You are here

Live reviews

Otava Yo

Firth Hall, Sheffield University, Sheffield Friday 26 February 2016 I wasn't quite sure what to expect tonight when I arrived at Sheffield University's Firth Hall. The imposing portraits lining each of the walls of Firth Court, an assortment of local philanthropists, master cutlers and benefactors...

Ryley Walker with Danny Thompson

The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber Sunday 21 February 2016 The unfeasibly long single-storey Ropewalk Arts building is set amongst a cluster of river cottages in the shadow of the imposing suspension bridge on the south bank of the Humber, on the outskirts of the small community of Barton upon Humber...

Gretchen Peters

City Hall, Sheffield Thursday 18 February 2016 After almost 45 years of attending concerts at Sheffield's premiere venue, there's still something quite thrilling about approaching the imposing building, with its grand classical architecture and stately steps. The entrance to the Ballroom is to the...

Mulatu Astatke

Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds Wednesday 10 February 2016 Mulatu Astatke's "Peace, Love and Ethio-Jazz Tour" brought the seventy-two year old pioneer of Ethopian jazz to the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds this evening for a thundering ninety minute set. The revered vibraphonist brought with him a...

Vieux Farka Toure

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 4 February 2016 The last time I came to the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds was just over a week ago, when I was here to see a great set by the Senegal singer and percussionist Cheikh Lo. As I was leaving the venue I noticed a record shop almost directly over the...

Cheikh Lô

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 30 January 2016 The bar on the first floor of the Grand Theatre building, home of Opera North, just next to the Howard Assembly Room, slowly began to fill as I made perfect good use of a cup of coffee before the show. I'd never before noticed the two grand...

The Rails

The Greystones, Sheffield Wednesday 27 January 2016 Once again the 'Backroom' at the Greystones was suitably business-like for another gig, in an ever-expanding list of successful live events to be staged at the popular Sheffield venue. The stage was initially set for the support band, a local duo...

The Pitmen Poets

Cast Theatre, Doncaster Tuesday 26 January 2016 The Cast Theatre in Doncaster provided an ideal venue for this the thirteenth date of the Pitmen Poets' current eighteen date UK tour, which brings together the combined songs, stories, poems and reminiscences of four noted singers and musicians from...

The Ballads of Child Migration

Celtic Connections Festival 2016 New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Tuesday 19 January 2016 This was the live show of October 2015's album BALLADS OF CHILD MIGRATION. The album was originally commissioned for the current V&A exhibition ON THEIR OWN: BRITAIN’S CHILD MIGRANTS. Audio and...

Chris Wood

The Art Club, Bath Street, Glasgow Celtic Connections 2016 Saturday 16 January 2016 In the past I think Chris has had some concerns about his acceptance north of the border. Tonight's audience certainly gave Chris a very warm Scottish greeting, leaving him in no doubt that he was both appreciated...

Pages