June 13, 2013

Letter to The Mailing List – June ’13

Good morning campers! Gosh hasn’t nature done itself proud this week? Last week the birds had all but given up on our climate and headed south for warmer days and carefree nights, but come Monday they turned tail at Dover and pushed their way back up the M1 to sing their hearts out and dance – Read more

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May 21, 2013

A Band Anyone Can Join – For The Players

We’ve already written about our project for the year’s Grassington Festival “A Band Anyone Can Join”. The short version is, the people of Grassington are temporarily joining the ranks of Hope and Social for our headline slot, Saturday 15th of June at Grassington Festival. It’s going to be bloody lovely, and you can get your – Read more

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A Band Anyone Can Join – Grassington Festival 2013

One of the things many people say about Hope and Social is that we’re “good at that fan-engagement stuff”. For example, on Public Transport Day last year, Hope and Social did The Grassington Run, a travelling event with 50 revellers joining H&S for their journey from Leeds (by train, bus, steam-train, walk and open-topped bus) – Read more

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April 30, 2013

What the f*ck is Bring the Happy?

Bring the Happy is at the Arc in Stockon on the 1st and 2nd of November 2013, Barnsley Civic Theatre on the 6th and 7th of December and then at Leeds Town Hall on the 16th and 17th of December. Bring the Happy by Hope and Social and Invisible Flock >> “Bring the Happy is – Read more

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April 20, 2013

It’s Tour time again!!

Hello good people. Yes, it’s that time again, we are mounting our trusty red steed and coming to a town near you (hopefully), and yes….it starts on MONDAY! Amongst everything happening at the moment…a baby coming….me living out of suitcase for 8 months now…..James’ letter to Bruce….we have been a bit preoccupied so forgot to – Read more

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April 18, 2013

An Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen

Dear Mr Springsteen, I hope this finds you well and you are having fun on your current world tour. Firstly, congratulations on another fine, rocking album. I especially enjoyed your most awesome and intensely musical use of a shotgun. Brilliant. I’ve been an avid follower of your work since I first pulled out your finely – Read more

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December 17, 2012

Crypt Covers 7: Duke Special

UPDATE 20-12-12 Final video of Golden Brown is LIVE! We had a lovely day with Duke Special. Lots and lots of laughter… Hope you like it. UPDATE OVER Well… here we go again! We’re finishing of our Crypt Covers year on Tuesday the 18th December with the awesome Duke Special. You must know what to – Read more

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December 7, 2012

If Hope and Social Had An Office Party…

If Hope and Social had an office Christmas party, what would it look like? Help us decorate the office for our Christmas party and be in with a chance of winning a lifetime supply of Hope and Social paper clips! What makes ’em Hope and Social paper clips you ask? Well, they are blue, and – Read more

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November 13, 2012

ALBUM RELEASE: ALL OUR DANCING DAYS

… aka Gimli The Magic Bear All Our Dancing Days by Hope and Social Wham Bam Thank You Mam! We talked of soul, we talked of Rolling Stones, and we talked of a magical bear called Gimli. It’s been a rush job as per usual, yet in the face of ever increasing demands for our – Read more

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October 30, 2012

Crypt Covers 6: Wilful Missing

6 out of 10! Welcome to the 6th of our Crypt Covers this year. Sorry we’ve been away a little while. We’ve been squirrelled away making the fourth Hope and Social album. So, as of tomorrow (31st Oct 2012) we’re back making a cover of your choice with another band of awesomeness, and who better – Read more

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October 12, 2012

8 Steps to Making an Album in 30 Days

… or Less An Update from the House of the Gimli Bear [UPDATE: We need YOUR voices to sing on our album. in Leeds on the 20th October!] We’re roughly half way through the writing and recording our 4th album. Every year it seems like we get less time for actual making of new music – Read more

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October 2, 2012

Letter to the Mailing List, October 2012

BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG… SKIP STRAIGHT TO NOV/DEC TOUR DATES Summer’s over kids. It’s finished. Gary Stewart has played his 206th festival of the season and the band have hung up their jogging shoes to move on to more sombre affairs. No more 500 miles. No more 30 minute renditions of 1970s disco classics. – Read more

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August 26, 2012

How we roll

Awesome weekend so far! Galtres Festival was lovely as ever. Smiling faces all round. Best sounding stage of the festival season to date. We love Galtres! Amazing people. Great set-up. Highlights include “Olympic Jousting”, the lovely and ace “Hand Made Hands“, the scratch band who closed the night at the Firkin stage, the fantastic food – Read more

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August 13, 2012

November Tour – We need your help!

