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Raising vital funds for Friends of Harrogate Hospital & Harrogate Healthcare NHS Trust - In these challenging and worrying times we all face lets try a few smiles with our online events – Full details below. Its all new to us - should be great fun!!! Please support our events via Paypal Donate Button below - Every penny goes to the charity & vital equipment - NO costs are deducted PLUS -New for our Lock-down season we are delighted to introduce our Pirate Radio sessions via our Stereo HQ Streamer Link button just below or on page tabs.



Our online events are run on 2 platforms first Zoom for the presentation with the team and Jim Dobb's Video Show then Nidd Stream for the High Quality Stereo Audio  - this is streamed live from Vinyl, you need both applications running OR you can use 2 devices such as PC and IPad/Phone etc. Sonos etc also work great for the music stream, this is running all the time on the pirate radio test page 

The High Quality Stereo sound  for is via our Nidd streamer on this link 24Hr test music is running so try anytime:



Google Chrome is the only browser that causes a problem! Its a 20 second job to fix that by making the stream an "Allowed" site - just watch this quick video if you need help -    


The presentation and video show etc are via Zoom Video - this is easy to use and if you book an event place you will receive a link to join us - Zoom is easy to set up and you don't have to have Video on your side. Don't panic if you haven't used Zoom - a little video to help you is here:  https://youtu.be/ArS2ku5DrUc 

Also our page with advice and help for listening online is here : https://vinylsessions.org/help-listening-to-online-1 

Enjoy vinyl albums, artists & music on magnificently restored vintage Hi-Fi just as the artists intended together while raising funds for Friends of Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity.  

OVER £13.000 NOW RAISED For Friends of Harrogate Hospital

We aimed to raise £10,000 but we have blown the ceiling! Here is to the next £10,000 for equipment to enhance patient care not available from NHS funding. - EVERY PENNY RAISED GOES TO THE NEONATAL 3 WAY MONITOR APPEAL - FULL DETAILS AT EACH EVENT

 Each session will feature a specific album, artist or music style at a number of venue locations in the Harrogate area. Enjoy the experience on powerful vintage audio equipment , Sony, KEF, Monitor Audio, Marantz, Goodmans, Sansui, Trio and more from the golden era of Hi-Fi – the 1970s.

 Our mission – Over the coming months each Vinyl session will feature a classic album, artist focus or music genre. The events start at 7.30pm and begin with a presentation on the music from a special guest then a brief summary of the audio equipment. At approximately 8.00pm we play the album in full, no distractions (talking and mobile phones not welcome!) to  focus & enjoy the music as it was meant to be. Finally it’s time for social chat and any questions – after all you are all fans so you will be in great company!

 Admission is by donation (suggested £5) and Friends of Harrogate Hospital can claim gift aid.

CCF Accountancy & Tax & Verity Frearson, Harrogate's Local Estate Agent sponsors Vinyl Sessions


Wednesday 10th June 7.30pm Bradford University Student Union 1959-1966




An interesting & amazing event from a decade that shaped music… A good friend of old kindly lent us a collection of 59 original 45s that were bought on a weekly basis whilst a student at Bradford University 1959-1966. Student Union was very different to today – they arranged a record player for entertainment and spent social time listening to these very singles!

Enjoy these classic spins from the likes of Fats Domino, T-Bones, 4 Seasons, Brenda Lee, Manfred Mann, The Scaffold, Elvis, The Four Tops, Johny Tilotson, The Toys and many more great artists. A real archaeology of 59-66 through a group of students eyes.

We will spin these in traditional style on a 1960s Garrard AP75 turntable via a Leak Stereo 70 Amplifier then stream up to our mighty server in magnificent HQ Stereo.

We will spin all 59 of them with minimum chat, Zoom will be running so you can see the singles and labels plus a bit of introduction. 

As always you are welcome to just log on to the Nidd streamer only at 7.30  if you just want to listen.

The event starts at 7.30pm prompt – lots of great music to enjoy! Places can be booked on our link below.

A few hours before the event you will receive a reminder email with the links to the HQ music server and a link to Zoom conferencing for the video presentation etc.   

A Help to Listen tab is at the top of this homepage, you can learn more about how to listen and test the music streamer anytime. 



Wednesday 3rd June 7.30pm We present Kate Bush - Hounds of Love



Hounds of Love is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush released 16th September 1985. It was a commercial success and marked a return to the public eye for Bush after the relatively poor sales of her previous album, 1982's The Dreaming. The album's lead track Running Up That Hill became one of Bush's biggest hits. The album's first side produced three further successful singles Cloudbursting, Hounds of Love and The Big Sky’ The second side, subtitled The Ninth Wave, forms a conceptual suite about a person drifting alone in the sea at night.

Hounds of Love received critical acclaim both on its release and in retrospective reviews. It is considered by many fans and music critics to be Bush's best album and has been regularly voted one of the greatest albums of all time. It was Bush's second album to top the UK Album Chart  and her best-selling studio album, having been certified double platinum for 600,000 sales in the UK, and by 1998 it had sold 1.1 million copies worldwide. In the US, it reached the top 40 on the Billboard 200. The album was nominated at the 1986 Brit Awards for Best British Album, where Bush was also nominated for Best British Female and Best British Single (for "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)").

The fun starts at 7.30pm with Colin then we have a full profile from our “Professor of Pop” Graham Chalmers along with some video action from Jim Dobbs during playback of the album in full about 8.00ish. Between sides we have a quick trip to Mike’s audio den!

We put together a superb JVC turntable and Shure V15III Run via a magnificent Sony STR 6120 Receiver  . Then stream via our HQ Nidd server for you to enjoy. We run our dual platform audio stream and Zoom for the event.

If you just want to LISTEN ONLY without Zoom presentation we should begin playback of the album around 8.00pm - just be on the Nidd Streamer link for HQ audio above. 



The come along to this online event you need to book at Eventbrite on the link below, a few hours before the event you will receive a SECOND EMAIL from Eventbrite with a link to the Zoom meeting & Audio Stream. Click the link and install the free software or app for Zoom – if you use this already then you are straight in but if you are not familiar have a play first rather than a last-minute panic! Please use your real name because if you want to join in with questions etc we as the hosts know who we are un-muting. You can opt to have your video off or on so we can see you if you like.

Remember to us Analog people all this digital conference stuff is complete voodoo so what will happen is anybody’s guess.

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Great Music Friday, Saturday, Sunday Evenings

Friday – starting 7.00pm its Dave King with “Hits & Headlines, but what’s the year? T

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In these challenging and worrying times the Vinylsessions team have made these events completely free to join in as we would love to put smiles on faces. A donate button is available -any support is optional and only what you are comfortable with

ONLY 1 TICKET IS NEEDED TO HAVE A LINK, Any  number can watch each device .


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