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Steve Pledger @ The People’s Bookshop, Durham

Born in Cambridge in 1971, Steve grew up in St Neots and from an early age one constant in his life has been music; a love for it, a need to express himself through it and – in more recent years – the opportunity to share his own songs with a growing, wider audience. His […]

Kathryn Williams @ The People’s Bookshop, Durham

While Kathryn is widely known as a Nick Drake fan, her own songs draw from a wide range of influences and she began writing long before she had heard of Nick Drake. Kathryn is eager to point out that despite being happy to be associated with the English singer-songwriter tradition, she has strong roots in […]

Greg Genre @ Claypath Deli

Greg Genre (what a name!) has all the accoutrements of a blues singer: voice – check; guitar – check; harmonica – check; but whereas a blues singer might drone on about waking up in the morning and reaching for the bottle because his mistress has ran off and left him with just his dying dog […]

Edwina Hayes @ Claypath Deli

Edwina Hayes beautifully written songs have rightly gained her a reputation as a talented Folk tinged Americana singer/songwriter. She is one of those musicians who seems to be constantly on the road – over the years Edwina has toured with Loudon Wainwright, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters. She has sang with […]

Nathalie Stern + Noize Choir @ Empty Shop HQ Durham

Existing outside of any one genre or scene Nathalie Stern’s minimal but distinctive largely electronic set up uses looped vocals and melodic lines to build up a mysterious web of sound that has enthralled and transfixed anyone who has managed to catch her live in recent times. Its foreboding without sacrificing any beauty, experimental but […]


Formed in 2015 James Gray Robson & The Lovely Burn are an acoustic folk/old country soul duo who come to Durham’s Empty Shop armed with a bunch of intricately crafted songs, which have something of a Ryan Adams feel about them. James’ powerful, soul-filled voice which is reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Chris Burn’s tender, […]