of April having lots of rain
We have not spelt it wrong either, Its April & Wayne
It was a wedding evening party for a newly wed couple
April got married to Mr Wayne Altree
OK Now thats sorted out.

Its the first time we have ever played at this club
On arrival we were told that they had a neighbor from hell who constantly complained about noise
As a result of this neighbor the club has to do checks on the noise so that they keep their licence

Anyway the evening went off very well and everone enjoyed themselves.
The buffet was bloody good too!!!

We also send Our Best Wishes to the happy couple

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ALL SMOKED UP
30.06.07
THE BREWERY TAP

Raymond & Gary (The Landlords @ The Tap)
Decided to have a Smoking Party to mark the end of smoking in pubs.
They put Free smoked food on & Free Cigs and a raffle.
At the end of the night Raymond even auctioned the pubs ash trays off.
The evening raised £200 for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Its good that that money raised at a smoking event will be used to help cancer sufferers.

We got wet through unloading the gear.
And it Pi**ed it down most of the night
Despite the wet weather the punters still came out.
The Tap was crammed with people
We started early by putting the young uns on for a set of their own,
The kids went down a bomb
Splash Alley went down a bomb
In fact the whole evening was dynamite.
The power went off a few times in the last set.
We didnt finish the last set until after midnight
From now on the only smoking you will get in the venues will be from the bands smoke machines
Unless the "Powers That Be" decide to ban them as well !!!!

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TREVS BIRTHDAY
23.06.07
WOODEND

This was the birthday party for Trevor Wood.
His brother Paul Wood owns the place.
A nice buffet had been supplied for the party.
The curry they had put on was superb.

The young uns started the show again and they did a superb job.
We followed up with two quality sets

The place was packed and we had a great night.
The crowd loved it and Trevor was well pleased with his birthday do.

Some bikers from a local Harley bikers club had come to have a look and listen.
They said they were well impressed with the show and cant wait to see us again
at the Harley Rally in Baildon in August
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HELLS BELLS
16.06.07
THE RING O BELLS


We decided that after the success of our Big Rock Show gig at The Drop Kick two weeks ago
we would use the same format for this gig and put the young uns band on first as our support band.
We obviously made the right decision as the kids were a resounding success.
The crowd loved them.

We followed the kids with our usual selection of quality classic rock covers and went down a bomb.
Michaela joined us on keyboards for Van Halens Jump and then she played bass
for AC DCs Shook Me All Night Long with Charlie playing lead guitar.

We started our second set with AC DCs Hells Bells and went on to play over an hour long set.
The pub was packed for the whole night
Judging by the applause the crowd were loving every minute of the show
One of the pubs regulars took it upon herself to go round after the music ended
and do a collection for the young uns
They got a bonus of £43 which was a very nice surprise for them.

Les the landlord was plying us with drinks after we had packed our gear away.
After driving back and putting the trailer away,
Then going for a curry
Eventually got to bed at 4.45 am.

Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z

Hells Bells.

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AN UDDER GREAT NIGHT
09.06.07
THE BROWN COW
BINGLEY

It was the first time we had played in Bingley for years.
This Pub is getting a reputation for its Live Music Nights thanks to Neil the music loving landlord.
The place was packed and the crowd were shouting and cheering after every number.

We had a fantastic gig and we are really looking forward to returning to this venue in October

We look forward to An Udder Great Night!!!

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FULL ROCK SHOW
01.06.07
THE DROP KICK
LOW MOOR

We had a surprise in store for the crowd who turned up tonight to this gig
The debut of our full young uns band doing our "Big Rock Show"
We had decided that our full young uns band
(Charlie, Micheala, Alec & Rick) would open the show with a set of their own.
We did not even tell the kids they were doing it until about ten minutes before they were due on stage.
They opened with Enter Sandman and went on to do three other great rock covers,the audience loved them.
We were well chuffed with their performance.
We still need a name for our young band and we are asking people to e-mail us with suggestions.
There is a £20 prize for the person who e-mails in a name that we choose to use.

Someone stood by the bar said "How do you follow that."
Well Splash Alley just did their thing and the audience were treated to two sets of knockout rock music.

The compliments were coming from all directions after the show.

The man who questioned "How do you follow that" came up and said
"Thats my question answered, that was F**king brilliant"

Frank from the U2 tribute band New 2 said
"I have never heard a better sound or seen a better show from a semi pro band."

Thanks for the compliment Frank!

We were chatting to people for ages.
We eventually managed to get the gear packed away and got back home for 4.30 am.

It was worth it

Long Live Live Music!!!!

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DERBY DAY SOAKING
27.05.07
THE CRICKETERS
BAILDON GREEN

The first ever Baildon Soap Box Derby Day was not supposed to be a water sport competition.
The Bank Holiday weather did its worst and it rained for most of the day
Despite the poor weather there was still a fair number of people who turned up and braved the rain to watch the soap box racing and the bands.
The Red Arrows even stayed away because of the clouds.

