February Edition

Hello One month on from my decision to make Northern Sky a monthly review magazine with an accompanying radio show (also monthly), things seem to be working very much in our favour. Rather than being swamped with weekly (and sometimes daily) updates, our regular readers/listeners can just pay us a...

This Month's Northern Sky Vaults

Northern Sky Vaults February 2016 by Northern Sky Vaults on Mixcloud Northern Sky Vaults is a monthly radio show with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month and stays on the website for the duration of the...

Northern Sky Choice: Vieux Farka Toure

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 4 February 2016 Video of Vieux Farka Toure - Peace The globe-trotting and genre-bending Vieux Farka Toure crafts Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, famed guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Vieux draws on haunting Saharan rhythms and...

Northern Sky Choice: Mulatu Astatke

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Wednesday 10 February 2016 The revered founding father of Ethio-jazz, vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke, pays an extremely rare visit to Leeds. His utterly distinctive style is made up of a heady combination of jazz, funk, Latin swing, Afrobeat and Ethiopian harmonics. He...

Northern Sky Choice: Gretchen Peters

Sheffield City Hall Ballroom, Sheffield Thursday 18 February 2016 Video of The Cure For The Pain (official music video) Since the release of her 'career album' (NPR), 2012's HELLO CRUEL WORLD, two-time Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters has been in near-constant motion, touring for the past two years...

Northern Sky Choice: Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson

The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber Sunday 21 February 2016 Video of Ryley Walker - Primrose Green (Live In Brooklyn) This much-anticipated collaboration between American singer/guitarist Ryley Walker and renowned double-bassist Danny Thompson has been some time coming. This tour sees both continents...

Northern Sky Choice: The Shee

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 February 2016 Video of The Shee "Our Bottle" Multi instrumentalists and festival favourites The Shee celebrate the 10-year milestone in their action- packed career with a dazzling new live show commissioned from some of the greatest names in...

Northern Sky Choice: Moonbeams March Weekend

The Bell Hotel, Driffield Friday 4 - Saturday 5 March 2016 Video of Holy Moly & The Crackers - A Punk Called Peter The Bell Hotel in Driffield will once again host the first Moonbeams event of the year. Northern Sky will be reporting from the two-day event, which this year features such...

Cheikh Lô

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 30 January 2016 The bar on the first floor of the Grand Theatre building, home of Opera North, just next to the Howard Assembly Room, slowly began to fill as I made perfect good use of a cup of coffee before the show. I'd never before noticed the two grand...

The Rails

The Greystones, Sheffield Wednesday 27 January 2016 Once again the 'Backroom' at the Greystones was suitably business-like for another gig, in an ever-expanding list of successful live events to be staged at the popular Sheffield venue. The stage was initially set for the support band, a local duo...

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