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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,...

Fleetwood Cave

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford Upon Avon Saturday 28 January 2017 Drawn to banks of the River Avon in old town Stratford Upon Avon clutching the hottest tickets in town, many tickets previously gifted to album pledgers during a crowdfunding campaign for official launch of debut album and...

Great British Rock and Blues Festival

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 20 - Sunday 22 January 2017 It's almost as if the New Year is quite incapable of getting itself off the ground, that is until it's been kick-started with a shot of heavy duty rock and roll and a spoonful of down home rhythm and blues. The quiet seaside town...

Sheep Dip Sessions with Jim Crawford

Princethorpe Saturday 21 January 2017 Sheep Dip sessions a regular house concert in grand home of gracious hosts Michael and Dee welcoming 40 plus folks to evening of veteran bluesman Jim Crawford. West Country based gent provides slide and acoustic blues of the highest order on the bill replete...

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...

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