A gallery visit, a Dutch singer called Pip, Scott Garnham’s homecoming and Eddie’s vinyl countdown attract CHARLES HUTCHINSON's attention for May 3 to 5

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Room with a View singer: Kyle Falcolner goes it alone

Friday night is...solo music night

Kyle Falconer, Fibbers, York, tonight, doors, 7.30pm

KYLE Falconer, Dundee-born singer and co-songwriter from The View, performs material from his debut solo album No Thank You, released last July.

Expect his best-loved punk, pop and alt-rock hits from The View catalogue too: 2007 top three smash Same Jeans, Superstar Tradesman, Grace, Shock Horror, The Don and Wasted Little DJs et al.

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Welcome home: Malton singer Scott Garnham mans the Barricades at Grand Opera House

If you love Les Misèrables, this is the show for you

The Barricade Boys, Grand Opera House, York, Saturday, 7.30pm

MALTON’S own Scott Garnham and fellow West End musical actor Simon Schofield head north with their show rooted in appearing in Les Misèrables.

The Barricade Boys’ show, as seen in the West End, at Broadway’s St James Theatre, on national and international tours and cruise ships, combines the world’s greatest show tunes with a celebration of “some of the most iconic names in the music industry”.

Powerful ballads, operatic arias, pop, rock and swing numbers all feature in the repertoire of these musical theatre exponents.

Gallery opening for the weekend

Kentmere House Gallery, Scarcroft Hill, York, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm

ANN Petherick opens her home gallery every Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm, or by phone arrangement at other times, and always on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

This weekend is the last chance to see the present exhibition of new pastel works by Lincolnshire artist Keith Roper, Above Us Only Sky.

“I first discovered Keith showing at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln in the 1990s and I’ve shown his work at Kentmere House ever since,” says Ann.

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Vinyl EP launch for York band Violet Contours

The vinyl revival hits York...

Vinyl Eddie Label Launch, Fibbers, York, Sunday, doors, 7pm

VIOLET Contours and The Receivers co-headline Sunday’s show, as the first beneficiaries of Tadcaster Road record store boss Vinyl Eddie setting up a label in tandem with Victoria Vaults gig promoter and talent spotter Dave Sollitt.

The Violet Contours’ EP, featuring the Steve Lamacq-touted Leave The Right Marks, is hot off the presses just in time for the launch gig, where the line-up will be completed by York indie rockers The Vedettes and jazz/blues trio Fear And Loathing.

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Top of the Pips: Pip Blom in full bloom at The Crescent

Dutch discovery of the weekend

Pip Blom, The Crescent, York, Sunday, 7.30pm

PIP Blom started writing, recording and releasing her own indie-pop tunes with a twist in 2016 in Amsterdam.

She duly recruited a band with brother Tender Blom on backing vocals and guitar, Darek Mercks on bass and Gini Cameron on drums, with Pip herself fronting on guitar on vocals.

BBC 6 Music A-listed the singles I Think I’m In Love and Pussycat and Pip performed a live session at Maida Vale for Huw Stephens's BBC Radio 1 show.

Something special happened to Pip at the tail end of 2018 after a busy 12 months that saw the release of her frenetic EP Paycheck and support slots for The Breeders, Franz Ferdinand and Garbage. Capping that off, moments before stepping on stage at a sold-out Lexington in London, Pip and the band put pen to paper to sign to Heavenly Recordings.

On Sunday, she will be supported by Working Men's Club and York band Bull.