The 25-year Larmer trek

There’s something unerringly primal about human beings gathering together in the open air to celebrate with like-minded people, but although many modern music festivals make much of this ethos, few manage not only to capture it, but to go on doing so. One such, the Larmer Tree Festival, has taken place in July just inside Read More…

Ben Waters: From Upwey to the stars

For more than 25 years he’s travelled the world earning a crust playing boogie-woogie piano. Now Ben Waters is one of Britain’s most sought-after musicians, but with no obvious cultural or geographical connection to the United States’ Deep South, how did an underachieving schoolboy from Upwey in the early 1980s even get to hear the Read More…

Gilson Lavis

Best known as the superbly versatile drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Gilson Lavis is launching a second career as an artist.  His characterful portraits of fellow musicians go on show this month in a new exhibition, Portraits: Gilson Lavis in Black and White, at the Hatch Gallery in Christchurch.  Over the past Read More…