Spiers and Boden at Howard Assembly Rooms on 3 June

A positive approach to Folk. From the start, it was made clear that this was going to be bright and cheerful, rather than doom laden, folk. The opening number was Butter, Cheese and All, a light hearted song about the predicament of being stuck up a chimney with pockets full of butter and cheese. There […]

Thackray Museum – Regarding Trees: Exhibition and Tranquility Walk

Some of us had met at the Thackray Museum, while others gathered at the gates to Beckett Street Cemetery. We were all there for the lunchtime Tranquility Walk. The walk had been organised in association with Baljit Singh Dance Company to accompany the Thackray Museum’s exhibition Regarding Forests. The exhibition is an immersive experience of […]

A Means of Recovery

Paul Grist’s exhibition in the Atrium Gallery, at St James’s University Hospital, is the product of inspiration from Florence Nightingale, and recovery from cancer. All the work on display was produced from 2019 to 2020, when Paul was being treated at the hospital. He views his creative outpouring as part of his recovery process. On […]

Steeleye Span’s 50th Anniversary at City Varieties: A Night to Remember

There was an air of expectation as we waited for Steeleye Span to appear. Some people had ordered their tickets three years ago. This was officially still the band’s 50th Anniversary tour, started in 2019, but then halted by Covid. Lots had changed in the intervening time, but the audience knew they were in for […]

Sister duo Charm of Finches in Leeds from Melbourne, Australia

Last Friday I spent a very enjoyable evening at Hyde Park Book Club. Charm of Finches, together with their support act, Serin, presented a fresh and very welcome approach to folk music to a discerning audience in Leeds. Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes. They hail from Melbourne and in 2021 they won […]