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Lipstick and Guitars Tour

The Maze, Nottingham Wednesday 27 May 2009 The Lipstick and Guitars tour, originally advertised as featuring four exceptionally gifted female singer songwriters, those being specifically Nell Bryden, Kat Flint, Lana and Lizzyspit, arrived in Nottingham tonight with one of those main ingredients...

Wombwell Mad-Fest 2009

Church Hall, Wombwell Friday 22 - Sunday 24 May 2009 It's been a while since the last Wombwell Mad-Fest, the last one being about five years ago, but it came back to us with a resounding thumbs up over the bank holiday weekend and brought with it the first flurry of good weather of the festival...

Shepley Spring Festival 2009

The Cricket Club, Shepley Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2009 There's a couple of young musicians who live down the lane in the self-contained village of Shepley, almost hidden amongst the rolling meadows of the Pennine fringe just to the south of Huddersfield. You imagine Jack Rutter and Lydia Noble...

Eliza Carthy

The Duchess, York Tuesday 21 April 2009 Eliza Carthy is now in her 34th year, which is making me feel rather old. I was getting on for 'old' when I first encountered the little impish tomboy at the Cambridge Festival sometime in the Nineties, when her natural ebullience and youthful zest was...

Robin Williamson and John Renbourn

NCEM, York Wednesday 15 April 2009 I don't know about you, but I often feel quite privileged to have lived through the last few decades knowing we've had such contemporaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Miles Davis in our time, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Tonight at the...

Nick Harper

The Duchess, York Monday 13 April 2009 Nick Harper has a space all his own and those who attend his gigs enter that space at their peril. Harperspace is after all, despite its intergalactic connotations and new hippie sensibility, the charismatic ether surrounding a vibrant musician who simply...

Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 11 April 2009 The Barnsley Wheelhouse Concerts are as informal as it gets. The Jones family (Hedley, Lynn and Rory the King Charles Spaniel) are your hosts for the evening and at the bottom of their garden is a wooden cabin, which seats 35 comfortably. The guest...

Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Chris Parkinson

NCEM, York Tuesday 10 March 2009 Widely considered the mum and dad of the English folk revival, Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy have recently reached that momentous and delightful right of passage, that of becoming grandparents. I spoke to Martin in the interval this evening who promptly drew a...

Drever, McCusker and Woomble

The Duchess, York Tuesday 11 February 2009 The Duchess in York is fast becoming one of my favourite venues, not just for the standard of gigs they put on, but for the relaxed and easy going atmosphere. The venue itself is both dark and cavernous, but at the same time comfortable and comforting...

Drever, McCusker and Woomble

Drill Hall, Lincoln Sunday 8 February 2009 On each of the several occasions I've arrived at the Drill Hall in Lincoln, I've habitually taken up my regular seat by the bar in the Armoury Cafe, taken out my notepad and jotted down a few preliminary notes in the deserted confines of the foyer, before...

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