Monthly Archives: June 2012

Throwing Puns: The Tim Vine Interview

An un-guarded Tim Vine tells Derek Walker about his hi-vis career.

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Talking Sausages and Derivatives with Gillian Tett

Key people should have listened to this journalist back in the mid-noughties. The Financial Times’ Gillian Tett is still getting used to being on the ‘wrong’ end of a microphone. As the Press Association’s current Journalist of the Year, hard … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts

I had two selections in Christianity Magazine’s 2010 Christmas gifts round up: a round up of the year’s music and Gifts for Him.

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Bruce Cockburn: Small Source of Comfort (True North)

Still witty, Cockburn lightens up – and gives us a few welcome instrumentals 4 Stars 14 Tracks / 54 minutes For those who can’t wait to find out what is in store, Cockburn gives a foretaste of the whole disc … Continue reading

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: And Friends (Razor and Tie)

Probably the best way we will ever hear this unique outfit. Shabalala Doobedoo. 4.5 Stars 30 tracks / 133 Minutes Along with Manfred Mann, Hugh Masekela and Dave Matthews, Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) must be South Africa’s leading cultural exporters. … Continue reading

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The Medium and the Message – artist Paul Hobbs

Gloucestershire multimedia artist Paul Hobbs tells Derek Walker how his images evolve Words can be dangerous. The Church often creates uncomfortable headlines by what it says on topical issues, and people can read into the words of ordinary Christians political … Continue reading

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Iona – Clearing the Ancient Wells

Iona’s Dave Bainbridge and Jo Hogg tell Derek Walker how their Another Realm album has been a re-birth for the band. Some bands have been so seminal and successful in what they have done, that it hardly seems possible that … Continue reading

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Tord Gustavsen Quartet – The Well (ECM)

  Tord Gustavsen’s excellent serving of chilled jazz is already on my short list for the best of 2012. 4.5 stars 11 tracks / 53 minutes The place where music is conceived can have a radical effect on the style … Continue reading

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Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo (Marsalis Music)

This duo keeps the Marsalis family brand’s reputation for classic, breezy jazz. 4 stars 9 tracks / 55 minutes When the Branford Marsalis Quartet released their last album Metamorphosis, Marsalis – being a democratic kind of bandleader – gave each … Continue reading

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