‘I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine’ is a gem: a beautifully controlled and nuanced piece of writing, delivered on record with both power and restraint. Its spare and apparently straightforward language is woven around an ultimately mysterious core. We are left unsure just what we supposed to glean from the apparent vision that the singer describes. But, as we shall see, its ambiguities and ambivalence are a key part of what the song has to say.
The lyric is not perfect, if judged as a…Continue
Posted on December 2, 2013 at 8:52am — 11 Comments
The encore was inevitable, but a triumph of confidently realised expectation. 'When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease' soared up to the high ceiling of the Festival Hall, buoyed by strings and brass, Roy Harper's voice as clear and true as ever.
He's 72 now and, compared with some septuagenarian singing models, is neither the grizzled old trouper of the Never Ending Tour nor the preternaturally sprightly phenomenon that is, sincerely, L. Cohen. Roy can definitely do the…Continue
Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:00am
Regular readers may recall me saying good things about the London-based alt-country outfit Ahab. I saw them play at Shoreham's Ropetackle Centre on Wednesday and picked up a copy of their new album, Beautiful Hell. They're a lot of fun live and the CD is pretty impressive too. Do take the opportunity to see and hear them if you can.
I first came across them up in Stornoway at the …Continue
Posted on October 4, 2013 at 9:30am
'You have to develop a comfort level for not knowing if you're going somewhere correct and if you're doing the right thing, and be OK with it. I don't think I always am, but at my best... you know, this tour makes me feel OK with the mystery.'
I'm talking to Del Barber at The Troubadour, a small club in London's Earls Court, where he's rounding off a UK tour opening for ex-Del Amitri Justin Currie with a solo showcase, before flying home to Winnipeg next day.
Posted on September 24, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment