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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...

Melrose Quartet

The Live Room, Caroline Street Social Club, Saltaire Sunday 13 December 2015 A very wonderful performance by the Melrose Quartet on Sunday night rounded off a superb year of music at The Live Room, Saltaire. The audience, already treated to complimentary luxury mince pies and chocolates, enjoyed a...

Jefferson Hamer with Rosie Hood

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Friday 11 December 2015 The Wheelhouse in Wombwell provided the setting for an intimate performance by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jefferson Hamer tonight, whose gentle songs, both traditional and contemporary, with a handful of originals, were delivered with the...

The Great British Folk Festival

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 3 - Sunday 5 December 2015 If you were to pick up a pencil, draw a spiral starting from the outer edges of the page and work your way into the centre in ever decreasing circles so as to illustrate the pinnacle of Friday night's concert on the Centre Stage,...

Ranagri

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Wednesday 2 December 2015 Returning to the Wheelhouse almost exactly one year on from their first appearance at the House Concert venue near Barnsley, the four-piece Celtic folk quartet Ranagri were greeted like old friends as they stepped out onto the small stage, a stage...

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