Cheltenham, being a not so sleepy beautiful town in Gloucesterhire, hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. Each early May Bank Holiday it is the turn of the Jazz Festival. The event has become something of a mainstay on the jazz circuit and draws world renowned names to it's tents and halls in what… Continue reading Cheltenham Jazz Festival…. what a result !
(The idea for this post was placed delicately into my brain by the task mistress.) Over the years my muso son has kept me apace with the new 'n' happnin' trends in the popular music of the day. Some years ago he gave me a De Phazz album as a Christmas gift and admitted that… Continue reading True North …. the spirits move me back and forth …
So, Coke Studio Season 6 is well into the second half of the run and I have deliberated for some time on my reaction to the new style. My mother used to say, “If you can’t say anything good don’t say anything at all.” Yorkshire Poet Ian McMillan lives by the same maxim. Creative people… Continue reading Coke Studio Season 6 …. down from the fence ….
Personally, despite my best efforts, I have found 2013 a fallow year for great new music. I know, I know, thousands of you, well a few anyway, who read this blog, will say “ But what about so-and-so , or so-and-so, and then there’s .............”. Well, they passed me by, or maybe they didn’t and… Continue reading ‘Tis these I recommend for lazy days..
What has gone before under-pins what comes next. It shapes what is acceptable and what is beyond us. The Acceptable New, if our search is for something different, generally contains some aspect of what has gone before. It has some relativity. Somewhere in the overlap of this Venn diagram of searching for new music, is… Continue reading Album Review: Tamikrest “Chatma”
Phish and the Grateful Dead are similar in many ways. They play shows several hours long – they are a Jam Band of some stature – they have a “cult” following – they are virtuoso players in their own right – they rarely play in Europe. Of course, I understand the reasons for the latter… Continue reading Summer on a Phish diet
I haven’t been blogging for a while. Just this and that and work and life and stuff and a lack of fire in the belly. But my stats say that I’ve only used 8% of my allotted space so with the NSA and GCHQ waiting on my every word I thought I’d better get my… Continue reading Hey NSA, GCHQ, over here …
Last Friday was the only dry day in the last 7 or so in the UK and I was blessed to have chosen it to travel to London. Some months ago I bought a ticket for the Songlines magazine awards concert. Songlines being a world music mag to which I subscribe and the source of… Continue reading It may be raining, but the Monkey gets blown away…
Play this while you read, from the new album by Vusa Mkhaya, "Ukukhala" . For those of you who missed it, I recently posted an excellent youtube video of Vusa Mkhaya and Mamadou Diabate. Ask Vusa Mkhaya about his music and he will tell you that the voice is his favourite instrument. Born in Zimbabwe, and… Continue reading Album Review: Vusa Mkhaya – “Vocalism”
Saturday afternoon and I'm spending an hour travelling the world from my home office,as I am wont to do from time to time. The sun is shining outside and it's quite mild. Tonight we will be out with friends celebrating an engagement but for now I must jump into my cyberjetmind and see what the… Continue reading Vusa Mkhaya & Mamadou Diabate, just so damn cool ……….