I've been listening to live music for over forty years and started to write reviews of live shows in 2007.
I write for 'Maverick' magazine in the UK, blog on 'No Depression' and my reviews also appear on the 'Whisperers' page on Bob Harris' (BBC Radio DJ) website.
My interests/likes are predominantly folk, Americana and roots music. Singer/songwriters feature heavily in my album collection.
I've supported a number of musicians via fan funding projects and will continue to do so.
I love receiving feedback on my writing, whether it's agreement or disagreement and I get a real kick when I receive messages telling me that a CD has been purchased or tickets to a gig have been bought on the strength of something I have written.
First gig of the year for me; one I’d been looking forward to very much, especially as it was to be my first time seeing John Moreland play live. He opened the night with a 45 minute set (previous opening […]
To walk in to the smaller of the two auditoriums at London’s Kings Place for Patty Griffin’s warm up for the Servant of Love tour is to feel privileged to be in such intimate surroundings. She is one of the […]
With every seat taken and standing room only for latecomers, Jeffrey Foucault made a welcome return to Lewes; Billy Conway, with whom he has been touring for the past year or so, accompanied him. Conway plays ‘suitcase drums’ – this […]
The hugely popular and successful Transatlantic Sessions returned to London for their 6th annual sold out show at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. Originating many years ago as a series on BBC TV the collective fuses Celtic and North American musical […]
It’s New Year’s Day — a clean sheet, a promise for the future, fresh beginnings — yet it finds me doing what I’ve been doing for more than 40 years, and that’s going out to listen to live music. I […]
The number thirteen is said to be unlucky, but not for Session Americana – tonight’s show was the thirteenth consecutive Tuesday at the Lizard Lounge for this Boston based musical collective. It was apparent from the first song that many […]
‘Twixtmas” — the days between Christmas and New Year — are often filled with activities such as devising new recipes for using up left over turkey, going for long winter walks, watching old films on TV, shopping in the sales, playing […]
One of the most enjoyable aspects of going to listen to live music is discovering an artist in the early stages of their career and seeing them develop over a period of time. I first saw Anaïs Mitchell perform just […]
A national newspaper previewing Jackson Browne’s London show referred to him as “the ultimate ’70s L.A. songwriter”, which suggested that he is one of those performers who live on past glories. Nothing could be further from this mark. His latest […]
“Dear Sam, dear Sam, I thought of you today / you were riding a train and it was safe,” sang Carrie Elkin as she conveyed, so elegantly, her feelings for Sam Baker. Baker is, and yet isn’t, defined by the […]
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