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Toyah Willcox: Acoustic, Up Close & Personal, The Duchess, York, July 24

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2:49pm Thursday 24th July 2014

IT'S no longer a mystery . Acoustic, Up Close & Personal is a chance for ToyahWillcox to perform a selection of songs acoustically and intimately, interspersed with stories from her colourful life in music, film, television, theatre and books.

York Racecourse Music Showcase Weekend: Beach Boys, July 25; Wet Wet Wet, July 26

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3:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

LET’S make it clear right from the start. Brian Wilson and Al Jardine will not be in The Beach Boys’ line-up when the Californian surf boys play a post-racing live show at York Racecourse tomorrow night.

Sheesham & Lotus & Son, Selby Town Hall, September 6

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1:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014

CANADIAN old-time Americana band Sheesham & Lotus & Son will make their first visit to Britain in August and September on the back of their Spiegeltent residency at next month's Tonder Festival in Denmark. Selby Town Hall awaits on September 6.

Stornoway, Deer Shed Festival, near Thirsk, July 25 to 27

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1:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014

STORNOWAY'S headline set on Sunday at the Deer Shed Festival must have seemed a million miles away when the phone rang at Brian Briggs's house.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts York Early Music Festival concerts

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1:42pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BBC Radio 3 has broadcast two concerts at the 2014 York Early Music Festival live across Britain and Europe to an estimated audience of more than two million people.

Scarborough Seafest 2014, July 25 to 27

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1:42pm Thursday 24th July 2014

RISING York band The Buffalo Skinners are not only a late addition to Scarborough Seafest 2014, but they also will be the headliners, topping Saturday night's music bill at 10.10pm after the ten o'clock fireworks.

Shed Seven reissue Top 20 albums

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10:52am Thursday 24th July 2014

YORK'S most successful band, Shed Seven, are reissuing their three Top 20 albums as 2CD Re-presents packages on August 4 to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut, Change Giver.

Only One Direction, York Barbican, July 31

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10:48am Thursday 24th July 2014

ONLY One Direction join the tribute bandwagon with their Midnight Memories Tour, whose sense of direction sends them to York Barbican on July 31.

...And The Hangnails launch CD

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10:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

YORK punk garage rock duo ...And The Hangnails launch their third album, Rut, at The Duchess, York, tomorrow night.

Review: RYEDALE Festival: Endellion String Quartet, Pickering Parish Church & All Saints, Hovingham

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9:51am Thursday 24th July 2014

ALL but one of the Endellions have been together for 35 years, an astonishing innings. The new boy is second violinist Ralph de Souza who has clocked up a mere 28.

Review: RYEDALE Festival: Christiane Karg / Christopher Glynn, Saloon, Duncombe Park

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9:50am Thursday 24th July 2014

OUTSIDE London and some specialist festivals, Lieder recitals are becoming something of an endangered species. So it seemed courageous of Ryedale to programme one. But when you are able to deliver a soprano of Christiane Karg’s calibre you are not taking risks.

Magnolia Sisters, The Band Room, Low Mill, Farndale, near Kirkbymoorside, July 28

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10:41am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Magnolia Sisters make their way to The Band Room, Low Mill, Farndale, near Kirkbymoorside, on Monday night.

Tony Bennett, York Barbican, September 7

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3:42pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AMERICAN crooner Tony Bennett, who turns 88 on August 3, will play York Barbican on September 7.

York Late Music concert series presents Ian Pace, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, August 2

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3:40pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE York Late Music concert series will present regular participant Ian Pace on August 2 at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York , at 7.30pm.

Jazz notes

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2:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THIS week’s bombshell news that jazz at Middleton’s Hotel will end with a final session on July 31 has come as a big blow to York jazz.

Daniel Pearson, Fibbers, Toft Green, York, July 21

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1:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

YORKSHIRE troubadour Daniel Pearson will play at Fibbers, Toft Green, York, on Monday night.

Review: Ali Cook, The Art Of Astonishment, Harrogate Theatre Studio

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1:31pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ALI COOK, North Yorkshire magician, comedian, television star and film actor, was on home turf last week as he warmed up for his Edinburgh Fringe run with two studio shows at Harrogate Theatre.

