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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...

James McMurtry UK Tour

Greystones (Sheffield), Oran Mor (Glasgow), The Cluny (Newcastle), The Maze (Nottingham) and The Brudenell Club (Leeds) Wednesday 1 - Monday 6 February 2017 Support Alice Drinks The Kool Aid (all gigs) Nathan Bell - Glasgow Only "The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest...

Fleetwood Cave

The Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth Friday 10 February 2017 Guilty pleasures: twin passion indulged as gracious host Victoria welcome the PEOPLE LIKE US spring tour to The Tree House Bookshop with Fleetwood Cave (Marion and Gregg) flushed from their recent high spirited performance in Banbury. Warm...

Southport Jazz Festival 2017

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 February 2017 The Southport Jazz Festival, held annually at the Merseyside town's Royal Clifton Hotel and now in its thirteenth year, was kicked off in style on Thursday evening with an early performance by The Weave who welcomed a small crowd of...

Mandolin Orange

The Crescent, York Wednesday 1 February 2017 North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange have been quietly acquiring a following of faithful fans over the last few years thanks to a steady release of quality albums, support performances and their own intimately engaging concerts. Since forming in 2009,...

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