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Oporto was founded by myself back in the mists of time. I had one clear aim, to create a bar in Leeds that i wanted to drink and hang-out in, luckily others wanted to do the same, this principle still stands for me and the Oporto team. I hope you enjoy the unique space we have created, I also hope you enjoy the great drinks and crackin’ tunes that make Oporto one hell of a night out!!!!!””
Ged Feltham owner and founder


Communion presents: Amber States
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Georgia Ruth Williams, Hayley Gaftarnick & Joseph Francis
£5 adv.

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May showcase...

Amber States
Amber States play euphoric-melancholic pastoral-rock with soul and musicality. They have a vintage ensemble sound - strong vocal harmonies feature prominently over lyrical cello passages, piano and organ washes and rhythms, soaring electric guitar countermelodies - enveloping the classic core of acoustic guitar and warm, bluesy lead vocal.
If you had to pin down some influences, you could start with the folk rock of the likes of CSN, Neil Young, The Band, and current artists such as Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Villagers. They also can’t resist Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the song-writing skills of other English acts like Fairport Convention and Fleetwood Mac. Sometimes they dream about Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. You should really see them live.

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog play a blend of folk, country and rock music. As well as their own material, they often perform adaptations of traditional songs.

Formed by Iwan, Dafydd and Aled Hughes - three brothers from the Llyn Peninsula, north-west Wales, and since 2005 have three albums under their belts.

Their first album, ‘Dawns y Trychfilod’ topped the BBC C2 chart for Welsh-language releases. The band received the ‘Best New Band’ award at the BBC RAP Awards the same year.

Second album 'Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn' brought wide attention to the band, including airplay on BBC 6Music and positive reviews in publications and website in Wales and England. This was followed by live performances at many festivals over the summer of 2011, including the Green Man Festival, SWN festival in Cardiff and as one of the headlining acts of ‘Maes B’ it also received the Album of the Year award from Welsh music magazine ‘Y Selar’.

'Draw Dros y Mynydd', was released in 2012 & nominated for the annual Welsh Music Prize and garnered BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music airplay. The same year saw the band playing nearly 100 live shows with appearances at Union Chapel, London, at the regular 'What's Cookin' nights in east London and the first 'No Direction Home' festival in Sherwood Forest. In September the band left for Buenos Aires and the Chubut region of Patagonia, Argentina for a month to play a few shows and to run workshops for the Welsh language community there.

Taken from their biog for this years Greenman Festival...

Georgia Ruth Williams
Raised bilingually in Aberystwyth, Wales, Georgia’s haunting voice has earned her favourable comparisons with the melancholy folk sirens of the late 60s. Her unusual harp playing was inspired more by the guitar on Bert Jansch, Meic Stevens and old folk revivalist records than by the classical method she was taught as a child.
She has performed at Glastonbury, Green Man Festival, SWN and several other festivals. She has been selected as an ‘MPFree of the day’ on the 6 Music Breakfast Show. BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton described her as “one of the most prodigious talents ever to grace my airwaves” whilst Huw Stephens deemed her In Luna EP (released on limited 10″ vinyl in 2012) “exquisite” on his Radio 1 show.

This Spring, she will be releasing her debut album - Week of Pines - on Gwymon Records. Recorded and produced by David Wrench over six days last August at Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios, the record features members of acclaimed country-folk outfit Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, and a very special contribution from Lleuwen Steffan. From the motorik drive of the title track, to the darker Eno-like string arrangements, the stark joyfulness of a Welsh sea shanty accompanied by wheezing reed organ, or the more wistful folk ballads: this is a varied and intriguing collection of songs.

Georgia regularly plays in Richard James’ band and appears alongside the ex-Gorky’s member in his new project Pen Pastwn. She will also be appearing on the Guillemots’ forthcoming album, having recorded parts for it in the Summer of 2012. She also presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru.

Hayley Gaftarnick
With a voice which can melt the hardest heart to piercing solid granite rock without ever losing control or technique, the Leeds-based singer-songwriter has established a fan-base far beyond her home city. Having been recognised as one of Leeds’ favourite solo performers, she has now hand-picked a group of musicians, who allow her the freedom to express her rich talent, and stretch her musical boundaries further and further with all genres included, from acoustic, soul/blues, jazz, folk, country, pop and rock, all are given the special Hayley Gaftarnick sound.

