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Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo

GUEST,Tunesmith 24 Mar 08 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,GypsyDream 24 Mar 08 - 04:37 PM
Murray MacLeod 25 Mar 08 - 03:09 AM
Joe G 25 Mar 08 - 08:58 AM
GUEST,Richard Roberts 25 Mar 08 - 10:59 AM
Mikey D 25 Mar 08 - 11:06 AM
GUEST,CheshireCharlie 25 Mar 08 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,Richard Roberts 27 Mar 08 - 06:17 PM
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GUEST,Tunesmith 14 Oct 10 - 04:49 PM
GUEST,Richard Roberts 10 Feb 11 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,jeff 10 Feb 11 - 01:37 PM
GUEST,henryp 13 Feb 11 - 01:03 PM
GUEST 12 Sep 16 - 01:47 PM
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Subject: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 03:06 PM

Does anyone out there remember this duo from the 1980s? I saw them at a lot of folk clubs and festivals. They'd played mainly swing jazz and there own compositions, but I once heard them perform O'Carolan's Concerto. They also played Fylde guitars - beautifully!


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,GypsyDream
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 04:37 PM

I remember seeing them at the Poynton Folk Festival. I was very impressed. After they split up, Howard Lees was a lot more visible than John Hobson. They used to do one beautiful slow tune. I think it was composed by Howard and had - I think - a title in Dutch.


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 03:09 AM

They would appear to have made at least three albums:

Hobson, John: Hobson & Lees "Hand Made" (Caliban)
Hobson, John & Howard Lees "Live" (own label)
Hobson, John & Howard Lees "Magdalena" (own label)


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: Joe G
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 08:58 AM

I remember Hobson & Lees well - saw them a few times and I have one of their albums somewhere in the collection. The only song I can remember off the top of my head is 'Honeysuckle Rose' and that is probably because it is the only one I didn't like. I remember the slow tune mentioned too but cannot recall its name!

Joe


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,Richard Roberts
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 10:59 AM

I used to be a big fan of Hobson and Lees...I saw them play at Folk Live in Woodford in 1989 and 1990. In my view they were quite unique and their playing pretty much unequaled on the local scene. John Hobson still records...goto www.johnhobson.com or google for his myspace.

The late 80s in South Manchester...I remember a vibrant music scene with Hobson and Lees and Isaac Guillory playing regulaly...what a treat...what would I have to go through to find players of that calibre now!!! £60 plus in a cold arena full of 8000 people! No thanks!


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: Mikey D
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 11:06 AM

I saw them a few times, they were very good. There was one thing they used to do that reduced people to tears of laughter - they played "She was Beautiful" with the tune a semi-tone different from the backing, apparently they used to do this when playing in restaurants to prove that noone was listening!


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,CheshireCharlie
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 03:07 PM

They must have come from Cheshire way: Macclesfield? because they played a lot around there. John, particularly, was a terrific guitarist. I see he has a website with a couple of cds for sale.


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,Richard Roberts
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 06:17 PM

Yup, they were based around Cheshire I think. Anyone heard their 'Handmade' album? Really is good stuff


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 10:21 AM

Just to let you know, there are clips now on youtube from when we were on the telly, Howard Lees


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 04:49 PM

Thanks Howard. Great stuff!
Here is a link to Youtube with the lads playing a terrific tune composed by Howard. It's a pity about the distorted sound but great to see these masters of the acoustic guitar.

Youtube Link


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,Richard Roberts
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 01:12 PM

To Howard:

Any chance of a reunion then? I used to follow you both religiously as a kid, on a quest to improve my own guitar chops. You might remember James Crawley, the promoter/organiser of Folk Live in Woodford? He's still around I think.

Used to love your version of sweet lorraine...I picked it out by ear from your Magdalena album when I was 16 and still remember it note for note. All the best, Richard.


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 01:37 PM

Wow. From a sonic perspective the distance those mikes were from the instruments and the clarity w/which the guitars projected was amazing. Even w/all the normal distortion of tape the purity of sound cuts right through.

We in the States are at such a cultural disadvantage in terms of media...one would NEVER see something like this unless it was on PBS @ about 12:00 AM on a Saturday.

Needless to say the performance was/is brilliant. One hopes for a re-union and a tour.


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 13 Feb 11 - 01:03 PM

Howard Lees is currently playing in the Chris While and Julie Matthews Band.

Friday April 1st, 2011 in aid of St Catherine's Hospice
The Worden Arts Centre, Leyland, Lancashire

Mr Kite Benefits presents Chris While and Julie Matthews, winners of 'Best Duo' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009, in a rare appearance with a band comprising of Howard Lees (guitars, mandola, vocals), Neil Fairclough (bass, vocals) and Bryan Hargreaves (drums, percussion).

Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2) or online at WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.40). Given the rarity of this band appearance, best not hang around.


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Subject: RE: Hobson and Lees - Guitar Duo
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 16 - 01:47 PM

We booked them twice at our folk club in Wolverhampton in the early 80s. Great musicians. I still play a cassette/cd of one of their live shows. Its the happiest music I have ever heard and still love it.


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