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Robin Williamson

Village Hall, Wass Wednesday 11 June 2008 The Village Hall in Wass, a few miles northwest of York, deep in the sprawling landscape of North Yorkshire, was the ideal venue for such an intimate audience with one of the most enigmatic figures on the story telling circuit today. Story telling is just...

Tony Dargan/Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts

King George IV, Sheffield Thursday 5 June 2008 There's a stark contrast between the facial expressions of both Jamie Roberts and Katriona Gilmore when you see them playing together; Jamie's intense concentration is evened out by Katriona's apparent stoicism as each of these young musicians tackle...

Brooks Williams

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 19 May 2008 Brooks Williams brought his own brand of real folk blues to the Regent tonight with a couple of impressive solo sets, which included much of his current album THE TIME I SPEND WITH YOU. Pleasantly chatty, the Georgia-born guitarist, now resident in Boston,...

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

The Rock, Maltby Friday 16 May 2008 Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies these days bear little resemblance to the band of the same name I saw on the main stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1997, apart from the bloke in the striped shirt that is, who sang most of the songs and wrote just about all of...

Clive Gregson

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 12 May 2008 It's a good twenty years ago since Richard Thompson suggested to Clive Gregson that he and Christine Collister should spend some time working as a duo in the folk clubs up and down the country, whilst the band was having a break. It was a wise decision, as...

Wath Festival 2008

Montgomery Hall, Wath upon Dearne Friday 2 May - Sunday 4 May 2008 There's an extraordinary sense of a community spirit that you couldn't fail to absorb upon arriving in the Montgomery Square area of Wath-upon-Dearne on a May bank holiday weekend. You may choose to join the festivities right at the...

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 14 April 2008 I was pleased to finally catch one of Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby's gigs tonight after many a missed opportunity. Their names have emblazoned many a folk club or festival flyer over the years but I've never managed to find myself in the same room at...

Wizz Jones

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 10 March 2008 Occasionally I have these overwhelming flights of fancy whilst attending concerts, especially gigs that feature musicians I heard about in my youth, the kind of musicians you read about in the back pages of Melody Maker or whose name you would hear being...

Dan Arborise

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 4 March 2008 First impressions can often be blighted by either a certain bias or chronic suspicion when the publicity material declares that an artist is apparently 'John Martyn meets Nick Drake for the 21st Century'. You tend to be on the look out for signs and...

Jackie Leven

The Rock, Maltby Friday 29 February 2008 Jackie Leven abandoned the conventional approach to showbiz by refusing to go through the 'ridiculous' process of doing an encore at The Rock in Maltby tonight, announcing instead that this was going to be his last song, pointing out that we had all 'done a...

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