Summer organ recitals at York Minster, July 26-August 23

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8:37am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YORK Minster will host four summer organ recitals starting on Saturday and ending on August 23.

Review: Wes Finch Band with Elliott Morris, House Concert York, July 19

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11:50pm Monday 21st July 2014

HAVING narrowly missed performing in a thunder storm that briefly took the electricity, a fulsome few were treated to a wonderful evening’s music and bonhomie at this house concert.

Review: Forma Antiqua, York Early Music Festival – National Centre for Early Music

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3:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

Friday’s concert was a showcase of improvisation, extemporisation and virtuosic flair.

Review: Ryedale Festival: Simon Desbruslais (trumpet)/Clare Hammond (piano), Lastingham Church; Joseph Houston (piano), Helmsley Arts Centre

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3:29pm Monday 21st July 2014

Morning coffee concerts are popular social events, usually oversubscribed, where music also brings to life some of Ryedale’s most beautiful corners. Two recently have been further illuminated by talks given by composers introducing newly-commissioned works.

Review: Oxjam Launch Party, Grays Court, York

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8:04am Saturday 19th July 2014

OXJAM Music Festival raises money for Oxfam through gigs and showcases the best local talent.

Review: York Early Music Festival: The Cardinall’s Musick; Quire, York Minster

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8:02am Saturday 19th July 2014

Sacred music from the Spanish Age of Gold – the second half of the 16th and first half of the 17th centuries – provided a succulent banquet when the nine voices of the Cardinall’s Musick under Andrew Carwood sang from just below the high altar. Here the Minster’s resonance is particularly clean.

Ryedale Festival: Donald Swann celebration, Duncombe Park; Simon Desbruslais / Clare Hammond, Lastingham Church

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8:55am Friday 18th July 2014

The abiding image of Donald Swann was a quiet, smiling man sitting at the piano while his duo-partner Michael Flanders dropped another hat. He of course provided all the music for the songs they gave together.

Tickets for Robin Trower concert at York Barbican, April 8

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3:54pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TICKETS go on sale tomorrow from 10am for English blues guitarist Robin Trower’s concert at York Barbican on April 8 next year.

Jason Isaacs concert postponed

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3:50pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TOMORROW’S 7.30pm concert by swing singer Jason Isaacs and His Big Band at York Barbican has been postponed. A new date is yet to be confirmed.

Steve Tilston, Black Swan Folk Club, York, July 24, 8pm.

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2:39pm Thursday 17th July 2014

ENGLISH singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Tilston plays the Black Swan Folk Club next Thursday in support of his new album, Happenstance.

Jazz notes

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2:38pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IT IS just over a year since the beginning of a new regime of jazz at the classy city centre hotel, Middleton’s, with Bejazzled alternating with the Mardi Gras Band each Thursday.

Foundation giving young musicians a Jumpstart

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2:33pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IMAGINE if you had the musical talent but not the means to maximise it.

King Creosote, Leeds Grand Theatre, October 11

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2:29pm Thursday 17th July 2014

KING Creosote backs up the July 21 release of his new soundtrack album, From Scotland With Love, with an autumn tour that visits the Howard Assembly Room at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday, October 11.

Review: Ryedale Festival: Ryedale Festival Opera, The Coronation Of Poppaea, Ampleforth College Theatre, Ampleforth

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12:33pm Thursday 17th July 2014

YOU would hardly expect a composer aged 75 to be writing an opera about sex. But in the free-wheeling moral climate of 1640s Venice, Monteverdi acceded to persuasion with Poppaea, his last hurrah.

Only Men Aloud, announce We Need A Little Christmas UK Tour

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3:51pm Thursday 17th July 2014

SORRY to mention Christmas at the height of summer, but Welsh vocal ensemble Only Men Aloud have announced their We Need A Little Christmas UK Tour.

