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Wath Festival 2008

Montgomery Hall, Wath upon Dearne Friday 2 May - Sunday 4 May 2008 There's an extraordinary sense of a community spirit that you couldn't fail to absorb upon arriving in the Montgomery Square area of Wath-upon-Dearne on a May bank holiday weekend. You may choose to join the festivities right at the...

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 14 April 2008 I was pleased to finally catch one of Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby's gigs tonight after many a missed opportunity. Their names have emblazoned many a folk club or festival flyer over the years but I've never managed to find myself in the same room at...

Nels Andrews - Off Track Betting (Reveal)

Sunday Shoes was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Nels Andrews handles this new set of nine self-penned songs on OFF TRACK BETTING with intelligent assurance. Todd Sickafoose's production is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Lanois particularly in his attention to detail, but is spared the...

Star rating: 
3

Heidi Talbot - In Love and Light (Navigator)

No stranger to those remotely familiar with Cherish the Ladies, Heidi Talbot brings forth her own unique voice with this, her follow up to 2004's DISTANT FUTURE. Delicately produced by Boo Hewerdine IN LOVE AND LIGHT is the perfect title for this selection of lovely and light songs. The occasional...

Star rating: 
4

Mark Gillespie - Unplugged (Chocolate Factory)

I first came across Mark Gillespie quite by accident, whilst browsing through the paperback section of his father's book shop in the heart of the Peak District. Gillespie's soulful reading of Bill Withers' classic Ain't No Sunshine filtered through the speaker above my head and I decided that it...

Star rating: 
3

Wizz Jones

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 10 March 2008 Occasionally I have these overwhelming flights of fancy whilst attending concerts, especially gigs that feature musicians I heard about in my youth, the kind of musicians you read about in the back pages of Melody Maker or whose name you would hear being...

Dan Arborise

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 4 March 2008 First impressions can often be blighted by either a certain bias or chronic suspicion when the publicity material declares that an artist is apparently 'John Martyn meets Nick Drake for the 21st Century'. You tend to be on the look out for signs and...

Jackie Leven

The Rock, Maltby Friday 29 February 2008 Jackie Leven abandoned the conventional approach to showbiz by refusing to go through the 'ridiculous' process of doing an encore at The Rock in Maltby tonight, announcing instead that this was going to be his last song, pointing out that we had all 'done a...

Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri

The Boardwalk, Sheffield Wednesday 13 February 2008 There was a brief moment during Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri's appearance at the Boardwalk in Sheffield tonight, just after Paul was asked to rejoin his wife on stage at the end of her set, when the couple settled themselves adjacent to one...

Ruth Notman

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 11 February 2008 At just nineteen, Ruth Notman brings something to the stage that probably ninety-nine-point-nine per cent of folk singers would love to bring to their stage; that is, fresh faced youth. She speaks of A levels and examinations with youthful candour, not...

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