Yes that’s right, we of Hope and Social are strapping ourselves in once again for a stint of driving round the country in our trusty red steed! In November we will be hitting the road coming to a town near you (hopefully) and we might be…..just maybe…playing some new songs. We are back in the – Read more

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July 16, 2012

Crypt Covers 5: Louis Barabbas & the Bedlam 6

UPDATE 19/07/12 >> And here we have it… less than twenty four hours after playing a note, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Keep The Customer Satisfied” by Louis Barabbas and The Bedlam Six and Hope and Social. It was a pleasure to play with the chaps, top banter and a goood working day… we even flew some – Read more

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June 20, 2012

WANTED: Intrepid Intergalactic Explorer (with a camera)

“Ding dong ding dong. Public announcement… WANTED: Massively talented and fun-loving cameraman to come and shoot some video on the Grassington Run this Saturday. SKILLS: You should be able to use a camera and survive on numerous forms of public transport. HOURS: 9am – 8pm Saturday 23rd June PAY: You’ll be paid in smiles, excitement – Read more

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June 19, 2012

Crypt Covers 4: Chris Helme

Well… here we go! Crypt Covers 4: A New Hope. We are delighted to announce that this Thursday 22nd June we will be joined by the awesomeness of the mighty Chris Helme. If the concept is new to you here’s what happens. YOU suggest a song you’d like us and Chris to cover (either below – Read more

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June 13, 2012

The Grassington Run!

Morning campers. Every weekend seems to bring a new and interesting challenge to the H&S camp. Last weekend we had a hit and run with a group of non-compliant African Drummers…the weekend before we did an afternoon’s abseiling in the van…this weekend we head to Scarborough (Future of Music Festival) and Selby (Selby Fun Day!) – Read more

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May 28, 2012

Crypt Covers 3: Sam Airey

6th June 2012: Here we go! Courtesy of the lovely and awesome The Blind Club here is the video from Crypt Covers III – Hope and Social and Sam Airey performing Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down” with a cheeky bit of Nina Simone in the middle… Crypt Covers: Hope & Social and Sam Airey – – Read more

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April 30, 2012

Crypt Covers 2: She Makes War

[UPDATE 18.55 02/05/12] It’s here! The finished song with video by the awesome Shot by Sodium crew. Madonna’s “Dress You Up, with ace She Makes War, as suggested by @dana_jade. One day, two artists, one ace camera team, a Ben, a Dom, one cryptcover, a fair number of cameras, one cover, one finger, one thumb, – Read more

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April 10, 2012

Skipton Rocks

Hell yeah Skipton Rocks! Today sees (kinda) the start of a rather exciting project for Hope and Social. For the first time ever we’re all (bar Si W.) working on the same music and education project together. Skipton Rocks is a dynamic, real-world music project for young people, commissioned by The Mart Theatre and delivered – Read more

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March 23, 2012

Cotton Wool and Knotted Wood – RELEASED!

Hope and Social are delighted to present our new acoustic album “Cotton Wool and Knotted Wood”. Cotton Wool and Knotted Wood by Hope and Social Last year was amazing for us… so many big gigs, so much big noise, so much fun was had. We loved it but by the end of the year we – Read more

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March 18, 2012

Crypt Covers 1: Ellen and The Escapades

[UPDATE: 23/3/12] Here’s the finished song with video by the awesome Shot by Sodium crew. Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love, with Ellen and The Escapades, suggested by @ScottishPenguin, all completed in one busy busy busy fun fun day! You can also see a load of photos from the Shot by Sodium guys on their – Read more

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March 14, 2012

Festivals 2012

As I mentioned on Monday, 2012 was going to be a quietish year for us; we’re very glad to say that it’s not quite turning out that way. As well as this March’s acoustic tour and plotting for our forthcoming Crypt Cover days, we’ve also been booking in some summer jaunts to festivals old and – Read more

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March 12, 2012

March Tour Troubadouring

Folk is the new black We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front recently, though not because we’ve been slacking. As Si recently said to our mailing list subscribers, 2012 was supposed to be a “take it a bit easy” year… though that’s proving to very much not be the case. We’ve been planning… – Read more

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February 7, 2012

Big Red Button Night

As a rule we try not to paste the same stuffs in two places. I don’t know why, our blogs are so good that you probably want to read them twice, in two different places. It probably contravenes some well established blogging etiquette or other, and we are undoubtedly going to be digitally chastised for – Read more

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December 15, 2011

“He’s Been!”

We asked guests at our Winter Warmer what family traditions they would be keeping alive this Christmas. We had optimistically hoped that creating and sharing this collection might provide inspiration for some new family traditions, or at least give a much needed shot of yuletide adrenalin to any flat lining Christmas spirits. But what we didn’t – Read more

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November 25, 2011

Hope and Social Winter Warmer

Hello! [doffs christmas cap] On Friday the 2nd December we’re going to be having our nearest excuse this year to a christmas party. The Hope and Social Winter Warmer The Winter Warmer is going to be about the music. We’ve done some many wonderful big things this year. So many big, ridiculous, outward facing, entertaining – Read more

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November 11, 2011

The Hope and Social Winter Warmer!

