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Doncaster Cultural Festival 2008

The Point, Doncaster Sunday 13 July 2008 The Doncaster Cultural Festival, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, was a most pleasant way of spending a Sunday afternoon here in my home town. Held in The Arts Park, which is sandwiched between the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and The...

Bob Cheevers - Fiona's World

Fiona's World is almost cinematic in its proportions, which has prompted me to outline a proposal for a new blockbuster. I think I'm going to cast Brad Pitt as our main protagonist, if that's okay with you Bob. I would have preferred Paul Giamatti but this has got to be a hit. Our leading lady will...

Star rating: 
3

Pentangle.

Royal Festival Hall, London Sunday 29 June 2008 When I was but a wee slip of a lad, fresh out of three cornered trousers, I distinctly recall putting aside my Monkees singles in favour of something much more meaningful and enlightening. I dutifully handed over the best part of three weeks paper...

Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival 2008

Beverley Leisure Complex, Beverley Friday 20 June - Sunday 22 June 2008 To a full festival ticket holder, the Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival offers both comfort and convenience with the thoughtful provision of car parking right next to your tent, hot showers and ample amenities a mere...

Robin Williamson

Village Hall, Wass Wednesday 11 June 2008 The Village Hall in Wass, a few miles northwest of York, deep in the sprawling landscape of North Yorkshire, was the ideal venue for such an intimate audience with one of the most enigmatic figures on the story telling circuit today. Story telling is just...

Tony Dargan/Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts

King George IV, Sheffield Thursday 5 June 2008 There's a stark contrast between the facial expressions of both Jamie Roberts and Katriona Gilmore when you see them playing together; Jamie's intense concentration is evened out by Katriona's apparent stoicism as each of these young musicians tackle...

David Munyon and Mary's Band - Some Songs For Mary (Mobile Home)

With the best will in the world it's difficult to avoid comparisons between David Munyon and JJ Cale; both have the distinct feel of deep Southern swamp-rock, a country sensibility and an exciting groove without seemingly breaking into so much as a slight sweat. I normally steer well clear of any...

Star rating: 
3

Reg Meuross - Dragonfly (Hatsongs)

When an album pops through your letterbox and drops onto your doormat, with a sleeve that credits well established musicians like Rabbit Bundrick (Keyboards) and BJ Cole (Pedal Steel) as well as from the younger end of the spectrum, Jackie Oates (Fiddle), then you drop everything, stick the...

Star rating: 
4

Brooks Williams

The Regent, Doncaster Monday 19 May 2008 Brooks Williams brought his own brand of real folk blues to the Regent tonight with a couple of impressive solo sets, which included much of his current album THE TIME I SPEND WITH YOU. Pleasantly chatty, the Georgia-born guitarist, now resident in Boston,...

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

The Rock, Maltby Friday 16 May 2008 Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies these days bear little resemblance to the band of the same name I saw on the main stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1997, apart from the bloke in the striped shirt that is, who sang most of the songs and wrote just about all of...

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