Hull Songs Launch Concert

Thanks to everyone who made the HullSongs launch at Kardomah94 such a brilliant night. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and everybody was ace! The night featured a host of music, spoken word and film, from a dazzling selection of HullSongs storytellers to a packed house.


We opened the show with a song inspired by the River Hull and Humber Estuary and then enjoyed a fabulous range of eclectic performances from Opher Goodwin, Graham Brady, Vivian Querido, Jim Orwin, Andrew Tomlinson, Alyx Tamminen, Jeff Parsons, Catherine Scott, Katie Spencer, Graham Graham Beck and Redeye Feenix and crew – PlayaOne, Tony Reid and Dave. The evening featured songs and stories written especially for HullSongs, and all of them featured fascinating tales of experience and life in Hull. Some were moving and poignant, some nostalgic, some celebratory, even eccentric, and all of them were brilliant.

We were delighted with the response to the HullSongs exhibition displayed around the venue, and look forward to being a part of Hull Central Library in December. Have a look at Rich’s photo gallery of the evening, click on an image and scroll along…

A big thanks to Mal Scott at Kardomah94, a fabulous venue, to Matt Lund for making the sound, lights and video excellent all  night, to Jessica Leathley of Hull Library Service for overseeing the Untold Stories project, and to Jan Tomlinson for the panoramic photo.

You can find all the HullSongs stories, songs and more on the story page. Have a click around the pages and blog posts to find out more. If you would like to know more about HullSongs just get in touch via the contact page.

Visit our Loudhailer website to find out more about Loudhailer Acoustic. It’s always a top night, all welcome, so come and listen to the music.

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

River of Shadows

River of Shadows, written for HullSongs by Andrew Tomlinson – songwriter/producer from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

I could never imagine living somewhere else and moving away from Hull or the East Riding. I have always loved the history and architecture of the area especially the unusual and the hidden. I remember growing up on Newland Avenue and being fascinated at how behind the Edwardian façade were old, disused farmhouses and barns harking back to Newlands rural history. I clearly remember being 10 or 11 years old and eating sandwiches from Fletchers Bakery, sat on a millstone in an old derelict courtyard on my lunch breaks from Sidmouth Street Junior School. There are so many aspects of the architecture, history, countryside and coast that have shaped me and become part of my psyche.

I like the fact that areas of Hull such as Sculcoates and Marfleet were once medieval ports exporting vast amounts of wool from the massive Meaux Abbey (about 2 miles from North Bransholme) to the Hanseatic League cities of Bruges and Antwerp. I like it that there was a Roman amphitheatre at Brough, an Anglo Saxon Shrine to Woden at Goodmanham (this was the kingdom of Northumbria’s most important place of worship) and Knights Templars temples at Blacktoft and Faxfleet. However it’s not just the ancient history of the area that fascinates me.

ATI used to work at the Needlers’ sweet factory which was housed in an old, imposing Victorian building. The factory was situated in the Sculcoates area of Hull and I’ve always found Sculcoates to have a very dark, old vibe to it (I heard it was the last place in England to have public bear baiting) and the factory definitely had that sort of really dark, oppressive atmosphere. I remember walking through the corridors late at night (10.00pm-6.00am shift) and going up the floors in an old lift that had loads of late Victorian brass fittings and wood work complete with a big brass lever that you operated the lift with and stopped it manually as you approached each floor. At the time I worked there large parts of the factory and upper floors were left desolate and unused and I became fascinated with the building, which was haunted. It became company policy, and this is true, that no one on the night shift had to go to the upper floors on their own but they could if they were ok with it. I knew a sparky, 6 foot 4 inches, mid 50’s, totally solid guy, down to earth, in a nut shell a rough, tough contractor. This guy had been on a job on the 4th floor at 2 in the morning and had come down mid job and refused to go back up and finish. Apparently he was working up there when he suddenly heard children laughing and talking behind him. Of course when he turned around there was no one to be seen. Slightly unnerved but resuming work he then heard loads of children’s footsteps running about and skidding and sliding on the floor again with accompanying breathless laughter. He did not resume work a third time. This was just one of many, many stories that occurred on the 4th floor and I gradually became obsessed with all the characters and ghosts who lived their lives and supposedly afterlives up there and this is why I took the pseudonym 4ourth4loor”.

© 2015 Andrew Tomlinson.

Hip Upon Hull

We’re really excited about the public launch of HullSongs tomorrow night at Kardomah94. There will be performances from 12 of the amazing artists – songwriters, storytellers and performance poets. A really eclectic mix – some of the pieces are nostalgic, some personal and poignant, and some are very funny. There are tales from all over Hull – Gypsyville, Longhill, Hessle Road, the River Hull itself. The Orchard Park high rise angels, old record shops of Hull, and even Bun in the Oven by the old bus station get a mention. And of course Hull City. Here’s Redeye Feenix and crew’s  brilliant brand new Hip Hop track – Hip upon Hull – with ::Si2::/Hull Graffiti, Piotr Infini Korczynski of City Elemenz and PlayaOne from endoflevelbaddie. The track is produced and mastered by Kremlin Blakk. I can’t stop singing along…. Tigers Tigers Ra Ra Ra!

Kardomah 94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull, HU1 2AN on Friday November 27th. The celebratory public event includes the opening of the HullSongs exhibition which can be previewed before moving to Hull Central Library during December. The launch event is free of charge, doors 7pm, music from 7.30 pm. Come and join us!