This Month's Northern Sky Vaults

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 month. The previous ten editions can always be found at: https://www...

May Edition

Hello By the time the May edition goes out, together with this month's Northern Sky Vaults radio show, I will probably be on my way to the Wath Festival, which takes place each May Day bank holiday weekend. Over the years I've become personally involved with the festival in various guises; either...

Northern Sky Choice: Wath Festival

Montgomery Hall, Wath upon Dearne Friday 29 April - Monday 2 May 2016 Since 1972 Wath Festival has been all about great music, community spirit and having a good time. Some of the biggest names in roots music have played at Wath including, Fairport Convention, Lau, Show of Hands, Adrian Edmondson...

Northern Sky Choice: Teddy Thompson

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 12 May 2016 On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart. Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang...

Northern Sky Choice: Shepley Spring Festival

Friday 20-Sunday 22 May 2016 Shepley Village, West Yorkshire The three-day Shepley Spring Festival, set on the edge of the beautiful South Pennines in the shadow of the mast of the Emley Moor transmitting station, features some of the best performers in traditional music, song and dance from around...

Northern Sky Choice: Kronos Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Tuesday 17 May 2016 Over 40 years San Francisco's Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has revolutionised the musical potential of the string quartet; innovating, collaborating and commissioning music from every corner of the globe. In their first ever performance in...

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - Mezcla (Glitterbeat Records)

There's something immediately attention-gabbing in the initial drum motif on Agua , the opening song from this, the eight-piece New York City-based M.A.K.U. Soundsystem's latest album release. It might not immediately entice you to get on your feet necessarily, but it'll certainly grab your...

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Martin Stephenson

The Heeley Institute, Sheffield Saturday 23 April 2016 A slight drizzle began to dampen the cobbled streets and overgrown parish churchyard along Hartley Street in the Heeley district of Sheffield, whilst kids kicked a ball against the stone wall of the venue, behind which the stage was being...

Gerry McNeice - Lifetime Passing By (Wee Dog Records)

The latest release from West Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gerry McNeice has been some time in the making. The basic tracks were pretty much recorded in just one day back in the Spring of 2012, the session spawning one traditional adaptation and ten original songs, all...

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Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar - The Silent Majority (Fellside)

There was a time when a duo would burst onto the scene and shortly afterwards one half of the team would rise to the top, in either popularity or talent, resulting in a subsequent solo career, leaving the other one slightly left behind. Not so with Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, who both continue...

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