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Becky Mills and Patsy Matheson

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 10 September 2007 It would probably be impolite to describe here just how scared Crosby Stills and Nash were when they took to the Woodstock stage way back in '69 for their supposed second gig ever, but last night for their third gig ever, Becky Mills and Patsy Matheson...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2007

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Monday 30 July 2007 Once we arrived at the festival, set up camp, had a few beers, got acquainted with the neighbours, downed a pot noodle or two and had a kip, the heavens decided, quite un-prompted by anyone in the vicinity, to unceremoniously open. I can't remember...

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Sunday 29 July 2007 There is something otherworldly about Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, something I just can't seem to put my finger on. I don't know exactly why I get this all too familiar shiver skidaddling purposefully down my spine each time I hear those...

Doncaster Free Festival 2007

Market Place, Doncaster Sunday 22 July 2007 The weather was good to us this weekend, with only the slightest drizzle on Saturday evening for The Wedding Present and a perfect Summers' day today for all the local bands. Doncaster can put on a good show when it wants to and once again they managed to...

Emily Druce

Emily Druce Monday 16 July 2007 The last time I went to see a British female blues singer was way back in 1990, when we booked Jo Ann Kelly for a night at the Three Horse Shoes in Doncaster. The night was memorable for three very distinct and poignant reasons, the first being that she was superb,...

Steve Tilston

The Rock, Maltby Friday 13 July 2007 Fresh from his three week tour of American festivals, Steve Tilston was playing at The Rock tonight, so I popped over to catch his set. Free Reed have finally got around to compiling Steve's box set, in the manner of the Carthy Chronicles (Martin Carthy), Swarb...

Michael Berk

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 11 June 2007 In my list of musical heroes, there is a notable absense of guitar players amongst the hoards. Although I'm always impressed with flashy guitar playing and would willingly use the much misused term 'genius' when referring to the likes of Tommy Emmanuel,...

Rod Clements

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 4 June 2007 I recall a youth dominated by LP records advertised and reviewed in such delightful rags as Melody Maker, Sounds, New Musical Express and my own particular favourite, Disc and Music Echo (well it was in colour after all). My paper round wasn't long, but it...

Chris and Kellie While

The Rock, Maltby Friday 1 June 2007 When I went to the first night of the new Rock back in January, I loved the new venue so much I swore I would go to as many Friday night shows as possible. Strange how you make these promises to yourself only to break them almost immediately. It has taken me...

Lyra Celtica

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 21 May 2007 In case you were wondering, Lyra Celtica is not a brand of indigenous Scottish sportswear, but a vehicle for the virtuoso accordian playing of one time BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Lynn Tocker. Accompanied by Frankie McGuire on a variety of...

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