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Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends: “Return To Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” – a great reminder of the Scottish genius

Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends: “Return To Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” – a great reminder of the Scottish genius

Ross McGibbon January 16, 2020 0

CHEMIKAL UNDERGROUND 24th January 2020 Let’s just start by saying that Ivor Cutler was a pure and unalloyed genius. His perfectly individual vision was beautifully expressed in a series of recording, books and pamphlets.

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DAVID KEENAN – ‘A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BRAVERY’ – A great Irish voice

DAVID KEENAN – ‘A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BRAVERY’ – A great Irish voice

Ross McGibbon January 6, 2020 0

RUBYWORKS               10th Jan 2020 What a voice! Whatever David Keenan was singing would sound like poetry but, as luck would have it, he is big on the sort of street-life poetry favoured by Danny George

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The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

Ross McGibbon January 2, 2020 0

Fika Recordings                        10 January 2020 The opener, ‘Hey Ho Let’s Not Go’, says it all, delivered in a Malcolm Middleton modern Scottish miserablist voice; “Let’s stay home – the TV’s good and the weather’s

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Headline tour for Hands Off Gretel

Headline tour for Hands Off Gretel

Ross McGibbon January 2, 2020 0

Combining the rage of riot grrrl and grunge mixed with bubblegum pop, Hands Off Gretel released their second album in 2019 and back it up with a lengthy tour, with dates right across Spring.

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Rod Stewart – Arena-scale spectacular in Leeds

Rod Stewart – Arena-scale spectacular in Leeds

Ross McGibbon December 13, 2019 0

Leeds Arena 11th December 2019 Words: Ross Halewood / Pictures: Ross McGibbon I never particularly liked Rod Stewart until I saw him live. Sure, he got a pass for the Faces and some early

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sir Was – gig review – Warm. Friendly. Nice.

sir Was – gig review – Warm. Friendly. Nice.

Ross McGibbon November 22, 2019 0

Live at Headrow House    20th November 2019 It’s good to try new things and go to gigs where you aren’t that familiar with the artist. I figured sir Was would have to be different to

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Moon Duo – jamming deep at Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Moon Duo – jamming deep at Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Ross McGibbon November 5, 2019 0

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 2nd November 2019 The psychedelic tradition of San Francisco is in safe hands with Erik Johnson and Sanae Yamada. The husband and wife team played a consistent ninety minute set

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Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘Mummer Love’ – incantatory, hallucinatory summoning of Rimbaud

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘Mummer Love’ – incantatory, hallucinatory summoning of Rimbaud

Ross McGibbon November 5, 2019 0

BELLA UNION 10thNovember 2019 These are great time for avant-garde spoken word albums. Just last month, Laurie Anderson released a recording of her reading the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, now Patti Smith reads

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Spearmint – “Are You From The Future?” – clever pop, big tunes, this band is a hidden gem

Spearmint – “Are You From The Future?” – clever pop, big tunes, this band is a hidden gem

Ross McGibbon October 29, 2019 0

hitBACK 1 November 2019 Quality, clever pop is always welcome and that is what Spearmint have here. A mature and wise pop, like a longer-in-the-tooth Pulp and part of the British tradition that holds

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