Monthly Archives: December 2017

Crackly Vinyl, Trump, The Smell of Poo and a Phantom Ivor Biggun – Music in 2017

2017 started musically in defiant fashion, as stars boycotted President Trump’s inauguration concert. Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé played for the incoming President Obama, but the list of those refusing to play for Trump is more stellar than those … Continue reading

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Cockburn, Bruce – Bone on Bone

(TrueNorth Records) When songwriters get past 70, I tend to look at the final song on their latest albums to see what musical words they might intentionally be signing off with.

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Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams

(ECM) There is something tantalising about Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem’s restraint. The tentative playing on his previous release – the excellent double disc Souvenance – seemed to reflect the political uncertainty of his Tunisian homeland in the wake of … Continue reading

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Jonny Lang – Signs

(Concord Records /Provogue Records) By any standard, Lang has had an extraordinary life. If the definition of making it big is being awarded a platinum disc, he made it big aged only 15. I’ll leave a moment for that to … Continue reading

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Dave Walker: How to Avoid the Peace

Dave Walker’s latest cartoon collection (Canterbury Press) is sub-titled ‘Tips for Advanced Churchgoing,’  but although you don’t have to be an Anglican to enjoy the humour, it will help you to catch the subtleties. His understanding of the ordinary person … Continue reading

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