You are here

Live reviews

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...

Red Tail Ring

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 9 February 2018 I often wonder what visiting musicians from overseas might think of our idiosyncrasies or local customs whilst they sound-check up there onstage. How do they cope with our local dialects for a start? I imagine a few of them who visit the Ukrainian...

Southport Jazz Festival 2018

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th February 2018 The fourteenth annual Southport Jazz Festival, otherwise known as Jazz on a Winter's Weekend, was kicked-off in style by Dan Whieldon's Positive Changes quartet on Thursday evening. Indeed, there are few finer ways to launch one...

Sona Jobarteh

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 1 February 2018 The planets appeared to be somewhat aligned tonight as I took my front row seat at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds. All the elements that usually go with a successful gig were very much in place; arrived early, found a handy parking space,...

Tyler Childers

Jimmy's, Northern Quarter, Manchester Thursday 1 February 2018 It was Independent Venue Week, a celebration of smaller venues at a time when many are under threat from city centre developers looking to build anything but places for live entertainment. I was headed over to the Northern Quarter of...

Martin Hayes Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 January 2018 It was with a spot of unfortunate programming that I first experienced the gentle music of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, which happened shortly after the debut appearance of the Afro Celt Sound System at the Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1997...

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 16 November 2017 Amongst the rich array of percussion instruments that dominated the right hand side of the stage tonight, was a Heath Robinson contraption consisting of a horizontal tube hovering above a white transparent plastic storage box, which would later...

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...

Pages