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The Unthanks – Diversions 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake

You know when you’re the aural company of something genuinely important when you catch yourself staring off into the middle distance as every thought is subsumed by the music, the lyrics, the very air of what’s emanating from the speakers. And so it is with this wonderfully realised recording of Molly Drake’s wistful legacy. Evocative Read More…

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Garland Jeffreys 31:03:2017

Mr Kyps, Ashley Cross, Poole At 73 Garland Jeffreys may not need a bigger audience in this country but his music sure as heck deserves it. Its warm embrace of rock, soul, jazz, blues, reggae and merengue is allied to literate, searching lyrics that have been striking chords with everything that’s right for nearly 45 years. A Read More…

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The Cactus Blossoms 17:01:2017

Poole Rhythm & Roots, Victoria School, Branksome A chilly night in a school hall just off the main drag between Bournemouth and Poole – probably not the stuff of dreams for the first night of their first European tour, but if The Cactus Blossoms are as warmly received every night they’ll be itching to come Read More…

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Woodn’t it be nice?

Arboreal: A Collection of New Woodland Writing Edited by Adrian Cooper Little Toller ISBN: 9781908213419 www.littletoller.co.uk If you go down to the woods today there are many things to be sure of. A surprise, naturally, as there’s always something new to see, but also a sense of the past, a glimpse of tomorrow, fresh starts Read More…

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Flit 28:10:2016

Lighthouse, Poole It’s billed as a ‘folk supergroup’, but that soubriquet only tells a fraction of the story. Flit is a group comprising Martin Green (Lau), Becky Unthank, Adam Holmes (The Embers), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai). It’s also a multimedia production directed by Green with brilliantly produced animated interventions from whiterobot (Will Read More…

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Oasis – Be Here Now (Chasing the Sun edition)

Was it really 19 years ago, almost two decades…? Well, yes it was and I for one wouldn’t mind betting the years since have gone a darn sight slower for the members of Oasis (and a good number of their fans) than the few months before and after the release of Be Here Now in Read More…

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Slim Chance 6:10:2016

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne TALK about old school – the first time Slim Chance happened upon the Tivoli in 2013 the audience barely numbered double figures; when they came back twice as many turned up and on Thursday night, for their third show in four years, there was a half-decent house. Quality will out and if Read More…

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Larmer Tree Festival 2016

Larmer Tree Gardens, 13-17 July It’s never far from the top of the bill at Larmer Tree, but this year Nature really does steal the show – bathing the final few hours of Sunday in the most delicate and ethereal light that perfectly captured the mood of the moment as the sky readied itself for Read More…

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The Last Shadow Puppets 13:07:2016

Windsor Hall, BIC It’s nearly ten years since Alex Turner last played the BIC with the Arctic Monkeys in their first flush of success on a (much too) hastily arranged arena tour. Like rabbits caught in headlights they looked terrified – it nearly broke them. But from the chaos they emerged stronger and their second coming Read More…