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Roger Waters - Us and Them European Tour

Birmingham Arena Saturday 7 July 2018 In the mid 60, a bunch of serious like minded young men, formed a band, as many did. Cycling through various names and inspired by two Blues men their guitarist had heard of, they became The Pink Floyd Sound. At first they were an improvising house band for the...

Ambrose Akinmusire

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 28 April 2018 Uttering the words "I don't like jazz" is a little like saying "I don't like fruit"; the diverse selection is just too big to lend any weight to the dismissal. Even if you're not into bananas, you might enjoy a tasty peach. If a ripe kiwi isn't up...

Joan As Police Woman

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 20 April 2018 Once again New Briggate was a bustling metropolis of human energy as offices closed up for the weekend, breathing a sigh of relief no doubt before the Leeds evening adventures began. A lengthy queue formed outside the Grand Theatre for a performance...

Tony Allen

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 7 April 2018 It's an unseasonably warm Saturday evening and I'm in the centre of Leeds, sipping coffee at the San Co Co, the most convenient coffee house along New Briggate, just a few doors from the Grand Theatre. The waitress and I are almost on first name...

Korby Lenker

The Live Room, Caroline Social Club, Saltaire Friday 6 April 2018 Korby Lenker (USA) with Katie Spencer (UK) as opener The evening opened with relatively local Katie Spencer. I first heard Katie on The Durbervilles Radio Leeds Show earlier this year and was very impressed. She is a huge fan of the...

The Secret Sisters/Danni Nicholls

The Live Room, Saltaire Sunday 25 March 2018 The Secret Sisters with special guest Danni Nicholls opening the show. There was a tangible sense of anticipation and excitement from the maximum capacity crowd for tonight's show. Many guests, judging from the rapturous applause throughout and some of...

Bronwynne Brent

The Atkinson, Southport Wednesday 7 March 2018 Following a blast of winter the week before that caused me to miss her in Saltaire, I was eager to get out and about to catch Bronwynne Brent in Southport. A few years back, The Atkinson was converted from a building with two performance spaces into a...

Ruth Notman

Carrington Folk Club, Nottingham Wednesday 21 February 2018 The Gladstone Hotel on Loscoe Street in the Carrington district of Nottingham, was built in 1882 and was once presided over by a landlord called George Fryer, an amateur heavyweight boxing champion back in the day. He was also occasionally...

Quercus

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 16 February 2018 June Tabor, or rather, the voice of June Tabor, has been ringing in my ears for over thirty years now, ever since I first heard June sing back in the mid 1980s. A Cut Above, an album she made with guitar supremo Martin Simpson, was my initial...

Zara McFarlane

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 9 February 2018 When an equally enigmatic and amiable figure held open a door for me before tonight's concert, I had no idea that this might be the support act. What's more, I couldn't have known that this gentleman with striking dreads and a warm smile would...

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