The Stray Birds

The Live Room, Saltaire Friday 7 October 2016 The dimly-lit stage at one end of the darkened Live Room at the Caroline Street Social Club was dominated by a reposeful double bass lying diagonally across the stage as people took their seats for potentially another great night at the popular Saltaire...

October Edition

Hello The closing few hours of September were spent in the company of North East singer/guitarist Johnny Dickinson, who had been coaxed out of enforced retirement (due to ill health) by Jonti Willis, the organiser of the Roots Music Club in Doncaster. Johnny has been pretty much out of action for...

Johnny Dickinson

The Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 30 September 2016 I first met singer/guitarist Johnny Dickinson back in 2003, when he walked into the Lonsdale pub on a cold February night with guitar in hand, to do a couple of songs in support of the main act. I don't remember who the main act was that...

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September 2016 "Come kiss me quickly, we might not have long before all this is washed away," so Liane Carroll sings on Seaside , perfectly encapsulating the temporary joy that is a trip to the coast. It's something with which most of us Brits are...

September Edition

Hello The September edition of the Northern Sky Vaults radio show/podcast - I'm still uncertain what to call it - centres around last month's 52nd Cambridge Folk Festival, featuring music by some of the artists who performed over the weekend. I've been delivering reports from the festival for a...

August Edition

Hello I predicted some time ago that the August edition of the Northern Sky Magazine would be slightly late due to the fact that so much was happening in July. The month began with the Moonbeams Festival up on the East Yorkshire Wolds, which saw appearances by Treacherous Orchestra, RURA and CoCo...

July Edition

Hello Just as we were coming to terms with the loss of Guy Clark last month, June began on an equally sorrowful note when the news came of the passing of Dave Swarbrick, one of the legendary figures in British folk music. Everyone has their own particular Swarb tale to tell, with some more...

June Edition

Hello I first became aware of the Texan singer-songwriter Guy Clark in the mid-1980s when a friend, Mick Swinson, invited me over to plunder his impressive and eclectic LP record collection during a recording session. It wasn't really so much a case of me choosing the LPs, rather a case of Mick...

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...

April Edition

Hello A month is a long time in music and fitting everything into a single 90-minute radio show is proving to be slightly difficult. However, it's rather liberating to hone in on what I consider to be the most important aspects of the month in terms of album releases, interviews, concerts and gigs...

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