Monthly : January

Reading long Crandolin by Anna Tambour (Chomu Press). Crandolin is an enchanting and playful novel, packed full of idiosyncratic characters, lyrical flourishes and sly humour, while ruminating on two of my very favourite subjects – food and music. The characters include a master confectioner, a bladder pipe (bagpipe?) player and a trio of Russian train-workers, […]

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Etiquette Of Silence

A Plea Against Arseholeish Behaviour At Gigs Firstly, a confession: Many years ago, I was at a gig at the old Wembley with my brother. I’d not seen him in months and there was loads we needed to say. The gig was a big-name, double header. The stage was several miles distant and the “big […]

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Okay, now I’ve got my brain back I’m going to attempt to summarise what I got up to at Hinterland Festival on Friday. In essence, I pretty much saw everything I planned to, although there was an early evening scare when the printed timetable had Isosceles on at a different time from the pdf I […]

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Time for Tromolo

One of my favourite things to do over the last few years, of a spare evening, say, is amble down for a few hours of the unexpected and the entertaining at Club Tromolo. Tromolo’s pretty much a unique combination of music, performance and comedy. Many’s the night I have [almost] LITERALLY weed myself at the […]

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Diary Dates

Creeping out of winter hibernation this week to actually go out and do some performing, if anyone fancies an evening’s entertainment, here’s a couple of suggestions: Monday 4th – Spangled Cabaret launch, an evening of variety, burlesque, puppetry, and a whole bunch else, featuring: Rufus T.Farenheit & Lucille Burn/Miss Leggy Pee/Daiquiri Dusk/Markee/Little Red Fairy/Nicola Siix/Vendetta […]

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Saturday night was spent in the most marvelous celebration of the music of Mr Joe Kane. A grand night out, featuring the magic of Kevin Price, the glamorous fun of Miss Leggy Pee and the rambunctious music of The Plimptons all leading up to a cracking performance by Joe’s band, Idiots Against Time, showcasing the […]

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