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Eilen Jewell

The Maze, Nottingham Monday 12 October 2009 Just when my belief was being challenged by the abundance of poorly attended gigs in my part of the country, my faith in human kind was restored temporarily as the narrow corridor that runs between the front bar and the concert bar to the rear of The Maze...

Stephen Fearing

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 10 October 2009 The flags were out once again at the Wheelhouse in Wombwell as part of the Barnsley House Concerts series. As the red maple leaf fluttered above the wooden cabin, with its cosily decorated interior featuring signed promotional pictures and posters...

Diana Jones

The Fishpond, Matlock Bath Thursday 8 October 2009 Traditionally, the village of Matlock Bath is adorned with colourful lights during the month of October making the already pretty Derwent Gardens and surrounding area even more pretty than usual. Standing in the shadow of the Heights of Abraham, it...

Dave Swarbrick and Kevin Dempsey

The Spiegeltent, Rotherham Wednesday 7 October 2009 Earlier this evening I grabbed my notebook and pondered for a while over what exactly I wanted to speak to one of British folk music's leading figures about. There's fifty years to consider here and fortunately for me, those years of brilliant...

Battlefield Band - Zama Zama Try Your Luck (Temple)

For thirty years now Battlefield Band have been making their own distinctive blend of Scottish traditional and Celtic music and have released almost as many albums in that time. Now pretty much settled into their current line up of founder member Alan Reid together with Highland piper Mike Katz,...

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3

Eric Taylor

The Maze, Nottingham Wednesday 30 September 2009 I approached the north side of Nottingham just as dusk approached in the last remaining hours of September. The roads were grid-locked, apparently due to the 700 year-old annual Goose Fair, where thousands descend on the old city for some seasonal...

Corinne West - The Promise (Make)

THE PROMISE is the third album by Californian singer-songwriter Corinne West, which sets out to do what all third albums really ought to do, that is to sound more than a tad different from the others. Co-produced by Doug Cox, who also contributes a variety of guitars, including the Dobro and...

Star rating: 
3

Stephanie Lambring - Lonely to Alone (Self Release)

In a time when young performers are encouraged to enter the music industry by serving academic apprenticeships, most notably in the UK at Newcastle University with the Folk and Traditional Music BMus Honours degree, rather than just falling into it by coast to coast Transit van travel, doner kebab...

Star rating: 
4

Chris Scruggs - Anthem (Cogent)

It must be difficult for an artist to come from a musical dynasty of some considerable merit and constantly strive to avoid nostalgia trips, but at the same time maintain the integrity of the family name. Chris grew up having little to do with the Scruggs family, his mother choosing not to marry...

Star rating: 
3

Angie Palmer

The Duchess, York Thursday 24 September 2009 I bumped into Angie Palmer outside The Duchess just as dusk approached on a relatively warm York evening, just as the singer-songwriter was making her way down to the neighbouring Fibbers night club, where another gig was about to commence. "Hope you're...

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