Musicport 2014

FRIDAY There are few more pleasant ways to arrive in Whitby than on a crisp autumn afternoon, bathed in unseasonable sunshine. After parking the car and checking into The Captain's Lodge B&B on Crescent Avenue, we made our way across the Royal Crescent, past the house once frequented by Bram...

Roddy Woomble

Roddy Woomble

The Bell Hotel in the centre of Driffield is home to a number of events throughout the year, organised under the Moonbeams banner, with each visiting artist carefully hand-picked and presented by Leila Cooper. Tonight saw the return to the candle-lit venue of Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, whose...

Cambridge Folk Festival at Fifty

The prospect of spending four days walking around the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall doesn't at first seem all that much of an arduous task; the park is pretty flat after all and it's all relatively small in comparison to other notable parks in the UK. I did however pack three pairs of assorted...

Moonbeams and Sunbeams: Moonbeams Festival 2014

With the GPS set at 'somewhere on the North Yorkshire Wolds' and the windows on both sides of the car wound down as far as they could possibly go, I made my way north to my first Moonbeams Festival. Leila Cooper, music promoter, people person and general all round good egg, has been putting this...

Beverley Folk Festival 2014

Well, I guess a lot can happen between the beginning and the end of a music festival. They usually start with some degree of optimistic anticipation upon arrival, closely followed by anything from mild satisfaction to unbridled euphoria as your favourite bands, singers, musicians, comedians,...

Stacey Kent

Described by Jamie Cullum as having been "quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals for many years", Stacey Kent is currently engaged in a mammoth tour which has seen her stand quietly on various stages throughout five continents. She is introducing the world to her quietly stunning new...

Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

Once again, relying heavily on my trusted TomTom, I negotiated the Friday afternoon rush hour traffic on the outskirts of Leeds, particularly where the M1 meets the M621, in order to arrive relatively early for a concert that I'd been looking forward to for what seems like a lifetime. Yes, although...