Review: York Early Music Festival: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Of Births And Deaths, Angels and Devils, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

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7:57am Wednesday 16th July 2014

STRINGS, harpsichord and two flutes were the canvas on which the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment painted a varied collection of eighteenth-century music last Sunday night.

York Early Music Festival: Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, St Michael-le-Belfrey, York

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7:56am Wednesday 16th July 2014

C P E Bach’s Passion cantata Du Göttlicher (You Divine One), subtitled The Last Sufferings of the Saviour, is a work of major proportions and significance. It is an oratorio in all but name, lasting two hours without a break, as given last Saturday.

Review: York Early Music Festival, Hespèrion XXI; Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

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1:11pm Saturday 12th July 2014

BARELY is this country finished with one of the ‘slams’ of the tennis world than we are into a slam among early music festivals, York. Yes, we are right up there along with Boston and Utrecht, leading the world. And how.

Review: Pearl Jam, Leeds First Direct Arena, Tuesday, July 8

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1:23pm Friday 11th July 2014

THIRTY six songs later and after a storming set, lasting three hours and twenty minutes, grunge rockers Pearl Jam left the stage at Leeds Arena.

2014 York Early Music Festival, July 10 to 18

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12:06pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE 2014 York Early Music Festival opens today basking in the glow of the Age of Gold, Age Of Enlightenment.

Jazz notes

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12:33pm Thursday 10th July 2014

2014 marks a centenary since the blues achieved popular hit parade status with WC Handy’s St Louis Blues in 1914.

Fundraising events in lead-up to Oxjam Music Festival

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11:42am Thursday 10th July 2014

OXJAM will hold a series of fund-raising concerts in York for Oxfam throughout the lead-up to the Oxjam Music Festival on Saturday, October 25.

Fibbers moves to Toft Green, York

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11:29am Thursday 10th July 2014

FIBBERS has a new home. Goodbye Stonebow House after 22 years; hello Tokyo.

Tang Hall Big Gig, Burnholme Community College, York, July 12

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11:25am Thursday 10th July 2014

THE Tang Hall Big Gig reclaims the former Burnholme Community College Assembly Hall in York for four hours of rock, pop, soul and rap on Saturday afternoon.

Vashti Bunyan, Band Room, Low Mill, Farndale, October 11

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10:34am Thursday 10th July 2014

CULT folk singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan will make her Band Room debut at Low Mill, Farndale, on October 11 in the week she releases Heartleap as her first album in nine years.

Barcode Zebra, City Screen Basement Bar, York, July 19

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10:34am Thursday 10th July 2014

BARCODE Zebra are to launch their second EP, Another Day, on July 19 at City Screen's Basement bar in York at 8pm.

King Courgette, The Volunteer Arms, York, July 12

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12:42pm Thursday 10th July 2014

KING Courgette, York’s old time vegetable string band, have a free shindig at The Volunteer Arms, in Watson Street, York, on Saturday night.

Latest grants allow NCEM to continue and improve

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12:01pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE National Centre for Early Music, in York, has been awarded a grant of £270,467 a year for the next three years as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio programme.

Festival of early music to be launched by children with ships

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10:54am Thursday 10th July 2014

The York Early Music Festival will this year be opened by primary school pupils who have built four giant Spanish galleons for the performance.

Main Street Sound Ladies Barbershop Chorus, New Earswick Folk Hall, July 12

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10:42am Thursday 10th July 2014

MAIN Street Sound Ladies Barbershop Chorus hold their summer concert at the New Earswick Folk Hall on Saturday, fresh from winning five trophies at the Cleethorpes and Grimsby Music Festival last weekend.

Ryedale Festival, 11 to 27 July

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9:29am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TWO WEEKS of inspiring performances in the houses, churches, theatres and other venues of Ryedale gets underway on Friday.

Review: Late Music Ensemble (LME); Unitarian Chapel, York

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8:01am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Remembering Steve Martland was the headline for this multi-coloured commemoration of the composer who died suddenly last year aged 53.

Review: Grand Departy Concert, Huntington Stadium, York

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4:47pm Sunday 6th July 2014

DESPITE the rain, the wellies and the anoraks it wasn't quite Glastonbury.

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