I’ve been to the Hebden Bridge Trades club a few times now. It’s a quirky venue with a really interesting performance programme which often includes one of my favourite Sheffield bands, International Teachers of Pop. On this occasion Maxine Peak and the Eccentronic Research Council were heading the line-up, supported by Adult Entertainment and Sister Wives.
Adrian (Flanagan) one of the creators and members of both the ERC and Adult Entertainment had stuck me on the guest list but had already disappeared to get ready for his first set by time I arrived. The Trades’ Club is one of those places where you can always find someone to talk to in the bar and I got chatting with a couple from Manchester and a Hebden Bridge local. First up, Charlotte (and Adrian), Adult Entertainment with their brand of ‘sexey’ electronica. Might seem incongruous in the rural West Calder Valley but somehow not! In the interval, back in the bar, I was introduced to writer, Adelle Stripe who’s partner writes for Mojo. She recognized me from Kendal where we’d done the Fat White Family shoot for the magazine. As always…it’s a small world with about two degrees of separation, largely inhabited by really friendly folk.
The Eccentronic Research Council delivered a strong set, with Maxine’s unique spoken word, somewhere between singing and speech against the throbbing backdrop keys of Adrian and Dean (Honer). They got a great reception and afterwards everyone was back in the bar til very late…enjoying the company, reluctant to abandon the warmth and the moment. At 1am I left a small band of diehards there, with the banter and laughter still carrying through the dark and down the road towards the hills and home. Thanks, one and all for a brilliant night.