Live 2021

Brooks Williams | Live Review | Cast Theatre, Doncaster | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 04.03.21 I’ve always considered it odd, if not nigh on impossible, to review a live gig if you’re not actually there, yet in these wildly extraordinary times, this is precisely the way it goes.  Under normal circumstances, just prior to … Continue reading Live 2021

Live 2020

Steve Tilston and Reg Meuross | Live Review | CAST Theatre, Doncaster | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 22.01.20 Three things spring to mind when sitting before such a pairing as Steve Tilston and Reg Meuross, two highly accomplished British singer songwriters; first admiration, followed by satisfaction and then chronic envy. I have great admiration … Continue reading Live 2020

Live 2019

Frank Carline | Live Review | Roots Music Club, Doncaster | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 11.01.19 With the last scraps of turkey (or your own particular veggie option) well and truly disposed of and the multitude of tree pines almost completely swept up, together with those resolutions made and broken within minutes of one … Continue reading Live 2019

Live 2018

Martin Hayes Quartet | Live Review | Howard Assembly Room, Leeds | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 27.01.18 It was with a spot of unfortunate programming that I first experienced the gentle music of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, which happened shortly after the debut appearance of the Afro Celt Sound System at the Cambridge … Continue reading Live 2018

Live 2017

Normafest 2017 | Live Review | Whitby Pavilion, Whitby | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 07.01.17 A blanket of thick fog hovered above the meandering hillside road leading down to Whitby on Friday afternoon, giving the cliff top’s ancient Abbey an eerie atmosphere that its reputation very much deserves.  The hazy Gothic silhouette majestically peered … Continue reading Live 2017

Records 2017

Robyn Stapleton - Songs of Robert Burns | Album Review | Laverock Records | Review by Marc Higgins | 01.01.17 Robyn Stapleton was BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician in 2014, releasing her debut album in 2015.  Brought up in South West Scotland, Robyn traces her introduction to singing, to the poetry of Robert Burns.  Her … Continue reading Records 2017

Live 2016

Chris Wood | Live Review | The Art Club, Bath Street, Glasgow, Celtic Connections 2016 | Review by Keith Belcher | 16.01.16 In the past I think Chris has had some concerns about his acceptance north of the border.  Tonight’s audience certainly gave Chris a very warm Scottish greeting, leaving him in no doubt that … Continue reading Live 2016