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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...

Arlo Guthrie

The Duchess, York Sunday 1 February 2009 Arlo Guthrie admits that the one question he is frequently asked wherever he goes and wherever he plays is 'what was it like at Woodstock?' to which he often has to reply with a series of half remembered memoirs and half elaborated upon mythologies. It...

Lucy Kaplansky

Memorial Hall, Sheffield Sunday 14 December 2008 It takes a consummate professional to respond positively to requests from the audience; not to whinge and refuse on the grounds that the singer can't remember the song, but to just play it, almost as if it had been planned that way. This happened not...

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

Memorial Hall, Sheffield Monday 8 December 2008 Sitting in a bar directly opposite the steps leading up to the imposing City Hall in Sheffield, on a particularly cold December evening, half listening to goodness-knows-what over the in-house sound system and sipping a cold Guinness, I idled away...

Jo Freya's Lal Waterson Project

NCEM, York Tuesday 2 December 2008 Sometimes it takes either a younger audience with fresh ears to songs, or older artists paying tribute to their own contemporary heroes, to help uncover English song writing gems that have been there for some time. We've had younger artists getting together with...

Patsy Matheson

The Winning Post, York Saturday 29 November 2008 My introduction to Patsy Matheson came much later than it should have, when the late lamented Lonsdale Live club in Doncaster booked the late lamented Waking the Witch in what might be considered their heyday. Sadly Waking the Witch hung up their...

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,...

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