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Two Big Egos in a Small Car

A passionately laid back overview of the arts and culture scene in York and Harrogate with observations on journalism. This podcast is hosted by Charles Hutchinson and Graham Chalmers and regular guests.


Episode 105: Bob Dylan Musical; Arctic Monkeys at Leeds; Harrogate Theatre Rep Season; Al Murray and The Pub Landlord; Graham's Diary
Charles takes a look at the latest touring production of Conor McPherson's musical theatre piece using the songs of Bob Dylan. Graham reflects on the future of the Artic Monkeys as he reports on their performance at this year's Leeds Festival and then introduces the current Harrogate Theatre repertory season. Charles stands up for Al Murray's wonderful comic creation The Pub Landlord and looks for any new insight into contemporary Britain.
34:56 09/16/2022
Episode 100: Edinburgh International Film Festival; Deer Shed Festival; ArtBomb 22
Charles and Graham are on their way to Edinburgh. The original source of inspiration for this podcast is calling to them north once again. In this special Edinburgh International Film Festival preview they also reflect on music festival Deer Shed, where Graham continues to approve of the work of one Nadine Shah, and ArtBomb 22, Doncaster's experimental arts festival
41:45 08/12/2022
Episode 99: Interview Special with Sheffield Tribune arts writer Liz Ryan on local journalism's new age; 122 Love Stories at ghostly Harrogate Theatre; Jason Byrne Unblocked and Bob Dylan's auction va
Charles and Graham host York-based former Guardian culture guide journalist Liz Ryan to examine her role in establishing a new form of local news as she discusses the rise of the Sheffield Tribune, her collaboration with Dan Hayes.Graham talks up 122 Love Stories, a new play full of theatre ghosts by Rachel Halliwell at Harrogate Theatre, and his interview with Irish comic Jason Byrne about his autumn tour, Unblocked. Charles reflects on Bob Dylan's unique new recording of Blowin' In The Wind selling at auction for £1.5 million. Will such "works of art" be the new birthday present for the mega-rich?
35:27 07/23/2022
Episode 97: Elvis Lives; Paul McCartney at Glastonbury; Graham Chalmers DJ; Chemical Brothers at Castle Howard;
Charles is back from some training and Graham is remembering Austin Powers a a form of torture. Graham gets his head and ears around the new Baz Luhrman film, Elvis. Charles reflects on Paul McCartney's Glastonbury headline performance. Graham talks about his recent DJ sets and bigs up the Rubetts, again ad picks out his favourite acts from the rest of the Glastonbury artists. Charles overcomes any qualms about the Chemical Brothers as he reports on their gig at Castle Howard. Are they the 'Ant and Dec' of contemporary music?
38:49 07/23/2022
Episode 98: New Yorker Fran Lebowitz in York; Steve Coogan and Hugh Grant Talking Politics; The Smile Album and the new Suicide Compilation; Farewell, Eng. Lit.
Charles is reminiscing as his house move up the hill takes shape. This week he reflects on a night listening to writer Fran Lebowitz, who has become a star via Netflix after a life being the ultimate sardonic commentator on America's East Coast. Her York show reveals she doesn't think much of Andy Warhol's art.  A modern-day Dorothy Parker perhaps. Graham delights in Steve Coogan and Hugh Grant's take on politics then gets stuck into the latest offshoot from Radiohead, The Smile. Is English Literature doomed in university studies? If so, why?
32:40 07/23/2022
Episode 96: Thom Yorke's Smile; Graham makes Danish news; David Hepworth's rise and fall of rock'n'roll; Demystifying the York Mystery Plays
Graham encounters Radiohead offshoot The Smile's debut album with Sons Of Kemet jazz drummer Tom Skinner, then discusses his Danish and Russian journalistic encounters. Is Q magazine co-founder David Hepworth's book Uncommon People: The Rise And Fall Of The Rock Stars 1955-1994 just too negative? Charles tests Graham's knowledge of the York Mystery Plays as they take to the streets again. 
