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Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Sunday 6 December 2009 Carrie Elkin's speedy return to the Wheelhouse is testament to her popularity around these parts after her first visit to the venue back in August, that time appearing with Nashville's Robby Hecht. Tonight Carrie returned to this popular Barnsley...

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

The Rock, Maltby Friday 4 December 2009 There are I imagine, many reasons why you might want to attend a Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby gig. The standard of musicianship would no doubt be one of them, then there's the unmistakable tone of Cathryn's voice, which would be equally relevant. It may...

Chris Wood

NCEM, York Monday 30 November 2009 A bit of a coup for the Black Swan Folk Club tonight as they staged one of only eleven shows in the maiden tour of Chris Wood's new project, Handmade Life. The very thought of putting together a musical combo comprising guitar, trombone, cello and drums was at...

Thea Gilmore's Strange Wintertide Communion

The Duchess, York Thursday 26 November 2009 With Halloween and Guy Fawkes night out of the way, we once again find ourselves pondering over exactly when the Festive Season actually begins. Towns and cities across the nation hire an assortment of b-list celebs to throw the switches at their costly...

Bob Cheevers

The Tap, Hull Tuesday 24 November 2009 It was a decidedly chilly Humberside evening when I arrived at the Tap, formerly known as the Tap and Spile, an unassuming high street pub on the corner of Springbank Avenue and Norwood, not far from Hull's city centre. Live music can frequently be heard...

Gerry Rafferty - Life Goes On (Hypertension)

Many of us who have followed Rafferty's career with any modicum of interest would be happy, I would imagine, to see his smiling face once again, as included in the booklet that accompanies this collection. Photographed with Enzina Fushini before Mont-Saint-Michel in France, the singer-songwriter...

Star rating: 
4

Various Artists - Folk Delivering Hope (Independent)

It was a moment of inspiration when folk DJ Tony Hitchcock of Sine FM pointed out to fundraising co-ordinator Eileen Myles of the AHS Foundation, that with such an array of talent due to play at a forthcoming Doncaster charity concert in aid of earthquake victims in Kashmir, there must be an...

Star rating: 
3

The AHS Foundation Charity Concert

The Regent, Doncaster Sunday 15 November 2009 The Regent Hotel is perfectly situated in the centre of Doncaster and provides an ideal setting for a major charity event both in terms of its location and its own musical heritage. The Hallgate/South Parade junction was heaving with traffic at...

Vanessa Peters and Manuel Schicchi

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 14 November 2009 For the final show in the UK leg of their current tour, Texan singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters and Ice Cream on Mondays guitar player Manuel Schicchi appeared at the Wheelhouse in Wombwell tonight as part of the Barnsley House Concerts series. Once...

Stevie Coyle - Ten In One (Tuna Mine Music)

Concept albums worried me back in the 1970s and they worry me today still. Unfortunately, the term has found itself forever associated with Arthurian knights on skates, prancing around the ice rink astride pantomime horses strapped to the midriff, whilst our grumpy old caped crusader tinkles the...

Star rating: 
4

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