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Harrogate's unique listening experience

Experience the Magic! Since May 2018 Over £7400 raised. 4 Amazing Events for Autumn & Winter now live and available to reserve places.

A unique opportunity to listen to classic 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.  


We aim to raise £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 20th November 2019 Motown Legends with Ian Smith - Starling Bar Cafe Kitchen Harrogate

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 Celebrating  Motown's 60th Birthday! the Vinylsessions team are delighted to welcome Ian Smith, local Vinyl collector & D.J.  Ian hosted a very successful Northern Soul event earlier this year and he is back with 16 Motown releases played on original label singles together with an insight into each artist and the part they played in this classic genera's development in the 1960s, we also have a video show running by Jim Dobbs and Colette's amazing raffle.


Colin's audio menu is a period Garrard SP25 MK4 with Stanton 500e cartridge (ideal for those 45s) Sony TA1130 & RAM200 Monitor Speakers


The fun starts at 7.30pm with an introduction and we spin the singles from about 8.00


 PLACES CAN BE RESERVED FREE VIA THE LINK SECTION BELOW BUT A SUGGESTED DONATION OF £5 WOULD BE APPRECIATED - EVERY PENNY GOES DIRECT TO THE CHARITY NEO-MONITOR APPEAL 

Wednesday 4th December 2019 The Clash - London Calling - Starling Bar Cafe Kitchen Harrogate

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We start December with a legend   - London Calling is the third studio album by The Clash It was originally released  in the United Kingdom in December 1979 

 The production reflects the band's growing interest in a range of styles beyond their punk roots, including Reggae, Rockabilly Ska, Lounge Jazz, and Hard Rock - all popular at the time. Themes explored in the songs include social issues such as unemployment, racial tension and drug abuse plus the responsibilities of adulthood


The fun starts at 7.30pm with an introduction from Graham Chalmers, our very own professor of pop! Playback of the album on vinyl follows at around 8.00


Colette hosts another amazing raffle and Jim presents his video show.

Colin's audio menu is classic Sony all the way - Sony PS4750 turntable with Shure M95ED cartridge, Sony TA3650 Amplifier and Sony SS-G3 Speakers, real mid 70s icons for the rich!


 PLACES CAN BE RESERVED FREE VIA THE LINK SECTION BELOW BUT A SUGGESTED DONATION OF £5 WOULD BE APPRECIATED - EVERY PENNY GOES DIRECT TO THE CHARITY NEO-MONITOR APPEAL  

A Special extra event - Friday 27th December 2019 - ELO & Out of the Blue - Starling Bar Cafe Kitchen with Colin's Good For A Ton Challenge - Wow!!! Should be great fun and a different way to spend a Betwixtmas evening? Places can be reserved via our link but as its the dear time of year just a quid in the box donation - or a bit more will suffice if you like if you feel sorry for Colin's gear!

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For those who have had enough of Turkey! After over a year of using amazing dream Hi-Fi  Colin was given the challenge of putting together a high quality 1970s vintage Hi-Fi system that must sound amazing, have enough output to fill our regular venue with wonderful sound and withstand running hard up to it's original design parameters for a long period of time -  Easy he says....HaHa, time will tell...



 To be played on an original 1977 vinyl copy Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in October 1977. Written and produced by ELO frontman Jeff Lynne who had a very successful tour last year. The double album is among the most commercially successful records in the group's history, selling about 10 million copies worldwide.


This is a more casual affair than our usual format with the fun starting at 7.30 with our usual guest introductions plus a surprise video show. No formal raffle but if you want to bring those presents you will never use we can raffle them off? Just no big pants etc please...

Vinylsessions Goes to Church - 8.00pm Friday 17th January 2020 We Present Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells at All Saints Church - Kirkby Overblow - Harrogate - A Truly Amazing Evening Planned

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After nearly 20 Vinyl Sessions at our regular monthly venue Starlings Café/Bar in Harrogate there will be a symbolic event at All Saints Church, Kirkby Overblow to celebrate Mike Oldfield’s classic album Tubular Bells on vinyl. The recording will be played on period equipment of the era in the enchanted acoustics of Kirkby Overblow’s All Saints Church. 


 Tubular Bells is the debut studio album by English multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter Mike Oldfield released on 25 May 1973 as the first album on Virgin Records Oldfield, then 19 years old, played almost all the instruments on the mostly instrumental album. 


The evening will be introduced by Graham Chalmers - Features Editor of Harrogate Advertiser and Jim Dobbs runs a live big screen video show plus Colettes raffle


Colin has a real challenge with the acoustics - the audio menu features JVC JLA7 Turntable & Shure V15III Cartridge, 1973 Sony TA1130 Amplifier & 1973 TA2000 Power Amplifier, KEF 104 & KEF Concerto Speakers - over 300 watts of heavy Oriental Silicon!


The Shoulder of Mutton pub just over the road is serving good food & snacks plus fine bears for refreshments. Car parking is available in front of the church and village area in general


 PLACES CAN BE RESERVED FREE VIA THE LINK SECTION BELOW BUT A SUGGESTED DONATION OF £5 WOULD BE APPRECIATED - EVERY PENNY GOES DIRECT TO THE CHARITY NEO-MONITOR APPEAL  


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