Hearing Radio 3’s eclectic Late Junction show record a session at the Picture House Social was a special experience, with sets from folk singer Jim Ghedi and live coder Heavy Lifting either side of new work from contemporary composer Stephen Chase.

‘Banjolely’ saw Chase and collaborators Linda Kemp and Nathan Bettany continuously play the same note for around 15 minutes using a banjolele and two ukuleles. Over the duration of the performance, the sound seemed to warp into new shapes, and tones drifted up and down the scale as if from a slide guitar. Such concentrated repetition causes the mind to play tricks.

This strain of minimalism is fiendishly difficult to perform, as it requires all performers to maintain an almost telepathic connection to each other and to not lose concentration for even a split-second. The performers teeter on the edge of what Philip Glass calls ‘trainwreck’, in which the delicately built structure collapses like a Jenga tower.

Kashena Sampson
Mon 4 June | Greystones | £11
The slow-burners penned by this new Nashville singer-songwriter positively drip with emotion, such as on the lilting lament ‘Never Give Up’. A quick glance at the retro cover for new album, Wild Heart, reveals Sampson’s devotion to the sun-bleached sounds of 70s America.  Link

Tim Eriksen
Mon 6 June | Yellow Arch | £13.20
Billed as ‘hardcore Americana’, Massachusetts man Eriksen doesn’t interpret traditional songs, but lets them speak for themselves, most recently demonstrated on his album, Josh Billings Voyage. He’s joined by Australian singer and mandolin player Mandy Connell. Link

Loz Speyer’s Inner Space
Wed 6 June | Lescar | £8
Exploratory jazz from trumpeter and flugelhorn aficionado Loz Speyer, a veteran of the UK improv scene. Tonight he collaborates with drummer Gary Willcox and bassist Olie Brice, with Rachel Musson on tenor sax and Chris Biscoe on alto. Expect free thinking and new forms. Link

Warmduscher
Wed 6 June | Picture House Social | £7.70
Whether anybody asked for a collaboration between members of Fat White Family and electro outfit Paranoid London is beside the point. Warmduscher is what we’ve ended up with, a sleazy funk five-piece who, in the words of The Quietus, make the Fat Whites “look almost normal by comparison.” Link

Tama Sumo, Bradley Zero, Mike Servito
Fri 8 June | Hope Works | £16.90
Tama Sumo’s soulful selections as Panorama Bar resident are celebrated far beyond the boundaries of Berlin. One particularly like-minded DJ is New York’s Mike Servito, who has pioneered a queer take on house, techno and disco. There’s also NTS Radio’s Bradley Zero, LNS, Laksa and a whole heap of Sheffield talent in support. Link

Peace In The Park
Sat 9 June | Ponderosa | Free
Celebrating peace, tolerance and non-violence, the city’s favourite festival returns after another herculean fundraising effort with a full day of music, art, dancing, shops, stalls and kids’ entertainment. The Peace In The Arch after-party promises three rooms of madness down the road at Yellow Arch. Link

Heavy Lids
Sat 9 June | Café Totem | £8
Local dream pop outfit Heavy Lids take to Café Totem, formerly The Rocking Chair, for a launch party to celebrate their debut single, ‘Neon Graffiti’. As you might have guessed, it’s a song about Park Hill, and the infamous ‘I Love You’ bridge that spans the divide between old and new. Link

Richard Dawson
Fri 15 June | Picture House Social | £11.10
The songs of Newcastle singer Richard Dawson were conceived in the creative fires of ancient folk culture, but bent to his will through modern means of composition. In support is our own Jim Ghedi, who breaks traditional songs down to their most elemental and moving components. Link

MiGreat Lates
Fri 22 June | Foodhall | £11 (£8 concession)
Local Roma band Romans Košice headline this early evening session, part of 2018’s Migration Matters Festival, with words sung in Slovakian, Czech and Romani. There’s also Isma Soutona (‘Hear Our Voice’), a group of Syrian men who share their experiences through sound, plus perennial local favourites Katie Pham and The Moonbathers. Link

Dowally
Tue 26 June | Greystones | Price TBA
Scottish trio Dowally’s music defies easy categorisation, falling somewhere between folk, jazz and traditional music from multiple parts of the globe. Rachel Walker plays fiddle, accompanied by Dan Abrahams on acoustic guitar and Phil Alexander on accordion. The result is a new kind of music that’s more than the sum of its parts many times over. Link

Gould Piano Trio
Wed 27 June | St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield | £18 (under-17 £5)
Part of the Bradfield Festival of Music, violinist Lucy Gould, cellist Alice Neary and pianist Benjamin Frith play Haydn’s ‘Piano Trio in A major’ and Schoenberg’s early work, ‘Verklärte Nacht’. For fans of German Romanticism, they’ll be finishing off with Brahm’s ‘Piano Trio No 1 in B major’. Link

Roller Trio
Wed 27 June | Lescar | £8
Fusing rock with jazz is notoriously difficult, which is why the plaudits racked up by this Leeds trio include MOBO and Mercury nominations. Their music combines the spiritual breeze of an Alice Coltrane record with the expansive landscapes and open-ended structures of Talk Talk at their most reverential. Grab a ticket quick, as their last appearance garnered Jazz At The Lescar’s biggest ever audience. Link

Sam Gregory