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Sam Baker and Carrie Elkin

The Met Bury, Lancs Sunday 1 November 2015 Anyone attending a Sam Baker gig without prior knowledge of Sam might wonder just what they were witnessing. The man on stage describes himself as the worst guitarist to ever stand on a stage and his talking style of singing isn't going to get many choirs...

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

The Live Room , Caroline Street Social Club, Saltaire Friday 30 October 2015 After the applause for Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin had finally died away you would have heard lots of comments like superb, wonderful, fantastic and more than a few Wows. All justified and deserved. The occasion on a...

Musicport 2015

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October 2015 There's a potent sense of voyage and discovery about the Musicport Festival, which sets sail from Whitby every October. Indeed, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Pavilion, with its tall windows and invigorating view of the North Sea,...

Eric Taylor

The Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Friday 9 October 2015 Doncaster has never been what you might consider to be the Mecca for Texas-based singer-songwriters, but tonight Eric Taylor's visit to town completed a trio of performances by three accomplished Texan artists, albeit twenty-five years apart...

Evan Christopher's Django à la Créole

Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield Thursday 8 October 2015 The old abandoned Victorian factory workshops in the Neepsend area of Sheffield provides an alluring setting for the complex of creative spaces that make up the Yellow Arch Studios. In recent years the studios have provided recording and...

Chris Wood

The Live Room, Caroline Street Social Club, Saltaire Friday 2 October 2015 In the space of five days the audiences of the Live Room have been treated to the best of song writing from both sides of the Atlantic. Last Sunday American master songwriter Danny Schmidt and his wife Carrie Elkin gave a...

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...

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