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.
Rachel Ries is celebrating her birthday this month and will be doing so, whilst on a UK tour to promote her new four song EP Cardinal. This quartet of songs was written during a writing retreat, last summer in Rouen, […]
The Greys, one of Brighton’s pubs with a great reputation for serving up good music played host to Rod Picott once again. Picott has been playing here ever since he first started touring in the UK and it was great […]
Twins Charlotte and Laura Carrivick made their third visit to this delightful house concerts series and in the process treated the audience to a selection of original material and a few well-chosen cover songs. The sisters grew up in Devon […]
“That was easy, the rest is going to be a let-down after that…” said Joey Ryan of the Milk Carton Kids as he and Kenneth Pattengale walked on to the stage to a rapturous Union Chapel welcome. The sold-out crowd […]
A wonderful evening in a beautiful venue. London’s Cadogan Hall, a former church, is the 950-seater home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which luckily for fans of contemporary music also offers up a programme of folk, jazz and world music […]
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 […]
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