Toby’s Concert Reviews

Belshazzar’s Feast

During most of our concerts Toby Wood will take photos of the artists and then write a short review. We will publish his review here and you might also see it in one of the Folk Magazines.

We generally keep the review online for about 3 months. But if you want to see a full list of all the acts we have ever had at the Barn (or at some of the other Halls we have had to use when the Baston Barn is not available), then take a look at our Previous Concerts page.

Belshazzar’s Feast – 26th May 2022

Concert Review (Including photos) by Toby Wood Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson have been here before, exactly eleven years ago to the day (26 May 2011) and as part of their Christmas 2012 tour. Now, in 2022, they have decided to hang up their touring boots. As they say on their website, “You’ve already had too much of a good thing. We’ve long outstayed our welcome in the Travelodges, service stations and garden centres of the world, so it’s high time we headed for new pastures/put out to grass. Catch us while you can!” And that’s exactly what Baston’s audienceContinue reading “Belshazzar’s Feast – 26th May 2022”

Anna Massie & Mairearad Green – 28th April 2022

Concert Review by Toby Wood Well what a coincidence! The last time Anna Massie and Mairearad Green played at Baston was on 28th April 2016, six years ago to the day! And previously they had played The Barn on 24th April 2014. So, with regard to Anna and Mairearad, or A&M as I shall hereafter refer to them, April is the happiest month. Convivial host Woody warmed up the audience with his usual wit and bonhomie, including attempting to give the audience a choice of songs whose subject matter included a ghost, chicken or bible story. Follow that! Well A&MContinue reading “Anna Massie & Mairearad Green – 28th April 2022”

Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher – 24th March 2022

Concert Review by Toby Wood Crikey! It’s exactly five years and one day since Kathryn and Amy performed at Baston so their welcome return seems like some sort of Wood anniversary. Get it? Now that the Covid-19 situation is hopefully easing, Kathryn and Amy are back on the road, gradually heading south, tonight in Lincolnshire, tomorrow Guildford and then darting down to Dartington in Devon. Kathryn is THE foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. In short, nobody does it better. Amy is what the Guardian describes as the ‘accordion star’ and the paper also describes a live performance as “aContinue reading “Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher – 24th March 2022”

Jack Rutter – 24th February 2022

Concert Review by Toby Wood Well, we could do with something to cheer us up. No sooner had the Covid restrictions been largely lifted than Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine, thus putting Europe on high alert. We certainly needed an evening of high-quality songs and musicianship to lift the spirits. And that’s precisely what we got! The stage is set – guitar cases, instrument stands and a sheepskin jacket casually draped on a chair. Jack sits at the side of the hall reading ‘101 whiskies to try before you die’. Just as well it’s not ‘101 whiskies to drinkContinue reading “Jack Rutter – 24th February 2022”