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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 16/10/2019 - Live Reviews
Curiosity took Nicky Crewe to the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony, where she discovered an evening full of enthusiasm and celebration, with fantastic musicians and surprising guests.

Alasdair Roberts : Regather, Sheffield, 26/10/2019 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe caught a magical evening in Sheffield as Alasdair Roberts performed solo to promote his latest album, 'The Fiery Margin'.

Rock Machine : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Nicky Crewe writes of two late 1960's 'Rock Machine' compilations - and ten songs from them - that still have a place in her heart and her record collection.

Nicky Crewe : Ticket Rewind - Features
In our 'Ticket Rewind' series, in which our writers reflect on their old gig tickets and their stories, Nicky Crewe wonders when is a ticket not a ticket now we have the ticketless gig and shares memories of a significant paper ticket found as a bookmark.

Guy Clark : Live from San Francisco, 1988 - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe finds that Guy Clark's reissued album, recorded live in San Francisco in 1988, takes you back to a special concert from a singer songwriter whose influence is very much alive today.

Donald Brackett : Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Profiles
Nicky Crewe examines a new book which explores the origins of soul music through the life story and career of Sharon Jones and her house band the Dap-Kings, and finds that the incredible success of Amy Winehouse was possibly at the expense of recognition that Sharon deserved before cancer took her.

Richard Hawley : Standing At The Sky’s Edge - Profiles
Nicky Crewe finds Richard Hawley and Chris Bush create a love song to Sheffield with a universal message that will make you reconsider what a stage musical can be.

Alex Rex : Bishop's House, Sheffield, 14/4/2019 - Live Reviews
At an intimate and ancient venue in Sheffield Nicky Crewe watches Alex Neilson as he ‘ditches bitterness to take us straight to regret’ with his dark and powerful music. He also gives us the magic formula for the cure for depression, raising spirits in more ways than one.

Liam Walker : Profile - Profiles
What happens when a talented singer songwriter takes a leap towards TV stardom? Nicky Crewe follows South Yorkshire musician Liam Walker’s path to 'The Voice' and beyond.

Joan Baez : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 26/2/2019 - Live Reviews
As Joan Baez completes the final dates of her 'Fare Thee Well' world tour, Nicky Crewe at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester is reminded of just how relevant and inspiring her music is, and, with her career spanning six decades and changing times, finds she still has a powerful message to share.

Deacon Blue : City Hall, Sheffield, 11/12/2018 - Live Reviews
NIcky Crewe watches Deacon Blue celebrate thirty years of fantastic music on their recent tour and give an excited Sheffield audience a night to remember.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita : Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield. 15/5/2018 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe watches harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita play a haunting set in Sheffield to promote their second album ‘Soar’, which takes its inspiration from the flight of the osprey, a bird recently reintroduced to Finch’s native Wales.

Slits : Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits - Profiles
Nicky Crewe finds that a new revealing and entertaining documentary about the Slits will remind fans of just how special they were. It is bound to inspire a new generation too.

Sixties Soul : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Nicky Crewe in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her early teens being brought up in the middle of a Northern pop explosion and some of her favourite 60's soul songs

Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls : Greystones, Sheffield, 21/9/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe watches Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls play a humorous and acoustic set of Wonder Stuff classics and songs from their new CD, 'We Came Here to Work'.

Brian Wilson : City Hall, Sheffield, 2/8/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe gets nothing but 'Good Vibrations' from Brian Wilson and his amazing band of musicians on this summer’s 'Pet Sounds' tour.

Loft Club : Interview - Interviews
Nicky Crewe speaks to Exeter indie band The Loft Club frontman Daniel Schamroth about their increasing global success, 60's and early 70's songwriting influences and recent EP 'Heart's Desire'

Indigo Girls : Leadmill, Sheffield, 21/7/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe gets to experience the Power of Two with the Indigo Girls and a very special ‘family’ gathering after their long absence from touring the UK.

Live on Mars : City Hall, Sheffield, 4/6/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe at City Hall in Sheffield revisits the life and work of David Bowie’s early career through the amazing stage show that is Live on Mars

Paul Kantner and The Windowpane Collective : Venusian Love Songs - Favourite Album Reviews


Rab Noakes : Greystones, Sheffield, 15/3/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe at the Greystones in Sheffield watches folk legend Rab Noakes play an intimate and distinctive set on what he has named his 70/50 tour, which celebrates him both turning seventy in May and also that it will be fifty years since his first paid gig

Grahams : Greystones, Sheffield, 22/2/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe is excited by the Grahams' first date of their UK tour. From New York via Nashville, Route 66, American railroads and the Mississippi River, their music makes connections wherever they play

Lewis and Leigh : Cafe 9, Sheffield, 11/2/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe watches rising Americana stars Lewis and Leigh play a magical set at a sold out gig in the tiny Cafe 9 in Sheffield

Aurelio Martinez : TalkingGigs, The Hubs, Sheffield, 2/2/2017 - Live Reviews
Nicky Crewe at a TalkingGigs show at The Hubs in Sheffield discovers what it's like to become part of the Garifuna nation, thanks to the wonderful music of its ambassador Aurelio Martinez.

Food of Love Project : Interview - Interviews
Nicky Crewe talks to co-curator Tom McConnell about 'The Food of Love Project', a compilation album which compiles together new recordings of Shakespearean and other Elizabethan age songs from a collection of contemporary folk and experimental artists

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