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Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart

House Concert, Wombwell Saturday 11 October 2008 Hedley Jones introduced his special guests tonight with a story of some random email exchanges between himself and agent Bob Paterson, whereupon they found a free night between two gigs on the couple's current tour. If Stacey Earle and husband/...

Rotherham Open Arts Festival 2008

The Spiegeltent, Rotherham Saturday 11 October 2008 Last week the Spiegeltent returned to All Saint's Square in the centre of Rotherham for another week of cultural events, courtesy of the Rotherham Open Arts Festival, and once again we got the opportunity to see and hear some live folk music in...

Rod Picott and Amanda Shires

Basement Bar, York Friday 10 October 2008 With the release of Rod Picott and Amanda Shires' first collaborative effort SEW YOUR HEART WITH WIRES, the duo arrived here to perform at a handful of smaller venues across the country, bringing their own distinct flavour of Americana and country roots...

Tiny Tin Lady and Rosie Doonan

Drill Hall, Lincoln Tuesday 30 September 2008 Rosie Doonan opened for Tiny Tin Lady for the final night of their current tour at the Drill Hall in Lincoln tonight. Spirits were high and in no short supply and there was a distinctly cheerful party atmosphere both onstage, backstage and around the...

Chris and Kellie While

House Concert, Wombwell Sunday 28 September 2008 The first thing that crossed my mind once mum and daughter duo Chris and Kellie While took to the stage tonight was why on earth this doesn't happen more often. The times I've caught them together you can count on one finger; well to be perfectly...

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

Westgate School, Lincoln Sunday 21 September 2008 Westgate Junior School is but a short walk away from the imposing Lincoln Cathedral within whose shadow two other towering figures from our English heritage could be heard sound checking in the main assembly hall tonight. Soon afterwards, the hall...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2008

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 31 July - Sunday 3 August 2008 The self appointed Cambridge Folk Festival weather forecasting team periodically stick their heads out of the festival meteorological office, namely the media caravan, in order to determine which of the two distinct atmospheric...

Doncaster Cultural Festival 2008

The Point, Doncaster Sunday 13 July 2008 The Doncaster Cultural Festival, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, was a most pleasant way of spending a Sunday afternoon here in my home town. Held in The Arts Park, which is sandwiched between the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and The...

Pentangle.

Royal Festival Hall, London Sunday 29 June 2008 When I was but a wee slip of a lad, fresh out of three cornered trousers, I distinctly recall putting aside my Monkees singles in favour of something much more meaningful and enlightening. I dutifully handed over the best part of three weeks paper...

Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival 2008

Beverley Leisure Complex, Beverley Friday 20 June - Sunday 22 June 2008 To a full festival ticket holder, the Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival offers both comfort and convenience with the thoughtful provision of car parking right next to your tent, hot showers and ample amenities a mere...

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