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Dick Gaughan

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 4 December 2006 The first time I sat up and listened to Dick Gaughan with any measure of interest was upon the release of A HANDFUL OF EARTH way back in 1981. My first thought upon hearing the album was how the devil did he get his guitar to sound so good? My second...

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rock City, Nottingham Thursday 30 November 2006 Rock City in Nottingham is a foreboding place to enter when you're used to coffee bars and folk club environments. The gentlemen who stand at the door and take your tickets from you are all very much alike, bomber jacket, Hell's Angels t shirt, black...

Archive 2006: Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

NCEM, York Monday 27 November 2006 Again, I'm thrown into a dilemma; how to write a constructive review of a Rachel Unthank and The Winterset gig without babbling on like an imbecile or gushing uncontrollably over these four women. I make no apologies for maintaining that they are the best breath...

Belinda O'Hooley Band

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 13 November 2006 Belinda O'Hooley is to Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, what Garth Hudson is to The Band, the musical maestro, teacher, guru and all round musical backbone of the band. But more than this, she is the refreshing wit and humour of the band and her...

Vin Garbutt

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 6 November 2006 The best news on the British folk scene since we discovered that Dave Swarbrick was 'not quite dead yet' despite having his obituary printed in the Daily Telegraph - 'it's not the first time I've died in Coventry' he later quipped - is the re-...

Stefan Grossman

NCEM, York Tuesday 24 October 2006 Tonight's gig at the National Centre for Early Music in York was brilliant for two reasons. Firstly I got to meet Stefan Grossman, who has been a major influence on my musical 'career' after my old art teacher introduced me to his music in the Sixties (hey, I...

Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 16 October 2006 We had the pleasure of a bone fide Battie at the Sal tonight and had him all to ourselves it would seem. Doncaster is obviously completely unaware as to the sheer privilige it is to have such a notable folk luminary come visit, but hey, that's...

Eleanor McEvoy

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 9 October 2006 This was Eleanor's second gig at the Sal, and up until tonight, her first appearance went down in everbody's books as the best yet. Tonight Eleanor proved beyond doubt that she is the consummate performer, bringing to the stage all the elements that...

The Kambourines

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 18 September 2006 The Kambourines gave their first proper concert since arriving in this country tonight at the Sal. The young student band are made up of two Norweigians (Ragnhild and Endre) and a young Liverpudlian called Dan, who really doesn't look old enough to...

Ruth and Gary Wells

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 11 September 2006 Tonight saw the first in the new season of gigs at The Sal. Bob continues to book some of the finest musicians on the acoustic scene and this season we will be seeing the likes of Dick Gaughan, Vin Garbutt and Mike Silver as well as some return...

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