First on stage were a young band called REDEMTION.
They played a great set which included modern covers and some of their own compositions.

Next band on were SOMETHINS MISSING
These guys supported us at the Saltaire Festival last year and they are a cracking three piece band.
They play some great covers and some of their own stuff.

When it was SPLASH ALLEYS turn to play
GUESS WHAT !!!!
What had been the odd light shower or light drizzle turned to a full pour down
It didnt put off the punters though
They braved the weather and shouted and cheered.
Then the rain stopped just as we put the young uns on!
They were terrific and the crowd loved em

After a short break Somethins Missing were back on stage doing their thing and Pete from VanHooligan got up and guested on Whole Lotta Rosie

We had a visit from a H & S man who said that as the rain had managed to soak everything including some of the gear it was not safe to continue so as this stage we had to pack up and go home.

If we do it next year lets hope the weathers kinder!


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THE CONNIE
17.03.07
THE CONISTON IDLE

We always have a good gig at The Connie but this was the best ever.

The place was packed with people a good hour before we were due on.

Its difficult to give a proper description of what this gig was like

You had to be there to experience the atmosphere.

WOW !!!!!

What a GREAT Crowd !!!!!

What a GREAT Night !!!!!

What a GREAT Venue !!!!!

What a GREAT Gig !!!!!


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WEDDING DOO
21.04.07
ESPORTIA
COOKRIDGE HALL LEEDS

We played at The Esportia for the wedding of Mike & Julie

The gig was in a very big conservatory and believe it or not the glass is still intact.

The food on the outdoor B B Q was brilliant

The audience were great and we had a very good gig

We also send Our Best Wishes to the happy couple

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STEELIES
07.04.07
ACKLAM STEEL & ATHLETIC CLUB
MIDDLESBOROUGH

We played in Middlesborough for the first time in years.
This is a very big club
We had a fantastic night and another great gig
The crowd at this venue really like their rock music
They chanted for more so we went back on stage and did some more.

The young uns didnt come with us to this gig as it was considered to be a bit too far away for them
We are definitely taking them next time as its too good a gig for them to miss out on
Barry (The Concert Secretary) certainly knows his rock music and he is a character and a really good laugh, he said
"The kids can come and play here anytime if they play Rock music,
but we don't want any Bonnie Langfords".

We are looking forward to coming back to this club again very soon.


We have not stopped smiling this weekend.

Its been a Bloody Brilliant Weekend.

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WHAT A GOOD FRIDAY
06.04.07
BELLHOUSE ROAD WMC
SHEFFIELD

Wow, What a Good Friday at The Bellhouse Road WMC
Even though the place was not full it was still a great atmosphere.
We met Fast Eddie (The Concert Secretary) for the first time (What a Great Bloke).
We also met Carl of Meltdown (Smashing guy)

The young uns (Charlie, Michaela and Alex) did a great job yet again
(they are becoming seasoned professionals)
The crowd loved em.

We did do the Bellhouse Anthem (Whole Lotta Rosie) at the end of the show.
Its our own anthem and we always finish off with wherever we play.
Lots of nice people at Bellhouse kept coming up to us paying compliments after the show.

Eddie at the Bellhouse is dreading the electric bill coming,
We had over 40 lights in the show
(over 9000 watts and not one par can).

We have to say thanks to Mick Smith (Red 13)
He has put a lot of work in helping with the rewiring and programming
all of the additional lighting we have added to the show.

Thanks to both Eddie and Carl for their kind comments on RotN which are listed below.
(Their Comments are in Red text and the replies from Rock of the North are in green text)



Comment from Fast Eddie of Bellhouse 7/4/07
Hi Steve, its one in the morning, im up at five in the morning, but Splash Alley ave brought out the yearning in me.What a fooking band!!!.It was blackpool illumations and a fantastic band,rolled into one. Absolutly top guys Steve, great musicians top vocalist and the sound and lights was the best ive seen in the club. I also got to shake hands with a star of the future,"young Angus"was well im lost for words, the young girl on keys, and bass was spot on, and the little guy on the drums was mint. Dunno who I enjoyed the most, the stars of now, or the stars of the future without doubt. Great to see a band who puts the young ones to the front, but who are also absolutley excellent in every thing they did tonight. Nice to meet Brian to, great guy as was the rest of the band, see them all again soon.

Reply from Rock of the North
The "old lads" have been at it a long time but they still cut it, but I wasn't sure if Charlie, Michelle and the gang were going to perform. I'm glad they did. The lights are fantastic and a credit to Brian who has about 20 grand invested in them. I had some RotN business to attend to on Friday night so I couldn't attend. We're really pleased it went well at Bellhouse though! Wait till the electric bill comes through!




