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Colm Ó Snodaigh - Giving (Kila)

Kíla's Colm Ó Snodaigh has chosen a completely different feel for this, his long overdue follow up to 1994's 'Éist' and a world away from anything he recorded with Kíla in his twenty year stint with the band. With the help of soprano saxophonist Richie Buckley and a tight rhythm section of Conor...

Star rating: 
3

Cambridge Folk Festival 2008

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 31 July - Sunday 3 August 2008 The self appointed Cambridge Folk Festival weather forecasting team periodically stick their heads out of the festival meteorological office, namely the media caravan, in order to determine which of the two distinct atmospheric...

Doncaster Cultural Festival 2008

The Point, Doncaster Sunday 13 July 2008 The Doncaster Cultural Festival, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, was a most pleasant way of spending a Sunday afternoon here in my home town. Held in The Arts Park, which is sandwiched between the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and The...

Bob Cheevers - Fiona's World

Fiona's World is almost cinematic in its proportions, which has prompted me to outline a proposal for a new blockbuster. I think I'm going to cast Brad Pitt as our main protagonist, if that's okay with you Bob. I would have preferred Paul Giamatti but this has got to be a hit. Our leading lady will...

Star rating: 
3

Pentangle.

Royal Festival Hall, London Sunday 29 June 2008 When I was but a wee slip of a lad, fresh out of three cornered trousers, I distinctly recall putting aside my Monkees singles in favour of something much more meaningful and enlightening. I dutifully handed over the best part of three weeks paper...

Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival 2008

Beverley Leisure Complex, Beverley Friday 20 June - Sunday 22 June 2008 To a full festival ticket holder, the Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival offers both comfort and convenience with the thoughtful provision of car parking right next to your tent, hot showers and ample amenities a mere...

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

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