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Marybeth D'Amico - Heaven, Hell, Sin and Redemption (Independent)

Marybeth D'Amico certainly wasn't born with the songwriting bug, despite growing up in a musical environment that included harmonizing with her siblings to records by Peter, Paul and Mary or Crosby Stills and Nash. Nor I assume did she spend her formative years before the mirror with hairbrush in...

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The Unthanks

The Duchess, York Wednesday 28 October 2009 Fresh from their appearance on Jools Holland's Later Live, the ten-piece version of The Unthanks utilised every bit of the stage when they appeared at the Duchess tonight, in order to showcase their new album HERE'S THE TENDER COMING. Once on stage,...

Jackie Oates

NCEM, York Monday 19 October 2009 As the autumn nights draw in and darkness fell early upon the city of York, I walked cautiously the short distance between the car park and the National Centre for Early Music, carefully avoiding the fallen leaves on the ground; hazardous little blighters they are...

Devon Sproule

The Maze, Nottingham Saturday 17 October 2009 There was a strange presence tonight at the Maze as we settled down for what was potentially going to be yet another great night at this popular Nottingham venue. The conspicuous figure of Chris A Cummings, aka Mantler, resplendent in white suit and...

Owen Harvey - Disappearing Strangers (Self Release)

Owen Harvey is a young Nottingham-based songwriter with a taste for a very distinctly acoustic sound, which he is currently providing tasters for at various support spots around the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area, warming up audiences for the likes of Steve Earle, Nik Kershaw and most recently...

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3

Eilen Jewell

The Maze, Nottingham Monday 12 October 2009 Just when my belief was being challenged by the abundance of poorly attended gigs in my part of the country, my faith in human kind was restored temporarily as the narrow corridor that runs between the front bar and the concert bar to the rear of The Maze...

Stephen Fearing

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 10 October 2009 The flags were out once again at the Wheelhouse in Wombwell as part of the Barnsley House Concerts series. As the red maple leaf fluttered above the wooden cabin, with its cosily decorated interior featuring signed promotional pictures and posters...

Diana Jones

The Fishpond, Matlock Bath Thursday 8 October 2009 Traditionally, the village of Matlock Bath is adorned with colourful lights during the month of October making the already pretty Derwent Gardens and surrounding area even more pretty than usual. Standing in the shadow of the Heights of Abraham, it...

Dave Swarbrick and Kevin Dempsey

The Spiegeltent, Rotherham Wednesday 7 October 2009 Earlier this evening I grabbed my notebook and pondered for a while over what exactly I wanted to speak to one of British folk music's leading figures about. There's fifty years to consider here and fortunately for me, those years of brilliant...

Battlefield Band - Zama Zama Try Your Luck (Temple)

For thirty years now Battlefield Band have been making their own distinctive blend of Scottish traditional and Celtic music and have released almost as many albums in that time. Now pretty much settled into their current line up of founder member Alan Reid together with Highland piper Mike Katz,...

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3

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