31:16 07/04/2022
Episode 95: Temple Newsam's concert revival; Graham and something rotten in Denmark...or not; This Is A René Magritte Book Update; DJ Charm at Knaresborough BedRock ; On Johnny Depp & Jeff Beck Watch
Hitting their stride as summer entertainment begins, Charles and Graham discuss the latest gigs just announced at Temple Newsam, including such 1980s' stalwarts as Simple Minds and Bananarama. Graham reveals his latest diplomatic incident - this time involving Scandi-noir-tastic Denmark. At last - sigh- Graham has finally finished the biography of this podcast's favourite surrealist, the one and only René Magritte. Graham reveals the secrets of his talent as a non-DJ at Knaresborough BedRock before Charles keeps an eye on the media's 24-hour newswatch on Johnny Depp's day and night with Jeff Beck in York. Charles ends with a tribute to York's other celebrity visitor of the week, Dionne Warwick, as she defies doctor''s advice to walk on with her UK tour at 81, playing with string players at York Barbican,  as he muses on the stoical generation of older pop, rock and soul singers.
34:41 06/21/2022
Episode 94: God Save The Queen Dissected; Danny Boyle's Pistol; Baz Luhrmann's Elvis; Bradford, City of Culture 2025; Live At Leeds heads outdoors; André Rieu: Happy Days Are Here Again; Abbatars to t
Graham draws on the lyrics from the Sex Pistols' once-banned God Save The Queen to reflect on the Platinum Jubilee and Charles questions Danny Boyle's new Disney+ series Pistol. The duo discuss the upcoming release from Baz Luhrmann, Elvis, and Charles celebrates Bradford's victory as the next UK City of Culture. Graham reviews the latest incarnation of Live At Leeds and then wonders why romantic violinist André Rieu  is so popular, ahead of his latest show streamed to cinemas. Charles looks at what the future of rock and pop may hold as Abba's 'Abbatars' break new ground in London.
40:14 06/14/2022
Episode 93: Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick; Ray Liotta RIP; Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Luna Cinema; Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
The duo begin with the adrenaline rush of Tom Cruise's new action movie, Top Gun: Maverick and a look in the mirror at  Cruise's stellar career. Barely pausing for breath, they move from one Hollywood icon to another, Ray Liotta, who sadly passed away earlier in the week. Charles basks in the summer seasons at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Luna's lovely outdoor cinema locations, before letting Graham turn all spiritual as he celebrates the enduring legacy of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
34:22 06/03/2022
Episode 92: Howe's that as Yes Return; Fontaines DC's Third Album Hastily Re-appraised; Teen Movie Rumble Fish Then and Now; Pinter's The Homecoming in 2022; Charm Gig Update
Once Charles recovers from the desperate last-gasp action for Leeds United, Graham explores the somewhat confusing world of Yes as the Steve Howe-led prog rock band play York Barbican on June 22. After a hasty reassessment of Fontaines DC's third album, Skinty Fia, he takes a look afresh at Francis Ford Coppola's hugely influential 1983 teen movie Rumble Fish. Charles reviews the touring revival of Harold Pinter's bleak 1965 comedy The Homecoming at York Theatre Royal and Graham finishes with an update on his upcoming Charm gig with Karl Culley at Harrogate Theatre.
34:55 05/26/2022
Episode 91: Belle & Sebastian's New Album; The Dark Future of Cinema; All Hail The Velvet Underground
Graham reviews the compelling new album A Bit Of Previous, after 26 years of previous by Scottish indie titans Belle and Sebastian. As Charles becomes exasperated by the not-so-Marvellous current choice of films to watch at the cinema, he and Graham take a look at what the future might hold and Graham interrupts with a look at the ever-longer shadow cast by New York rock pioneers The Velvet Underground.
