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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...

Foghorn Stringband/Evie Ladin and Keith Terry

The Greystones, Sheffield Friday 26th May 2017 The Greystones took full advantage of what seemed like the early arrival of summer tonight, at the very beginning of what looked like a hot Spring Bank Holiday weekend ahead. Families spilled out into the beer garden in front of the pub, which on a...

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...

Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

NCEM, York Saturday 3 June 2017 Renowned British vocalist Jacqui Dankworth and her husband, the Memphis-born pianist and vocalist Charlie Wood, made a welcome and notably relaxed visit to York's NCEM this evening. The intimate performance, which featured just a single piano and two of the best...

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...

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