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After such a great Shepley Spring Festival in the middle of May we now look forward to the imminent Beverley Folk Festival, which takes place on Friday 16 - Sunday 18 June 2017 at Beverley Racecourse, details of which can be found on the news page here and also gets a mention in the June edition of the Northern Sky Vaults podcast. Northern Sky has been covering the festival for some time now and this year's festival boasts another great line up, including appearances by Eddi Reader, Jon Boden, Lau, False Lights, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Heidi Talbot, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, The Hut People, Michael Chapman, Jim Moray, Moore, Moss and Rutter and many more. Hopefully we will see you there.
We never enjoy bringing news of the passing of our legends, but it was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Gregg Allman last month. The Allman Brothers were one of the bands I first became aware of in the early 1970s with the arrival of the wonderful Age of Atlantic sampler LP, a great starting point for many a budding rock fan at the time. Easy to get hold of, cheap (at 99p) and filled with interesting music from Led Zeppelin to Yes, Iron Butterfly to Vanilla Fudge the LP was also a starting point for my own particular lifelong appreciation of Dr John and Neil Young (in this case Buffalo Springfield). The Age of Atlantic was number 18 in our regular Vinyl Junkie series back in 2011. The Allman Brothers became a firm favourite over the years, especially the albums Brothers and Sisters, Eat a Peach and their early live album At Fillmore East. Brothers and Sisters was also Number 181 in our Vinyl Junkie series back in 2014. Gregg Allman died on May 27 aged 69 from liver cancer complications at his home in Savannah, Georgia.
The live side of things has been fairly slow over the last month, with just a couple gigs of note, each of which has been reviewed in these pages. Liam popped over to see Ninebarrow at Thorganby Village Hall near York and I caught The Unthanks in Leeds at one of their Songs and Poems of Molly Drake shows, which was fascinating. Both of those reviews can now be found in the Live Reviews section, as too can one of the hottest, sweatiest nights so far this year when the Foghorn Stringband played The Greystones in Sheffield along with Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, the two acts invited to the venue by True North Music's Maria Wallace. You can read that review here and also hear one of their songs on the June edition of the podcast.
My thanks as always to all our contributors for the reviews they sent in over the last month, which are always a joy to read.