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Nicky Crewe - Live Music Reviews


Miscellaneous - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 16/10/2019

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

Alasdair Roberts - Regather, Sheffield, 26/10/2019

Nicky Crewe caught a magical evening in Sheffield as Alasdair Roberts performed solo to promote his latest album, 'The Fiery Margin'.

Alex Rex

Alex Rex - Bishop's House, Sheffield, 14/4/2019

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.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 26/2/2019

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

Deacon Blue - City Hall, Sheffield, 11/12/2018

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

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita - Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield. 15/5/2018

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.

Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls

Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls - Greystones, Sheffield, 21/9/2017

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

Brian Wilson - City Hall, Sheffield, 2/8/2017

Nicky Crewe gets nothing but 'Good Vibrations' from Brian Wilson and his amazing band of musicians on this summer’s 'Pet Sounds' tour.

Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls - Leadmill, Sheffield, 21/7/2017

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

Live on Mars - City Hall, Sheffield, 4/6/2017

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

Rab Noakes

Rab Noakes - Greystones, Sheffield, 15/3/2017

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

Aurelio Martinez

Aurelio Martinez - TalkingGigs, The Hubs, Sheffield, 2/2/2017

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.


Grahams - Greystones, Sheffield, 22/2/2017

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

Lewis and Leigh - Cafe 9, Sheffield, 11/2/2017

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

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock - Greystones, Sheffield, 30/10/2016

Nicky Crewe enjoys a fascinating evening with former Soft Boys frontman Robyn Hitchcock at a TalkingGigs show at the Greystones in Sheffield which combined conversation and performance

Souad Massi

Souad Massi - Merlin Theatre, Sheffield,  11/9/2016

Nicky Crewe reviews Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi at her Talking Gig in Sheffield's Merlin Theatre.

Silver Apples

Silver Apples - Picture House Social, Sheffield, 21/9/2016

Nicky Crewe watches Silver Apples, the project of electronica veteran Simeon Coxe, play a stunning set in front of a transfixed crowd at The Picture House Social in Sheffield

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams - Plug, Sheffield, 13/7/2016

Nicky Crewe watches singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams play a stunning set at The Plug in Sheffield

Wild Ponies

Wild Ponies - Greystones, Sheffield, 29/6/2016

Nicky Crewe enjoys an intimate set from Nashville-based husband-and-wife Americana duo Wild Ponies at the Greystones in Sheffield

Graham Nash

Graham Nash - Albert Hall, Manchester, 21/5/2016

Nicky Crewe sees Graham Nash delight his fans at a wonderful homecoming concert at the Albert Hall in Manchester

Electric 50 Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall Judas Redux

Electric 50 Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall Judas Redux - Academy 3, Manchester, 17/5/2016

Nicky Crewe enjoys a fantastic charity fundraising concert at Manchester Academy which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s infamous Judas Free Trade Hall concert in which he first played an electric set in the UK in 1966

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke - Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell, 1/6/2016

Nicky Crewe watches John Cooper Clarke perform an exuberant set of punk poetry at Bakewell Town Hall

Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues  - Student Union, Sheffield, 26/2/2016

Nicky Crewe learns more about the history and culture of Mali, where the power and message of protest music is taken to a new level, when watching Songhoy Blues play a gig in Sheffield

Sam Sweeney's Fiddle

Sam Sweeney's Fiddle - Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, 14/9/2015

Nicky Crewe attends at the Pavilion in Buxton the last night of a very moving tour from Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle, which breathes life into the story of one man and his violin

Handsome Family

Handsome Family - Memorial Hall, Sheffield, 19/3/2105

Nicky Crewe enjoys husband-and-wife duo the Handsome Family's unusual Gothic-tinged Americana a gig at the Memorial Hall in Sheffield


Levellers - Opera House, Buxton, 5/3/2015

Nicky Crewe enjoys an unusual evening from the Levellers at the Buxton Opera House in London at which they show their new documentary 'A Curious Life' and then follow this with an acoustic set

Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 2/122014

Nicky Crewe is impressed by Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd's technical and musical brilliance, but is unconvinced by a show at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on their latest Discovery tour

Olof Arnalds

Olof Arnalds - Cornerstone, Manchester, 2/10/2014

Nicky Crewe watches Icelandic singer-songwriter Ólöf Arnalds play an enchanting set in the Cornerstone in Manchester

Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan - St Philip's Church, Manchester, 12/10/2014

Nicky Crewe watches 60's singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan play an atmospheric and enthralling set at St Philip's Church in Manchester

John Mayall

John Mayall - Opera House, Buxton, 30/10/2014

Nicky Crewe find nearly eighty-one year old blues legend John Mayall performing very much in the present at a memorable gig at the Opera House in Buxton

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson - Buxton Opera House, Buxton,

Nicky Crewe watches Richard Thompson play a stunning acoustic solo show over a Bank Holiday weekend in the intimate and theatrical setting of the Opera House in Buxton

Vena Portae

At the Castle Hotel in Manchester, Nicky Crewe watches alternative folk group Vena Portae, which includes much acclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Barker, play a fine and intimate set

Doors Alive

Doors Alive - The Lowry, Salford, 12/7/2014

Nicky Crewe watches tribute band the Doors Alive play a compelling show at the Lowry Theatre and reflects upon the boundaries of imitation

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae - Academy, Manchester, 7/5/2014

Nicky Crewe watches soul/funk artist Janelle Monae play a magnetic show at the Academy in Manchester

Albert Hammond

Albert Hammond - Memorial Hall, Sheffield, 21/5/2014

At the Memorial Hall in Sheffield, Nicky Crewe watches musician and producer Albert Hammond play a revelatory set from across his fifty year songwriting career

Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife - Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 30/4/2014

Nicky Crewe misses most of Shonen Knife's gig at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester due to their late stage arrival, but feels that it was better to have seen some of the Tokyo all girl punk trio's set rather than nothing at all


Goldfrapp - Lowry, Manchester, 27/3/2014

Nicky Crewe watches Goldfrapp play an extraordinary and gripping show at the Lowry in Manchester

Bird to Beast

Bird to Beast - Gullivers, Manchester, 13/3/2014

Nicky Crewe finds local duo Bird to Beast to be both genre-spanning and original in a show at Gullivers in Manchester

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