Music / The Victorians – Harp and a Monkey

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Harp And A Monkey

Harp and a Monkey have been beavering away in the North West of the UK producing a rather unique sound to their folk music for some ten years. To create something of a fun challenge as the band started, they decided that their instrumentation should be refreshed with instruments that they had not played before…. Read more »

Music / Beyond The Blue Door – Ronnie Earl

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There are blues guitarists in this world and then there’s Ronnie Earl – master of the smouldering tempo and as guest star David Bromberg on this album explains a man whose depth of feeling cannot be learned. This, his 26th album which traverses classic blues and soul, is another testament to his talents. A masterclass… Read more »

Music / Postcards & Pocketbooks: The Best of Bella Hardy

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BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught ‘fiddle singer’, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting established her reputation as a talented songwriter when her first original… Read more »

Music / Sunshine Of Your Love; A Concert For Jack Bruce – Various

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Jack Bruce

A child prodigy, he was born to be a musician with all the highs and lows that invariably lie in wait for those who follow their muse. Jack Bruce’s career burned brightest as a young man, his early years as a professional musician reflecting the zeitgeist of the 1960’s. He may have considered himself a… Read more »

Music / Rose In June – Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings

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John Boden

There has always been a dichotomy between recorded and live music that throws up questions like can the live performance deliver the spirit of the recording? Or, looking at that in reverse, does the live performance get captured in recording? The latter often being easier to get right. For example, Richard Thompson had a series… Read more »

Music / THE ALBION CHRISTMAS BAND 20TH ANNIVERSARY GREATEST HITS TOUR

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The Albion Christmas Band are widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for 20 years this year, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK.  Indeed, many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Band !! Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention),… Read more »

Music / Sarah McQuaid Fifth Studio Album and November Tour Dates

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Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. Her unique voice delivers a powerful emotional punch that’s matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan Ballads, 1930’s jazz numbers, surprise covers and… Read more »

Music / The Home Service live – Lichfield Garrick Theatre, October 18 2019

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Home Service

It’s like fish without chips, I mean fish is great alone but with chips, well…. Morecambe without Wise, Eric’s brilliant on his own, a pillar of entertainment yet with Ernie to bounce off the stuff of legend. So the same applies, the Home Service are a touchstone band playing an epic English rooted rock stirred… Read more »