Joseph Francis
Leeds based singer songwriter drawing on folk, rock & world music. Wise and talented beyond his meager 18 years we expect great things from another exciting part of the new folk scene in our great city.

Wednesday 29th May
7.30pm - 11pm (DJs 'til 2am)

Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds

£5 adv. from Crash, Jumbo & online

The Bruce Lee Memorial Lock-in
Poetry, stand-up, jazz, folk, cake and much more.
£2 adv.

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Actor, fighter, poet, philosopher - in the next Lock-In we celebrate the action-packed life of 李小龍 aka Lee Jun-fan aka Bruce Lee. Star of classics such as Enter The Dragon (not a porn movie), Fist Of Fury (again, not a porn movie), founder of the philosophy Jeet Kune Do (The Way Of The Intercepting Fist), master of the One Inch Punch, and the only iconic figure ever to have been called Bruce.

Jon us for the usual mix of comedy, music, poetry and much else besides (and we may have a special Brucie Bonus...).

£3 in (£2 advance tickets) plus free cake!

Gaslight Club BIG Folk Bank Holiday Show!
Nigel Passey Band, Louise Petit, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, The Incredible Magpie Band, Mark Nichols, Natalie Holmes, Lauren Bradford & guest host Jonathan Moss

Free in!
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A full afternoon and evening of amazing acoustic leaning music from Leeds and beyond...

Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Jack and Charlie’s well – known idiosyncratic approach to folk music and song writing has earned them an enviable reputation as two of the most exciting, heartfelt and challenging musicians around.
Their first two albums on Fellside Recordings, Light Up all the Beacons and The Northern Road followed them as finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, and were met with critical acclaim; their fresh and compelling sound inspiring audiences up and down the country and being described in The Sunday Times as “real folk – not nu-folk, folktronica, or some other apologetically named subgenre – and it doesn’t seem to need reinventing.”

Louise Petit
Louise Petit is a singer-songwriter from Staffordshire who has been writing down lyrics on pieces of paper for as long as she can remember. Today she plays with a talented group of musicians who bring her stories to life.
This music stamps it's feet to let you know it's there then gives you a great big hug once it's in.

Nigel Passey Band
The Nigel Passey Band's unique style & sound allows them to adapt to an acoustic set up or play as a full band. Heavily influenced by The Goo Goo Dolls, Matt Nathanson, Jon McLaughlin and Boyce Avenue, The Nigel Passey Band's sound is one that pleases everybody!

The Incredible Magpie Band
The incredible magpie band are a five piece band, formed in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, early 2012. They have just finished recording there first album and will be releasing it in 2013
“Take plenty of sunshine, a little soul, a dash of psychedelia and season with 60’s R’n’B, shake together well and this should give you the essence of The Incredible Magpie Band. The kind of music to summon up images of chilling out beneath the summer sun, Classic festival afternoon fare”
David Pickersgill, Wakefield express

Mark Nichols
"MARK NICHOLS ROCKS!" - Acoustic Magazine
"Pretty. Wonderful playing. A promising writer.." - Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music)

Natalie Holmes
If someone threw Joni Mitchell and Ellie Goulding into a pop/folk flavoured cake and iced it with the sweetest mixture of honesty, level-headedness and positivity. Bristol born but we're glad she's currently residing in our fair city.

Lauren Bradford
Lauren is an American singer/songwriter, now located in the UK. She moved to Liverpool, where she discovered her own sound and found herself as an Artist. Lyrically, she’s inspired by folk music, and melodically by soul and blues.

+ guest host Jonathan Moss from the ace March of Dimes

Free entry from 4pm!

Live music from 11pm, bar 'til 2am!

Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds

Dragonfly Tattoo
Jenni Noyes
£3 adv.