Comment from Carl of Meltdown and Bellhouse 7/4/07
Just to agree with Eddie, Splash Alley were great last night. Superb lights and sound and great all round show. The young 'uns were brilliant too, what a character Charlie is, and for his age, wow, awesome guitarist! And multi-talented Michaela too on keys and bass - cracking job. And the lad who got up on drums, shut ur eyes and you couldn't tell the difference between him and Cozy Powell! lol. Really enjoyed the gig... hope to see them again soon. Was good to see Mike Smith again and Alf Hoo.... sorry, Brian too! haha! Enjoy your weekend. Carl.

Reply from Rock of the North
Wish I'd have come to Bellhouse now as the other business was a bit of a washout. I'm really pleased Splash Alley were to everyone's liking. I think the "Puddles" drummer is called Alex but I could be wrong. Charlie and Michaela are truly brilliant and Charlie's Angus mannerisms are fabulous.If I'm wrong I'm sure Alf Hoo....er I mean Brian will fill us in!


This was a VERY GOOD FRIDAY

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BIG Ds
31.03.07

Late Cancellation

This gig was cancelled by the venue.
Their electricity supply was not up to the standard required.
The power evidently kept going off on another band who played there.
It would not have had a chance of staying on with all of our gear plugged into it.

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OWLET HALL SOCIAL CLUB
30.03.07

This was our first visit to this club for about 30 years.
The once monthly Rock Band nights seemed to have really taken off.

We tried some of the extra lighting out for the first time which Mike Smith has been helping Brian to install.
The extra lights added up to now have made the light show even better and there are some more lights still to add which will improve the show even more.

There were lots of people coming up to us after the gig telling us how good the music and the lights were.

The young uns did their usual quality set and impressed everybody
They get better every time they play!

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ST PATRICKS DAY & MURPHYS LAW
17.03.07
THE BREWERY TAP

The St Patricks day gig at The Brewery Tap started off with the best intentions.
We arrived just after 5.00pm so that we would have plenty of time to set up
as we knew that the last time we played here the pub was jammed with people.

Then Murphys Law kicked in!
"WHAT CAN GO WRONG WILL GO WRONG"

It was already blowing a gale outside and it started pouring down with rain
as we were part way through unloading the equipment from the trailer.
We set everything up & when we plugged into the pubs power points a circuit breaker tripped.
We got the power back on then one of the lights started misbehaving
We started checking the sound levels and the desk kept going off and on.
Then the desk power pack gave out a puff of smoke and stopped working.
Brian went to get the spare desk from the lock up
and when he got there he realised that he did not have the key so he had to phone his son to bring the key.
We set up the spare desk and we could not get the sound to come through all of the speakers.
We did not want to disapoint everybody who had turned up to see us.
So we decided that we would have to play with the system only part working.
We eventually started playing almost an hour late.
We played one long set straight through without a break.

The three kids (Alex,Charlie & Michaela) did another great job.
They added a terrific instrumental number to their set, Joe Satriani's "Surfing with the Alien".
It went down an absolute storm.

There were quite a few musicians from other bands in the pub and they were all well impressed with the kids set and they also paid compliments to us for doing the gig with what seemed one problem after another.

Mick from the band Hard To Handle said
"Shame about the PA going down but credit to you for getting it sorted"

Dave & Alan from Jagged Edge said that they thought it was great even with the PA not working properly.

Most people seem to accept that we did our best under difficult circumstances.

As the saying goes
"The Show Must Go On"
(Mind you it nearly didnt!)

Murphys Law kicked in again when were loading the equipment
It P*ss*d it down and we all got bloody soaked

THANKS A LOT ST PATRICK!

Next year maybe we will do what everybody else does on St Patricks day

Instead of doing a gig we will go out somewhere

AND GET BLIND STINKING DRUNK!
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FIRST ON THE STAGE
THE WOODEND, SHIPLEY
10.03.07

The owner (Paul Wood) has spent a considerable lump of money doing some big alterations, The old stage at the side of the room has been taken out and a new stage has been built at one end of the concert room.
We were the first band to play on the new stage.

We also introduced Alex on the drums, he is a new addition to our young uns band and he did a superb job. you would not have guessed that it was the first proper live gig he has played at.

The place was packed and we had a great night.

The crowd loved it
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THE ROYAL OAK, PADDOCK
03.03.07

When we had finished setting up Tony & Jane (the landlord & landlady) joked that they thought there would be no room left for customers as we took so much room up with our new PA and all of our other equipment.

The place was packed and we had another great gig.

The young uns went down a absolute bomb again.

Our loyal Huddersfield supporters were at the gig and they really enjoyed themselves.
They complained that we dont play in Huddersfield often enough.
We will have to try to find some more decent venues in this area!

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NO FISHING
18.02.07
BAILEYS LIVE GRIMSBY

We played in Grimsby for the first time.
No need to FISH for complements here
We had loads of em (Compliments Not Fish)

We used our upgraded PA with the G3 Allen & Heath desk and HK speaker cabs for the first time on a gig.
Our PA was good before but the sound is bloody awesome now

It was nice to have a decent sized stage to play on.
The stage is at a good height for viewing the bands and the area for the customers is quite large.

