Bearded Theory festival big birthday bash

Bearded Theory Spring Gathering or “festival” as it is usually called, has reached an important milestone – its tenth birthday. The hairy-faced contributor to the festival world has grown and blossomed, from bum fluff through designer stubble to full beard. The celebrations opened on a perfect sunny Thursday afternoon with a surprisingly large crowd, perhaps due to the lineup being stuffed…

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Bearded Theory 2017 announces final acts

It might be fair to say that Bearded Theory Festival is spoiling us. And not with chocolates.   Well, it is their 10th anniversary year, so we were expecting a lineup par excellence. And indeed it is. Having revealed the headliner for Saturday night as Seasick Steve, they’ve now gone and added another three acts to…

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Review: O’Connell & Love at the 100 Club, album launch

Minesweeping is Larry Love’s new album, co-written with Brendan O’Connell. How unusual of Love to dedicate an album to the practice of mine removal, I thought (and the album does contain many seafaring references). Inevitably Google led me to the more commonplace use of the word (not sure how I got to my age without knowing this). Ah, now we’re on…

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Review: Bearded Theory Friday/Saturday 2015

Bearded Theory Festival has got its mojo back. Not that it ever really went away, it just went through a dip last year with the new site to adjust to, coupled with relentless rain. But for 2015, the weather smiled down on Bearded Theory, the festival site was looking all new and improved and the confidence was back. Arriving at…

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Alabama 3 back in Brixton for a homecoming show

Alabama 3 had plenty to celebrate last Saturday night. The band were scheduled to play the final gig of their 2014 tour back on their home turf in Brixton, at the Electric. Then, for those of hardy constitution, there’s the after party at Brixton Jamm. For some reason, Alabama 3 have always stayed slightly under the radar….

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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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Paradise Gardens festival at London Pleasure Gardens

Well this festival sounds promising! One of my favourite bands, the mighty Alabama 3 are playing at Paradise Gardens, a free London weekend family festival with lots of entertainment for all ages. Up till this year, Paradise Gardens Festival has taken place at leafy Victoria Park in East London. This year, the festival is the…

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