It’s another night at Hospitalfield Jazz and another capacity crowd for an evening of the most visceral music ever made. This time it’s drummer Tom Gordon testifying on behalf of Count Basie with a seven-piece band punching big band classics well above it’s modest weight in numbers. As usual, there is a full house, warm […]Read more "A Gentle Punch – The Tom Gordon Count Basie Septet Live at Hospitalfield 31.1.15"
Jim Moray and Sam Carter must be valiant souls to put together a band like False Lights. Not only have they formed a rather expensive six-piece electric band, they also fearlessly describe the music they make as folk-rock. This is terminology that invites prejudice and preconception in equal measure, but it’s okay, you can put […]Read more "Wrecking Crew: False Lights Rock The Ages on “Salvor”"
If the only multinationals involved in takeover bids were bands like Dallahan, then I might not be so hostile to expansionist ambitions. The Edinburgh-based roots riot known as Dallahan draw their membership from very different countries, but their new album When The Day Is On The Turn is the happy result of enthusiastically shared cultural […]Read more "Dallahan: Great Company When The Day Is On The Turn"
One good thing about the current wave of folk-orientated song writing is that it is largely inclusive, democratic, truthful and emphatically multi-cultural. Russian-born Daria Kulesh, whose solo album Eternal Child due out this month springs from a strong European folk tradition of frankness, is a case in point. If her name were not clue […]Read more "Eyes Wide Open: Daria Kulesh’s Observations of the Eternal Child"
A self-confessed “late-bloomer”, the West Cork singer-songwriter Colin Deady has evidently suffered that most mixed of blessings afforded to musical performers. He has had a creative surge. The result is a mixed collection of styles and arrangements wrapped around pleasing, melodic songs for AOR oriented adults. Or least, that is how his debut album Out […]Read more "Colin Deady: Out The Blue Comes A Man from the West"
It’s January 2015 and there are twelve whole months ahead of us now to waste worrying about trifling things like the one hundred “missing” brains carelessly mislaid last year by the University of Texas, or Stephen Hawking’s prophecy that artificial intelligence could “end the human race”. The more pressing issue at hand is whether our […]Read more "Art in the Gutter, Culture in the Ghetto"
Has it really been almost ten years? It seems like only yesterday that The View came barrelling over the pop horizon hell-bent on ripping the teen idol playbook to shreds. They should have been an ad man’s wet dream, but instead of four cheeky lads from Scotland-shire, Dundee’s Dryburgh area delivered a quartet of […]Read more "Man On Fire: Kyle Falconer Live at Drygate, Glasgow 27.12.14"