The punters kept coming up and paying compliments after the gig
One woman posted a comment on our guestbook within an hour of the gig ending.
One of the owners of the venue also posted a comment on our guestbook.
(Have a look at the comments by clicking on the guestbook logo)

We enjoyed the gig but its a fair old drive home with a trailer on the back.
We were still home for 1.00 am because its an early start and early finish venue.

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BOWLED OVER
10.02.07
THE SHIPLEY CLUB

This was a party night at the local bowling club.
(Bowls plated on grass not a Bowling alley)
It was booked by the steward & his wife to celebrate their aniversary.
The place was packed by half past eight and it was standing room only.

There was a special surprise for us,
Byron Bestwick (a mate of ours who played drums for us many years ago) was at the party.
We persuaded him to get up and play a number with the band.
He did "Alright Now" just as good as he had played it all those years ago.

Everyone had a great night and one bloke said "I was Bowled over by the show"

Quite an appropiate statement considering its a bowling club!

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A FULL CUP
03.01.07
THE CUP & RING

This was our local pub for many years when we all lived in the local area.
Barry & Tiny still live locally and they do frequent the pub now and again.
The new Landlord & Landlady have tidied the pub up & have started putting live bands on.
We agreed to give the live band nights a boost & do a gig for them
We took up about half of the available space in the lounge with all of our gear
and the other half of the room was crammed with people.
It certainly was A FULL CUP.
Little Charlie had to stand on the table when he played so people could see him
there was no space for him to strut around the room
At the end of the night the landlady said that she could do with the pub been that full every week!
Maybe people will start going to the Cup & Ring band nights more often
Who Knows at some time in the near future "The Cup might runneth over"

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BACK TO CLUBLAND AGAIN
20.01.07
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB

We were back to play at the Lindley Liberal Club for the second time in three months.
Having played this club in November we new what to expect this time.
We were really looking forward to playing here again.
The audience at Lindley Liberal Club love their rock bands.
The only down side at this venue is that you have to get the gear up a fire escape
and its bloody hard work when you have as much gear as we do.
We opened the first set with Thin Lizzys Jailbreak and continued with a mixture of classic rock numbers
Our two young uns (Michaela & Charlie) did two AC DC numbers and the audience loved it.
They applauded and shouted and cheered!!!

After an interlude with the usual raffle draw, bingo etc,
We stormed through our second set with the crowd responding to every number.
As Usual, We finished the set with "Sweet Child O Mine"
and then did the encore number "Whole Lotta Rosie".

For about five minutes after the band had left the stage the crowd were still shouting for more.
So we had no alternative than to get up and give em some more.
We eventually finished the show at quarter past twelve after playing three extra songs.

This was one helluva good gig.

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DROP KICK
30.12.06

Our last gig in 2006

By 9.00 pm every seat in the room was taken and the back of the room was packed with people standing.
Lots of musicians from other bands were in the audience including
Malcolm Siswick & Steve Williams from EL LOCO, Dave Bamforth & Alan Owen from JAGGED EDGE. Derek, Andy & Richard from FULL TILT & Glenn from CHAINS GANG.
After every song the crowd showed their appreciation with loud applause and cheering.
When the Young uns (Michaela & Charlie) did their stuff the audience loved it.
They cheered and applauded even louder and really showed their appreciation of our two young rockers.

Barry, Tiny & Brian were all suffering from the flu.
But in the time honored fashion "The Show Must Go On"
Barry somehow managed to get through singing all of the lead vocals.
But by the time he had sung the last song of the night he could hardly talk and he said that he felt really ill
so we sent him home in a taxi.
He must have been poorly as the bar was still open when he went home.
Under normal circumstances Barry would not leave whilst the bar was open.

Just to add insult to injury as the rest of the band were loading the equipment into the trailer
the heavens opened and it was like a bloody monsoon.
Our dose of flu will probably develop into full blown pneumonia after the soaking we got.

Never mind

Its All in the interest of Live Rock Music!

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THE ANGEL
CHRISTMAS BASH 2006
27.12.06

We played at The Angel in Baildon for our usual Chrismas party night.
We have played this gig for the last couple of years.

As usual lots of people turned up to the venue tonight.

Our two young uns, Michaela & Charlie did their usual quality performances with Michaela giving the first outing to her brand new bass rig and new bass guitar her Mum and Dad had bought her for Christmas.
(How did Santa got the bass rig down the bloody chimney?)

Charlie strutted his stuff on the floor and then on the tables.
The crowd shouted for more after the Young Angus act
So the young uns did AC DCs Back in Black as an encore,
It was the first time they had played this number together but it was so good
you would have thought they had played it for years.

There were quite a few other musicians in the pub.
We got Mick Smith up to play a couple of numbers on bass,
He joined two of the lads from the pub,
Benn on the drums and Rabea on the lead guitar,
They were all excellent!

All in all it was a cracking night.

