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The Unthanks - How the Wild Wind Blows

City Varieties, Leeds Thursday 11 May 2017 This evening the city of Leeds was enjoying that all too familiar period which follows the fading of a sunny springtime afternoon, where those heading out for the evening - some bound for the local arena to see Iron Maiden - dodged and wavered around...

Bob Dylan

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Friday 5 May 2017 It's been a good while since I last attended an arena gig, preferring much smaller venues which appear to be better suited to music. These days if you want to see your heroes and idols, then the crush of an arena is quite possibly your only real option...

Al Stewart

Sheffield City Hall Wednesday 26 April 2017 When I first saw the notices for Al Stewart's latest tour, Back to the Bedsit, I made the assumption that the Scots-born singer-songwriter would be revisiting his debut 1967 LP BEDSITTER IMAGES in full, or if not in full, then perhaps at least half of the...

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

The Basement Bar, York Wednesday 19 April 2017 It seems quite a while ago since I last attended a gig at the Basement Bar in York, in fact it probably is. The bar, situated beneath one of the city's most popular cinema theatres, has a cavernous feel about it, with its blacked-out decor and basic...

Lindisfarne

The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes Friday 14 April 2017 Put simply Lindisfarne were amazing. This was not, in the era of reformations or umpteenth significant anniversary tours, a cynical cash in or reformation, but the current line up in a band that through shifting members has been delighting...

John Smith

Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds and Upper Chapel, Sheffield Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April 2017 A most common name for a very uncommonly talented musician. The previous Sunday on the Radio Leeds Durbervilles Folk and Roots Radio Show they had joked about his name. They asked if it was real and...

Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Sunday 26 March 2017 When Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough planned their current UK tour I was slightly disappointed that their dates didn't include any gigs in the Yorkshire area, yet just as I was considering venturing far and wide to see the duo, it came as an...

Moonbeams March Weekend

The Bell Hotel, Driffield Friday 3 - Saturday 4 March 2017 Driffield was a little on the soggy side by the time the rush hour traffic subsided ready for the Moonbeams March Weekend to commence. Singer-songwriter and musician Kaia Kater, a late addition to this year's line-up, strolled through the...

Coven

The Greystones, Sheffield Thursday 2 March 2017 You get a certain sense of place whenever you attend a gig at the Greystones, home to fine music for literally decades and wearing its Sheffieldness very definitely upon its sleeve. Male dominated black and white portraits proudly hang from the walls...

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