Scene & Heard

Grace with Tea Leaves, Sundogs & Northern Soul HiFi Club

By Gina Francey East Leeds Magazine April 2013

With the snow still falling in March its hard to even bother leaving the house. But hopefully Spring has arrived with April and we’ve got a treat in store for you to hopefully rid you of the winter blues and get you into higher spirits. Firstly we have a young singer song writer and company: Grace with Tea Leaves, not only this but The Sundogs are prowling the streets of east Leeds as well as some Northern Soul.
Grace with Tea Leaves is the stage name of Grace Richardson who’s studying at Leeds College of music and is often about the East Leeds music scene being from Roundhay herself. Her music is her own unique blend of powerful vocals which surely will captivate any audience.  Never without her trusted acoustic guitar which is simple and effective, her sound stands great on its own but with the extra ‘oomph‘ from her ‘Leaves’ of Joe Foster and Alex Rushfirth the unit strengthens and the music develops.
Grace has only been producing her material since October 2012 and already she seems to be creating an intensive bank to her live sets. She describes her own sound to include ‘jazz power melodies, experimental rhythms and absorbing melodies’ and I couldn’t describe it any better myself! Her music is best presented through her live sets which are always quirky and interesting with a few surprises in each show (usually the absence of her shoes reminiscent of sixties icon Sandie Shaw.)
Although Grace has no immediate gigs coming up I’m sure she’ll have one soon since her last show at East Leeds Rugby Club was incredibly successful. However in the mean time check Grace out online and her newest debut single take the train home which features her homemade music video which is submitted as part of the young music awards which we hope she does well in. Grace with Tea Leaves is not just another female singer/ songwriter guitarist, its a collaboration of some beautiful sounds.
As well as finding new bands with fresh new material who can resist a good sing a long on a Saturday night? Well if you love bands such as the Clash, the Jam and even more modern bands such as the Zutons then you’ll have a great night out watching these guys play. The Sundogs, a five piece consisting of three guitarists, a bassist and a drummer, really pack a punch when they play bringing power and energy to any room. So if you fancy a great night out, fit for any age and audience then why not pop down to the Wykebeck Arms on Saturday the 20th of April? The sound will be amazing as well as the audience and you won’t even have to pay for a taxi home!
Finally to finish this month’s issue is the power of Northern Soul. Yes after almost 40 years Northern Soul is still alive and kicking! So if you enjoy the original sounds of the movement then why not go down to the Hifi club in Leeds City Centre on the 21st of April where they’ll be putting on ‘The Central Soul Club’ all-dayer between 1-7pm. Traditionally, the club staged their famed all-nighters but as their all getting on a bit they’ve changed it to all-dayers! But most importantly they’re spinning their rare vinyl for charity these days. The day is 7 hours long with a range of 7 DJ’s making sure you stay entertained for the entire day! Get your tickets now, they are only £6 which is cheaper than your average gig.
Whether it’s punk, rock, ska or whatever kind of music you prefer to listen to, live performance is an important part of it and it’s vital to support bands and venues who put on live music. Keep Music Live or as they say in Northern Soul circles.. Keep the Faith.

Grace without Tea Leaves

Grace without Tea Leaves

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