Welcome to the New Music Cafe!

Brew up a mug, grab a pastry and call in as often as you like. We look forward to meeting you!

Coffee culture, cafe society goes back centuries. We think of Pepys and his contemporaries coming together to wrangle over politics of the day – or those continental “Cafes des Artistes” where early 20th century poets, painters, musicians and philosophers would gather together to collaborate and share ideas … 

Fast forward to the present day, where there has been a remarkable resurgence of coffee houses.  The ‘coffee’ is often so much better than those milky frothy insipid brews I remember from my Kardomah student days – but sadly the ‘culture’ is rarely to be found. Today’s coffee houses are great (and well earned) meeting places for young mums with prams, the bedsitters who need a comfy warm space with wifi, the impromptu spaces for business meetings but … 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a space where musicians could meet informally and share music and ideas. A place where the coffee and cakes were superb, matched by the quality of the music and conversations surrounding it? A cafe where you could drop in regularly or infrequently and be guaranteed of some good coffee and stimulating company?

Recent activity

David Scarth – Brazilian Fantasy

March 1st, 2021

‘Brazilian Fantasy’ was written by Dave Scarth for his ensemble the York Guitar Quartet and recorded on their CD ‘Elegy’.  Shortly afterwards they made a video performance of this piece. In this article, we discuss the making of this fine work.

Stef Fi – Nowhere

March 10th, 2021

Stef Fi is the solo project of singer and guitarist Stephanie Phillips – probably best known for her work with the black feminist punk trio Big Joanie.  Her music is sometimes described as ‘post-punk’, taking the raw energy and DIY approach of early punk and combining it with various non-rock influences. 

Let’s talk about the ‘good enough’ musician

March 12, 2021

As musicians, we need to strive to be our best and achieve a certain level of competence in going forward, but perhaps we shouldn’t worry if we don’t make it to the dizzy heights reserved for some of the exceptionally gifted. A good enough musician can still have a happy and rewarding life  making music.

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