ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Steve Tilston - Distant Days (Riverboat Records)

We tend to wait in eager anticipation for any new Steve Tilston album, not least for the likelihood of discovering a bunch of new songs, each of which will almost definitely be well-thought through and well-written, they will no doubt be treated to a fine guitar accompaniment and will definitely be...

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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...

Roger Waters - Us and Them European Tour

Birmingham Arena Saturday 7 July 2018 In the mid 60, a bunch of serious like minded young men, formed a band, as many did. Cycling through various names and inspired by two Blues men their guitarist had heard of, they became The Pink Floyd Sound. At first they were an improvising house band for the...

Sixty Record Countdown

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...

Coming Soon: Underneath the Stars

Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July 2018 For their fifth annual festival, Underneath the Stars will be moving to a new location at Cinderhill Farm in Cawthorne near Barnsley, which is just a short distance from its previous site. Set in beautiful rural Yorkshire, the...

Ambrose Akinmusire

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 28 April 2018 Uttering the words "I don't like jazz" is a little like saying "I don't like fruit"; the diverse selection is just too big to lend any weight to the dismissal. Even if you're not into bananas, you might enjoy a tasty peach. If a ripe kiwi isn't up...

Joan As Police Woman

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 20 April 2018 Once again New Briggate was a bustling metropolis of human energy as offices closed up for the weekend, breathing a sigh of relief no doubt before the Leeds evening adventures began. A lengthy queue formed outside the Grand Theatre for a performance...

Tony Allen

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 7 April 2018 It's an unseasonably warm Saturday evening and I'm in the centre of Leeds, sipping coffee at the San Co Co, the most convenient coffee house along New Briggate, just a few doors from the Grand Theatre. The waitress and I are almost on first name...

Korby Lenker

The Live Room, Caroline Social Club, Saltaire Friday 6 April 2018 Korby Lenker (USA) with Katie Spencer (UK) as opener The evening opened with relatively local Katie Spencer. I first heard Katie on The Durbervilles Radio Leeds Show earlier this year and was very impressed. She is a huge fan of the...

Musicport Festival and Musicport On The Moors

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 19 - Sunday 21 October 2018 The first acts performing at this year's Musicport Festival in Whitby have been confirmed. Top acts performing this year (with several more still to be confirmed) include: Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) the 'Hendrix Of The Sahara' and son of the...

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