Review: Gwyl 2021 festival

The future looks promising for live festivals, but for now we are still in the land of the virtual. Gwyl 2021 earlier this month used this mode to its full advantage. The event was put together by four Welsh festivals, Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Festival of Comedy and Other Voices. Collectively, they created…

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Top albums, EPs and songs for 2020

Let’s go with the positive. This year there has been a plethora of amazing new music from artists both well established and emerging. For many people, listening to music has been a lifeline to turn to in these troubled times. And with lockdown, some have been able to rediscover the pleasure of playing an album…

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Review: Lamb at Union Chapel

This was Lamb’s first seated gig, so they tell us. Good going for the duo who have been in existence since 1996. They did, however, exhort us to get up on our feet for a dancey number after which no one seemed much inclined to sit down again. The duo released a new album this…

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Review: Beyond the Road: Journeys in Space and Sound

“Once you have walked the road, Everything becomes clear” So begins The Road: Part II, James Lavelle (UNKLE)’s enigmatic latest album, the second of a trilogy. And springing from this work is Beyond the Road, a multi-sensory exhibition taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Through sound, film and visual effects you can take that…

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Ealing Blues Festival 2019: Nick Lowe

Ealing Blues festival was given the thumbs up – and it managed to escape the rain. I was unable to go as I was at Bluedot festival (review to come) but I was sent these photos by a big Nick Lowe fan. He played an engaging acoustic set, and left his fans absolutely delighted. Here…

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Review: Bliss at Nambucca, north London

When the elements come together and the stars perfectly align, you have to take full advantage of the moment. Such is the situation Rachel Morrison and Tom Morrison found themselves in earlier this year: a chance encounter with a group of Brazilian musicians provided the ideal combination to reinvent Bliss, the band that she so…

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W H Lung, debut album at Oslo, Hackney

W H Lung have taken around two years to release their first album Incidental Music. Even when interest in their deep and moody music started to escalate, the band were quite obviously going to do things in their own time. I first heard them at Bluedot festival in 2017 and had one of those moments…

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