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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...

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...

Roy Bailey and Friends

Sheffield City Hall Sunday 19 October 2008 After tonight's' 'Rolling Home' show, celebrating '50 years of dissent', James Fagan said to me that it felt like we'd all been invited to a big house party around at Roy's house. I felt somewhat privileged to be a part of it, albeit sat amongst the couple...

Stephen Stills

City Hall, Sheffield Saturday 18 October 2008 If Stephen Stills' voice isn't as strong as it was in 1970, it's more than forgivable, not only in terms of times' slipping sand or indeed the thirty-eight years that have passed between then and now, but it also might be down to the fact that he...

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...

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