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Songs of Love and Murder. With the full band line up: keys, cello, bodhran, French horn, guitar, drums, bass. New songs and some old favourites.
Screening of film maker Andy Lugg’s video for “Lilith”
As heard on BBC Radio Leeds Introducing
"Dragonfly Tattoo- a cut above...a gorgeous walk on the dark side”
"sensuous brushes and burbling keyboards, the band purring beautifully like an alley cat" Graham Chalmers, Ackrill Media Group
"the set up has got to be unique...the sound beautiful and haunting" Dragondrop.Org
"a gravel on silk vocal, over a naked string quartet and strident piano with a dash of Morcheeba"- Rich Huxley, Hope & Social

Playing at 8.30 pm Special guest, Jenni Noyes, Leeds singer songwriter, with acoustic guitar and mesmerising vocal melodies "interpreting lifes experience with heartfelt abandon and joy"

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Three Blind Wolves
Spirit of John & Gabriel Kelley
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They're back after their amazing support to Frightened Rabbit, to celebrate the release of their new album "Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine" it's party time...

Three Blind Wolves
Here stand Three Blind Wolves. The band have sold out venues across Scotland with their wild stage presence, transfixing harmonies and captivating performances, and this year will be touring throughout the UK and beyond to entertain audiences of all generations. They have drawn influences from Neil Young, Pavement, My Morning Jacket and Nirvana to deliver their very special brand of folk-tinged psychedelic blues-rock through their first full-length album ‘Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine’.

Recent single ‘Parade’ gained great recognition from Dermot O’Leary, Vic Galloway and John Kennedy for its emotional punch, heart-felt lyrics and sumptuous chorus. On February 18th they will release ‘In Here Somewhere’, which builds from a beautiful, slow lament to a rousing anthem which is already a hit with their loyal live audience despite having not yet been released.

Their more country/folk influenced mini-album ‘Sound of the Storm’ was released in 2011 via Communion Records and is available to buy from the Shop section above. They have built on their ever-growing reputation across the UK and beyond with successful tours in the Netherlands which included showcasing at Eurosonic in 2012. This was followed by a US tour taking in SXSW in Austin and CMW in Toronto.

Spirit of John
The acoustic two-piece SOJ are old school friends from the Halifax hills. Influenced musically by folk, blues, country, skiffle and punk, the duo have crafted a raw, earthy sound, defined by double bass slapping, guitar chopping and raspy hollering, with occasional sweet moments.
SOJ play intimate sweaty bar room gigs, large outdoor festivals and everything inbetween, as well as the odd living room or guerrilla gig. Guest musicians sometimes join the pair, making for rowdy, spontaneous shows and records.
'Ragged, raucous and totally acoustic' - NME

Gabriel Kelley
Special guest of the wolves is Gabriel Kelley, Georgia native via Nashville and Sweden. Having a record under his belt featuring the talents of engineer/producer Neal Cappellino, whose credits include a Grammy for engineering on Alison Krauss, legendary Memphis picker Reggie Young (Elvis, Dusty Springfield); background vocalist Bekka Bramlett (Joe Cocker, Fleetwood Mac); Brad Pemberton (The Cardinals, Brendan Benson); Jon Graboff (The Cardinals, Noel Gallagher); Dave Jacques (John Prine, Emmylou Harris) and fellow recording artist Gabe Dixon (Paul McCartney, Supertramp). Kelley supplies guitar and harmonica and a lifetime of influences soaked up from his southern youth, globetrotting and curious ear.

Tuesday 21st May

7.30pm - 11pm (DJs 'til late)

£5 adv.

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Gaslight Club presents: Tim Bootscraper
Look Yonder + Joe Tilston
Free Entry

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Leeds' finest free for all, NYC, Greenwich Village Style, Hootenanny.

Every Monday Gaslight Club welcomes the best songwriters, singers, acoustic acts, bands, performances and the more eclectic and eccentric elements of Leeds' (and more recently the world's) musical scene to Oporto for a hushed, candle lit soiree hosted by the incredibly gifted Gary Stewart and his talented friends.

This week we have a special brought to us by Tim of Bootscraper...

Tim Loud, Look Yonder + Joe Tilston

...and of course your host Gary Stewart!

From 8.30pm - 11pm (bar til 2am)
Call Lane, Leeds, LS1


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