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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...

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...

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