Julia Biel

NCEM, York Saturday 17th December 2016 As each of York's twinkling streets and snickelways bustled with festive celebration this evening, one of this country's most exciting young voices was concerned with entangling itself amongst the medieval rafters of St Margaret's Church, better known as the...

Great British Folk Festival

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December 2016 This hugely popular winter festival, held in the sleepy seaside town of Skegness on the east coast of Lincolnshire, seems to have gone from strength to strength over the last seven years. During the summer months the site is usually...

December Edition

Hello After such a busy Musicport it seemed a sensible idea to slow things down a little in November and take a look at that lingering notion of reaching out for a little help with Northern Sky. Since my personal blog/journal - call it what you will - turned into the website you now have before you...

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Roots Music Club, Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Friday 18 November 2016 It was most encouraging to see a fully equipped stage tonight, a stage packed almost to capacity - with mostly percussion instruments it has to be said, but full nevertheless. As a clipboard circulated the concert room at the...

The Jill Jackson Trio

The Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 11 November 2011 A good few members of the audience tonight travelled a good way to see the Glasgow-based Country singer and songwriter Jill Jackson and her trio. Setting out from locations as far and wide as Liverpool, Milton Keynes, London and Scotland, the...

November Edition

Hello Whenever I return from a good well organised and busy festival and ponder on what I enjoyed the most, I'm always surprised at what springs to mind first. To be perfectly honest it's rarely the festival headliner and often it's not even the band or artist I was initially most looking forward...

Martin Green's Flit

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 29 October 2016 Tonight, the stage area at the Howard Assembly Room was transformed into what at first looked like the interior of Gollum's cave; two large circular zoetropes hanging from the walls, whilst a third was already in situ, centre stage, all ready to...

Musicport

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October 2016 There are few reasons why we in the UK would be motivated to look forward to the month of October. Isn't this the time of year when Autumn leaves start to decay and muddy our footpaths, a time when clocks go back and plunge those same paths...

Kirk McElhinney

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Brewery and Tap Friday 14 October 2016 Shifting venue, as the Roots Music Club occasionally does, the Doncaster Brewery and Tap on Young Street in the town centre hosted tonight's appearance by Manchester-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Kirk McElhinney, playing his...

The Lindisfarne Story

CAST Theatre, Doncaster Saturday 8 October 2016 There was a respectful silence in the main auditorium at Cast Theatre tonight, specifically the moment the image of Alan Hull was spread across the huge screen, which formed the backdrop to the Lindisfarne Story. It's with a mixture of joy and sadness...

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