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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Terry Reid 01:06:2016

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne The less generous annals of British rock history record Terry ‘Superlungs’ Reid as one of music’s nearly men and his story a series of what-might-have-beens – the man who turned down the singer’s job in Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, who opened for the Stones, Yes and Cream and counted Clapton and Graham Nash Read More…

Blair Dunlop 01:05:2016

Marnhull Acoustic Sessions, Marnhull Village Hall You’ve got to love a village hall… The original social network, back when tweeting was what birds did and a hashtag would probably arouse the suspicions of the Drug Squad, village halls, community centres and social clubs were places of gathering, learning, communing, exercising and generally getting together. From Read More…

Blair Dunlop – Gilded (2016)

On first listen this is the album that will see Blair Dunlop fulfill plenty of the much heralded promise heard on his first two records – the superb debut Blight and Blossom and the giant leap forward that was 2014’s House of Jacks. Gilded pushes boundaries, is rightfully commercial and comes packed with memorable hooks Read More…