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Hartlepool Folk Festival

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool Friday 13 - Sunday 15 October 2017 With its cobbled quayside, authentic nineteenth century seaport buildings and imposing masts of the HMS Trincomalee, the National Museum of the Royal Navy could be the most appropriate setting in the world for a folk...

Scarborough Jazz Festival

The Spa, Scarborough Friday 22 - Sunday 24 September 2017 According to one vintage railway poster, Scarborough prides itself on being "the tonic holiday for all the family". With its dedication to providing a wide selection of seaside entertainments very much intact, the North Yorkshire coastal...

Cambridge Folk Festival Walkabout

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 July 2017 Loudon Wainwright III probably harbours only the vaguest memories of the first time he appeared on the bill at his own very first Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1974, when he played to a much smaller audience and from a much smaller...

Underneath the Stars

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley Friday 21 - Sunday 23 July 2017 Anyone vaguely familiar with the summer festival season will know only too well of the routines we go through, routines most of us take for granted. It usually goes something like this: we arrive on site as early as possible on...

Moonbeams Festival

Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby Friday 7 - Saturday 8 July 2017 There are one or two events on the summer festival calendar that just seem to go above and beyond the call of duty, not only staging excellent programmes of concerts over the course of a couple of days, together with providing comfortable...

Beverley Folk Festival

Beverley Racecourse, Beverley Friday 16 - Sunday 18 June 2017 Before making my way to the Racecourse itself on Friday afternoon, I deliberately took the alternative route at the Walkington junction and headed straight towards Beverley itself as if magnetically drawn to the imposing Minster, which...

Vieux Farka Touré

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 15 June 2017 The last couple of times I've driven out of Leeds after a gig, I've found myself negotiating the late night backstreets of West Yorkshire at the approach of the witching hour, in search of vaguely familiar signs pointing towards home. This is due to...

Richard Dawson

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 9 June 2017 There seems to be a buzz at the moment surrounding North East singer-songwriter Richard Dawson's latest album release PEASANT, which is receiving major media attention, a four-page feature in the July edition of Uncut magazine no less and his song Ogre...

Ninebarrow

Thorganby Village Hall Sunday 28 May 2017 Arriving in Thorganby this evening provided the perfect preface to tonight's concert by English folk duo Ninebarrow. The picturesque little village, nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside, welcomes its visitors with such quintessentially English...

Shepley Spring Festival

Shepley Village Friday 19 - Sunday 21 May 2017 The first thing that comes to mind whenever I return to Shepley is the clear memory of the previous festival, together with lingering memories of festivals prior to that. Then there's the steadily fading memory of the village cricket field, the former...

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