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Bronwynne Brent

Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Friday 15 April 2016 The Ukrainian Centre was the venue for this, one of Bronwynne Brent's final gigs of her current UK tour, a venue that was quite chilled when I arrived tonight - chilled in both senses of the word, both laid-back relaxed and extremely cold at the same...

The Unthanks and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Saturday 19 March 2016 You really don't have to have been in the city of Liverpool too long before The Beatles enter your mind; it really comes at you almost subliminally, yet with a discernible force, whether it comes to you by way of the sound of...

Billie's Concert

St Wilfred's Catholic High School, Featherstone Friday 18 March 2016 'Summat was brewing' in Featherstone tonight as mums and dads, children, families, people of all ages headed towards St Wilfred's Catholic School in the sleepy northern town of Featherstone. It was still very much early evening...

Rachel Ries

The Greystones, Sheffield Tuesday 15 March 2016 The rush hour traffic in Sheffield was particularly kind to me tonight as I crossed the city towards the Greystones, where I was scheduled to sit down with South Dakota-born singer-songwriter Rachel Ries for a pre-gig chat, which I have to say I was...

Moonbeams March Weekend

The Bell Hotel Driffield Saturday 5 March 2016 If you arrive a little late for an event, in this case a day late, then you're usually reminded of what you missed the night before by those who have already sampled the beer, tested the huge variety of whiskeys, slept it off and then pretty much...

Reg Meuross

The Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 25 March 2016 This unassuming venue, originally established to cater for the social needs of the local Ukrainian community of Doncaster, seems an unlikely place for a Somerset-based musician to launch his brand new album, but that's precisely what Reg Meuross...

Blue Rose Code

The Live Room, Saltaire Friday 4 March 2016 Following Angel Snow and Matthew Perryman Jones the second great gig in a week at The Live Room saw a return visit of Blue Rose Code (aka Ross Wilson). Last year Ross was accompanied by Lyle Watt on Guitar/Mandolin and Graham Coe on Cello. Changes this...

The Coven

Slaithwaite Civic Hall Saturday 5 March 2016 My first journey to Slaithwaite (pronounced Sla' Wit) was an interesting one. Lots of very serious gradients, both up and down, before eventually reaching the town which is situated in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire. There was running water on the...

Sam Lee

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 12 March 2016 The measure of a good show can often be judged by the way the stage looks upon arrival. Tonight the stage was dominated by the huge Steinway standing majestically to the left, rendering the tiny shruti box, casually propped against the centre chair...

The Shee

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 February 2016 Leeds was its usual busy self by the time I arrived in the city this afternoon as the Saturday afternoon shoppers dispersed and the night owls descended. With each of the six members of The Shee arriving from all points North, it was a feat of...

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