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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...

Vashti Bunyan

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 13 June 2015 A Saturday night in Leeds City Centre is slightly different from the lazy midweek evenings I'm getting used to lately. The lights seem much brighter and the people more colourful, showing signs of eager anticipation of a good night ahead. Hen...

Çiğdem Aslan

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 6 June 2015 The Howard Assembly Room was set out differently tonight to the usual uniformed rows of seats in the stalls, which were replaced by a spread of round tables and chairs, which for all intents and purposes looked pretty much more conducive to an...

Heritage Blues Orchestra

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 4 June 2015 After a pleasant and rather uneventful drive into Leeds tonight, on what could only be described as a warm and untypically seasonal midweek evening, I took a slow and leisurely walk into the city towards New Briggate, almost tempted to sit myself...

The Demon Barbers XL

CAST, Doncaster Saturday 30 May 2015 As I drove into town tonight, I gently introduced the music of the Demon Barbers to my wife who was sitting next to me in the car. Her usual aversion to folk music has been considered for medical examination, but I was in the mood for experimentation. Whilst...

The Young'uns

The Greystones, Sheffield Friday 29 May 2015 It seems like quite a while since I last bumped into The Young'uns, which was probably at Leeds Irish Centre when the trio were supporting The Unthanks on their excellent Mount the Air tour earlier this year. Since then, the Teesside trio have made an...

Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen

CAST, Doncaster Sunday 24 May 2015 The CAST Theatre's strict no photography policy is really not all that dissimilar to British Law Courts, prompting me to think a little outside the box and use what little creative skills I have left. I thought perhaps of doing a sketch with a pencil and a few...

A Shepley Spring Festival Walkabout 2015

Shepley Village, Shepley Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2015 Friday 15 May The sun was particularly kind to those arriving for the festival in Shepley on Friday afternoon and there was a fair bit of anticipation in the air. This may be due in part to the fact that there was no festival last year due to...

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