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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...

Number 251

Duane Allman - An Anthology Vol II (Capricorn 2659 037) In his short life Duane Allman carved out a reputation for himself as a fine session musician, contributing to some of the most memorable sessions in the annals of rock music history. Much sought after in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allman...

Number 423 - 15.02.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Rambling - The Backyard Devils (Honkytonk Heartbreaker) War Tila Eridarant - Tamikrest (Kidal) Capernaum - Kris Drever (If Wishes Were Horses) Saint Elizabeth - Kaia Kater (Nine Pin) Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman...

Number 81

Traffic - Hole in My Shoe (Island WIP 6017 - 1967) In 1967, the entire rock and pop world seemed to be preoccupied with mind expanding experimentation, each following the lead created by the Beatles. More and more the sitar became a prominent feature on both singles and albums alike. When Dave...

Number 80

Phoebe Snow - Every Night (CBS 6842 - 1978) In 1978, New York singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow was being played regularly on the radio with a familiar song from the pen of Paul McCartney. The song Every Night appeared on McCartney's debut self-titled solo album in 1970 just after the break up of The...

Number 250

Tir Na Nog - A Tear and a Smile (Chrysalis CHR1006) I've just reacquainted myself with this LP after 40 years. In the days of swapping records with friends and with the local 'swap shop' the LP drifted off for a while and aside from a copy of the subsequent CD release, the LP has pretty much evaded...

Number 422 - 01.02.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Here Comes the Sun - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel (Love's a Prima Donna) Get You Back - Joanne Shaw Taylor (Wild) Come and See the Show - Tir Na Nog (A Tear and a Smile) Amsterdam - Iona Lane (Solace EP) By the Way One More Shave n...

Number 79

Patti Smith Group - Because The Night (Arista ARIST 181 - 1978) Written by Bruce Springsteen during sessions for his DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN album, Because the Night was picked up by Patti Smith who was recording her most popular album EASTER right next door, the two artists sharing the same...

Number 421 - 15.01.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Red City River - Levi Cuss (Night Thief) Lumalali Lumaniga - Aurelio (Darandi) Today is a Good Day - Carrivick Sisters (Ten Years Live) Quoyburray - Louise Bichan (Out of My Own Light) Country Life - The Watersons (For Pence and Spicey...

Number 249

The Watersons - For Pence And Spicy Ale (Topic 12TS265) After a lengthy break, the singing family group from Hull reformed with new member Martin Carthy coming onboard as the latest 'outsider' joining siblings Mike, Norma and Lal Waterson. For Pence and Spicy Ale was such a strong album that many...

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