The Mix Six: Six York bands to see in 2013

8 Jan 2013 @ 6.03 pm
| Entertainment
One of our 2013 York bands to watch, Union Jill. Photograph: Carolyn Mendelsohn

We’ve covered the six top gigs in York this year. But what about the home-grown acts that you should make a point of seeing in 2013?

Apart from Mark Wynn, mentioned in our gigs post as supporting John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett in March, there is a host of other must-see York artists and bands. Try to catch these…

Union Jill

Sharon Winfield and Helen Turner first caught our attention at the Black Swan Folk Club where their dazzling harmonies evoked memories of Kate and Anna McGarrigle, swinging between traditional songs and modern self-penned numbers. Since then they have wowed audiences throughout the country, notably at Beverley Folk Festival, and now are planning a series of gigs in the run-up to their album launch in York in May. They won’t remain a secret for long. Catch them supporting Richard Digance at Poppleton Live, Saturday March 16; or at their album launch at the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, Saturday, May 11.

White Firs

Ultra-cool indie-garage with more than a nod to The Velvet Underground and The Stooges, featuring former Federals mainstay, Danny Barton, understandably a favourite band of York promoter, Joe Coates.

Boss Caine

He’s a one-man phenomenon, having created a new genre “Anglo-Americana drawl-folk”, that has already made Whispering Bob perk up on that there national radio. Quite rightly too. The man’s a genius. Catch him at The Habit, Goodramgate (some Wednesdays), or Dusk on New Street open mic night, late on Sundays.

King Courgette

From the delta country of Clifton Green, this rootsy, acoustic five piece seems to be channelling the beatnik charm of 1970s avant-folksters, The Holy Modal Rounders, whilst remaining firmly rooted to the string band traditional sound. Wherever they play, there’s a party going on!
Catch them at The Volunteer Arms (Watson Street, just over the Holgate Bridge) on Saturday, January 12 at 8pm.

Chris Helme

Has there ever been a sweeter voice in rock music? Though “rock” is a narrow description and a long way from the new fertile furrow ploughed by this hugely talented singer-songwriter. Still touring his wonderful The Rookery album, the former Seahorses and Yards front man is frequently playing out of town, but if you are lucky you might just catch him in Goodramgate, at The Habit’s famous Wednesday night open mic sessions.

The Buffalo Skinners

Okay, they are not really York but we have definitely adopted them. They met in Scarborough but it is here that they are making waves, sometimes busking their modern take on old-time acoustic music in the Old Crow Medicine Show mould. Catch them at The Habit, Goodramgate (January 11), Fulford Arms (January 18) and Kennedy’s (February 3).

Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments.