Music: Features

Crumplehorns back for more

Scarborough's very own Crumplehorns are releasing their second single next month.

Catchily titled 'On Off', it will initially be available as a (very) limited edition of transparent green 7" vinyl in a picture card sleeve and back inner bag - plus goodies and downloads. Each record will be individually numbered.

A limited stock (while they last) will be available at gigs and at Revolutions Music and the Totally Locally shop in the Stephen Joseph Theatre. It can be pre-ordered at

The song can be heard at

Orchestra sets sail

Scarborough’s sea-faring heritage is celebrated in a new orchestral work being given its world premiere in the town next month.

Scarborough Symphony Orchestra will feature the piece, Aurora, written specially for them by Yorkshireman, Richard Grantham, at its concert at Queen Street Methodist Central Hall on Saturday, May 3.

The composer is renowned for his brass band compositions.  Richard has written works for the National Brass Band championships and his works are played all over the world. But Aurora, written for a full symphony orchestra, is a new direction for him.  Richard was born and raised in Sheffield and now lives in Beverley.

“I was looking for a Scarborough theme and was inspired by the log book of William Cammish, the Master of a Scarborough Brig, Aurora, which sailed the world in the 1850s,” said Richard.

“The log, still in the archives of the Scarborough Library, is full of personal jottings and love letters as well as the details of the ship’s journey, so it’s an emotional journey as well as a practical one.”

The music reflects the constant motion of the waves.  As the ship’s musical journey progresses, different emotions and ideas float past, some on the horizon and distant and others closer to hand.  The composer has also taken advantage of the Aurora’s foreign adventures to include a taste of music from abroad - listen out for the sights and sounds as the Aurora docks in the port of Gibraltar!

Shaun Matthew, conductor of the SSO, commissioned the work.  “I’m very proud to champion new music, and it’s a great honour to have this specially composed for us.  It’s fitting too that Richard took as his inspiration a Scarborough sailing ship and, of course, the sea,” he said.


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New club for Watermark

Scarborough is to host a new music club at up-and-coming venue the Watermark Cafe. Titled Driftwood, the club will feature roots, rock, folk & acoustic music, guest bands and artists alongside the cafe's great food and fully licenced bar.

It's hosted by Richard Adams and Dave Greaves, and promises a great night out on Scarborough's gorgeous North Bay. Launching on Friday 26 April, the club will run every Friday.

As well as the Adams and Greaves house band, bookings to date include MG & The Lonesome Too, Whisky Dogs, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Williamson from the Animals, and Street Corner Blues; and Kieran Halpin.

Booking a table is essential by calling Mark Horsley on 07956 925925.


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