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Steve Tilston

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 29 October 2007 Steve Tilston is no stranger to these parts and should, in a perfect world, fill large concert halls. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you see the current acoustic music scene), Steve remains slightly cultish amongst those of us who love...

Rab Noakes

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 15 October 2007 Rab Noakes' contribution to music over the last four decades has been remarkable to say the least. Mention of Leiber and Stoller, Terry Melcher, Ringo Starr, Lindisfarne, Stealer's Wheel, Barbara Dickson and Gerry Rafferty from the past and more recently...

Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 8 October 2007 When Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin are on tour, they mean business. The pile of assorted instrument cases by the stage at Bob Chiswick's Monday Music Club at the Regent in Doncaster tonight resembled that famous 'pile of suitcases' sculpture on Hope Street...

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

The Rock, Maltby Friday 5 October 2007 Believe it or not, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan have been working together as a duo on the folk scene for twelve years now and in that time they have managed to make several albums, walk away with the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2003, tour...

Claire Hamill

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 1 October 2007 At the tender age of thirteen, I had plenty of distractions to take my mind off algebra. One was reading Melody Maker from cover to cover, as well as The New Musical Express, Disc (and Music Echo) and Sounds. Another was Emma Peel, for obvious reasons...

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

The Drill Hall, Lincoln Wednesday 26 September 2007 Rachel Unthank and the Winterset are currently enjoying widespread approval from music fans young and old and not just from the world of folk music. Their critically acclaimed second album THE BAIRNS has received a resounding thumbs up from most...

Devon Sproule

Drill Hall, Lincoln Wednesday 26 September 2007 With so many great singer songwriters about these days, especially in light of the fact that MySpace creates one per minute, it's becoming rare for me to want to dwell on just the one for more than is absolutely necessary. Tonight however, as soon as...

King Rollo - John Doe the Story of the Blues

Spiegeltant, Rotherham Sunday 23 September 2007 The final night of this years' Rotherham Open Arts Festival went out on something of a blue note. John Doe: A Story of the Blues, is a fascinating stage show incorporating song, dance and poetry, which celebrates the story of the blues and most...

Rotherham Open Arts Festival 2007

Spiegeltent, Rotherham Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 September 2007 As part of the Rotherham Open Arts Festival, a group of talented local musicians congregated for the first of two afternooon concerts, under the banner of the 'Real Music Bar', run by Pete Thornton-Smith (MC). The first of these concerts...

Jonathan Kelly

The Rock, Maltby Friday 21 September 2007 When Rob Shaw, organiser of the prestigious Rockingham Arms Folk Club in Wentworth, tapped me on the shoulder sometime early in 2004 and said 'guess who we had here last week doing a one off unannounced appearance?' I could've named literally dozens of...

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