A Festival For Music Lovers at Historic Cusworth Hall

Cusworth Music Festival

The picturesque and historic setting of Cusworth Hall, Doncaster is to play host to a fine line up of music acts this 25th August, following it’s recent restoration in 2007.

The grade 1 listed building was built in the 18th century and this year Wilko Johnson headlines on his Farewell Tour, along with acts The Brew UK, Chantel McGregor, Mostly Autumn, Mickey Finn’s T-Rex and the Avit Blues Band with more acts to be confirmed.

Wilko Johnson, best known for his work with 1970s pub rock and rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood, will top the bill on the Sunday night.

He’s a poet, a painter, an astronomer and an actor, but Wilko also happens to be one of the great British rock guitarists, acknowledged by his peers as among the most influential.

Earlier this year, the singer and guitarist announced he was suffering from terminal cancer and announced a farewell tour ahead of his death after doctors gave him just a few months to live.

He said: “It seems that I am still being spared from the final onslaught of my terminal cancer. I am feeling again the desire to get up on stage and do my thing while my health allows – so it is that I have decided to make some festival appearances during the summer.”

Yorkshire’s Chantel McGregor is also performing with her band and is a young performer to watch out for.

Voted Young Artist of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2011, having graduated from Leeds University with a first class honours degree in Popular Music, Chantel has been compared to the greats guitarists of our time; Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonnamassa.

Tickets are on sale from www.cusworthmusicfestival.co.uk, Cusworth Hall and the Doncaster Dome box office with prices starting from £19 advance tickets.

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Live Review: The Bookshop Band at The Rude Shipyard

Venue: The Rude Shipyard, Sheffield
Band: The Bookshop Band
Date: 23rd June 2013

This was the right band in the right place. The Rude Shipyard is a bohemian cafe and bookshop on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield. The food and events (to say nothing of the clientele) tend to be slightly quirky. It is artistic, literary, alternative and perhaps a little tumbledown.

The Bookshop Band from Bristol simply write songs about books and play them in bookshops. There are three members of the group, they all sing, they harmonise beautifully and they all play acoustic instruments – guitar, cello, harmonium, clarinet, ukulele, kalimba… changing instruments between songs, sometimes playing more than one simultaneously! They produce a folky, sometimes dreamy sound. Their songs range from the serious to the comic, but always reflect a theme or an aspect of a given book.

The small audience ranged in age from under three to over sixty and all seemed entranced by the lovely music and atmosphere. This was an intimate, friendly, light-hearted gig.

The band is usually commissioned by their local bookshop to write songs for visiting author nights. They say they have always had a good response from the authors and they have made four CDs.  They came to the Shipyard on a tour of British bookshops and they went on from Sheffield to play at Glastonbury Festival.

– Simon Benton