no boundaries… the Blacksocks                                                     Guest House & Restaurant

© 2015 -

Socks and drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll,

Are all my brain and body needs,

Socks and drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll,

Are very good indeed …





the Blacksocks

Gigs 2017 & 2018

The Blacksocks love to play their music live, sharing their quirky mix of styles with an often unsuspecting audience.

Our progression has taken us from being enthusiastic amateurs to a musically tight unit playing with craft & subtlety. We have many times been fortunate enough to play in venues run by friends of the band and are told our gigs have a sense of being inclusive and of a communal event. This is what we aim for. Sharing our music at charity, fundraising and community events is  a joy for the band.  

 Upcoming …   

 Played …   

Saturday  18 February 1017 - St Gemma’s Hospice Benefit Gig at Polish Club  Chapel Allerton  Leeds  LS7 4JE

We returned to the Polish Club to play alongside Dave & Roz Lewis, Dave Shapiro and Riverbird at this benefit gig. The date marked the birthday of Deryk’s wife and the bands good friend Anne Isherwood who died in late 2016. Funds were being raised for St. Gemmas Hospice in Leeds with this special event.

Following stellar performances from Riverbird and Roz Lewis & Pals and a stella performance by Moose we took to the stage for our first gig of 2017 with a warm reception. Opening with Jimmy Reed’s old foot tapper ‘Got Me Running’ before playing a few originals we quickly felt like we had never been away. The band then referenced some of their influences in covering Otis Rush, Camper van Beethoven, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen numbers before closing with our old favourite ‘Hign Heeled Sneakers’. The set was most enthusiastically received and by the end (assisted by some Polish beer) members of the audience were on their feet dancing and giving a good impression of enjoying themselves. The evening was brought to a close by Reckless who played a set of rocky, danceable floor fillers that went down a storm. Over £500 was raised for St Gemmas Hospice and a great time was had by all. Anne would have loved it.

A small but perfectly formed audience appreciated the poetry of Tony Martin-Woods and Robin Usman-Hislop before relaxing into the groove of a dozen of our tunes. Befitting the Latin ambience the band paid respects to their Spanish founders (with Manana), influences (with Lagrimas Negras), the artist (with Pablo Picasso) and solidarity (with Guantanamera). Fittingly the evening was rounded off with bottles of Club Colombiana beer. Coffee isn’t the only exceptional drink at Marta’s Casa Colombiana.

Thursday 9 March 2017 - Cloth Cat Open Mic Night at Chemic Tavern Leeds

Upcoming in the Featured Band slot at the Cloth Cat Open Mic Night - Thursday 25 January 2018 - at the Chemic Tavern, Woodhouse in Leeds  .....

Thursday 30 March 2017 - Casa Colombiana  Grand Arcade  Leeds

The Chemic was rammed with punters celebrating our good friend and Cloth Cat main man Mike Jolly’s 50th birthday. Kady opened the evening with wonderful ethereal West African melodies. The Blacksocks were next up kicking off with a rendition of ‘Monsters of Pop’ then launching into ‘Take the Skinheads Bowling’ which had the audience singing and dancing in appreciation! The short set was concluded with ‘High Heeled Sneakers’ which provoked ever increasingly mad dance moves. A hugely enjoyable evening and a fitting 50th birthday tribute to Mike Jolly who does so much for live music in Leeds.… Happy Birthday Mike!!

After a few years waiting for the opportunity The Blacksocks finally took to the stage at the Rhubarbfest (albeit without Antonio).

We marked the occasion by giving a debut to Getting There (written by Pete and Dave) in a jangly Americana style. Later we astounded the Spanish soundman with our version of Lagrimas Negras (one of his favourite songs).  As far as we know we are the only British Band to cover this Cuban classic. The soundman later compared us to The B52s, a compliment in anyone’s book. Rock Lobster anybody?

Other bands and audience members celebrated the festival by making headgear from rhubarb leaves growing in nearby field. Fashionable?, Tasteful?, possibly not; but great in the spirit of fun and celebration.

Friday 13 October 2017 - FRACA Event at Polish Club  Chapel Allerton  Leeds  LS7 4JE

The band plays again in the coveted featured bands slot @ The Chemic Tavern. Expect some new covers and originals as well as the events usual open mic, quality beer and good company.    

Thursday 25 January 2018 - Cloth Cat Open Mic Night at The Chemic Tavern  Woodhouse  Leeds  

Four of the five Blacksocks gave impromptu renditions of several of their songs at this musical get together organised by FRACA. After playing versions of High Heeled Sneakers, Take the Skinheads Bowling and others the band were given a yellow card by the folks attempting to jam with them for playing Pretzel Logic by the legendary Steely Dan … we were too clever by half.

Sunday 28 May 2017 - Rhubarbfest at Unicorn Inn  Carlton Village  Rothwell  Leeds  WF3 3RW