Coming Soon: Scarborough Jazz Festival 2018

The Spa, Scarborough Friday 28 - Sunday 30 September 2018 One of the finest British jazz festivals returns to Scarborough this September for the sixteenth time. This year, another outstanding programme of all kinds of jazz promises to entertain veteran festival-goers and newbies alike. And what...

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Niteworks - Air Faìr An Là (Comann Music)

Niteworks is Ruairidh Graham, Allan MacDonald, Christopher Nicolson and Innes Strachan. On AIR FÀIR AN LÀ the Niteworks quartet is augmented by guest vocalists Julie Fowlis, Ellen MacDonald, Iain Morrison, Scottish Gaelic vocal trio Sian and traditional string ensemble Kinnaris Quintet. The music...

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Coming Soon: Musicport

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 19 - Sunday 21 October 2018 In a time when it's getting increasingly difficult to bring world class acts to the UK from all around the world, it's enormously encouraging that despite these problems, a relatively small town on the North Yorkshire coastline continues to...

Sixty Moments

What started as a sixty day countdown (to my retirement) on social media, principally out of boredom, has become an enjoyable wander down memory lane, looking back at some of the records that have informed, enlightened and enlivened my life so far, as well as highlighting one or two turning points...

Latest Northern Sky Podcast

Feel free to listen to our fortnightly podcast with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous editions...

Lindisfarne

The Dome, Doncaster 14 September 2018 When Lindisfarne appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1995, many of those present would not have seen the passing of Alan Hull coming later that year, an event that would have no doubt drawn a line under the band's existence. Almost thirty years...

Take Three Girls...

Roots Music Club Friday 7 September 2018 The start of the new Autumn season at the Roots Music Club may have been low key in terms of audience numbers, but the usual standard was maintained as three local female performers made up the bill for the opening concert. It actually makes a change to...

Bridget St John

The Greystones, Sheffield Thursday 6 September 2018 On the way to Sheffield tonight I set myself a task, to write a piece about the singer songwriter Bridget St John whilst deliberately omitting the name of John Peel, which I soon found to be impossible; those two names are so inextricably linked...

FolkEast

Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk Friday 17 - Sunday 19 August 2018 Teabag Golf amongst this year's surprises at FolkEast From its first appearance in 2012, FolkEast has been quietly establishing itself as a festival for the folk music connoisseur with a line up full of quality from top to...

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 August 2018 To my knowledge nobody got married at this year's Cambridge Folk Festival , nor did anyone have a civil partnership, but the old rhyme provides a good enough message to help reflect on the past weekend, especially after hearing Rob...

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