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Max McNally's Birthday Bash (A Family Gathering)

The Red Shed, Wakefield Saturday 19 May 2007 As I drove to Wakefield on this fine May evening, with not a hint of cloud in the sky and the sun beating heavy on the windscreen, I wondered what sort of night was in store. It's not every day you are asked to play a song for your friend at a very...

John Dickinson

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 14 May 2007 I first came across John Dickinson in about 2003 when he came to do a support spot at the Lonsdale. My impression then was of a quiet softly spoken shy geordie lad who had clearly spent far too much time in his bedroom refining the craft of bottleneck style...

Martha Tilston

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 30 April 2007 Martha Tilston seems to be a brand new phenomenon who appears to have sprung up from somewhere between out-of-the-blue and the middle of nowhere and from sometime between the late Sixties and the very early Seventies, but on my last check I count four full...

Jon Chapman - Washed Up On The North Shore (Self Release)

Jon Chapman's second CD shows a marked maturity both in his song writing and musicianship, as well as highlighting his credentials as an arranger and most importantly, for the purposes of posterity that is, his abilities behind the production desk. WASHED UP ON THE NORTH SHORE takes no effort in...

Star rating: 
4

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

Camalots, Doncaster Wednesday 21 March 2007 I think the last time I entered the confines of Camelots in Doncaster, the building was still resting upon hallowed ground. Coincidentally, the last time I attended a Rachel Unthank and the Winterset gig, it was also in a converted church in historic York...

Jim Page

The Rock, Maltby Friday 19 January 2007 Tonight saw the preview of what might very well become the replacement for the Rock. The Rockingham Arms Folk Club has been running for over thirty years in the village of Wentworth near Rotherham and during that time has gained the reputation of being the...

Dick Gaughan

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 4 December 2006 The first time I sat up and listened to Dick Gaughan with any measure of interest was upon the release of A HANDFUL OF EARTH way back in 1981. My first thought upon hearing the album was how the devil did he get his guitar to sound so good? My second...

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rock City, Nottingham Thursday 30 November 2006 Rock City in Nottingham is a foreboding place to enter when you're used to coffee bars and folk club environments. The gentlemen who stand at the door and take your tickets from you are all very much alike, bomber jacket, Hell's Angels t shirt, black...

Archive 2006: Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

NCEM, York Monday 27 November 2006 Again, I'm thrown into a dilemma; how to write a constructive review of a Rachel Unthank and The Winterset gig without babbling on like an imbecile or gushing uncontrollably over these four women. I make no apologies for maintaining that they are the best breath...

Belinda O'Hooley Band

The Salutation, Doncaster Monday 13 November 2006 Belinda O'Hooley is to Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, what Garth Hudson is to The Band, the musical maestro, teacher, guru and all round musical backbone of the band. But more than this, she is the refreshing wit and humour of the band and her...

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