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Emily Smith

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 26 November 2007 It's not often I get to start a review with the sentence 'fresh from Songs of Praise', but Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan's last public appearance before setting out for Walthamstowe Folk Club last night, was indeed on the long running Sunday evening...

Peter Rowan

The Rock, Maltby Friday 23 November 2007 If Peter Rowan seemed a little subdued at the Rock tonight, the blame could be directed towards one or either of the following; it had something to do with him being in the middle of a UK tour during the current British November chill, or more likely, it...

Rosie Doonan - Moving On (Silvertop)

Rosie Doonan appears to be a somewhat unsettled figure at the moment; seeking out, with no perceivable comfort zone in her sights, the ideal setting for her own songs and her own distinctive voice. Experimenting with styles is a risky business and Rosie goes at it with all guns blazing. The...

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5

Bob Chiswick - Northern Air (Self Release)

Bob Chiswick's follow up to the 2002 CD ALL THE WAY TO EVERYTHING brings together a few recently written songs that he has been performing around the South Yorkshire area, most notably at his own acoustic music venue at the Regent Hotel in Doncaster during the ensuing years. Bob has a distinctive...

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3

Anna Elias and the Forlorn Hope - When You're Gone EP (Self Release)

After the break up of Leeds-based indie-acoustic band Bodixa, singer Anna Elias has put together a new outfit who are currently preparing to make 2008 their year. Being no stranger to recording or playing before large audiences, most notably Glastonbury Festival in 2005, the future looks exciting...

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3

Roy Machin and Mike Miller

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 12 November 2007 Standing in for Dave Burland at short notice at The Regent tonight was a bunch of friends who were only too willing to help out under the sad circumstances. I'm sure that everyone associated with the club would like to wish Dave all the very best...

Megson

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 5 November 2007 Bob Chiswick continues to bring both new (or should that be 'nu'?) as well as more established acoustic acts to the Regent and tonight was an especially inspired choice. Megsons' reputation has been steadily growing over the last couple of years, with...

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...

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