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17-19 October 2014 -Whitby Spa Pavilion

Lo'Jo (France)
"Any attempt to define and categorize the Lo’Jo sound quickly degenerates into a fools errand."  A rare opportunity to see the Songlines Award Winner ( Best Group  2013) in concert in the UK

CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA (Wales/Senegal)
A shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos. From Wales, the "Queen of Harps" (Classic FM Magazine) and from West Africa, "an inspired exponent of the kora" (The Guardian). The harp occupies a vital place in the rich cultures of both Senegal and Wales.

IDLEWILD (acoustic)
Return of Scottish legends after a 4 year sojourn . Fronted by Roddy Woomble, performing one of only 2 planned dates in England in a stripped back acoustic show . They are currently recording a new album.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK
"none-more-English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is surely about due for installation at national treasure-dom’s top table" BBC

AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia)
Celebrated worldwide as geniuses on their oriental instruments, the oud,  and the kanun, a zither. Having trained with the great masters in Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, they recorded their first CD in their mid teens. This is an exclusive UK performance with their quartet.

ANDY KERSHAW
DJ Set from the inimitable AK

BANCO DE GAIA
For nearly two and a half decades, Banco de Gaia has been consistently redefining world electronica, with his music leaving an indelible footprint on the global scene, sparking many a dancefloor and inspiring countless musicians to follow.

THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
"If there was a rock museum to go and visit, one of the most memorable glass cabinets will have Arthur Brown in all his face painted, god of hellfire, glory." Return home of Whitby's most famous son.

YAABA FUNK
Big brash funky Hi-Life meets Afrobeat, Afro Funk and Afro Rock inna Brixton style.

RISE KAGONA AND THE JIT JIVE BAND (Zimbabwe/Scotland)
The original Bhundu Boy revisiting those classic sounds

MOSAIK (Poland)
Slavic wildness and melancholy, oriental mystery, a mixture of sounds of nature, urban chaos, the old world order and the modern eclecticism.

LUCY WARD BAND
"The force of her engaging personality, her forthright performances a broad array of material and the apparently bottomless levels of courage and cheerfulness help her win over audiences." Colin Irwin Froots Magazine

AMIRA KHEIR (Sudan)
hailed as the Diva of the Sudanese Desert and is one of the most popular folk musicians to emerge from Sudan in the last decade.

JESSE BANNISTER'S PLAY OUT featuring ZOE RAHMAN
UK's leading classical Indian/Indo jazz saxophonist Jesse with his new quartet which features MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman, the Mercury Prize-nominated drummer Seb Rochford and the groove infused lines of Corrinne Bailey Rae bassist Kenny Higgins.

Zűrös Banda (Hungary)
Authentic yet unique interpretation of Balkan music from well known musicians who came together as a band in 2013.

GUO YUE (China)
(simplified Chinese: 郭跃; traditional Chinese: 郭躍; pinyin: Guō Yuè; born 1958)  renowned virtuoso of the dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) and bawu (Chinese free reed pipe). Born in Beijing, China and as a young boy experienced the Cultural Revolution. In 1982 Yue left China and, studied the silver flute at the Guildhall School of Music. He plays many kinds of the bamboo flute and  lives in London, recording for Peter Gabriel's Real World label. His other great love is cooking, and he often combines cookery with flute playing at his concerts

MITCH BENN
"seriously talented musician. He is also a clever, focused and prolific comic"

NEW ROPE STRING BAND
"They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea." Tim O'Brien "Cherishably insane." Hi-Arts

TANTZ
Klezmer that you can't help but dance to... "Brilliant to see live, highly recommend them...but prepare to dance till it nearly does you in." Alan Raw - BBC Radio Leeds

KATHRYN WILLIAMS
Mercury-nominated  singer-songwriter whose work is recognised as some of the most original and beautiful this country has produced

PERUNIKA TRIO
"...As fine a slice of Eastern Euro a'capella as you're likely to find this side of Trio Bulgarka" fRoots
"Rustic, without being overly romantic, combining a madrigal-like delicacy with a brooding Eastern Orthodox spirituality" Daily Telegraph

JOHN SMITH
"A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging." The Sun
 
BARCODE ZEBRA
Excellent York-based four-piece band who write and play original material - imagine the love-child of Tracy Chapman and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

TASHI LHUNPO MONKS (Tibet)
Tashi-Lhunpo-Monks-Sand-Mandala-2-Glastonbury

VÄRLDENS BAND (Sweden)
Exciting young multicultural band from the land of the midnight sun

MY SWEET PATOOTIE (Canada)
"My Sweet Patootie's playing is superb and the vocal harmonies exquisite." Maverick Magazine

HEATH COMMON with THE LINCOLN 72's
"Heath Common is utterly inspired and he comes to us as refreshingly original as once were Ivor Cutler, Syd Barrett, Lol Coxhill and their luminous ilk".

