Elaine Palmer Leaves Chapters Spellbound
By Robert Nichols
Friday 14 Mar 2014 17:45:00
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Elaine Plamer brought her Fire and Flames to Chapters Deli in Stokesley. We first covered this for the Evening Gazette's Whats On column but hre is the online version with extra photos.

In recent months in the Evening Gazette we have covered gigs in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and even taken a trip up to Tyneside so it is high time to head south and enjoy a North Yorkshire singer performing in her own back yard. Chapters Deli in Stokesley is by day a delicious food and coffee establishment in the heart of the thriving market place and on an evening it is also a buzzing bar but once a month it is transformed into a live music venue.

Spellbound Open Mic put on a special event at the end of last month when Elaine Palmer road tested her new band before going on tour supporting Chris Spedding in promotion of her new album, Fire and Flames.

First up was the man in the hat, the host of the normal live music shows, Scott Beveridge. Scott entertained us on acoustic and vocals, with a mix of his own and one or two interesting covers warming the audience before presenting Paul Mosely. Paul is one half of the Hartlepool brothers who make up alt cult band Moses. Just over a decade ago Moses released an album that caused a real splash The Swimming Zoo. Tinkling a keyboard and with a perma smile across his face, Paul engaged us in a ride that included songs about birds chattering and having his harpist stolen by Florence and the Machine! In fact A Chattering of Birds is the title of his current album available on Folkwit Records. Paul is a busy man also writing for theatre, especially puppets and is composer in residence at The Carriage Works Theatre. At the end of his set he had to scram to catch his train back to London, so look out Florence and the Machine.

Elaine began her set in solo fashion regaling us with a cover of an underated performer that she toured with several years ago, Jont. Then the two members of her band, including the bass player from Mercedes joined her in playing through many of the songs from her new album Fire and Flames, to my mind Elaine’s best yet. The band deliver the songs with a real kick. In You Breathe Life Into My Veins, Elaine really puts her heart and soul into it. Then she pauses to tell us a ghost story from her parents’ watermill in Danby. It is a spooky spectral sighting of a ghostly miller. Fortunately Elaine’s songs are the best antidote from goosebumps and we are soon caught up in her musical spell.

The next Spellbound live music session in Stokesley is this Sunday 9th March. Elaines’s album Fire and Flames is released through Thoroughbred Music and she will be playing in our region again at The Spa, Saltburn on Friday 14th March.

Photos - Tracy Hyman

 Elaine Palmer


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