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York St John Musical Production Society's poster for The Witches Of Eastwick

York St John musical society to stage devilishly good The Witches Of Eastwick at Rowntree Theatre

Lauren Sheriston, as Molly, and Danile Conway, as Sam, in York Stage Musicals' production of Ghost, The Musical

Just A Quickie with York actor Joe Wawrzyniak, who will be starring in Ghost, The Musical from February 16Tuesday

The Wave Pictures

The Wave Pictures release birthday album A Season In Hull and play The Crescent in York

Bill Ryder-Jones

Bill Ryder-Jones plays The Crescent in York on February 17 after releasing solo album

Eve Loiseau singing the songs of Edith Piaf

Eve Loiseau sings the songs of the Little Sparrow in Piaf tribute at Helmsley Arts Centre on Friday

Ben Watt

After a 31-year gap Ben Watt makes two albums in quick succession, joined by Suede's Bernard Butler

Travis's album artwork for Everything At Once

Travis to release first album since 2013 and play Leeds date in May

Pick Me Up Theatre's cast for Betty Blue Eyes

Review: Betty Blue Eyes, Pick Me Up Theatre, Friargate Theatre, York, until Saturday

Principal players Toni Feetenby and Adam Sowter encounter pigs aplenty before Pick Me Up Theatre's Betty Blue Eyes

Pick Me Up Theatre are as happy as a pig in muck to be staging Betty Blue Eyes in York

Sir Van Morrison

CD review: Them, The Complete Them 1964-1967 (Exile/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music) ****

Aurora Voices, from Norway, who will sing at Acomb Methodist Churchng in York on Feb

Norwegian choirs of Aurora Voices to sing at Acomb Methodist Church on February 25

Daughter's Not To Disappear: "Misery, melancholia and sadness"

CD review: Daughter, Not To Disappear (4AD) ***

Nancy Kerr

Nancy Kerr and her folk band will be Sweet Visitors at Selby Town Hall on February 13

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, of LipService, in The Picture Of Doreen Gray

The builders are in but the shows must go on too at Pocklington Arts Centre


Coastival line-up confirmed for Scarborough arts festival from February 12 to 14

Russian State Opera in Madam Butterfly

Russian State Opera to perform Madam Butterfly at York Barbican on Tuesday

Martin Taylor, left, and Martin Simpson, playing the NCEM on April 5

Two Martins head to National Centre for Early Music and so do John McCusker and June Tabor

Rebecca Ferguson: new date for York gig

Liverpool soul singer Rebecca Ferguson moves York Barbican show to October to focus on recording album

Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting's space mission lands in Yorkshire on Sunday night

Mark Lanegan. Picture: Steve Gullick

Mark Lanegan to play Grand Opera House in York in April

Scott Goncalves as The Phantom. Picture: Chris Midgley

Review: The Phantom Of The Opera (Youth Group Production), The York Orchard Musical Theatre Company, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

Fairport Convention

Win tickets for Fairport Convention's Grand Opera House concert in York on March 1

Richard Hawley: just the ticket for competition winners

Win tickets for Richard Hawley's February 19 concert at York Barbican

Steve Tearle, left, as Mr Smith, Affrica McLaren as Agnes, Sandra Rowen as Katie, Richard Rodgers as Grandpa Smith, Anna Keats as Esther and Martin Lay as John Truitt in New Earswick Musicals' Meet Me In St Louis

New Earswick Musicals to stage York premiere of Meet Me At St Louis at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in April

Angelica Allen and Sean Christopher, from the Thriller Live cast, starring at the Grand Opera House in York this week. Picture: Nigel Holland

Review: Thriller Live, Grand Opera House, York, until Saturday


Reef's revival grows stronger as their spring tour heads for Fibbers in York on March 18

Hinds: "Whimsical indie Spanish twist on Riot Grrrl garage rock"

CD review: Hinds, Leave Me Alone (Lucky Number) ****

Tindersticks: "Strangely comforting in a way it probably shouldn’t be and perhaps wasn’t intended to be"

CD review: Tindersticks, The Waiting Room (City Slang) ****

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart announces Yorkshire date

Kelly Jones and Teddy Thompson

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones to promote Little Wonders album with Leeds and Pocklington gigs

Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts Of Highway 20

CD review: Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (Highway 20 Records) *****

York Musical Theatre Company's poster for Happy & Glorious

York Musical Theatre Company to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday with Happy & Glorious concerts in April

Conductor Peter Seymour

Yorkshire Bach Choir present Victoria's psalms and motets at St Michael le Belfrey on Saturday

Laura Cantrell

New York City country singer Laura Cantrell to play Pocklington Arts Centre on May 5

The Cult. Picture: Tim Cadiente

CD review: The Cult, Hidden City (Cooking Vinyl) ****

Lee Memphis King as Elvis Presley

Review: One Night Of Elvis, Lee Memphis King, Grand Opera House, York, January 28

Main Street Sound, the York ladies' barbershop choir

First York Community Choir Festival is under way at Joseph Rowntree Theatre

British rock legends FM

Review: FM and Bernie Marsden, Fibbers, York, January 27

Cleo Higgins in Thriller Live. Picture: Irina Chira

Cleo Higgins's special job keeping Michael Jackson's music alive in Thriller Live in York

From Russia with folk songs: Otava Yo

The Russians are coming to the National Centre for Early Music in York and so is Icelandic software manipulator

Joe Brown

Reasons for rock'n'roller Joe Brown to be cheerful in York and Fangfoss, one, two, three

Brighton band The Kooks

Review: The Kooks, York Barbican, 20/1/2016

Paul Carrack at York Barbican in 2013. Picture: David Harrison

Paul Carrack follows up release of new album Soul Shadows with York Barbican concert

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose plays National Centre for Early Music in York tonight on her Solo Acoustic Tour

The Cult

The Cult complete album trilogy with February 5's Hidden City and line up Yorkhire gig

Conductor Alan George

Review: The Academy of St Olave’s, St Peter’s School Memorial Hall, York, January 23

Clive John's Johnny Cash Roadshow

Review: The Johnny Cash Roadshow, Grand Opera House, York, January 21

Rafael Rojas as Andrea Chénier and Annemarie Kremer as Maddelena in Opera North's Andrea Chenier. Picture: Robert Workman

Review: Opera North in Andrea Chénier, Leeds Grand Theatre, until February 24

Ron Burnett, right, and his Unity Jazz Band in 1958

Jazz musician Ron Burnett returns to the York venue where he first played in 1958

Cast members Simon Trow, left, Terry Ford, Rory Mulvihill, Lee Patterson and Chris Hagyard in Penny Millionaire

Review: Penny Millionaire, The Bev Jones Music Company, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

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