THE BEVVY SISTERS (Scotland)
"I feel it's my calling to be an understudy Bevvy Sister" Eddi Reader

O'HOOLEY & TIDOW
"Stunning and delightfully unconventional; the best band of Cambridge Folk Festival." Guardian

STEADY HANDS
Steady Hands is a unique collaboration of musicians from different musical background
formed by songwriter Josh Herring at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012.

BEASTIE DRUMMERS
They are here to make you DANCE. "Mutant beats from across the globe played live by total nutters."

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER
Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter

MOIRAI
Blending the traditions of England and France in inspired instrumental arrangements

SUZY CONRAD
one-woman loop orchestra "Suzy Condrad is mesmerising and hypnotic... we were blown away, you will be too!" - Itchycoo Festival

HADDO
combining melodeon and harmonica of brilliant Will Pound with  in-demand fiddle and viola of Nicky Pound

SANDRANI
Sandrani is an ensemble fusing together classical Indian Raag and folk song with Western-style grooves and improvisations.

ENKELIT
They were formed in York in 2003 by Richard Pomfret to sing the beautiful, contemporary acapella music of Finland, reflecting the renaissance in Finnish choral music.

DECLAN MILLER
Glastonbury come to Whitby. 17 yr old singer songwriter from Somerset who is beginning to make waves with his self-penned ecological and new age songs

THE HURRIERS
"The Hurriers reignite the punk spirit and remind us that there are age old battles that still need to be fought. Perfect pop and punk politics!"

Plus:

MIM SULEIMAN
BLANTY 
WHISKEY DOGS
MAIA
THE HUT PEOPLE
RIC BIRTILL
STEVE PHILLIPS & THE ROUGH DIAMONDS

 

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Northern Skylight

August 2014

Regular visitors to the Northern Sky website will have noticed that things have slowed down rather a lot of late, which was pretty much down to the fact that the site was due to have a bit of an overhaul. This will probably not happen now for a good while and therefore some of the reviews, particularly the CD reviews, will start to appear once again soon. July was a pretty slow month in that area, in fact no CDs were reviewed during the entire month, with just a couple of live reports; the Rita Payne album launch, which took place in Sheffield and the Moonbeams Festival up there in the Yorkshire Wolds, the first one Northern Sky has attended and certainly not the last. July was once again topped off by the annual Cambridge Folk Festival, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary, which we were pleased to attend and report on. Throughout the month, the Northern Sky Vaults Radio Show has been going out on Acoustic Spectrum every Monday night at 7pm, featuring many of the artists that have been sending Northern Sky their latest releases. Playlists for each show are available on the website along with details of the Vinyl Junkie and Singled Out features. Sadly, we received next to no support for our Yorkshire Gig Guide, with hardly anyone getting in touch with dates, in effect a free service almost totally ignored. Northern Sky therefore returns to functioning as an international website with no local boundaries. 

If you would like to contribute reviews (live of CD), then please contact us through the contact form. It would be nice to have a more balanced opinion on the site. Most music genres welcome. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

 


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Cambridge Folk Festival at Fifty

The prospect of spending four days walking around the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall doesn't at first seem all that much of an arduous task; the park is pretty flat after all and it's all relatively small in comparison to other notable parks in the UK. I did however pack three pairs of assorted footwear to see me through the weekend; Doc Martens for the heavy going stuff, a good pair of trainers for the busy periods and beach sandals for the chilled-out workshops and sessions that lie ahead. I was suitably prepared for a weekend of walking, talking, standing still, watching, listening and scribbling. 

The arrival in itself always seems to conjure up the same sort of giddy excitement that a child experiences on Christmas Day; the anticipation of receiving a stocking full of goodies with a slight inkling as to what's in store, usually because you've been going on about it for the last twelve months. Although that stocking is chock full of stuff you have always desired, there are inevitably one or two unwanted gifts that you automatically throw back in Santa's face. There's also one or two pressys that you seem to have been given time and time over, not unlike a predictable pair of socks. For the 50th anniversary year though, Cambridge Folk Festival came up with a memorable bill and presented us with a special treat that most music lovers would be very pleased with indeed.


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Next Gig

  • at Spa Pavilion in Whitby
    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 18:00 - Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 23:00

Last Gig

  • at Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 18:00 - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 23:00

Recent Gigs

Cambridge Folk Festival
31 Jul 2014 - 18:00 - 3 Aug 2014 - 23:00
Moonbeams Festival
11 Jul 2014 - 18:00 - 12 Jul 2014 - 23:00
Beverley Folk Festival
20 Jun 2014 - 18:00 - 22 Jun 2014 - 23:00
Toumani and Sidiki Diabate
6 Jun 2014 - 19:30 - 22:00
Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard
5 Jun 2014 - 19:30 - 23:00