January Edition

Hello A sprinkling of seasonal positivity is due methinks, in fact if you're reading this, then you more than likely survived 2016, which in the face of it, is no mean feat. Sadly, many didn't make it through and the notion of ringing out the old and ringing in the new never before sounded quite so...

Latest Northern Sky Podcast

Northern Sky Vaults is now a fortnightly radio show with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous...

Normafest 2017

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 6 - Saturday 7 January 2017 A blanket of thick fog hovered above the meandering hillside road leading down to Whitby on Friday afternoon, giving the cliff top's ancient Abbey an eerie atmosphere that its reputation very much deserves. The hazy Gothic silhouette...

The Unthanks - How the Wind Blows

The Unthanks announce an extensive tour and the fourth in their Diversions series: How The Wild Wind Blows - Performing the Songs and Poems of Molly Drake A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her...

Northern Sky Choice: Great British Rock and Blues Festival

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 20 - Sunday 22 January 2017 When we think about the Great British Rock and Blues Festival, we may be tempted to think why on earth we should be attending music festivals in the middle of a typical English winter? Once you've attended one of these events...

Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow

Thorganby Village Hall, Near York Friday 23 December 2016 Winterfolk - Winter Songs and Carols An alternative celebration of Christmas Supported by The Lennanshees Belinda and Heidi last played Thorganby in October 2015. It's a lovely and very welcoming venue so I was pleased to see a return this...

Coil: Blood Money 35th Anniversary

Doncaster Brewery and Tap, Doncaster Saturday 17 December 2016 It was back in 1981 when the local Doncaster band Coil released their debut LP BLOOD MONEY, in a year that saw the beginning of the new music channel MTV and the launch of the DeLorean DMC-12, which would later be seen spinning around...

Julia Biel

NCEM, York Saturday 17th December 2016 As each of York's twinkling streets and snickelways bustled with festive celebration this evening, one of this country's most exciting young voices was concerned with entangling itself amongst the medieval rafters of St Margaret's Church, better known as the...

Cambridge Folk Festival

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 July 2017 Northern Sky can now reveal that the first names announced for the 2017 Cambridge Folk Festival are: Jake Bugg Oysterband Lau Hayseed Dixie Jon Boden Cambridge Folk Festival is held over four days in the picturesque grounds of Cherry...

Great British Folk Festival

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December 2016 This hugely popular winter festival, held in the sleepy seaside town of Skegness on the east coast of Lincolnshire, seems to have gone from strength to strength over the last seven years. During the summer months the site is usually...

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