What’s on at Yellow Arch – November 2016


As we stumble into the winter months, where the warm Summer days seem like a long lost dream – the need for some seriously decent live music goes from wanting, to needing.

But never fear, Yellow Arch has you covered! Whether you’re after Jazz, Folk, Blues, Electro Swing or just something to tap your toes to… we have just what you need. So without further ado, here’s what we have on at Yellow Arch over November ’16!

Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th / Saturday 5th
Slow Club Residency

Thursday 10th 7:30pm
Talking Gigs & Lescar Jazz presents Vula Viel
£13 / £8 conc

One of Gilles Peterson’s favourite discoveries for the 2015 London Jazz Festival. Their intensely rhythmic music is an engaging mix of African, electronica and minimalist influences. Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood) Vula Viel create something new and vital.

Saturday 12th 8pm
Yellow Arch presents Hot Diamond Aces, Andy H, Powlo (Thirsty Ear) & Simmerdown
£5adv / £7otd

Combining infectious rhythms with a raw brass sound, Hot Diamond Aces’ live performances are backed up with energetic dance routines delivered by Angelina Abel, dancer/choreographer from Mulembas d’Africa.

Sunday 13th 7:30pm
Matthew Whitaker (Gypsies of Bohemia & Henge) Album Launch with Jack Athey
£5adv / £7otd

Matthew has been a prominent member of the Manchester music scene for over a decade – fronting hugely popular bands Whiskycats, Gypsies of Bohemia and, most recently, Henge.

The Man With the Anvil Hat sees him return to those classical guitar roots – with inspiration coming from composers such as Leo Brouwer, Enrique Granados and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Monday 14th 7:30pm
Talking Gigs presents Sona Jobarteh
£14 / £8 conc

Sona Jobarteh is the first female kora virtuoso. She has modernised the presentation of kora music, playing while standing and singing to her rhythmic arrangements with electric instruments in a modern band.

Sona has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, not just between the West and Africa, but also between West African musical genres. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender, love, and respect whilst still referencing and rooting herself firmly in her traditional cultural heritage.

Thursday 17th 7:30pm
Yellow Arch presents DOBRA, Red Rum Club + support
£3.50adv / £5otd

Sheffield born and bred four-piece DOBRA deliver a unique, fluent and beautiful surf-esque sound consistent of dreamy, melodic guitar riffs and vocals, backed up by intertwining drum and bass guitar grooves. While the cold seasons creep closer, these guys will take you back to the heat of summer time, if only for the night.

Friday 18th 9pm
Ravaflava featuring Kyla C, Five Five, Spray Dem, Ann D / Demus, Ranx & Vecta
£10adv / MOTD

Saturday 19th 8pm
Yellow Arch presents The Electric Swing Circus, The Balkan Bandits & The Big Swing DJs
£12adv (sold out) / £15otd

A 6-piece fusion of saucy 20′s swing and stomping electro beats with an explosive sound that reverberates back through time. Mixing doo-wap harmonies with gypsy guitar, stomping drums, ripping bass and super synths creates a live Electro-Swing sound like no other! Sprinkle some Drum ‘n’ Bass, Breakbeat and Dubstep on top for good measure and you have the sound of The Electric Swing Circus!

Sunday 20th 8pm
Charlotte Carpenter with Brooklin
£3.50adv / £5otd

Tipped by Total Guitar as one of their favourite new guitarists to hear in 2016 for the “epic electric odes and spacious Americana” found on her previous ‘The Fault Line’ EP, Charlotte has also received acclaim from NME Magazine, Best Fit, Clash, described as being “a young artist capable of applying an enormous impact”.

Tuesday 22nd 7:30pm
Chucklenuts comedy club
£4/£3 conc

Wednesday 23rd 7:30pm
Talking Gigs presents Rafiki Jazz
£13 / £8conc

Rafiki Jazz are something of a legend on the Sheffield world music scene … and indeed even wider. The band formed over 10 years ago with their first CD featuring 10 musicians from the UK and around the globe including Juldeh Camara, Kudaushe Matimba and Mim Suleiman.

They have been described as ‘The most diverse band in the UK, a host of musicians spanning four continents with migrants and refugee artists at its heart and immense sincerity and compassion coursing through their songs’ (Sashwati Mira Sengupta, Satellite State Disko).

Friday 25th 8pm
Honey Bee Blues Club presents The Mark Harrison Trio

Every Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Yellow Arch Sunday Club with featured artist
Free entry

Every week Yellow Arch Sunday Club opens their stage for musicians to showcase their best original material – free entry and nice vibes all afternoon. If you’re a musician who fanices taking the stage, or a music lover who wants to make the most of their Sunday, come along and support the local music scene!