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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...

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...

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