Having had the privilege of interviewing Sam last year for folking.com and found him incredibly generous with his time (we chatted for an hour and he’d literally just arrived home after a tour), I still had yet to see him live. Eventually, as part of the 2018 Cambridge City Roots festival, I managed to get along to his band’s gig at the Junction. And what a gig! Definitely a band to go and see – real crowd-pleasers and full of energy. Here’s my review, also for folking.com.
Legendary Steeleye Span / Gigspanner fiddle player Peter Knight and ex-Bellowhead melodeon supremo John Spiers were first paired up by the organisers at Folk East in 2016. This inspired collaboration proved durable, leading to a 2018 album, Well Met, and promotional tour. As part of the 2018 Cambridge City Roots festival, I was lucky enough to go along and have a listen. Here’s the review written for folking.com.
As part of the Cambridge City Roots festival in February, I went along to Cambridge Junction to see Mad Dog McRea. I’d reviewed their Almost Home album when I was writing for Bright Young Folk and loved it, so I was really keen to see them in action. A band with a reputation for being an instant party – what’s not to like?
And all due respect to their support act on the night, Noble Jacks, who got things off to a rollicking good start, warming up the audience like a furnace. (And they were also really lovely lads, too).
How did it go? Read my review, for folking.com, to find out.
Another day, another gig as part of the Cambridge City Roots festival in February 2017. This time it was off to Cambridge Junction to see Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Amy Wadge doing a double-headliner with Luke Jackson.
Jackson was the real draw for me, since I’ve got his albums but hadn’t yet managed to see him live. To be honest, I wasn’t really too sure who Amy Wadge was (sorry, and I know now – she co-wrote the bestselling ‘Right Where We Are’ with Ed Sheeran!), but quickly got to like her down-to-earth presence. The dynamic between Jackson & Wadge was lovely, with lots of mutual affection (she seems like the kind of aunt who might have slipped him a sneaky Babycham at Christmas when when he was young).
It’s not the first time these two have done the double-header tour and they plan to do it again in future. To find out whether you should book your tickets (spoiler – yes, you should), read the review I wrote for folking.com.
A review of Martin Green’s (Lau) most recent project Flit, performed live at Cambridge Junction, October 2016. Flit is based on stories of migration, initially inspired by Green’s own grandparents’ experience, and featuring other collected tales.
Mark Lanegan, Cambridge Junction, 03 September 2015
It’s a last-minute decision to see Mark Lanegan at the Junction. Much as I love his work, I’d never yet seen him live and wondered what it might be like. In the end, serendipity decided for me: as I hesitated, one of his songs suddenly came on the radio. That voice was irresistible and I find I must see the man who can make such a sound. Continue reading →