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Robin Williamson and John Renbourn

NCEM, York Wednesday 15 April 2009 I don't know about you, but I often feel quite privileged to have lived through the last few decades knowing we've had such contemporaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Miles Davis in our time, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Tonight at the...

Nick Harper

The Duchess, York Monday 13 April 2009 Nick Harper has a space all his own and those who attend his gigs enter that space at their peril. Harperspace is after all, despite its intergalactic connotations and new hippie sensibility, the charismatic ether surrounding a vibrant musician who simply...

Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 11 April 2009 The Barnsley Wheelhouse Concerts are as informal as it gets. The Jones family (Hedley, Lynn and Rory the King Charles Spaniel) are your hosts for the evening and at the bottom of their garden is a wooden cabin, which seats 35 comfortably. The guest...

Nell Bryden - Live From Iraq (157 Records)

Released not so much as a follow up to the Second Time Around album but more of a token of something to put us on with, until the new studio album comes out later this year, LIVE FROM IRAQ, gives us a taste of Nell's vibrant and energetic live shows whilst she entertains troops in the Middle East...

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Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Chris Parkinson

NCEM, York Tuesday 10 March 2009 Widely considered the mum and dad of the English folk revival, Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy have recently reached that momentous and delightful right of passage, that of becoming grandparents. I spoke to Martin in the interval this evening who promptly drew a...

Pamela Wyn Shannon - Courting Autumn (Girlhenge Records)

My initial interest in Pamela Wyn Shannon was sparked by her rumoured return to the annual Nick Drake Gathering in Tanworth-in-Arden in 2007, where she would possibly be performing later that Summer. I found the songs the singer had uploaded onto her website thoroughly engaging and interesting and...

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Bex Marshall - Kitchen Table (House of Mercy)

Bex Marshall comes along at a time when female singer songwriters are just about as plentiful as hydrogen. Rather than thinking in terms of KT Tunstall though, I'm more inclined to think along the lines of a younger version of Bonnie Raitt. Seldom do we hear such blues inflected rawness in female...

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Gathering: Legends of Folk Rock (Hypertension)

The names on the front cover of 'Gathering: Legends of Folk Rock' read like a who's who of the genre, but you tend to approach the album with apprehension, especially if you allow the accompanying booklet to fall open at the centrefold, where you would be greeted with a monochrome image of a bunch...

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Bag Of Rats - Abbey Rodent (Self Release)

As an avid reader, you would have thought I would be only too aware that you should never judge a book by its cover, and the same should ideally go for music CDs as well. Still, I have to confess that the reason it took me so long to get around to listening to Bag of Rats' ABBEY RODENT is simply...

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Mike Silver - How Many Rivers (Faymus Records)

From the opening few bars of the title song from Mike Silver's new album HOW MANY RIVERS through to the closing scrape of Phil Beer's fiddle on 10-15 Year Old's Festival Blues , we are presented with a dozen songs of outstanding quality from one of Britain's most treasured songsmiths. With a good...

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