Grawl!x show – Sunday 17th June

Derby-based multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker James Machin is celebrating the release of the conclusion of his trilogy on grief, “Appendix” on 6 April 2018, his first for the Reckless Yes label. It is, however, anything but maudlin and its devastation lies more in its beautiful layered melodies than in its melancholy subject matter. Appendix follows on from his 2014 debut Good Grief and 2016 follow-up Aye!

The album features Spooker favourites, TV and film composer Richard J. Birkin, who composed and conducted the string arrangements and Haiku Salut, who added their own unique magic, playing accordion, vibraphone & trumpet respectively and singing as part of the choir which reoccurs throughout the album. Lead single “Don’t Do It To Yourself” features labelmates Pet Crow. The fragile vocal of Danielle Cotterill breaks around the lyric in gently spoken but brutally felt honesty.

Alongside the album is the release of short film Fleeting, written and directed by Grawl!x and featuring music from the album as its soundtrack. It speaks of love unrequited, love lost, but self-found, of resilience.

“Dream pop should sound this way: beautiful, assured, intriguing and resonant” – Louder Than War

FFO: Max Richter, Haiku Salut, Richard.J.Birkin, Nils Frahm


Sarah Hayes & Peter Brewis show – Sunday 6th May

SARAH HAYES is a Scottish folk artist. As a member of Admiral Fallow, she brought those sweet flutes, vocals and keys to their orchestral indie folk. She was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for her debut solo album, the trad-folk master composition, Woven. Most recently she has joined Field Music’s unparalleled Open Here Orchestra where she began a collaboration with one half of Field Music, PETER BREWIS. They have made an album of beautiful songs together and, we are delighted to say, will perform in the Spooker Attic, Westgarth Social Club.

Support comes from ELAINE PALMER. Fresh from Arizona on her tour to promote new album Still Life. A collection of haunting songs reflecting on lost souls, telling stories of ghosts and legends.


Spooker Rekkids Podcast 002 – Before Breakfast, JP Riggall & Dymphna

Recorded live from the Westgarth Social Club attic in Middlesbrough, and presented by Spookers Ricky & Rachael.

Ahead of our second gig of 2018 we speak to the wonderful Before Breakfast about all sorts including Radio 4, farting, and Donald Trump – and of course their music; including the three session tracks they very kindly recorded for us!

We also have a chat with fellow Spookers Clare, and Liam, aka Dymphna – ahead of their debut gig, who also recorded a track for us.

Sadly we ran out of time to chat with JP Riggall, but he was kind enough to record a track for us anyway!

Enjoy, and for all the information you need to join us in the attic at one of our upcoming gigs; head to our Facebook page @

Spooker Rekkids Podcast 001 – George Boomsma & Ridley Woof

The first in Spooker Rekkids new series of podcasts.
Recorded live from the Westgarth Social Club attic in Middlesbrough, and presented by Spookers Ricky & Rachael.

Ahead of our first gig of 2018 we spoke to George Boomsma and Ridley Woof who each recorded an extra special session track for us.
We also talked to ‘Mr Westgarth’ himself; Ste Callaghan, who gives us some history of the club, and the attic. Finally Spooker, Ben, takes us on a trip to Shawarma Corner.


Kiran Leonard show – Sunday 25th March


Avant-guitar, songs writes since very young. Touring in between studies for new cassette “a bit of violence with these old engines” on Boira Discos.

FFO: Richard Dawson, Bill Orcutt, Joanna Newsom


Hushed baritone folk songs from multi-disciplinary artist Leo Robinson. New LP ‘And Then There Was This Sound’ forthcoming on Manchester label Icecapades.

FFO: Mount Eerie, Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt


Floral, minimal, emotional electronica

FFO: Noveller, Colleen, Emeralds


spooker attic

Tom Joshua and Dressed Like Wolves
@Westgarth Social Club

First ever Spooker Attic Show. 12th March, Tom Joshua + Dressed Like Wolves 4 pounds in. A new space at the Westgarth Social Club unused since the 80’s. Come help us scare away all the old ghosts. (Max capacity: 25).

Tom Joshua

Reigning from a beclouded north east english town, Tom Joshua write folk songs at heart often wandering into the land of melancholic cello heavy soundscapes, lullabies and nursery rhyme trumpet fanfare. Currently supporting Cattle & Cane on a few dates of their UK Tour. An absoulte hidden gem. Expect to hear more about them this year.

Closed Doors –

Dressed Like Wolves

Dressed Like Wolves is Thornaby’s Rick Dobbing and his Spooker Recs friends making honest, frantic and heartfelt music about all the things and people that surround them.

Loose Tooth (Attic Session)

Richard J. Birkin + Old Muggins, Westgarth SC – March 24th

To celebrate the launch of his new album, Vigils, sound artist, live concert performer and creative technologist, Richard J Birkin brings his truely special music to our little attic in the first Spooker attic show.

Support comes from everybody’s favourite Rockabilly Synth Doo-Wop Light Entertainment trio, Old Muggins and lone Spooker Liam Sanders.


Grawl!x, Westgarth SC – Nov 7th

Grawl!x (pronounced “Grawl-ix”) are a band from the Derbyshire hinterlands, formed as the solo project of one James Michael Machin, formally of the shoegaze-y folks My Psychoanalyst. Ethereal dream pop, twinklings form a halo around James’ angelic voice. Less shoegaze more stargaze.
On Valentine’s Day of 2015, Graw!x released their first album ‘Good Grief’ on Time Travel Opps, available digitally & on vinyl. They then played a bunch of churches.
This February will see the release of their second album ‘Aye’.

Support comes from hometeam Spookers Dressed Like Wolves and General Sherman.

Fiver in.

Tickets here