33:05 05/20/2022
Episode 90: Bono and The Edge Play Ukraine; Karl Culley Returns to Harrogate for Charm Gig; Pretentious Documentary The Velvet Queen; What Happens When Critics Change Their Mind?; Messums Gallery Clos
After a weather sabotaged attempt to record this podcast, Charles and Graham regroup in time to discuss the underground appearance of U2's Bono and The Edge in Kyiv as a show of rock solidarity. Graham previews his forthcoming Charm Gig in support of Harrogate Theatre's restoration fund featuring the Harrogate return of singer songwriter, Karl Culley. Charles, responding to Arifa Akbar's article in The Guardian, looks at critics' willingness to change their mind about a show or release on second acquaintance. Graham wonders if the French-made The Velvet Queen is the most pretentious nature documentary ever made, then reports on the quiet demise of Messums' Harrogate gallery after only a year. This prompts the duo to reflect on the floral town's attraction to brands more likely to be found in cities around the world
36:48 05/14/2022
Episode 89: Sheffield Leadmill Update; A Different Gary Barlow; BBC Post-licence Fee; New Fontaines DC Album; Magic Goes Wrong...But Right; The Divine Comedy Just Too Clever?
Straight in with an interruption, Graham updates on the Sheffield Leadmill closure threat. Charles welcomes Gary Barlow's new show with a difference. Graham and Charles feel emotional about the threat to the licence fee and what it could mean for the BBC's future. Graham is underwhelmed by the new Fontaines DC album, Skinty Fia. Charles falls under the Magic spell of the latest catastrophic comedy  from The Play That Goes Wrong team, then makes a case for the defence against Graham's charge that The Divine Comedy are too arch.
39:15 05/06/2022
Episode 88: Grayson Perry on normal people; Record Store Day(s); Father John Misty's love-hate divide; bad lad René Magritte
Charles reviews Grayson Perry's live gig A Show for Normal People in Harrogate as the artist/presenter/documentary maker/social observer asks who and what is normal? Graham sheds light on the slightly blurred state of affairs regarding National Record Store Day, or is it days? Graham ponders why Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) attracts hatred as his latest album, Chloë And The Next 20th Century, arrives. Then come more revelations from Alex Danchev's new biography of the colourful life and work of Belgian artist René Magritte, Magritte: A Life.
37:32 04/29/2022
Episode 87: Ai Weiwei at Kettle's Yard; Echo & The Bunnymen and Groove Armada gigs in Leeds; Barry Humphries unmasked; Andrew Stewart RIP
Graham has been away for the weekend, visiting Kettle's Yard, a Cambridge contemporary art gallery, to view the latest retrospective by Chinese artist, Ai WeiWei - and unexpectedly meet him too. Back north, he revelled in revisiting the live glories of Echo & The Bunnymen and Groove Armada in Leeds. Charles, meanwhile, has attended the unmasking of Barry Humphries as Australia's master of comical alter egos peeled back the covers on a new UK tour in York at 88. With sadness, Graham and Charles end with the death, aged 62, of inspirational Harrogate gallery owner, curator, artist and musician Andrew Stewart, whose creative spirit and talent for sharing his taste in contemporary art will be much missed.
36:13 04/21/2022
Episode 86: Interview Special with Martin Hutchinson about his new book about The Kinks; ; Ed Sheeran; A Clockwork Orange
Graham and Charles interview music writer, Martin Hutchinson about his new book on The Kinks.  Graham reports on the outcome of the Ed Sheeran Shape of You copyright trial and what it was like seeing Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange on the big screen again.
28:38 04/13/2022
Episode 85: York Open Studios and Staithes Festival; Oscars 2022, the fallout; Sheffield Leadmill's future; Michael Bay's Ambulance; Harry Sword and Public Service Broadcasting; what is Clifford's To
In this week's episode, Charles celebrates York Open Studios but ponders what's happening to Staithes Festival, then joins Graham in dissecting the fallout on Oscars night. The duo discuss the latest music venue to come under threat, the legendary Leadmill in Sheffield. Graham argues that the Oscars missed an opportunity with the latest Michael Bay hyper-action movie, Ambulance, and then questions drone music writer Harry Sword's trite dismissal of Public Service Broadcasting. Charles previews an item for next week after Graham asks, "What is Cliifford's Tower?". 
