There are links below to good friends of the Blacksocks …
Swillington Organic Farm
A wonderful,hidden gem on the outskirts of Leeds. The farm is so much more than an ideal host to our Organic music festival. Not only winners of the Best Meat in Yorkshire and growers of vegetables that u can taste the love in, but a heritage woodland, a fishing lake and more. Ed, Jo & the team are ethical and positive. The Blacksocks are proud to be associated with them.
This wonderful Arts Centre in Chapel Allerton,Leeds promotes mental health through creativity. It's relaxed supportive atmosphere hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Saturday cafe serves wonderful vegetarian organic food & drink. Instrumental nights, Mayday celebrations & Transforming with Poetry nights have been a joy for the band to play at.
The Chemic Tavern
The Three Deuces
Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican
Situated in nearby Methley, Joanne and her cafe are long term associates of Swillington Organic Farm & have been an integral part of the Festivals there. The band are due to play at Rivers Meet at an Amnesty International Benefit. Watch this space for the date.
Situated in Woodhouse,Leeds this pub thrives on real ale & live music.The Blacksocks have played there several times as part of open mic nights or Podemos/Left Unity events. Kate and her staff are friendly, chatty & serve a good pint, especially when it's from the Ridgeside brewery which is just over the road!!
Folk Roots Acoustic Chapel Allerton
A wonderful monthly evening showcasing local talent (& the Blacksocks have played too!). Run by our good friend Emma Doran FRACA has existed in more than one Chapel Allerton venue & details of forthcoming where & when's will follow.
This band take old school rock n roll, skiffle & swing then play it with skills borne of years of musicianship. On hearing about our festival at Swillington they demanded to be allowed to come up from London to play. Well, on hearing their music we snapped their hands off!! (No - not literally - that would shorten their career a bit).
Plans are afoot for a joint Blacksocks, 3 Deuces World Tour. Honest!
Following a fundraising gig for Frank Sidebottom in Dave's cellar Mike O'Brien and his band have become firm friends of the Blacksocks. They have headlined Swillington Organic music festival on four occasions. Their madcap Slade meets Tommy Cooper style is (thankfully) unique.
A surprise guest at Swillington 2011 Scott Doonican had the Cowshed 'jumpin araand' to his reworked covers telling tales of Barnsley life. He also joined The Blacksocks on stage for a rousing version of The Who's 'Can't Explain. That he survived & returned in 2012. The Barsteward Sons go from strength to strength. They are established on the festivals circuit and regularly support legendary bands The Levellers and The Lancashire Hotpots.
A tremendous organisation promoting mental health through music, they also put on events at Inkwell, The Chemic and other venue's in & around Leeds. Headed by the laid back yet tireless Mike Jolly their crew provided the excellent sound system for Swillington 2015. Cheers guys!!
Leeds College of Music
The music college in Leeds where Dave was sent to learn how to sing. Thanks to miraculous teaching vast improvements in confidence & competence were achieved. This is also where Antonio, in a previous life, strutted his stuff as part of the colleges Cuban Music Ensemble.