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Sona Jobarteh

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 1 February 2018 The planets appeared to be somewhat aligned tonight as I took my front row seat at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds. All the elements that usually go with a successful gig were very much in place; arrived early, found a handy parking space,...

Tyler Childers

Jimmy's, Northern Quarter, Manchester Thursday 1 February 2018 It was Independent Venue Week, a celebration of smaller venues at a time when many are under threat from city centre developers looking to build anything but places for live entertainment. I was headed over to the Northern Quarter of...

Martin Hayes Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 January 2018 It was with a spot of unfortunate programming that I first experienced the gentle music of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, which happened shortly after the debut appearance of the Afro Celt Sound System at the Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1997...

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 16 November 2017 Amongst the rich array of percussion instruments that dominated the right hand side of the stage tonight, was a Heath Robinson contraption consisting of a horizontal tube hovering above a white transparent plastic storage box, which would later...

Andy Sheppard Quartet

NCEM, York Monday 13 November 2017 Fresh from their appearance at this year's London Jazz Festival, the Andy Sheppard Quartet delivered two awe-inspiring candlelit sets, this evening, at York's National Centre for Early Music. It was a welcome return to York by Sheppard, one of Britain's most...

Bill Frisell: Music for Strings

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 4 November 2017 Few could have known that a little bit of serenity was being created somewhere above New Briggate, Leeds, this evening. Certainly not the squawking gaggle of scantily-clad women at the taxi rank, nor the diners behind the steamy windows of nearby...

Richard Thompson

Sheffield City Hall Wednesday 25 October 2017 Distracted by the news of the death of Fats Domino, the real 'King of Rock n Roll' according to Elvis Presley, I wasn't aware, as I took a leisurely sip of 'Starry Night' in the Frog and Parrot on Division Street, half listening to the strains of Johnny...

The Young'uns

Leeds City Varieties Thursday 19 October 2017 The ghosts of music hall stars past echo around the glittering, newly refurbished 'Good Old Days' theatre, as support act accordion and percussion duo The Hut People pose the question 'how many different percussion instruments can you cram into a twenty...

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...

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