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The AHS Foundation Charity Concert

The Regent, Doncaster Sunday 15 November 2009 The Regent Hotel is perfectly situated in the centre of Doncaster and provides an ideal setting for a major charity event both in terms of its location and its own musical heritage. The Hallgate/South Parade junction was heaving with traffic at...

Vanessa Peters and Manuel Schicchi

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 14 November 2009 For the final show in the UK leg of their current tour, Texan singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters and Ice Cream on Mondays guitar player Manuel Schicchi appeared at the Wheelhouse in Wombwell tonight as part of the Barnsley House Concerts series. Once...

Stevie Coyle - Ten In One (Tuna Mine Music)

Concept albums worried me back in the 1970s and they worry me today still. Unfortunately, the term has found itself forever associated with Arthurian knights on skates, prancing around the ice rink astride pantomime horses strapped to the midriff, whilst our grumpy old caped crusader tinkles the...

Star rating: 
4

Robin James - Saint Jude (Pocket Size)

If I was a script writer for Little Britain or The Fast Show and I was toying with the idea of coming up with a character to help lampoon the whole genre of self-indulgent singer-songwriters who walk amongst us, a character who could potentially embody all the foibles of the genre, encompassing the...

Star rating: 
2

The Feedback File - Still Revolving (Independent)

If like me, you become slightly irritated when you come across cards stuffed in independent record shop CD browsers with tempting messages like 'if you like Nick Drake, you'll love this', then forgive me, but allow me to scribble that message right here. It's not the introspective lyricism of the...

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3

Marybeth D'Amico - Heaven, Hell, Sin and Redemption (Independent)

Marybeth D'Amico certainly wasn't born with the songwriting bug, despite growing up in a musical environment that included harmonizing with her siblings to records by Peter, Paul and Mary or Crosby Stills and Nash. Nor I assume did she spend her formative years before the mirror with hairbrush in...

Star rating: 
3

The Unthanks

The Duchess, York Wednesday 28 October 2009 Fresh from their appearance on Jools Holland's Later Live, the ten-piece version of The Unthanks utilised every bit of the stage when they appeared at the Duchess tonight, in order to showcase their new album HERE'S THE TENDER COMING. Once on stage,...

Jackie Oates

NCEM, York Monday 19 October 2009 As the autumn nights draw in and darkness fell early upon the city of York, I walked cautiously the short distance between the car park and the National Centre for Early Music, carefully avoiding the fallen leaves on the ground; hazardous little blighters they are...

Devon Sproule

The Maze, Nottingham Saturday 17 October 2009 There was a strange presence tonight at the Maze as we settled down for what was potentially going to be yet another great night at this popular Nottingham venue. The conspicuous figure of Chris A Cummings, aka Mantler, resplendent in white suit and...

Owen Harvey - Disappearing Strangers (Self Release)

Owen Harvey is a young Nottingham-based songwriter with a taste for a very distinctly acoustic sound, which he is currently providing tasters for at various support spots around the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area, warming up audiences for the likes of Steve Earle, Nik Kershaw and most recently...

Star rating: 
3

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