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Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 16 October 2006 We had the pleasure of a bone fide Battie at the Sal tonight and had him all to ourselves it would seem. Doncaster is obviously completely unaware as to the sheer privilige it is to have such a notable folk luminary come visit, but hey, that's...

Eleanor McEvoy

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 9 October 2006 This was Eleanor's second gig at the Sal, and up until tonight, her first appearance went down in everbody's books as the best yet. Tonight Eleanor proved beyond doubt that she is the consummate performer, bringing to the stage all the elements that...

The Kambourines

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 18 September 2006 The Kambourines gave their first proper concert since arriving in this country tonight at the Sal. The young student band are made up of two Norweigians (Ragnhild and Endre) and a young Liverpudlian called Dan, who really doesn't look old enough to...

Ruth and Gary Wells

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 11 September 2006 Tonight saw the first in the new season of gigs at The Sal. Bob continues to book some of the finest musicians on the acoustic scene and this season we will be seeing the likes of Dick Gaughan, Vin Garbutt and Mike Silver as well as some return...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2006

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 July 2006 The opening act at this years festival was Mauvais Sort (French for Bad Spell), a dance band from Quebec. This set the mood for the entire festival, and my boasts about dancing this year became a reality. I couldn't keep still...

The Nick Drake Gathering 2006

Tanworth in Arden, Staffordshire Saturday 29 July 2006 Due to incredibly bad timing the Nick Drake Gathering in Tanworth-in-Arden fell exactly half way through this year's Cambridge Festival. Due to complete insanity, chronic stubborness and fervent enthusiasm, I decided to forfeit a day at the...

Rosie Doonan and Ben Murray

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 9 July 2006 Rosie Doonan and Ben Murray are a wonderful duo who can rival anyone on the planet as far as their individual vocal (as well as close harmony) talents go. It runs in the family I suppose. Rosie comes from a long line of well known Doonan folkies...

Gina Dootson

The Red Shed, Wakefield Saturday 8 July 2006 Gina Dootson quite comfortably falls under the category of 'rock chick' rather than folkie singer-songwriter. She always throws herself into her performance and gives 110%, even a good few months into pregnancy, hammering both her Gibson and Lowden...

Andy Irvine

Rockingham Arms, Wentworth Friday 12 May 2006 The last time I saw Andy Irvine was about fifteen years ago at this very same venue. When I arrived at the venue, one of the organisers was busy showing Andy a picture of him performing on that stage even futher back, in 1977, so the singer has an...

Jon Chapman

Rockingham Arms, Wentworth Friday 21 April 2006 Not only was it Jon's debut at The Rockingham Arms in Wentworth last night, it was also this latest line up's debut anywhere. Having recently been joined by the Norwegian cellist Kim Kristian Osmundsvaag - a right mouthful for MC Rob Shaw, who usually...

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