Womad review – from Mexico to Mali, ska to the squeezebox, world music celebrates fusion

Robin Denselow writes ….. Charlton Park, Wiltshire Seu Jorge did Bowie, Estonian folkies took on bagpiping and a knock-out celebration of global sounds was packed with highlights despite a rainy weekend Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal […]

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La Clemenza di Tito review – a magical, maddening return to Glyndebourne

Tim Ashley writes: Glyndebourne, Lewes Alice Coote and Anna Stéphany give exceptional performances in Claus Guth’s intense new production of Mozart’s curious Roman tragedy Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and […]

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Lady Sings The Blues

Wedaeli writes: “Billie Holiday is our hero” Val Wiseman announced from the Playhouse stage. She’s not overstating. Wiseman and her six-piece band have been touring for nearly two decades, all the while performing their take on Billie Holiday’s repertoire. You’d be mistaken for thinking that this Saturday night’s gig was among their first shows. In […]

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Eric Burdon and the Animals At Stern Grove Festival

Walter Atkins writes ….. Eric Burdon and the Animals Stern Grove Summer Of Love 50th Anniversary San Francisco, CA July 16, 2017 Influential Eric Burdon and the Animals gleefully rocked the Stern Grove Festival on a perfect mid July Sunday afternoon. His lethal band of Animals included: guitarist Johnzo West, keyboardist Davey Allen, bassist Justin […]

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The Songs of Scott Walker review – Jarvis Cocker and friends untwist easy listening’s dark master

Luke Turner writes: Royal Albert Hall, London The Proms were treated to starry covers of Scott Walker’s 1960s classics, but they didn’t always invoke the songwriter’s own spirit of invention Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience […]

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A Serenade to Music review – Come ho! Schubert rarities make for a stellar season send-off 5 / 5 stars

Tim Ashley writes ….. Wigmore Hall, London Franz Schubert’s range of influences were brought to the fore in a fascinating and often beautiful programme of lesser-known works Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to […]

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Lana Del Rey review – cool cipher opens up a Lynchian dreamworld

Caroline Sullivan writes … Brixton Academy, London Launching her album Lust for Life, Lana Del Rey’s newfound politics are nowhere to be seen – but her melancholia is magnetic Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – […]

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