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Judith Owen and Band

The Met, Bury Thursday 12 March 2015 If I attend a better show this year for £10 I will be both highly delighted and amazed. Judith Owen on vocals and keyboards, promoting her 10th Studio album EBB AND FLOW with a backing band of living legends Russell Kunkel on drums and Leland Sklar on bass and...

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Wednesday 11 March 2015 When it comes to pedigrees, Ravi Coltrane could, surely, be described as a bona fide jazz purebred. His mother was the renowned multi-instrumentalist Alice Coltrane, whose early-1970s Impulse recordings laid the foundation for later experimental...

The Unthanks

Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Saturday 28 February 2015 The rather damp and drizzly evening began with the last of the rush hour traffic leaving town, making way for the city's night life to commence on cue. Saturday night in any city can be a noisy affair, which always seems to be preceded by a...

Hannah Sanders (Spring Showcase)

The Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster Saturday 21 February 2015 Once again the Ukrainian Centre in Doncaster provided the venue for another Spring Showcase, an early fund raising event in aid of the forthcoming Doncaster Folk Festival, which is due to take place in mid-May. Tonight the stage was set for...

Kathryn Tickell and the Side

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Tuesday 17 February 2015 It was way back in the mid-1980s when I first became aware of the 16 year-old Northumbrian smallpipes player Kathryn Tickell, who popped up on stage at the now defunct and lamented Rockingham Arms Folk Club in Wentworth, with her strange and...

Martin Simpson

The Greystones, Sheffield Thursday 5 February 2015 Tonight Martin Simpson played the second of two consecutive nights on his home turf at The Greystones in Sheffield. Greystones Road appeared to be the only thoroughfare in the city still lined with mounds of snow, a remnant of a bitterly cold...

Bombino

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Wednesday 28 January 2015 As a somewhat cold, grey and potentially snowy January afternoon turned into a wet and bleak winter's evening, the Leeds rush hour came to an end just in time for the parking meters to become 'free' once again and the city's theatre land to open...

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

The Greystones, Sheffield Saturday 24 January 2015 For their Sheffield debut, the Seattle-based bluegrass/old time duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West managed to attract a maximum capacity audience tonight, as an orderly queue gathered through the centre of the bar area at The Greystones. The...

Great British Folk Festival 2014 - Sunday

Today offered a rare opportunity to both start and finish the day with a Full English, which was probably the main reason for climbing out of the bed so early. Despite the seasonal cold, the weather has been quite mild over the course of the weekend, making walks along the beach not entirely...

Great British Folk Festival 2014 - Saturday

The only real difference between a Great British-themed weekend and a regular family holiday here at Butlins in Skegness, apart from the obvious specialist 'entertainment' provided and the noticeable absence of all those jolly-faced 'Redcoats', is the fact that things take a little longer to get...

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