37:44 04/07/2022
Episode 84: Oscars Night; Live at Leeds outdoors; Pop Plagiarism; Taylor Hawkins RIP; McCartney at 80; Bono the Poet?; Edinburgh Film Festival
Charles and Graham ponder if the Oscars have lost the plot and look forward to Live at Leeds embracing the open air.  Graham can't let go of Ed Sheeran and the concept of pop plagiarism, which sends him back to a certain Moody Blues song. The duo reflect on the untimely demise of Foo Fighters' drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Charles wonders if Paul McCartney is now loved as the key Beatle as his eightieth birthday approaches. Following on from last week's discussion about where Bono is, well he's busy being a poet, it seems. Graham and Charles end with news about the future direction of the Edinburgh Film Festival..
38:40 03/29/2022
Episode 83: Covid arts update; Bobby Elliot and The Hollies' 60th Anniversary Tour; Michael Bracewell's London culture book, Souvenir; U2's Achtung Baby at 30; Ed Sheeran Copyright
With Covid still causing cancellations and postponements in the performance world, Graham and Charles contest the rights and wrongs of current government policy for live shows. Graham reports on his interview with Bobby Elliot, veteran drummer with The Hollies as they embark on their 60th anniversary tour. Graham also takes a look at  Souvenir, Michael Bracewell's book on the London of the '70s and '80s and the artists it inspired. Charles and Graham reflect on the 30th anniversary of U2's album, Achtung Baby with Charles wondering what U2 are doing now. Graham comments on how the ongoing court case between Ed Sheeran and Sami Chokri and Ross O'Donoghue is shaping up over part of Sheeran's global hit, Shape Of You.
31:00 03/21/2022
Episode 82: Russia Sanctions; Barenaked Ladies and Benny Hill; Monolithic Undertow drone music update; Richard Bean's Hull of a new play; Harrogate Street Names go Hollywood
As sanctions against Russia take hold, Charles and Graham discuss the implications for Russian culture in the UK. Graham feeds back on his revealing interview with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson and updates us on his progress through Harry Sword's book on drone-based music, Monolithic Undertow. Charles reviews Richard Bean's new play, 71 Coltman Street, which celebrates the founding of Hull Truck Theatre in 1971. Graham entreats us to imagine Harrogate street names as the basis for Hollywood films.
34:14 03/16/2022
Episode 81: Interview Special with Storyteller Sam Freeman; Metronomy's troubling new album; Dr Peter Mills and Leeds' Indie Rock Heritage
The duo start by interviewing comedic storyteller Sam Freeman about his new show about love, Every Little Hope You Ever Dreamed (But Didn’t Want to Mention), bound for Harrogate and York on an extensive tour. Graham takes a look at Joseph Mount's undervalued British electronic music group, Metronomy, who have just released their seventh album, Small World, and reports back on his conversation with academic Dr Peter Mills, who is following up his book on The Monkees' film, Head, by working on an ambitious project to catalogue the history of live concerts at Leeds Beckett University since 1970.
34:53 03/11/2022
Episode 80: Breaking Bielsa's Leeds bond; Ukraine; Cinema Fights Back; Discovering Curtis Harding; Hostile Documentary; Mark Lanegan RIP
Reeling from the shock of Marcelo Bielsa parting company with Leeds United and the continuing atrocities in Ukraine, Charles and Graham then discuss the latest attempt to jolt some life back into cinema audiences. Graham celebrates the new album, If Words Were Flowers by soul singer Curtis Harding and Charles reports on the powerful new documentary film exploring the experiences of migrant communities in the UK, Hostile, directed by Sonita Gale (not Monica, apologies, Sonita). Charles also reflects on the death of thunderous US musician Mark Lanegan - who rose to fame as frontman for Seattle grunge band Screaming Trees and went on to sing for Queens Of The Stone Age and collaborate with Isobel Campbell and Soulsavers, as well as  branching out into writing books.
39:57 03/04/2022
Episode 79: Black Country, New Road New Album; P J O'Rourke RIP; The Beatles - The Rooftop Concert Film; The British Indie Influence on US Music Artists
Graham and Charles chew over the second album by Black Country, New Road. They also take a look back at the life, writing and influence of libertarian US writer, P J O'Rourke. Graham demystifies the confusion over the latest Beatles release, which is part of Peter Jackson's Get Back documentary project and presents a sparkling new version of the legendary January 30 1969  rooftop concert. Graham also puts some thought into why so many US music artists celebrate inspiration from the British indie scene.
