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Robin Williamson

Village Hall, Wass Wednesday 11 June 2008 The Village Hall in Wass, a few miles northwest of York, deep in the sprawling landscape of North Yorkshire, was the ideal venue for such an intimate audience with one of the most enigmatic figures on the story telling circuit today. Story telling is just...

Tony Dargan/Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts

King George IV, Sheffield Thursday 5 June 2008 There's a stark contrast between the facial expressions of both Jamie Roberts and Katriona Gilmore when you see them playing together; Jamie's intense concentration is evened out by Katriona's apparent stoicism as each of these young musicians tackle...

David Munyon and Mary's Band - Some Songs For Mary (Mobile Home)

With the best will in the world it's difficult to avoid comparisons between David Munyon and JJ Cale; both have the distinct feel of deep Southern swamp-rock, a country sensibility and an exciting groove without seemingly breaking into so much as a slight sweat. I normally steer well clear of any...

Star rating: 
3

Reg Meuross - Dragonfly (Hatsongs)

When an album pops through your letterbox and drops onto your doormat, with a sleeve that credits well established musicians like Rabbit Bundrick (Keyboards) and BJ Cole (Pedal Steel) as well as from the younger end of the spectrum, Jackie Oates (Fiddle), then you drop everything, stick the...

Star rating: 
4

Brooks Williams

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 19 May 2008 Brooks Williams brought his own brand of real folk blues to the Regent tonight with a couple of impressive solo sets, which included much of his current album THE TIME I SPEND WITH YOU. Pleasantly chatty, the Georgia-born guitarist, now resident in Boston,...

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

The Rock, Maltby Friday 16 May 2008 Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies these days bear little resemblance to the band of the same name I saw on the main stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1997, apart from the bloke in the striped shirt that is, who sang most of the songs and wrote just about all of...

Clive Gregson

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 12 May 2008 It's a good twenty years ago since Richard Thompson suggested to Clive Gregson that he and Christine Collister should spend some time working as a duo in the folk clubs up and down the country, whilst the band was having a break. It was a wise decision, as...

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

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