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Underneath the Stars Festival 2016

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley Friday 22 - Sunday 24 July 2016 If the powers that be were to produce a questionnaire indicating each of the essential factors that go towards making a successful festival, a festival event that would please both the organisers and the site owners, the artists...

Moonbeams 2016

Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby, East Yorkshire Friday 8 - Saturday 9 July 2016 Despite heavy rainfall through the previous night, Friday afternoon saw the Wolds bathed in sunlight once again as the gates opened for the start of the eighth Moonbeams Festival. This small, unique and compact festival site...

Corn Potato String Band

The Greystones, Sheffield Saturday 25 June 2016 Sometimes, when you're sitting in the audience at a show, the distinct feeling of being at the perfect gig comes across you. Granted, it may just be a mood thing, or the alignment of the stars or any of the other dippy possibilities, but halfway...

Songlines Series (Yorkshire Festival)

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Wednesday 22 June - Saturday 2 July 2016 It was with something of a heavy and troubled heart that I approached Leeds Grand Theatre last Wednesday night after hearing of the murder of Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri in Karachi, coming only a few days after the tragic death of...

Paul Handyside

Doncaster Brewery and Tap, Doncaster Sunday 12 June 2016 The dimly-lit low stage that occupies one end of the upstairs function room at the popular Doncaster Brewery and Tap was this afternoon suitably equipped for the second visit to the town in recent weeks of the North East-based singer-...

Shepley Spring Festival

Photographs from this year's Shepley Spring Festival can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/74082216@N00/albums/72157668450880921

Kronos Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Tuesday 17 May 2016 It must be twenty years since I first heard Kronos Quartet. Back then, a teenage me thought he'd struck gold as the Quartet's 1993 collection SHORT STORIES, borrowed from my local audio library, began filling my bedroom with some of the strangest and...

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 12 May 2016 It was rather a nice touch having Eliza Carthy singing over the PA system as I settled down for tonight's concert at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds. After experiencing something of an ordeal fighting my way through the massed assembly of women on...

Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Wednesday 4 May 2016 Fifteen minutes before tonight's concert I settled into my seat in the front row stalls of the Howard Assembly Room, fiddling with my camera and adjusting the settings to suit, when a middle-aged woman sat down beside me and immediately engaged me in...

Martin Stephenson

The Heeley Institute, Sheffield Saturday 23 April 2016 A slight drizzle began to dampen the cobbled streets and overgrown parish churchyard along Hartley Street in the Heeley district of Sheffield, whilst kids kicked a ball against the stone wall of the venue, behind which the stage was being...

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