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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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Frank Cottrell-Boyce: Wowed by the Wonder in Blue Planet 2

There is very little television to bring the nation together anymore. We access the news whenever we want, and even the water-cooler culture of reality TV has its separate tribes. But if there is anything to galvanise the nation’s front … Continue reading

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Wildwood Kin – Turning Tides

(Silvertone / Sony) While a female family trio that features flowing, flawless harmonies might suggest Haim, this band is completely different. Wildwood Kin are less poppy and more atmospheric. Opener “The Author” would have slotted seamlessly onto a Note for … Continue reading

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Mark Heard: A Treasure of the Broken Land

That Mark Heard turned down the offer of touring with Dylan and T-Bone Burnett speaks both of his talent and his humility. He may not have had the chance to make a big splash from that tour, but the ripples … Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn – Sight of Day

“This isn’t prog!” exclaimed my colleague on the way home from work, when this one was in the player. Of course, I defended the genre – explaining that it has always been broad enough to encompass folk, blues, rock, classical, … Continue reading

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Stu Garrard: Behind the Beatitudes

We sometimes envy those with successful careers, but – as public figures from Tony Hancock to Caroline Aherne have shown us – inside their skin, they may be living in a far more fearful world than their public face reveals. … Continue reading

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