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Northern Sky Vaults is now a fortnightly radio show 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...

The Hudson Sessions - The Transports - A Tale of Exile and Migration

Coming Up: The Transports

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds Sunday 21 January 2018 "Stunning...truly a transport of delight" - Alfred Hickling, The Guardian "Buy this album, but also go and see the show, in what will surely be a rich, fulfilling and memorable experience for audiences across the UK." - Ian Taylor, Northern...

Coming Up: Huun-Huur-Tu

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 25 January 2018 Simply one of the most memorable and powerful bands to ever appear at the Howard Assembly Room, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu return with their trademark blend of heart-hollowing melody, ferocious harmony, and an ingrained sense of the...

Coming Up: Martin Hayes Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 January 2018 Violinist Martin Hayes' soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm, coming to new prominence as the traditional heart of Irish supergroup The Gloaming...

Coming Up: Sona Jobarteh

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 1 February 2018 The first major female kora virtuoso and her electrifying band play music from her debut album Fasiya, and celebrate her second release which is out this summer. Video of Sona Jobarteh - GAMBIA (Official Video) Born into one of the five principal...

Coming Up: Southport Jazz Festival 2018

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th February 2018 Jazz will rule the waves in Southport for a fourteenth time this February as the Merseyside town hosts its annual jazz festival. Like previous years, the line-up is strong and promises a weekend of eclectic performances from a...

Coming Up: Zara McFarlane

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 9 February 2018 Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane is fast becoming the UK's foremost Black British jazz vocalist. Her music is seductive and earthy. As a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a...

Coming Up: Quercus

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 16 February 2018 'Quercus' means 'oak' in Latin and the roots of this particular tree dig deep into British folk music. The trio features the incomparable English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to reveal the emotional essence of a ballad...

Coming Up: The Handsome Family

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 17 March 2018 The slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky: the music of The Handsome Family captures things beyond our everyday view. Brought to the attention of the wider world when TV...

Coming Up: Tony Allen

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 7 April 2018 One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen's style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years. An original member of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to...

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