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The Lindisfarne Story

CAST Theatre, Doncaster Saturday 8 October 2016 There was a respectful silence in the main auditorium at Cast Theatre tonight, specifically the moment the image of Alan Hull was spread across the huge screen, which formed the backdrop to the Lindisfarne Story. It's with a mixture of joy and sadness...

The Stray Birds

The Live Room, Saltaire Friday 7 October 2016 The dimly-lit stage at one end of the darkened Live Room at the Caroline Street Social Club was dominated by a reposeful double bass lying diagonally across the stage as people took their seats for potentially another great night at the popular Saltaire...

Johnny Dickinson

The Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 30 September 2016 I first met singer/guitarist Johnny Dickinson back in 2003, when he walked into the Lonsdale pub on a cold February night with guitar in hand, to do a couple of songs in support of the main act. I don't remember who the main act was that...

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September 2016 "Come kiss me quickly, we might not have long before all this is washed away," so Liane Carroll sings on Seaside , perfectly encapsulating the temporary joy that is a trip to the coast. It's something with which most of us Brits are...

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

The Greystones, Sheffield Saturday 25 September 2016 There seems to be a clear understanding once you enter the Backroom at the Greystones, in fact once you actually enter the pub itself, that the venue takes its music seriously. If artists of the calibre of Nancy Kerr, Cera Impala, Otis Gibbs and...

The South Yorkshire Folk, Roots and World Music Festival

The Leopard, Doncaster Sunday 18 September 2016 Just a hop, skip and a jump from Doncaster Railway Station stands one of the town's most popular pubs in terms of the diverse music it promotes. The Leopard, on the corner of West Street and St Sepulchre Gate West, seems to have survived whilst other...

Jess Morgan and Stillhouse By Candlelight

The Old Fire Station, York Saturday 10 September 2016 Just as the hustle-bustle of a regular York Saturday night got underway, the interior space of the old disused Victorian Chapel on the corner of Clifford Street and Peckitt Street, which was converted into the city's fire station in the 1930s,...

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

The Greystones, Sheffield Friday 9 September 2016 It doesn't seem all that long ago since Cahalen Morrison and Eli West last played at the Greystones in Sheffield, that particular occasion being True North Music's inaugural promotion. Tonight, as I settled on a stool in front of the stage, pointing...

Front Country

The Greystones, Sheffield Sunday 28 August 2016 The Greystones has hosted a wide and varied series of musical events over the last few years, a multitude of genres from Alt Country to Alt Rock, Folk to Flamenco, R&B to Reggae, but there's always something exciting about a visit by a major...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2016

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 28 - Sunday 31 July 2016 As in the case of most multiple-stage festivals, there are several ways to make the most of the weekend; there's the painfully well-organised amongst us who arrive early on Thursday, find a comfortable spot in the sun, then take out...

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