Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Surf, Western Swing, Jump Blues
n 2012 four guys started bashing out rawking tunes by Carl Perkins, Link Wray and Collins Kids in a dusty studio held together with tape and egg boxes in Armley, Leeds. These four guys became Hailbails! They include ex-members of the Folk Theatre Partisans, the Lodger and the Lovesick Cowboys.
Originally a four piece, the group soon lost guitarist Peter Carlill to real life and became a slimmed down trio. In Jan 2014 the group recovered their sound and started up gigging again but this time were including reel rawk songs of their own amongst their usual Rockabilly, Surf, Western Swing and Jump Blues numbers.
They consist of Bruce Renshaw (Drums), Michael Rossiter (Guitar/Vocals) and David Broad (Double Bass/Vocals). They have performed at an Ace Records promo event at Jumbo Records in Leeds and gig regularly at festivals, clubs, living rooms, parties, weddings, pubs, charity stuff and pretty much anywhere else they get asked.
They have an EP out on Gin House Records released in 2015 – H.B.E.P #1.
They have been known to play a polka.
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!
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