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We are pleased to announce that we've been invited to stage the very first Northern Sky Concert at next year's Wath Festival, which is excellent news. We've seen some major acts at the festival over the years and the five acts chosen for this special concert are O'Hooley and Tidow, Sheelanagig, Anthony John Clarke, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, together with the winner of this year's Young Performers Competition, the young singer-songwriter Toby Burton. I will of course be hosting the concert on May 5th 2018 and I will look forward to this with eager anticipation.
We were saddened to hear about the passing of Vin Garbutt last month, a great singer, songwriter and hugely popular entertainer who was loved by many, especially on the folk festival circuit and amongst the folk club community over a period of five decades. He was 69. Our thoughts are with his family.
Last month we covered the Beverley Folk Festival, which took place at the Beverley racecourse and a review of that event can now be found on the website under the 'live reviews' drop down box, complete with a link to all the Northern Sky photos taken at the event. There’s also reviews of two memorable concerts staged at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, Vieux Farka Touré and Richard Dawson, both of which can be found in the same section.
Albums and EPs reviewed this month include Alun Parry's Freedom Rider, Sharon Shannon's Sacred Earth, Sound of the Sirens' For All Our Sins, Front Country's Other Love Songs, Track Dogs' Serenity Sessions, the Skipinnish album The Seventh Wave, Sam Amidon's The Following Mountain, Shortstuff's Big Blue, Albert Hammond's In Symphony, Bellevue Rendezvous' While Rome Burns, Richard Durrant and Ismael Ledsesma's Durrant y Ledesma, Tift Merritt's Stitch Of The World, Boo Hewerdine's Swimming in Mercury, The Unthanks' Diversions Vol 4 - The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake, Taarka's Fading Mystery, Vasen's Brewed, Harri Endersby's Homes/Lives, Willie Nelson's God's Problem Child, Ashley Hutchings's re-issue of Street Cries, Alice Marra's Chain Up the Swings, Solana's Camino, Hamsa's Lawless, Winged and Unconfined and Lena Laki's Take Me With EP, together with a couple of compilations, New Orleans Brass Bands: Through the Streets of the City and Pop Makossa. Plenty to get your teeth into and maybe go out and discover for yourself. Any contributions from reviewers out there are always welcome.
July is always a busy month on the Northern Sky calendar, with visits to the Cambridge Folk Festival, Moonbeams Festival and Underneath the Stars, and I hope to see some of you there. By all means say hello.