A Walkabout at the Cambridge Folk Festival

Thursday 30 July - Sunday 2 August 2015 Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge This year, to celebrate the 51st Cambridge Folk Festival and my own personal 19th visit to the event, I've decided to lift the 'write up' straight from my own personal journal. I hope the following illustrates the four days...

Dick Gaughan

Sunday 12 July 2015 The Live Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire A welcome return to Saltaire for veteran Leith troubadour Dick Gaughan. Dick being one of The Live Room's first guests back in June 2012. Over two sets Dick delivered a set list of many old favourites. Songs of philosophical, political and...

Simpson, Cutting and Kerr

Sunday 12 June 2015 The Met, Bury This show had been eagerly anticipated by the Met crowd and had been a sell out from early days. Not surprising for three performers with more Folk awards between them than possibly any other band. I would be very surprised if their CD MURMURS is not a leading...

Moonbeams Festival 2015

Friday 10 - Saturday 11 July 2015 Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby The sunshine always seems to bring an additional sprinkling of joy whenever I drive, especially when I'm on my way to a festival; is there really any better feeling than having the sun burn down on your upper arm as you drive along the...

Northern Sky Choice: Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Cropredy, Oxfordshire Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 August 2015 For the first time, Northern Sky will be covering the annual Fairport's Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire and joining the many fans of the legendary folk rock band Fairport Convention for three days of fun and music. Northern Sky's Allan...

Beverley Folk Festival

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 June 2015 Beverley Racecourse, Beverley The 32nd Beverley Folk Festival got underway on Friday night after a day of recovery from what proved to be a successful opening night featuring The Bootleg Beatles. Some of those memorable songs would no doubt have still been ringing in...

Chris Wood

Friday 19 June 2015 The Met Bury, Lancs It was a small but very happy crowd that enjoyed Chris Wood's performance at Bury Met. Chris was obviously delighted with the sound and seemed in very mellow, soulful mood as he launched into a varied set list including many new or unrecorded songs as well as...

Beverley Folk Festival: The Bootleg Beatles

Thursday 18 June 2015 Beverley Racecourse, Beverley It seemed a little strange arriving at the Beverley Folk Festival on a Thursday afternoon, a day earlier than usual. I normally arrive to the familiar hustle and bustle of campsite activity, tent pegs being driven into the ground, stewards running...

The Railsplitters

Sunday 14 June 2015 The Live Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire "Is the standard here usually that high?" A question overheard at Saltaire between sets of The Railsplitters 16th gig of their 21 dates in 23 days first UK tour. The band, formed in 2012 were originally a 4 piece, they found fiddler...

Vashti Bunyan

Saturday 13 June 2015 Howard Assembly Room, Leeds A Saturday night in Leeds City Centre is slightly different from the lazy midweek evenings I'm getting used to lately. The lights seem much brighter and the people more colourful, showing signs of eager anticipation of a good night ahead. Hen...

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