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The [New] Roscoe Gig Reviews

List of Reviews

Justin Townes Earle - 21st July 2008
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KeepitCASH - 11th March 2007
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Do$ch - 3rd March 2007
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Honeytone Cody - 28th February 2007
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Headfirst - 14th January 2007
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The Storys - 13th September 2006
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Vamp - 4th June 2006
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Boo Herwendine - 24th May 2006
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Charlie Speed - 14th May 2006
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Corb Lund - 27th March 2006
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Martin Stephenson - 30th March 2005
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Other Website Reviews

Frank Sidebottom + The Boy Tate - 18th October 2006
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Tom Russell - 18th September 2006
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Jon Gomm + Gallo - 12th April 2006
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John Parkes + Braxton Hicks + Martin Hughes - 30th January 2006
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Deadstring Brothers + Pigzipper - 9th October 2005
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Chicken Legs Weaver + Cardboard Cowboy + Tom Rodwell - 28th September 2005
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9 Volt Shot + Ajanta + Myopia - 7th September 2005
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Astral Flyers + Electric Mud Generator + Napoleon Solo - 13th July 2005
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Space Ritual - 28th April 2005
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The Durbervilles + The Delamores + Jordan Senior - 21st April 2005
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Delmonica + Shearwater + Zenith - 6th April 2005
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The Hamsters - 29th December 2004
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Waking The Witch + Gallo - 5th September 2004
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The Wrinkle Neck Mules + The Durbervilles - 19th July 2004
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Union Jackass + Local Heroes + That's Called Stealing - 4th March 2004
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Cinerama + The Call - 5th October 2003
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Bad Manners + RKID - 28th August 2003
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Scandal - 16th August 2003
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Woody Mann + Jon Gomm - 28th May 2003
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Blue Rodeo + Luke Doucet - 21st May 2003
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Deepest Purple - 27th March 2003
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Review of Martin Stephenson - 30th March 2005 © Steve Perkins, York

Martin StephensonHow many days of your life do you spend in the presence of genius…?

In this battery farm world of music with its conveyor belt of style over substance there is little to stir the soul - little which roves free untainted by commercial pressures. Very few have the insight or the freedom to see the bigger picture – to reveal the absurdities and complexities of the human condition… hell, and to ask for the England score in the middle of it all. One of those rare figures lit up the room at the New Roscoe last night.

It was twenty years ago when I first saw Martin Stephenson with the Daintees at Leeds Uni. I remember Martin declaring that a young lad in the audience was Eddie Cochran and breaking off from a song, gave the lad his guitar to complete the picture. A hokey cokey around the hall ensued, with the new Eddie Cochran leading, much to the delight of the audience. People I’d seen on telly didn’t do that sort of thing. But then there has never been anything typical about Martin Stephenson. When commercial successes beckoned, he walked away – disinterested in being caged and force fed his art. For behind the bonhomie, the banter, the brilliant wit – there is a serious soul, somebody who is desperate to connect – because he knows, ultimately that’s all we’ve got – the opportunity to bring a little joy.

Joy was on the face of everybody as they left the New Roscoe after a stunning gig. Toe tapping to the guitar one minute, choked by the beauty of his songs the next and creased with laughter at his stories and one liners inbetween. I had arrived at the New Roscoe in a good mood – I left having had one of those very rare days when you know you’ve been in the company of somebody special, no, more than mere special.

…thank you to the New Roscoe

… and thank you Martin for another one of those days…

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