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After a good few years of attending house concerts in the garden of the Jones's Wombwell family home set in deepest South Yorkshire, I was pleased to go along to what Hedley calculates to be his 100th concert at the venue, which on this occasion featured Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough. The venue, now known variously as The Wheelhouse, the Cabin, the Love Bunker or to the locals simply as Hedley's Shed, has had its fair share of disasters over the years, not least the floods it's been prone to, but it always springs back to life completely refreshed and revitalised and to this day continues to attract some of the most notable artists on the acoustic music scene, including Larkin Poe, Madison Violet, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Anna Coogan, Phil Beer, JT and the Clouds, Eric Taylor to name but a few.
On Sunday I spoke to Brigitte and Will before their show at the Wheelhouse, who were only too pleased to talk about their own individual solo careers in music but also their songwriting collaboration and their current album MOCKINGBIRD SOUL. That interview is included in the April 1 edition of the Northern Sky Vaults podcast and can also be heard here on the website under the media drop down box.
Also this last month Northern Sky was invited along to the Moonbeams March Weekend, sometimes referred to as the Winter Gathering, held as always at the Bell Hotel in Driffield. This year we saw performances by Kris Drever, Kaia Kater, the Sam Kelly Trio, Chris Helme, Stillhouse and Edwina Hayes amongst others. During the weekend I was saddened to hear that this will be the last March event, although the Moonbeams Summer Festival will continue and will no doubt go from strength to strength.
Lots of new albums have reached the Northern Sky office this past month and we will get through as many as possible in April. We are always on the lookout for new contributors, new voices and new directions so if you would like to join the team, please get in touch.