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Normafest 2017

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 6 - Saturday 7 January 2017 A blanket of thick fog hovered above the meandering hillside road leading down to Whitby on Friday afternoon, giving the cliff top's ancient Abbey an eerie atmosphere that its reputation very much deserves. The hazy Gothic silhouette...

Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow

Thorganby Village Hall, Near York Friday 23 December 2016 Winterfolk - Winter Songs and Carols An alternative celebration of Christmas Supported by The Lennanshees Belinda and Heidi last played Thorganby in October 2015. It's a lovely and very welcoming venue so I was pleased to see a return this...

Coil: Blood Money 35th Anniversary

Doncaster Brewery and Tap, Doncaster Saturday 17 December 2016 It was back in 1981 when the local Doncaster band Coil released their debut LP BLOOD MONEY, in a year that saw the beginning of the new music channel MTV and the launch of the DeLorean DMC-12, which would later be seen spinning around...

Julia Biel

NCEM, York Saturday 17th December 2016 As each of York's twinkling streets and snickelways bustled with festive celebration this evening, one of this country's most exciting young voices was concerned with entangling itself amongst the medieval rafters of St Margaret's Church, better known as the...

Great British Folk Festival

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December 2016 This hugely popular winter festival, held in the sleepy seaside town of Skegness on the east coast of Lincolnshire, seems to have gone from strength to strength over the last seven years. During the summer months the site is usually...

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Roots Music Club, Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Friday 18 November 2016 It was most encouraging to see a fully equipped stage tonight, a stage packed almost to capacity - with mostly percussion instruments it has to be said, but full nevertheless. As a clipboard circulated the concert room at the...

The Jill Jackson Trio

The Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 11 November 2011 A good few members of the audience tonight travelled a good way to see the Glasgow-based Country singer and songwriter Jill Jackson and her trio. Setting out from locations as far and wide as Liverpool, Milton Keynes, London and Scotland, the...

Martin Green's Flit

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 29 October 2016 Tonight, the stage area at the Howard Assembly Room was transformed into what at first looked like the interior of Gollum's cave; two large circular zoetropes hanging from the walls, whilst a third was already in situ, centre stage, all ready to...

Musicport

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October 2016 There are few reasons why we in the UK would be motivated to look forward to the month of October. Isn't this the time of year when Autumn leaves start to decay and muddy our footpaths, a time when clocks go back and plunge those same paths...

Kirk McElhinney

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Brewery and Tap Friday 14 October 2016 Shifting venue, as the Roots Music Club occasionally does, the Doncaster Brewery and Tap on Young Street in the town centre hosted tonight's appearance by Manchester-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Kirk McElhinney, playing his...

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