Really Great York Groups

Following on from our ones to watch 2018, we also wanted to celebrate a few local groups that are consistently delivering some great creative work in York and nearby.

Feature photo – Flora Greysteel at York’s Little Festival of Live music by Andy Argyle

Strange Reality Music

Strange Reality is based in Snaith and many a great artist from nearby have ended up in their gravitational pull. We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing records from a few of their artists over the past couple years, including Alex Wedlock, Sandra’s Wedding and Fiona Lee.

Not only that, we’ve been invited along to Snaithfest to take photos and even had the afore-mentioned Fiona Lee play for us last year during our latest York Calling Presents gig.

Off The Rock Theatre

We’ve provided coverage to a fair few of Off The Rock’s productions now and have thoroughly enjoyed them all! A theatre group like no other, they specialise in thought-provoking, immersive theatre that brings you close to the action.

Not A Game For Girls, The Trove Of Curiosities, Fine Dining, The Damask Rooms and Interview In The Afterlife are just a few examples of the fine work and range that OTR put out and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

Black Swan Folk Club

Arguably one of the best known institutions in York (at least if you’re in the folk scene) our involvement with The Black Swan Folk Club started way back at our beginnings, when we interviewed co-founder Roland Walls.

Since then we’ve headed along to a fair few of their shows including Alice Jones and The York Folk Weekend. We hope to get along to a fair few more in 2018!

York’s Little Festival of Live Music

Full of energy, local promoter Ellen Cole runs York’s Little Festival of Live music every September alongside York’s Food and Drink Festival. It’s a veritable who’s who of the York music scene and always a blast!

We’ve been along to several nights of the seven day festival over the past couple of years, as well as Ellen’s “mini-festivals”, like last year’s Girl Power Mini-fest.