Review: Lady Cora of Downton at The Troubadour

The Troubadour at Earls Court. Upstairs is the quirky coffee house and restaurant which I don’t think has changed in appearance since I first visited it in the 70s. Downstairs is a venue at the heart of London’s music scene, a cramped cellar which has seen the likes of Bob Dylan grace its stage. Last night…

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Music Festivals – what’s on the horizon?

2012 has not been an easy year for festivals. The economic situation and the depressing wet weather took their toll. The season kicked off with a disastrously sodden Isle of Wight, followed by similar problems at Creamfields dance weekender, and Wakestock in Wales. Even Morrisons, the supermarket chain, was due to get in on the…

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Richard Hawley at 02 Academy Brixton

Some artists bob around on the fringes of your radar for ages, and so it has been the case with Richard Hawley. Those lovely ballads, the chocolatey voice, the Pulp connection – yet he’s remained a bit niche somehow. But things have gathered apace, and September 8 this year saw the Radio BBC 6Music collaboration…

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Alabama 3 acoustic at the Jazz Cafe

Like most height-challenged people (5ft), I’ve always found standing-only gigs a bit hit and miss. So the news that one of my favourite bands, the mighty Alabama 3 are to do an Alabama 3 acoustic, complete with rather elegant sounding three-course dinner, is music to my ears. And so to the Jazz Cafe in Camden. Downstairs…

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Review: Towersey Village Festival 2012

This is a fantastic small festival. In 2011 it featured the Cornish folk band 3 Daft Monkeys, and the hauntingly beautiful Saltfish Forty. Here is a review of Towersey Village Festival 2012 by guest blogger Tessa Gordziejko. Towersey Village Festival in Oxfordshire – now in its 48th year- has something special that brings people back year after year. I’ve been…

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Green Man 2012

Into this post-Olympic, rain-drenched mid summer, the tenth Green Man festival burst into life. Nestled in the Black Mountains of mid Wales, Green Man’s arena on Friday is a wonder to behold; still at this point a green and pleasant land with its beautifully positioned main Mountain Stage – a natural amphitheatre, with a convenient steep…

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