39:23 02/25/2022
Episode 78: Marti Pellow on Architecture; Substitute Singers; Branagh's Death On The Nile; Harry Sword's Book on Drone Music, Monolithic Undertow; Sting in the tail end
Graham and Charles share their experiences of interviewing former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow about his latest solo tour and ruminate on the way his smart thinking has helped him become the entertainer he is today, mixing stage musicals with experimental albums. From this, Charles explores the history of bands who for one reason or another have had to replace their lead singer. Graham reviews the latest of Kenneth Branagh's Agatha Christie adaptations and the marvel of his particular embodiment of Hercule Poirot's infamous moustache. Graham reflects on reading Harry Sword's debut book on the history of drones within music, Monolithic Undertow - In search Of Sonic oblivion. Charles ends on a positive reappraisal of Sting.
38:10 02/16/2022
Episode 77: John Rushton D-Day Hero, RIP; The Paper Waits in concert; Kerouac Lives near Hebden Bridge; sophomore Black Country, New Road
In a Harrogate special, Graham pulls together the threads of his week; attending the funeral of Harrogate D-Day hero, John Rushton; the launch gig for Harrogate band, The Paper Waits and on to a community hall above Hebden Bridge to see Heath Common's Kerouac Lives. Owner of Harrogate art gallery 108 Fine Art, Andrew Stewart has released his debut album; Graham gives it a spin.  Somehow, he then manages to interrupt himself with his first thoughts on Black Country, New Road's second album, Ants From There.And yes, Charles was there too, reflecting on Meat Loaf's farewell.
38:54 02/11/2022
Episode 76: Branagh's Belfast; Yard Act Debut Album; Gouldman vs. Chalmers; Ross Noble Live
Charles and Graham discuss Kenneth Branagh's latest film, Belfast and Leeds band Yard Act's debut album, Overload. Graham reflects on his latest interview with 10cc's Graham Gouldman and explores why, yet again, it didn't quite go to plan. Charles reviews Geordie comedian Ross Noble's Humournoid show at York's Grand Opera House.
37:33 02/03/2022
Episode 75: Interview Special: Heath Common and Kerouac Lives
This week, Graham interviews Heath Common, poet, journalist and musician, about his latest project, ‘Kerouac Lives’, which celebrates the life, work, and impact of legendary Beat writer Jack Kerouac, at Hebden Bridge on February 4, and Charles looks at the impact of the freezing - and potential easing out - of the BBC licence fee. 
34:40 01/28/2022
Episode 74: Licorice Pizza vs Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; No Nukes - Bruce Springsteen Live in 1979; New Venues in York and Edinburgh
Charles and Graham swap notes on Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza and Graham makes the case for comparing and contrasting it with Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Graham also harks back to late-1970s' Bruce Springsteen with the DVD  and CD release of his No Nukes gig at Madison Square Gardens, before 1984's Born In The USA sent him into the pantheon of rock greats. The duo finish up with plans for new venues in York and Edinburgh.
31:58 01/21/2022
Episode 73: How Panto coped with Covid; Peter Jackson's Beatles doc, Get Back; Mike Leigh's Naked and Britpop; The Tourist going down better than Novax in Australia
In a quiet start to the new year, Graham wrestles with the notion of Charles in a robe before Charles explores the Covid-enforced difficulties of having to replace your panto Dame - and not just any old Dame but the country's longest-running Dame - at short notice for the Grand Opera House's Dick Turpin Rides Again. Graham is awe-struck by Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary, Get Back, and sees a foretaste  of Britpop in the 20th anniversary reissue of Mike Leigh's film, Naked. Just time left to head to the Aussie outback to dissect The Tourist  too. 
38:40 01/14/2022
Episode 72: Looking Forward to Culture in 2022; Tributes to Joan Didion and Dean Stockwell
Charles and Graham tear into the new film and music releases coming up in 2022, highlighting those they are most looking forward to, and Charles selects theatre and comedy shows whetting his appetite too. Graham pays tributes to two titans of letters and movies: journalist and counterculture writer Joan Didion and screen actor Dean Stockwell, who both died this winter.
38:31 01/08/2022