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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...

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...

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