We have to say a very special thank you to Tony McCaul (The pub manager)
For all his efforts getting live music on at The Angel,
We also have to mention Tonys bad jokes (they are a legend in Baildon).


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THOMAS CROMPTONS CHRISTMAS PARTY
22.12.06
FIRST SOCIAL CLUB
BRADFORD

It must be well over thirty years since we last played at this venue
It was called Bradford Transport Club in those days.

This event was the Christmas party for Thomas Crompton Developments Ltd

And what a party it was
Lovely food
Free Bar
Good crowd

Everybody had a fantastic time !!!!!

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THE WOODEND, SHIPLEY
02.12.06

This gig was a bit special as it was Brians Birthday Bash
(Brian is the sound and light engineer)
We wont tell you how old he is but he is a lot nearer to a bus pass than a nursery school place

We had a cracking night.

Lots to drink and lots of fun

The crowd loved it

We loved it.

Everybody loved it

Terrific

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MORLEY CARR W.M.C
01.12.06
Private Party

This was a 50th Birthday bash for a chap called Dave

His partner Yvonne had booked us to play at the club.

We had an enjoyable night and the buffet was good as well.


Its over thirty years since we last played at this club.

It hasn't changed much.

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THE GEORGE BRIGHOUSE
25.11.06

We had a problem on route to this venue when a wheel bearing on our trailer overheated.
Brians son Andrew came out and inspected the damage (He mends vehicles for a living).

We played our normal first set and then put the young uns on and the crowd loved it.

We had yet another good gig which everybody enjoyed.

Some people we spoke to after the gig told us that they usually watch the first set of a band at The George,
then they go to another local pub to watch whatever band is on there.
They liked our first set so much that they stayed to watch our last set.
They took details of our future gigs and said they would be coming to see us again.

Andrew came back after the gig had finished and we loaded a lot of our equipment into his van
to lessen the load on the trailer so that we did not do more damage to the wheel bearing.
We did manage to get back home safely.

We will get the damaged wheel bearing fixed this week.


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ROCK OF THE NORTH CONVENTION
25.11.06

We went to the first ever Rock of the North Convention
It was held at Squires Cafe Bar from 2.00 pm.

Our two young rock stars Charlie & Michaela had been invited to do the "Young Angus" thing.

One of the Rock of the North Convention official tee shirts features Little Charlie on the front.


We borrowed instruments from the other bands who were playing at the convention.

Helen from Resurgence lent Michaela her bass guitar and Broken Angel lent Barry a guitar
and their drummer Andy agreed to play the drums for us as our drummer Derek was not available.


When the young uns were announced the crowd all moved forward and surrounded the dance floor
to get a better view of area where Little Charlie was strutting his stuff.

The cameras appeared from everywhere as people photographed the act.

When the song was over the applause was astounding as our two little rock stars took a bow.

Lots of compliments and comments were made by other musicians and members of the audience
after they had seen our amazing young stars perform.


YOU CAN FIND A REPORT OF THE GIG ON THE ROCK OF THE NORTH WEBSITE.


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BACK TO CLUBLAND
18.11.06
LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB

Back to Playing in Clubland for the first time for many years.
We were a bit unsure how a club audience would react to a rock band playing between their bingo sessions.
We were not really looking forward to playing in clubs again.
We need not have worried
The audience at Lindley Liberal Club really showed their appreciation with loud applause after every song.

We put our two young uns (Michaela & Charlie) on midway through the first set and the audience went wild.
The applause and cheering was Amazing!!!

We expected the concert room to empty when the bingo finished, WRONG!!
The room filled up as more people came in.

We had Richard Wilson deputising on the drums as our drummer Derek was attending a wedding.
Richard did a quality job as stand in drummer and he played a terrific drum solo!
The crowd clapped and cheered and Richard took a deserved bow.


The audience sang along to every song we did in the second set.
We finished the set with "Sweet Child O Mine" and then did the encore number "Whole Lotta Rosie".

We had committee members & club members coming up and saying all sorts of complementary things!
One senior committee member said it was the best show he'd ever seen at the club.
They rebooked us for 20th January 2007.
After the great night we just had here we look forward to returning to Lindley Liberal Club in the new year.

Its about time more clubs woke up to Rock Music.
Rock on in Clubland !!


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UP THE JUNCTION
14.11.06

We last played at The Junction Inn at West Scholes Queensbury a few years ago.
That gig was for a 50th birthday party.

We were surprised at how many people turned up to the venue tonight.

There were quite a few musicians from other bands in the pub.

Our two young uns, Michaela & Charlie did their usual quality performances.

One woman stood next to the sound desk was actually crying at the end of the Young Angus act
She said she thought it was amazing how good our two young rock stars performed like seasoned musicians

Another woman said that she goes there every week and had never seen anything like our show before.

We are always pleased when members of the audience pass comments like that.

It makes it all worth the effort we all put in


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THE NEW DRUM
11.11.06

We ventured down the M1 into Derbyshire to a place called Shirebrook.

