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Sheesham and Lotus and Son

Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Friday 4 September 2015 The Autumn season at Doncaster's Roots Music Club, held for the most part at the Ukrainian Centre, a short distance from the town centre, started this evening with a much anticipated appearance by the Canadian Old Time trio Sheesham and Lotus and...

Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2015

Cropredy, Oxfordshire Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 August 2015 The first time I visited Cropredy was way back in 1980 when I distinctly recall standing in a field wearing an unsuitable great coat, getting soaked through to the bone as the Heavens opened upon the relatively small crowd. Small that is...

A Walkabout at the Cambridge Folk Festival

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thrsday 30 July - Sunday 2 August 2015 This year, to celebrate the 51st Cambridge Folk Festival and my own personal 19th visit to the event, I've decided to lift the 'write up' straight from my own personal journal. I hope the following illustrates the four days...

Simpson, Cutting and Kerr

The Met, Bury Sunday 12 June 2015 This show had been eagerly anticipated by the Met crowd and had been a sell out from early days. Not surprising for three performers with more Folk awards between them than possibly any other band. I would be very surprised if their CD MURMURS is not a leading...

Dick Gaughan

The Live Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire Sunday 12 July 2015 A welcome return to Saltaire for veteran Leith troubadour Dick Gaughan. Dick being one of The Live Room's first guests back in June 2012. Over two sets Dick delivered a set list of many old favourites. Songs of philosophical, political and...

Moonbeams Festival 2015

Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby Friday 10 - Saturday 11 July 2015 The sunshine always seems to bring an additional sprinkling of joy whenever I drive, especially when I'm on my way to a festival; is there really any better feeling than having the sun burn down on your upper arm as you drive along the...

Beverley Folk Festival

Beverley Racecourse, Beverley Friday 19 - Sunday 21 June 2015 The 32nd Beverley Folk Festival got underway on Friday night after a day of recovery from what proved to be a successful opening night featuring The Bootleg Beatles. Some of those memorable songs would no doubt have still been ringing in...

Chris Wood

The Met, Bury Friday 19 June 2015 It was a small but very happy crowd that enjoyed Chris Wood's performance at Bury Met. Chris was obviously delighted with the sound and seemed in very mellow, soulful mood as he launched into a varied set list including many new or unrecorded songs as well as some...

Beverley Folk Festival: The Bootleg Beatles

Beverley Racecourse, Beverley Thursday 18 June 2015 It seemed a little strange arriving at the Beverley Folk Festival on a Thursday afternoon, a day earlier than usual. I normally arrive to the familiar hustle and bustle of campsite activity, tent pegs being driven into the ground, stewards running...

The Railsplitters

The Live Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire Sunday 14 June 2015 "Is the standard here usually that high?" A question overheard at Saltaire between sets of The Railsplitters 16th gig of their 21 dates in 23 days first UK tour. The band, formed in 2012 were originally a 4 piece, they found fiddler...

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