Mi­los Karadaglic in fes­ti­val line-up

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC -

AN award-win­ning clas­si­cal gui­tarist will head­line the Brad­field Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic.

The in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Miloš Karadaglic will be joined by ac­cor­dion­ist Ksenija Siderova for the open­ing night con­cert at St Ni­cholas’ Church on June 21.

The fes­ti­val it­self runs un­til June 28 and to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of the Grand De­part in York­shire, the pro­gramme will con­clude with Vive la France, a cel­e­bra­tion of French mu­sic and song.

For the full line-up and to book tick­ets visit brad­field­fes­ti­val­of­mu­sic.co.uk THE RUT­LES have prob­a­bly had more come­backs than the great Frank Si­na­tra, al­though ac­cord­ing to the band this re­ally is it. “Last time was just the last time. This time it re­ally is the last time.”

For the unini­ti­ated (where you have been all this time?), The Rut­les are an af­fec­tion­ate, and at times hi­lar­i­ous, pas­tiche of The Bea­tles con­ceived by Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes for Idle’s com­edy se­ries Rut­land Weekend Tele­vi­sion dur­ing the mid-1970s.

What started life as a one-off sketch turned into an hour­long TV spe­cial, All You Need Is Cash, and spawned two al­bums as well as a tour­ing sched­ule that’s still go­ing strong to­day. Chart­ing the ca­reer of Ron, Dirk, Stig and Barry (Innes, Idle, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey) the 1978 “rock­u­men­tary” fea­tured cameos by lu­mi­nar­ies like Mick Jag­ger, Ge­orge Har­ri­son and Paul Si­mon.

All You Need Is Cash pre­dated This Is Spinal Tap and paved the way for the tor­rent of trib­ute bands that have flooded the mu­sic scene in re­cent years. It also made The Rut­les overnight stars and next month they em­bark on their lat­est UK tour which takes in Fib­bers in York and Leeds City Va­ri­eties.

The line-up has changed over the years, only Innes and Halsey are still in­volved, but the band still has a loyal fol­low­ing. “We did a farewell gig in Glas­ton­bury about five or six years ago and I never thought we would do it again but here we are. It’s not a ca­reer move, it’s just a lot of fun and we like do­ing it,” says Innes.

“It wasn’t planned, it just hap­pened, but I still get young people com­ing up to me to­day and say­ing they got into The Bea­tles be­cause of The Rut­les.”

It all started in 1975 when Eric Idle per­suaded Innes to join him in a com­edy se­ries for BBC 2 about a spoof TV sta­tion churn­ing out cheap pro­grammes on a shoe­string. “I thought it would be fun to do a spoof of A Hard Day’s Night speeded up like a Benny Hill kind of thing, where we’d put on wigs and tight trousers and run around in a field. Eric liked that and he said he had a sketch about a man mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary who’s so dull the cam­era runs away from him.”

But what started out as an ir­rev­er­ent bit of fun soon took on a life of its own. The Bea­tles had split up five years ear­lier and al­ready there was mount­ing pres­sure for the band to re­form (given the fact the Bay City Rollers had the big­gest sell­ing UK sin­gle that year it’s per­haps not sur­pris­ing).

But it wasn’t un­til the fol­low­ing year when the clip was shown in the US on the hugely pop­u­lar Satur­day Night Live show that they re­alised they’d tapped into some­thing.

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