The venue was a big pub called The New Drum

We had been warned by the owner of the pub that the locals had a strange habit.
He told us that he wanted us to start playing at 9.20pm,one set 90 minutes long,finish for 10.50pm.
He said that the pub would be virtually empty until just before we started playing.
And it would empty again at 10.50pm.
The customers all drink in other pubs and then come to see the band.
A late night venue up the road charges entry fee after 11.00pm
So they all dash off at 10.50pm to get in free at the late night venue before 11.00pm
We were also told that they dont applaud or shout much either.
We did get asked by one customer to "Please do another one" (which we did).
Some of the customers who remained after the big exodus said we were the best band they had seen.

All in all it was a little bit weird in Shirebrook! But things are due to change!

The New Drum gets a late licence in two weeks and opens its big new upstairs room.

Maybe it could change the way the punters behave !!


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THE BOLD PRIVATEER
03.11.06

We had yet another great night at this local venue.

The proposed closure of the pub at the end of last month for refurbishment was postponed until new year.

Every time we play here its a good gig and it just gets better and better!

The crowd loved it.

We had a terrific gig and we enjoyed every minute.


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THE CONISTON
28.10.06

We played at The Coniston in Idle on Saturday night 28th October 2006

Our little rock star Charlie (Mini Angus) Meehan did his stuff again at this gig doing his Angus impression

Our 14 year old starlet Michaella (Tinys Grandaughter) played the bass.

They played AC DCs Shook Me All Night Long

Michaela also played Van Halens Jump on the keyboards.
Its not an easy number to play but this girl makes it look dead easy

The crowd in The Coniston were gobsmacked at the quality of these two young musos


IF YOU'VE NOT SEEN THESE KIDS YOU NEED TO COME AND HAVE A LOOK!

These two young musicians were terrific!


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THE ROYAL OAK, PADDOCK
07.10.06

After a few initial problems with the power supply we got the place rocking.

We introduced our young rock stars Michaela and Charlie to the crowd.

The young uns went down a absolute bomb.

A lot of our loyal Huddersfield followers turned up at the gig and they really enjoyed themselves.

As usual!


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BACK AT THE TAP AGAIN
23.09.06

We were back at The Brewery Tap on Saturday 23rd September 2006.

Its our first visit since Raymond & Gary took over as the landlords.

We have had some terrific gigs here over the last 20 years but this was the best ever!.

The place was packed.

They ran out of Glasses

They ran out of Change.

We really did ROCK the TAP tonight.

We stood outside cooling down after the gig and the amount of compliments we received were unbelievable.
We had compliments from people who had seen us lots of times before.

Comments like "BEST YOU'VE EVER PLAYED", "BETTER THAN EVER",

We had compliments from people who had never ever seen us before.

One guy said " THAT WAS A F***ING AWESOME SHOW "

A women said "BEST BAND I'VE EVER SEEN"

Another said " THAT WAS FANTASTIC "


We have never shaken so many hands in our lives before!


WHAT A CRACKING GIG THIS WAS!


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THE BRIDGE TAVERN
17.09.06

We were back at one of our favorite venues the Bridge Tavern on Sunday Night.

We always have a good gig here and the crowd are always responsive.

They really like their rock music here!


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SALTAIRE FESTIVAL
16.09.06

We headlined the Saltaire Festival in Roberts Park on Saturday Afternoon 16th September 2006.

BRADFORD COUNCIL ASKED US TO DO IT ALL AGAIN ON SUNDAY!

SO IF YOU MISSED IT ON SATURDAY YOU HAD ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE IT!

On Saturday the event started at Noon and there were two other bands on supporting us.
The stage was in a marquee

SOMTHINS MISSIN played both days & EEVOLUTION played the Saturday gig with us



We also invited a couple of very special guest stars to play with us.

Eleven year old CHARLIE MEEHAN played lead guitar.
Thirteen year old MICHAELA GLOVER played the keyboard and the bass guitar


Charlie Meehan & Michaela Glover

THESE TWO YOUNG UNS ARE AMAZING.


THERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS OF THIS GIG ON THE GALLERY PAGE


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SOMERSET ARMS CHARITY GIG
03/09/06

We headlined this gig in Huddersfield which was to raise funds for The local hospital Special Care Baby Unit.

The stage for the bands was a cutain sider lorry which was very kindly loaned to us by
Bedford Transport of Birstall.


THE BANDS WHO APPEARED WERE.


EEVOLUTION
A young rock covers band from Queensbury.

GYPSY
Bradford hardest working unsigned rock band.

HEAVY LOAD
A terrific rock band from the Castleford area.

THE TOURETTES
A modern rock band from the Castleford & South Elmsall area.

SPLASH ALLEY
(Thats us)


The gig was quite poorly attended by the local people
The weather had some bearing on the attendance figures.
There was also a big Rugby game on which conflicted with the gig
Those who did turn up had a good time.

Thanks to all of the bands who played.

