Blues-rock, folk, funk and soul originals
Paul Middleton's Angst Band represent a lifetime of fury, love, loss and joy condensed into a single, breathtaking live music experience.
A survivor of 70s prog explorers Wally, Paul Middleton combines the raw musical passion of his acoustic and lap steel guitar playing with intelligent, intensely personal lyrics.
With a vocal nod to Howling Wolf and Captain Beefheart, Paul weaves songs and stories that are at once imaginative and honest, rich in experience and awash with a wry sense of humour.
The worldly wit and wisdom of Mr. Middleton is backed up by his erstwhile lieutenants and young Turks, The Angst Band and their eclectic blend of blues-rock, folk, punk and soul. The blistering fretwork of guitarist Darren Ibbotson is matched only by his ear for musical subtlety and nuance, whilst Matt Evens enhances this rich dynamic with lush keyboards and exotic xylosynth to create vibrant, intricate melodies. John Davey's fluid and powerful bass ebbs and flows beneath, pushing both the groove and the mood of the songs. The whole thing is underpinned by the rock-steady rhythms and inventive percussive flair of drummer Adam Westerman.
The Duck & Drake is an historic pub in the centre of Leeds in beautiful West Yorkshire. Expect to find the finest cask ales and some of the tastiest live music anywhere in the city!
A fine example of a two-roomed Victorian corner pub retaining some original features. Wood-floored throughout and some of the floorboards have survived two hundred years of trade.
The central bar with fifteen handpumps sits in between and serves both rooms.
There is live music most nights from a small stage in the corner of the front room, which also features a mural on the back wall depicting many blues and rock legends and is decorated with various music memorabilia.
The pub has existed under several different names including THE HORSE & GROOM & THE BROUGHAM'S ARMS. During the second world war Broughams had a reputation for being a place where women would meet and entertain American GI’s. It wasn't until 1985 - while the pub was under the care of landlord Les Moon - that the name changed to The Duck & Drake. Though the present name is represented in the form of waterfowl it actually refers to the pastime of skimming stones on water called “ducks & drakes”.
Parking is often tricky... There is an NCP car park quite close by but it closes bang on 11pm - so if the bands still rocking - your car may get locked in!
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.