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Karine Polwart

Drill Hall, Lincoln Thursday 27 November 2008 Once again, Lincoln's Drill Hall played host to a class act tonight. On a stage where just about anybody would look and sound good, with specific attention to detail afforded to both sound and lighting equally, the Karine Polwart Trio were presented by...

Emily Smith

NCEM, York Tuesday 25 November 2008 It's exactly one year since I first encountered Emily Smith in a small music club in Doncaster, where she played a couple of sets with her husband Jamie McClennan, providing us with what I always thought to be a complete unit, with guitar, accordion, fiddle and...

Boo Hewerdine

Basement Bar, York Friday 21 November 2008 To me, Holly Taymar is just as much a part of these NxNY events at the City Screen Basement Bar as the floor, walls and ceiling. Each time I've been there, so has she, and on each occasion Holly has provided precisely what is expected of her; some good...

Tim O'Brien

NCEM, York Sunday 16 November 2008 Some musicians like to make it all look so easy, whether it be in the way they jump from one instrument to the other, demonstrating an excellence of playing and dexterity in each of the instruments they pick up, or in the relaxed approach they have to singing,...

Ben Parker

Basement Bar, York Thursday 6 November 2008 Once again The Basement Bar in the centre of York, just tucked beneath the City Screen Cinema, became the place to be tonight, with four more delightful sets hosted by Rudie and Ian of NxNY, whose collective good sense and impeccable taste once again...

Seth Lakeman

The Leadmill, Sheffield Wednesday 5 November 2008 As Seth Lakeman laboured his four strings relentlessly, on both fiddle and tenor guitar, and as sweat poured from his beaten brow, a certain fRootsy magazine editor whispered in my ear 'what's wrong with this crowd, why are they so subdued?' Perhaps...

Ralph McTell

Memorial Hall, Sheffield Sunday 26 October 2008 Traditionally, on the last Sunday before Halloween, Sheffield City Centre plays host to the UK's largest Halloween party, which attracts somewhere in the region of 30,000 visitors, most of whom come suitably dressed for the occasion. Pushing my way...

Ruth Notman

Drill Hall, Lincoln Thursday 23 October 2008 I arrived at the Drill Hall in Lincoln earlier than expected, having negotiated a traffic-free A57, just about all the way. Sitting in the Armoury Cafe Bar, waiting to grab a coffee, still seething after having to pay twice in the 24 hour car park next...

Chris Wood

Drill Hall, Lincoln Thursday 23 October 2008 I suspect that if you stick two leads into a Martin guitar, you get a much better sound. I'm not up on the technicalities, but tonight I noticed that after doing just this, the guitar in question sounded absolutely amazing. It might also have something...

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

NCEM, York Tuesday 21 October 2008 Rachel Unthank and the Winterset have been doing a bit of global trotting in recent months; earlier in the year they toured Australia and more recently the United States, with a handful of shows in Europe as well. Seeing them back in Yorkshire is always a pleasure...

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