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Northern Sky Vaults is now a fortnightly radio show with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous...

Editor's Note

Hello Northern Sky Reader Northern Sky has been on the go in one form or another since 2005, judging by the dates in the reviews section. The first live review (of sorts) appeared over twelve years ago, with the first CD review coming along a couple of years after in April 2007, a gushing appraisal...

Andy Sheppard Quartet

NCEM, York Monday 13 November 2017 Fresh from their appearance at this year's London Jazz Festival, the Andy Sheppard Quartet delivered two awe-inspiring candlelit sets, this evening, at York's National Centre for Early Music. It was a welcome return to York by Sheppard, one of Britain's most...

Bill Frisell: Music for Strings

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 4 November 2017 Few could have known that a little bit of serenity was being created somewhere above New Briggate, Leeds, this evening. Certainly not the squawking gaggle of scantily-clad women at the taxi rank, nor the diners behind the steamy windows of nearby...

Musicport 2017

Stretching this year over 6 days, Musicport 2017 started with the wonderfully engaging Yorkshire rock band Hope & Social on Friday 20th at Whitby Pavilion and finished in a brand new venue The Hut in Goathland with Yorkshire folk heroes Martin & Eliza Carthy on Weds 25th October. In between...

Richard Thompson

Sheffield City Hall Wednesday 25 October 2017 Distracted by the news of the death of Fats Domino, the real 'King of Rock n Roll' according to Elvis Presley, I wasn't aware, as I took a leisurely sip of 'Starry Night' in the Frog and Parrot on Division Street, half listening to the strains of Johnny...

The Young'uns

Leeds City Varieties Thursday 19 October 2017 The ghosts of music hall stars past echo around the glittering, newly refurbished 'Good Old Days' theatre, as support act accordion and percussion duo The Hut People pose the question 'how many different percussion instruments can you cram into a twenty...

Hartlepool Folk Festival

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool Friday 13 - Sunday 15 October 2017 With its cobbled quayside, authentic nineteenth century seaport buildings and imposing masts of the HMS Trincomalee, the National Museum of the Royal Navy could be the most appropriate setting in the world for a folk...

Scarborough Jazz Festival

The Spa, Scarborough Friday 22 - Sunday 24 September 2017 According to one vintage railway poster, Scarborough prides itself on being "the tonic holiday for all the family". With its dedication to providing a wide selection of seaside entertainments very much intact, the North Yorkshire coastal...