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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 August 2018 To my knowledge nobody got married at this year's Cambridge Folk Festival , nor did anyone have a civil partnership, but the old rhyme provides a good enough message to help reflect on the past weekend, especially after hearing Rob...

Underneath the Stars

Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July 2018 Sunday nights at most festivals seem to reveal a distinct sense of a speedy wind-up, where everyone begins to pack up, tent pegs are pulled, food outlet vendors wash up their well-used equipment and cars begin to vacate the field...

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...

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