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The Coven

Slaithwaite Civic Hall Saturday 5 March 2016 My first journey to Slaithwaite (pronounced Sla' Wit) was an interesting one. Lots of very serious gradients, both up and down, before eventually reaching the town which is situated in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire. There was running water on the...

Sam Lee

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 12 March 2016 The measure of a good show can often be judged by the way the stage looks upon arrival. Tonight the stage was dominated by the huge Steinway standing majestically to the left, rendering the tiny shruti box, casually propped against the centre chair...

The Shee

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 February 2016 Leeds was its usual busy self by the time I arrived in the city this afternoon as the Saturday afternoon shoppers dispersed and the night owls descended. With each of the six members of The Shee arriving from all points North, it was a feat of...

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...

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