May Edition

Hello This editorial is an astonishing nine days late due to several reasons, none of which I will bore you with here. Suffice to say, turning 60 brought with it a whole variety of treats, one or two self-serving, going to see Al Stewart in Sheffield last month for instance, a review of which can...

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...

The Unthanks - How the Wild Wind Blows

City Varieties, Leeds Thursday 11 May 2017 This evening the city of Leeds was enjoying that all too familiar period which follows the fading of a sunny springtime afternoon, where those heading out for the evening - some bound for the local arena to see Iron Maiden - dodged and wavered around...

Martin Simpson: New Album

Martin Simpson announces a new album TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS which will be released on Topic records on September 1st. The album has been produced by Andy Bell and features contributions from Ben Nicholls, Toby Kearney, Nancy Kerr, Andy Cutting, John Smith, Helen Bell, Amy Newhouse-Smith and Molly...

Bob Dylan

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Friday 5 May 2017 It's been a good while since I last attended an arena gig, preferring much smaller venues which appear to be better suited to music. These days if you want to see your heroes and idols, then the crush of an arena is quite possibly your only real option...

Al Stewart

Sheffield City Hall Wednesday 26 April 2017 When I first saw the notices for Al Stewart's latest tour, Back to the Bedsit, I made the assumption that the Scots-born singer-songwriter would be revisiting his debut 1967 LP BEDSITTER IMAGES in full, or if not in full, then perhaps at least half of the...

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

The Basement Bar, York Wednesday 19 April 2017 It seems quite a while ago since I last attended a gig at the Basement Bar in York, in fact it probably is. The bar, situated beneath one of the city's most popular cinema theatres, has a cavernous feel about it, with its blacked-out decor and basic...

Live Dates

Northern Sky keeps you informed of a selection of forthcoming festivals, concerts and gigs around the UK. The area we cover is generally the Yorkshire region with one or two exceptions. We occasionally list further tour dates of artists and bands who will be appearing in our area. If you would like...

Coming Soon: Eli West Tour

Seattle-based Eli West, known for his work with Cahalen Morrison and Tim O'Brien, returns to the UK for a solo tour in May. Eli will be performing material from his debut album THE BOTH, which includes contributions from Bill Frisell, Dori Freeman, and Anna and Elizabeth. The album focuses on the...

Coming Soon: Foghorn Stringband/Evie Ladin and Keith Terry

The Greystones, Sheffield Friday 26th May 2017 Foghorn Stringband are celebrated as one of the greatest proponents of down home, foot stomping, ass-kickin' old time music working today. With shades of Cajun music and honky-tonk, this renowned live band draws on French-Canadian influences as well as...

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