January 5, 2018

Yorkshire Electric

New year, new music, new tour, new van! With Santa and his reindeers safely back in Lapland, this years surviving turkeys breathing a sigh of relief… not only that they’ll see another few months before the Bernard Matthews gang get their hands on ’em, but also that if they traipse north of Watford Gap they’ll – Read more


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August 15, 2016

The Vinyl Countdown

A Way To Blue. . . 12″ Vinyl Wheels are in motion, cogs are whirring and spreadsheets are being filled in here at H&S HQ, readying ourselves to drop our brand spanking new album ‘FEEL‘ on your laps on Monday the 10th of October. It’s all recorded, we’re just at the stage of signing off – Read more

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July 31, 2015

“Difficult Tenth Album” Syndrome

Whoa there Horsie! ————- The good ship H&S has recently returned from a month having THE best fun at 11 shows at Grassington Festival, Oakwell Festival, Durham Brass, Scarborough Seafest and Underneath The Stars. Prior to that, I started this blog-post, to reflect on where we’re at in the making of this next Hope and – Read more

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June 9, 2015


Day six at the crypt, and we’re in uncharted territory in a number of senses. It’s different, as I hinted at at the start of the week, both in terms of how we’re approaching this record… and that for the first time since November 2009, we have a change in personnel. First up, we want – Read more

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June 1, 2015


Well, it’s June, and that means we’re starting a new album. It’s been a long time coming this one. What with so many and varied Hope and Social projects this past year, Si and his many theatre things, and Goff being totally immersed in art in Berlin, we just haven’t been able to get a – Read more

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March 20, 2015

“Connect: Resound” – A Live Lesson on Sound

… from inside your computer!!! This coming Thursday (26th March 2015) from 1:15pm to 2:15pm, schools across the county are tuning in to join Hope and Social (the musical equivalent to the interior designers’ “shabby-chic”) deliver a live lesson in sound and recording via the wondrous interwebz. This is the third event in NYMAZ’s Connect:Resound – Read more

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September 11, 2013

Crypt Covers 8: The Travelling Band

On October 8th we were joined by the Manchester-based five-piece Folk-Rock-Juggernaut that is The Travelling Band. I (Gary) first saw the Travelling Band a few years back at Kendal Calling and was blown away by their songs, charisma and musicianship. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being out with the lads when Ellen – Read more


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March 2, 2010

Come Mix With Us

OK, this is in no way as interesting as the Come Dine With Us event that we’re doing at the end of the month but Hope and Social are going to start mixing tracks for the forthcoming album next week, and you’re invited. If you’re the kind of person who’s interesting in recording, producing and – Read more

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April 23, 2009

San Francisco… Ooooh, and Hull!

So we’ve put a new FREE download up of a live take of one of our album fave’s “San Francisco”, recorded and filmed at the Crypt where the album was made. We recorded this one with Mike “Powerhouse” Heaton who will be joining us again for our forthcoming “Raw Talent” show with BBC Humberside, as – Read more

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April 9, 2009

Moving monitors with your mind…

Just on my way to Birmingham to do a photo job and it’s so early and I should be catching up on work but I’m too knackered cos me and Rich were up working till 1am last night and then I didn’t get to sleep till 2 and I was up again at 4:30am and – Read more

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