Author Archives: WalkerWords

Band of Love: Folk Fever

(Island Records) Just when I thought there were no genre mash ups left – and Malcolm McLaren’s mix of punk and opera was a strange one – we now have folk artists covering disco songs. What do we get – … Continue reading

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Speechless

Here’s some of the best instrumental music of the year so far to come across my desk (or kitchen table, to be more accurate). There is jazz, neo-classical, folk, Celtic and various points in between. Most of it is cottage … Continue reading

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Daughter of the Church

You are huge when people know you by one name only. Like Bowie and Prince, the prized pair that we lost in 2016, Aretha Franklin was one such singer. The name ‘Aretha’ only meant one person – and often, when … Continue reading

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Beth Rowley – Gota Fria

Ten years is a lot of life to condense down into 59 minutes, which may explain why Gota Fria smoulders away, glowing red hot like it’s about to burst into wild fire. It has been that long since Rowley’s last … Continue reading

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Fairport Convention – What We Did on our Saturday

Swipe me, 50 years already? “Who knows where the time goes,” indeed. And with Fairport’s penchant for losing people somewhat permanently, who knows how many of them will be around to celebrate 60 years? So this was an anniversary to … Continue reading

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Angélique Kidjo – Remain in Light

For Angélique Kidjo – probably Africa’s best-known female singer – to record a version of Talking Heads’ classic art-rock masterwork Remain in Light is both an obvious choice and a strange one.

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Moby – Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt

All things bleak and beautiful, a creature great and small. On this release, Moby bares all: the shame of his past, his helplessness and pain in the present and his fear of a dystopian future. But, being Moby, despite the … Continue reading

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Early Man

(PG, Aardman) Released in a World Cup year, even those who avoid ‘the beautiful game’ can enjoy the punfest and ingenuity of another Aardman film. Early Man is a clash of civilisations, where football is the means of bringing them … Continue reading

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The Old Dark House (Dual Format DVD/Blu Ray)

(Eureka) You may or may not be not grateful for this, but if it wasn’t for films like The Old Dark House, you’d never have got Scooby Doo. You can imagine the start: to quote another famous cartoon dog, “It … Continue reading

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Joanne Hogg & Co: The Map Project

Joanne Hogg is best known for her keyboards and lead vocals with Celtic-jazz-prog-folkies Iona, but this 6 track EP is a very different affair.

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