Thank you to everyone else who helped with the gig.

A special thank you to Andrew Glover for driving the truck to and from the gig.

Over £700 was raised for the charity which was not a bad amount everything considered


A REVIEW OF THIS GIG CAN BE FOUND ON THE REVIEWS PAGE ON http://www.rockofthenorth.f2s.com


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DROP KICK
01.09.06

We had another good night here.

Some of the Bridge Rats motor cycle club members came along to see us.

We are back here on 29th December 2006


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THE GENEROUS PIONEER
27.08.06

We headlined this all day charity gig at The Generous Pioneer.

This outdoor event was held on the car park at this big modern pub in Burley in Wharfedale.

The entertainment started at Noon and there was something for the whole family.

The stage for the bands was a 40ft cutain sider trailer.


THE BANDS WHO APPEARED WERE.


SIDEWINDER
A great rock covers band from Keighley.

VAMP
Barnsleys best Rock and Roll band

VAGABOND
A brilliant Bon Jovi tribute band from Bradford

NEW 2
A fantastic U2 tribute band

SPLASH ALLEY
(Thats us)


The first three bands played with the sun shining.
When New 2 played the rain fell and then it cleared up again.

When we were playing the heavens opened and it was like a monsoon
Even in the rain everbody had a good time

A REVIEW OF THIS GIG CAN BE FOUND ON THE REVIEWS PAGE ON http://www.rockofthenorth.f2s.com


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THE BOLD PRIVATEER
18.08.06

We had another good night at this local venue.

Lots of our friend and local supporters came along to see us.

The pub is due to close for refurbishment in a couple of months.

Our next listed gig here in November might have to be rearranged for a later date.


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THE OLD TRAMSHED
14.08.06

We played at THE OLD TRAMSHED in Saltaire on Monday night 14th August 2006

They have had some top named acts on here, And now it was our turn

The place was packed and everybody really enjoyed the gig

The band sounded awesome and the lighting looked excellent in this converted tramshed!

We had loads of compliments paid to us afterwards

This was a top quality gig in every way!

THERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FROM THIS GIG ON THE GALLERY PAGE


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WOODEND
12.08.06

We had a GREAT GIG at The Woodend, Windhill.

Lots of family and friends turned up along with the Woodend regulars.

They all let their hair down and had a great time

When we did Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer everyone in the room was singing their heads off with us.

This is a GREAT venue with a GREAT crowd.

Paul Wood is a GREAT landlord who really looks after the bands.

We are back here on 2nd December

We are really looking forward to another GREAT night.


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NEW INN MARSDEN
05.08.06

We have had lots of reports from other bands and rock music fans
telling us that this venue is a really good rock venue

Unfortunately the nasty Local Council Environmental Health Officers have visited the pub.
They told the landlord that he has to turn the volume down on the Saturday live band nights.

We still had a good night and the pubs customers enjoyed it.

You can't let it Rock properly with the sound levels down
Its very annoying when the bands have to turn it down just to please some moaning neighbour who has probably only lived near the pub for a short while!


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THE BRIDGE RATS BIKERS RALLY

04.08.06
We played at Heath Rugby Club on Friday 4th August for the Bridge Rats Bikers Rally

We really got all the bikers rocking in the big marquee and our light show looked awesome

Bikers kept coming up to us commenting on how much they enjoyed it.

We enjoyed it too!


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AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY GIG
30.07.06

We headlined a charity fundraising event for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

It took place in the car park at The Copper Kettle,Thornton Road,Bradford

on

Sunday 30th July 2006.

The Show started at 1.00 pm and it went on until 10.15 pm.

A curtain sider trailer was used for the stage and we had other bands playing the gig with us.

EEVOLUTION a young local band started the show with their energetic set.

The second band on the show were a great rock band called BLACKOUT.

NO QUARTER continued the show with their quality rock covers set.

Metalica tribute band FERAL CIRCUS played the penultimate spot.

We then played the final set of the day and we concluded the show at 10.15 pm.


Steve Lally has done a full review of the gig which you can check out on the Rock of the North website.



CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW

Our thanks go to Emma Clayton of the Telegraph & Argus for the feature article.

(See Below)

This was published in the 28th July 2006 edition of the T & A








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TIME FOR A REST

We have been having a short break from gigging for most of July,

We all needed a bit of time to have a rest and a holiday etc before our busy August period.


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BACK AT THE TAP
30.06.06

We had another great gig at the Brewery Tap on Friday 30th June.
Lots of familiar faces and a few new ones were there.
The audience included some musicians from other local bands including :-
Alan Owen & Dave Shorten from Jagged Edge,
Andy from The Reams and Mouse from Screamachine.
We also had a visit from Steve Lally and his wife Tracey of Rock of the North.
(See picture and review below from the Rock of the North website.)



