Music students organise their own gig in Hull

14th May 2018 11:41am - Return to press releases

Music students organise their own gig in Hull

East Riding College student Wesley Trowell put on a concert at O’Riley’s in Hull with the help of his fellow Music Academy students.  Wesley, 25 from Hull was the mastermind behind the gig and organised and promoted it himself as The Big Music Academy Night Out.  Wesley said, “The concert is all about celebrating the diverse range of artists being nurtured at our College’s Music Academy in Hull - all the student acts are or were students at the Academy and I am there studying the business side of the industry.  I am in my third year and have focused on technology, business and theory, and hope to learn more when I go on to do the HND there. After I have completed the HND I would like to start my own recording company and label called Input Audio.”

 The first act was former student Jack Parker, 20 from Bridlington.  Jack has been captivating audiences across the region and abroad since leaving the Music Academy and Monday night was no different. Wesley said, “Taking influence from George Ezra, Passenger and the local folk scene, Jack combines his rustic, singer-songwriter style with powerful, emotion-driven lyrics.”

 The second act was ex-staff member Jeff Parsons, from Hull.  Jeff has been playing guitar since the age of eleven in his unusual left-handed upside down style. Wesley said, “Jeff’s a legend. He was a member of Hull New Wave pioneers Dead Fingers Talk who released their album Storm the Reality Studios in 1978. The album was produced by another local legend Mick Ronson.”

 A prolific songwriter, Jeff currently plays in Loudhailer Electric Company, Dark Secrets and Strawberry Moon as well as performing as an acoustic soloist. He is currently recording an album with Strawberry Moon which is set for release in September 2018. 

 The headline act for the night was Follow Deep, who like all good bands have seen some changes in line up as they have discovered their creative direction.  Founder members Harry Denness, 18 (guitar/vocals) and Harry Easterby, 17 (guitar) started playing gigs in local pubs around Driffield in 2015 and quickly developed a following. The two Harrys were eventually joined by Joe Ingram, 17 also from Driffield, and the band expanded again when they joined the Music Academy with Luke Bushby, 21 joining on vocals and bass and Jed Pearson, aged 20 eventually finalising the line up on drums. 

 They have enjoyed success both under their original name, The Underground Owls and as Follow Deep, performing throughout 2017 at various gigs including the Tidalwaves Festival and Tribfest. They signed to the ERC Academy Records label and performed their latest single Bad Influence at the gig.  The single is available on all major platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.

 The final act was impressive newcomer Tia Ellis, age 17 from Bridlington.  Tia has been playing piano since the age of 11 and has been singing since age 13, but has only recently started performing live as a soloist.  She has been at the Music Academy since 2015 and has enjoyed the experience and encouragement that she has received from tutors and classmates alike. 

 Wesley said, “All the acts went down a storm so thanks to them for putting on such a great gig.  My thanks also have to go to Martin Jones our tutor for being the host for the night and Darren Bunting from the venue.”