Picks of the week: North: Music

Hayseed Dixie | Hercules And Love Affair | Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick | Moseley Folk Festival | REM

Hayseed Dixie
Carling Academy, Bristol, Tuesday
An intriguing turn of events: the band specialising in bluegrass covers of popular hits decide to do their own material. Interesting tactic — and reasonably successful, too.

Hercules And Love Affair
Thekla, Bristol, Wednesday
In the vanguard for the new wave of electro-disco comes this work of many hands. Antony Hegarty present in spirit if not person.

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick
Loughborough Town Hall, Thursday
Two leading lights of 1960s folk reconvene to offer spellbinding reels. Reissue of their Both Ears And The Tail LP worth a listen, too.

Moseley Folk Festival
Moseley Park, Birmingham, Saturday
The second day of the Midlands folk fest sees a modern twist with turns from The Bees and softly-spoken acoustic guitarist José González.

REM
Twickenham Stadium, London, Saturday
Michael Stipe and band enjoy the re-invigoration prompted by new album Accelerate. Feisty three-chord rock sits alongside acknowledged classics.

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