The Staves The three Staveley-Taylor sisters return from America to play their first gig in the UK for almost a year. An emotional comeback in Manchester for The Staves, and they bring the first ever indie harpist Mikaela Davis along for the ride.


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Imelda May Imelda May transforms from rockabilly pirate’s fishwife into a stunning sexy soulful diva with attitude. York Barbican did not know what hit them!


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Wilko Johnson Wilko Johnson arrives for the last night of his tour in York, proving he’s definitely not dead yet! There is an overwhelming simplicity to this, a 3 piece band, playing classic R&B tunes for an hour and a half with no backdrop (just a black curtain), no huge light show or need to occupy the whole of the stage. It’s breathtakingly perfect, a stripped back no nonsense honest showcase of what old school rock and roll music should feel like.


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The Magpie Salute The Magpie Salute play layer upon layer of classic rock, Rich Robinson and birthday boy Marc Ford are back together in fine form as they stun a London audience with a two hour setlist of great covers and Black Crowes songs.


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Blackberry Smoke Southern Rock is a funny genre, it’s coloured fruit from a hotch potch of original blues, soul and rocknroll and yet mainly played by white blokes with long hair, beards and hats. Name me three Southern Rock bands and I guarantee there is a hat and beard in there somewhere, in fact most people would probably struggle to name three anyway. Lynyrd Skynyrd with Freebird/Sweet Home Alabama would be the populist call, and yet there have been many others more recent to take their trophy. Most notably for me personally are The Black Crowes from Atlanta Georgia, back in the early 90’s they developed a blues rock sound that had more than a nod to the Allmans, Grateful Dead and other jam bands of the 70’s. And it’s back to that same State in the US which has sent 2 current bands out to the world with a similar trade to sell – Blackberry Smoke and Biters might both be from the same city but are clearly different in style and attitude on stage.


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St. Paul and the Broken Bones A Harpoonist, an Axe Murderer and some Broken Bones. It’s a standard cold wet Tuesday night out at Leeds Irish Centre, but a much needed shot in the arm is administered by Saint Paul Janeway. Alabama’s St Paul & The Broken Bones are on UK soil this week for a handful of dates and Gig Junkies caught all the action.


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