A great reason for being in the Doghouse

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Hot on the heels of bringing Midlake to Halifax Minster, the Doghouse, Halifax’s long running not-for-profit music promotion has just announced the autumn season at its regular Arden Road Social Club nase.

As previously it’s a line-up that brings some wonderful and varied performers to play in the area. Starting with New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins (coming to Halifax as part of a world tour) on September 4.

They are followed by the very hotly tipped grungey rock of Allusondrugs the following evening. Tiny Ruins were described by Tom Ravenscroft of BBC 6 Music as such, “she’s managed to avoid the angst that often ruins the work of female singer-songwriters and created a debut album of vast beauty”.

Q magazine described Allusondrugs as being “A trippy injection of bulldozing riffs, hypnotic vocals and mosh pit igniting fury... Grunge revivalism is in rude health”.

The following week (11th) sees Steven James Adams (formerly of the Broken Family Band & Signing Adams) perform tracks from his new album which he recorded with members of The Vaselines and Lau. Strong support will be provided by Spirit of John, the acclaimed rockabilly influenced Leeds/Halifax based band.

October 3 sees Tender Prey from Cardiff calling by. The band were recently in session for the Marc Riley programme on 6 Music. Tender Prey, aka Laura Bryon, is a Cardiff based musician who mixes garage blues, 70’s girl group clangs and lo-fi grooves, to create pocket melodies to dance, drink and wrestle to.

Icelandic singer-songwriter Hafdis Huld is in town on Thursday, October 30. She will be playing tracks from her recent entrancing new album written and recorded entirely in her picturesque wooden house in the mountains outside Reykjavik. The album appropriately called ‘Home’, is a beautifully stripped back production with a simplicity and directness that showcases Hafdis’s pure and assured vocals to perfection.

The final two Doghouse shows of 2014 (though more might be added) are on November 1, headlined by Dancing Years and the welcome return (after an absence of five years) of ska-rockers Random Hand on the 14th.

Pay on the door is available for all shows, although it is advised to get tickets in advance for Tiny Ruins, Steven James Adams and Hafdis Huld. Tickets can be bought from Revo Records in Halifax.

Full show details and timings are available from www.doghouseuk.com

“As we approach our 10th year it’s with some pleasure that I’m announcing our autumn line-up. A lot of time has been taken to ensure that it’s an interesting and eclectic line-up that sums up what the Doghouse is all about, said Michael Ainsworth. “We regularly punch above our weight by getting the artists we book to play for us, and we can’t wait for the shows”.