Rock of the North Review



West Yorkshire veteran rockers, Splash Alley showed what a lifetime's experience can do when this brilliant band rocked the Brewery Tap,Idle on Friday night!
Playing a blistering repertoire of classic rock the Tap crowd were loving it.
The sound was a high quality and powerful mix and that's where the experience showed.
The individual members of the band were superb, clear and authentic vocals, great solos on guitar, and a rock solid rhythm section, not to mention the well played Korg M1 and Yamaha synth.
This band are so professional, when a JCM 2000 amp went down, it was immediately replaced with another one, and the tone was identical.
Not mentioned the light show yet have we....wow, I've never seen a light show like this with a semi pro band!
It was like Pink Floyd had hit town!
This was none other than Brian Glover doing his thing.
It put the cream on the top.
Go see this band when you can.
It's a great show.
We will be upgrading the Brewery Tap's rating on our venues page as the place has gone up in my estimation,
with plenty of musos frequenting the place, including some from top club band Jagged Edge.


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OPENING AT THE SHAY CANCELLED for 24.06.06

As a result of a late objection regarding the Live music licence for the Shay Hotel.
Calderdale Councils Licensing Department have told Barry the landlord that he will have to postpone his opening live music night until they have investigated the objection.

Therefore We will NOT be playing at the opening night on Saturday.

The Shay Hotel which is next to Halifax Town football ground
has been refurbished and was reopening under the new management.

The Council did not notify Barry the landlord of the problem until Thursday lunchtime
(2 days before the official opening)

There will be live bands every Saturday once the Council sort things out.
Until they do things will hopefully continue on temporary licenses.
These have to be applied for seperately for each band appearing.
The pub has to apply 10 working days in advance of each gig.
It will be another two weeks before any live bands can appear
When it starts lets see some music lovers there on a regular basis.

We think Calderdale Council Licensing Department are a bunch of arseholes!

What do you think?

Tell us,

Or better still tell the Arseholes at Calderdale Council!


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UPPERTHONG
23.06.06

No its got nothing to do with skimpy undergarments and some of your rude thoughts,
Its not UP HER THONG!
Its UPPERTHONG which is a little village near Holmfirth.

We played at the opening night of the annual gala weekend.
They billed it as "The Event In The Tent".
The gig was held in a big marquee.
By the time we had set up ready to play there were very few people in the tent.
At around 9.00pm it was as if a fleet of buses had arrived.
People began coming in in droves and the tent was packed.

The power supply was from a mobile generator.
The organisers warned us that they had some problems in previous years with the power going off.
We only experienced a few problems with some of the lights and amps not behaving as they normally do.
Although we knew there were some problems the crowd didn't notice and everybody had a great time.

After we had finished our last set they carried on dancing to a disco until 2.00 am.

We suppose you could say

"We did the songs and they shook their Thongs"


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RINGERS
17.06.06

We had yet another great gig at Ring o Bells at Queensbury.
We were amazed at the number of quality compliments made by members of the audience after the gig.

Everything went great until we got back home.
We were reversing the trailer towards the garage to put it away and one of the stub axles snapped off.
Thats something we will have to repair before next weekends gigs unless were gonna sing

"Three wheels on my wagon"


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LOCK KEEPERS
10.06.06

It was really hot at The Lock Keepers gig in Sowerby Bridge.

We were playing in the pub and a lot of the punters were dancing outside on the big patio area
because it was so hot inside the pub.

Taff the landlord is a great guy who loves his rock music and his beer.
He kept plying us with plenty of cold drinks to keep us cool.

Cheers Taff!


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OFFER AT THE CONI
03.06.06

Andrew Wood from Bradford Council Parks Promotions came to see us tonight at The Coniston in Idle.
(He organises the bands for the council parks outdoor entertainment).

He was very impressed with our show and asked us if we would headline The Saltaire Festival outdoor music event to be held in Roberts Park at Saltaire on Saturday afternoon 16th September 2006.

He said that he was also very interested in putting us on The Music at Myrtle Park gig for next year 2007.



NOW THAT IS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO


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DROP KICK
02.06.06

We had another great night at The Drop Kick.
They get a great crowd in who really like their Rock Music.
We should have been played this gig next week.
Due to other commitments we could not do it so we arranged a swop with our friends Van Hooligan.
Thanks for that guys.


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SCOUSES PARTY
28.05.06

We played at a surprise party for our mate Scouse at The Ring O Bells @ Shipley.
The surprise was arranged by his partner Suzy.
Somebody spilled the beans to him so it was not the surprise we hoped for but he was still chuffed that we played for him and everyone enjoyed it.


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A BIG SURPRISE
19.05.06

In the middle of setting up our equipment at The Ash Brow pub in Huddersfield we got a big surprise.
Willy Fenton who played in the original line up back in the seventies walked in the pub.
He told us he had seen the web site and decided to fly over from Canada to see us
as he had not seen us for about twenty five years.
It was great to see him again and we all really enjoyed reminiscing.
We could not get him to get up and play a number with us.
He said he would come to see us at another gig before his return home and he might play then.


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