This Hope and Social Christmas gig will take place on the 2nd of December at the amazing Georgian Theatre in Richmond. Tickets are on sale for this event NOW but due to problems beyond our control not online yet… (this is because everything at this venue is made of wood!) If you wish to purchase – Read more

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October 13, 2011

Viva Sh*t Vegas, Yorkshire

Hello all…a quick word from my trundling Eastcoast mainline train to shed a little light on the upcoming nonsense we’ve got planned for the Brudenell Social Club gig on the 23rd October…a week on Sunday, my goodness doesn’t time fly? It seems like the prospect of an easy-to-organise-turn-up-and-play-take-the-money-and-run show in lovely Leeds was just too – Read more

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October 10, 2011

Hope and Social Autumn Tour!

It’s that time again…. We’re hitting the road! Come see! Come play out… We’ve got some little crackers in here… We’ve had some amazing gigs this year already and it’s only getting better. And more tired. Much more tired. But we’ll forget the tiredness for somewhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours on each of – Read more

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September 29, 2011

Bring The Happy

Tonight Hope and Social are at the Northern Ballet, Leeds, with interactive arts trio Invisible Flock. Tonight’s performance of Bring The Happy is the culmination of months of work for the Invisible Flock team. It’s a gorgeous project, and they’re a proper lovely bunch to boot. In autumn 2010, Bring the Happy took over 3 – Read more

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July 25, 2011

Sleep Sound, where you lay

When Malcolm and I were asked to help out with preparations for the #hsgardenparty, we jumped at the chance. We’re both creatives; making and designing for a living, but the Hope and Social projects we have worked on in the past haven’t just produced some of the work we are most proud of; we’ve had – Read more

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July 22, 2011

Garden Party – Hammock Stage Music

Acoustic music and hanging seating, a match made in heaven… OK, so you’ve heard all about the rather magnificent music line up on the garden party main stage but you know what’s missing? Hammocks, that’s what. Scientific studies have shown that a full day of string bands, swing, dancing, mahoosive choirs and overly-excited Butlins escapees – Read more

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July 21, 2011

Garden Party – Main Stage Music

We’re All About The Music Rich here. Well, I’m ecstatic to be able to say we’ve just about got everything confirmed up musically for the Garden Party. It’s been really tricky getting this all confirmed but as for the main stage, we’re just about there now. There’s still plenty of music to discover on the – Read more

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July 4, 2011

Discount Tickets for Galtres Festival

Beer Cider Music Fun Food A strong intro by anyone’s standards. Galtres Festival looks to be one of the highlights of the H&S gigging calendar this summer. We’re on at 6-30 on the Saturday 27th August, just before Chris Helme who is, in turn, just before headliners The Charlatans. So if you fancy joining us – Read more

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June 30, 2011

Why Kirkstall Festival Is So Great

A H&S set… …Set in The Cloisters Hope and Social are to play the lovely lovely Kirkstall Festival on Saturday 9th of July. We’ll be playing in The Cloisters (pictured above) around 2-30pm… Pretty isn’t it? A bit of background… The other week I caught up with festival stalwart and co-ordinator with Alan Crump to talk – Read more

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June 29, 2011

Party Food

One of the best things about doing Hope and Social events is that we get the to show off the things we love in Yorkshire.

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June 28, 2011

Party, Party, Party! Garden Party!

So you may have caught up with this on that there Facebook, or Twitter… but for anyone who doesn’t already know…Hope and Social are bloomin’ chuffed to announce (after much deliberation, a few tears and a nervous breakdown) our next event … … the Hope and Social Garden Party (#hsgardenparty if you’re on twitter) is GO! – Read more

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June 21, 2011

DeerShed Festival

Hope and Social are soooper excited and privileged to be headlining the Friday night of Deer Shed Festival. A festival by the people, for the people. It’s very much down Hope and Social’s street this one. Real beer, locall, ethically sourced food from independent fooderies, and run by a team of people who are just – Read more

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June 20, 2011

Brasstonbury – This Weekend!

Like Glastonbury, with less bands, less mud, and in Yorkshire Going to Glastonbury this weekend? Nope? Well why not join Hope and Social for a big-band super-galactic extravaganza rivalled only by that there festival in Somerset. We are very privileged to have been asked to perform with The Anchormen ensemble for their annual extravaganza “With a Twist”. – Read more

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June 3, 2011

Sleep Sound – News, Reviews and Post Tour Blues

The Post Tour Blues – after a much needed wash Thank You It’s been an amazing and genuinely emotion few weeks for us Hope and Social lot, we’ve been genuinely moved by the response to the new record, gifts people have given us and the turnout at shows. Bandcamp No.1 Yep, thanks to you lovely – Read more

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June 2, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: The Road Never Lies

The Road Never Lies by Hope and Social First off I think we need to give Ed a massive pat on the back for this one. He took many many tracks of “stuff”…strings, brass, keys, guitar, vocal, 2 pianos which just went on and on and on….and sculptured them into something beautiful. Ed and I – Read more

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May 31, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Swaddled in Dark Clouds

Swaddled in Dark Clouds by Hope and Social The verse to Swaddled came from a fragment of an idea I had and recorded into my phone months ago, and it was originally intended to be a hymn. It was really really simple and was literally the melody and those first four lines. I’d just sing – Read more

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