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Wombwell Mad-Fest 2009

Church Hall, Wombwell Friday 22 - Sunday 24 May 2009 It's been a while since the last Wombwell Mad-Fest, the last one being about five years ago, but it came back to us with a resounding thumbs up over the bank holiday weekend and brought with it the first flurry of good weather of the festival...

Shepley Spring Festival 2009

The Cricket Club, Shepley Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2009 There's a couple of young musicians who live down the lane in the self-contained village of Shepley, almost hidden amongst the rolling meadows of the Pennine fringe just to the south of Huddersfield. You imagine Jack Rutter and Lydia Noble...

Holly Taymar - Waking Up Is Hard To Do (GenieCake)

I first came across Holly Taymar in York one night doing one of the three showcase support spots for visiting Americans Rod Picott and Amanda Shires. I was knocked out by her songs then and I've continued to watch her progress with keen interest. I think this is because Holly sings the sort of...

Star rating: 
4

Ben TD - Tiny Movements (Lo Five)

Australian singer songwriter Ben TD, who is now based in Glasgow, has released his debut album TINY MOVEMENTS after serving his apprenticeship in the band Ruby's Grace along with his brother Sam. Since then Ben has made two important decisions, the first being to move to the opposite side of the...

Star rating: 
3

Eliza Carthy

The Duchess, York Tuesday 21 April 2009 Eliza Carthy is now in her 34th year, which is making me feel rather old. I was getting on for 'old' when I first encountered the little impish tomboy at the Cambridge Festival sometime in the Nineties, when her natural ebullience and youthful zest was...

Robin Williamson and John Renbourn

NCEM, York Wednesday 15 April 2009 I don't know about you, but I often feel quite privileged to have lived through the last few decades knowing we've had such contemporaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Miles Davis in our time, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Tonight at the...

Nick Harper

The Duchess, York Monday 13 April 2009 Nick Harper has a space all his own and those who attend his gigs enter that space at their peril. Harperspace is after all, despite its intergalactic connotations and new hippie sensibility, the charismatic ether surrounding a vibrant musician who simply...

Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 11 April 2009 The Barnsley Wheelhouse Concerts are as informal as it gets. The Jones family (Hedley, Lynn and Rory the King Charles Spaniel) are your hosts for the evening and at the bottom of their garden is a wooden cabin, which seats 35 comfortably. The guest...

Nell Bryden - Live From Iraq (157 Records)

Released not so much as a follow up to the Second Time Around album but more of a token of something to put us on with, until the new studio album comes out later this year, LIVE FROM IRAQ, gives us a taste of Nell's vibrant and energetic live shows whilst she entertains troops in the Middle East...

Star rating: 
3

Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Chris Parkinson

NCEM, York Tuesday 10 March 2009 Widely considered the mum and dad of the English folk revival, Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy have recently reached that momentous and delightful right of passage, that of becoming grandparents. I spoke to Martin in the interval this evening who promptly drew a...

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