Northern Sky Choice: Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Wednesday 11 March 2015 Ravi Coltrane has followed in his father's footsteps to become one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. In a career spanning two decades, the Grammy-nominated performer has been a bandleader and composer, worked alongside jazz luminaries...

The Unthanks

Saturday 28 February 2015 Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield The rather damp and drizzly evening began with the last of the rush hour traffic leaving town, making way for the city's night life to commence on cue. Saturday night in any city can be a noisy affair, which always seems to be preceded by a...

Editor's Note - Feb 2015

After almost ten years of general musical musings, first of all on my private Live Journal, then after some considerable coaxing, the more public (albeit now almost forgotten) My Space page, which successfully morphed into the first Northern Sky website (built by David Welch), I'm now pretty much...

Northern Sky Choice: Shepley Spring Festival

Shepley Village Cricket Club, Marsh Lane Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2015 Once again Northern Sky will be visiting the rural village of Shepley on the edge of the Peak District in West Yorkshire for three days of fun and music. Voted the 'Village Festival of the Year' in 2012, Shepley Spring Festival...

Hannah Sanders (Spring Showcase)

Saturday 21 February 2015 The Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Once again the Ukrainian Centre in Doncaster provided the venue for another Spring Showcase, an early fund raising event in aid of the forthcoming Doncaster Folk Festival, which is due to take place in mid-May. Tonight the stage was set for...

Iconic Photographer Rocks 50Folk

World renowned rock photographer, Nick Elliott , is rocking the folk world with the release of 50Folk , a new limited edition, fine art, photographic book to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cambridge Folk Festival . 50Folk features a collection of the iconic rock photographer's favourite...

Kathryn Tickell and the Side

Tuesday 17 February 2015 Howard Assembly Room, Leeds It was way back in the mid-1980s when I first became aware of the 16 year-old Northumbrian smallpipes player Kathryn Tickell, who popped up on stage at the now defunct and lamented Rockingham Arms Folk Club in Wentworth, with her strange and...

Birds of Chicago Kickstarter Campaign

The recording stage of the forthcoming album by Birds of Chicago, REAL MIDNIGHT , has just been completed with Grammy winning producer Joe Henry at the helm. The collective, built around Chicago's JT Nero (JT and the Clouds) and Montreal's Allison Russell (Po'Girl) are now into the last two weeks...

Northern Sky Choice: Cambridge Folk Festival

Once again the Cambridge Folk Festival will be one of the highlights on the festival calendar, this year celebrating its 51st year. Northern Sky will once again be reporting from the festival, taking on the impossible task of catching everything over the weekend on the two main stages, the club...

Northern Sky Choice: Wath Festival

Montgomery Hall, Wath upon Dearne Friday 1 - Monday 4 May 2015 Northern Sky will once again be at one of Yorkshire's longest running family festivals. With a line-up that includes Eddi Reader, While and Matthews, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Blackbeard's Tea Party...