The anecdotal information I could gather about The Bad Plus before attending their gig at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on… Read More


The Event Farewell Michael Holt. The singer-songwriter, classical pianist/composer and cultural activist had a great send off on June 30th.… Read More


Phil Ryan, keyboard player, singer and songwriter with the Welsh rock band Man, died on April 30th 2016. Phil Ryan… Read More


Ken Aldcroft: 1969-2016 When someone dies unexpectedly in youth or middle age, as guitarist Ken Aldcroft did on September 17th,… Read More


Astroturf is out today! My previous release, ‘Gorgeous’, was a collection of new versions of old songs. ‘Astroturf’ is a… Read More


Parade (1986) It was hard for Prince to win over some sections of the music-listening public. He was part Jimi… Read More


We’re having a bash in the back room of the Cameron House, 408 Queen St West, Toronto, on Saturday October… Read More


There’s an open stage with a difference going on halfway down Roncevalles Avenue in Toronto’s mid-west. The first Catweazle Toronto… Read More


The donut shop is practically unheard of in the UK. There, people think of doughnuts as large, sticky confectionary items,… Read More


Thanks to all the folks who watched the Gare Black video I was going on about last month. This time… Read More


A review of the CD ‘Big Mouth’ by Happy Joe: New Jersey’s premier shouter-songwriter Joe Canzano picks up where he… Read More


If anyone personifies the great work done by artists not receiving corporate support, it’s Al Lindsay. I’ve singled out the song Fly Away from 2009’s Shingle Street CD because it’s a good example of Al doing what he does best. There’s nothing flashy about the singing or the song but like a lot of great folk and blues it works on a sensual, pre-intellectual level.
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Last weekend I went to a music festival (the 2009 WOMAD festival at Charlton Park, Wiltshire, UK) for the first… Read More