Kate Rusby, Angels & Men. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The lofty ideals of Angels & Men often fall short in what a single woman can produce; a job for two men perhaps but every woman is easily worth two of her counterparts and in the voice of the erstwhile Kate Rusby, those same messengers of a god and the men who rejoice in their passion are greeted with a set of songs that are not only heavenly, but are given the very essence of a humanity via a voice that praises with genuine understanding and joy.

Tom Hingley & The Kar-Pets, May Contain Nuts. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The halls and venues up and down the length and breadth of the country have long either laboured or rejoiced under the weight of the tribute band and sometimes look-alike, if not quite sound-alike homage to some of the nation’s most endearing and popular bands of the last 60 years. It is a weight of expectancy to a night out that carries risks and can bring memories so vibrant flooding back into view, that it is possible to find yourself shedding a tear as a particular line is carried through the air; it is a tear of truth, reminisce and pleasure, or it could be a finer moment of expression, it could be that it May Contain Nuts.

Tenebrous Liar, The Cut. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Boundaries are stifling; they create disorder and chaos in their own particular, demanding, patronising way. Boundaries are the killer of self expression and no matter what the sound of complete structure hammers home into the minds of those who see the auto-tune as a handy guide or instruction to a perfect, yet almost lacking in courage, album; what is needed is articulation without false graces, the slash of the disguised flawless, The Cut of the masquerade and sham from people’s lives.

Shankara Andy Bole, Red Crow. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Go forth into the world with utter abandon and spontaneity; relish the prospect of finding love in the most unlikely of places, freedom in the impulsive and sometimes allow yourself to be surrounded by madcap and chaotic; for order and structure are the devils in which many drown in, the spontaneity spark put out and left to be a ghost of the possibility.

The Over Critical View Of The School Nativity.

 

Greeted with a glass

of what seemed cheaply made,

home induced, egg nog

at the door of my daughter’s school

by a woman with dust marks on her hair,

and the strange smell of child nerves

upon her weighted down shoulders,

deeper in debt, demoralised

and now having to greet

parents to whom their child is the star

of this off Broadway, local authority show.

 

Small talk surrounds the close fitting

chairs, designed for the uncomfortable

advances of an ice cream pot for child sized hands

A Night At The Empire As Michael Bolton Announces U.K. Tour For February 2018.

Michael Bolton will be in Liverpool next February. Photograph used with kind permission by M P Promotions.

In this day and age the word legendary gets so easily bandied about that in many cases it is almost redundant, a superfluous meaning which is used as a catch all and designed to generate excitement; it is a word in which has lost its special meaning that once described stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Elvis, Freddie Mercury, Lauren Bacall, the divine, timeless beauty of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.

The Final Programme For Spring 2018 Is Announced By Storyhouse Chester.

 

Storyhouse Chester has revealed the final programme for its very first Spring Season – with a line-up packed with show-stopping entertainment promising audiences a fantastic start to 2018.

The £37million new Chester arts venue is bringing a whole host of big names in comedy and dance and must-see shows to the city’s cultural hub during Spring 2018.

The New Year of entertainment at Storyhouse Chester starts on Monday 29th January when the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong pays its first visit to the city. The multi award-winning West End and Broadway smash hit is a slapstick delight which promises to leave its audiences in stitches. The show runs until Saturday 3rd February.

Peter Pan, Theatre Review. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Dane Bowers, Claire Simmo, Lewis Pryor, Joanne Harper, Michael Chapman, Georgia Austin, Chris Barton, Eleiyah Navis, Adam Coyne, Alliyah Hennessey, Libby Sunter, Faye Keating, Rachel Heron, Libby Walker, Liv Baccino, Beth Baccino, Jacob Robinson.

Humanity needs more people who see the world through the same eyes, the same clarity of vision that author and playwright J.M. Barrie did when he created the characters of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy Darling and Tinker Bell, perhaps then it might not be so centred on greed and destruction. Instead, as is always hoped for at this time of year, the pull of being decent, of holding out a hand to a fallen lost boy or fellow darling, is the right way to be. It is an ideal, of being brave in a world of adults, cutlasses and poison, of listening to your heart, of believing and one that Peter Pan flies high.

Cary Balsano, Horizon. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Despite it being engrained deeply into our D.N.A., we seem collectively to have lost sight of an ideal to which humanity once aspired to with every breath taken and with beat of pulse that ran through our body. Whether individually it matters is one thing, but as a group, as a society, we seem to have lost the ability in many respects to open up our minds to new adventures, to push back the boundaries in our own lives as well as those around us, we have lost sight of the next Horizon to conquer, to flourish within and make this world just a little nicer for those yet to come.

Winter At Home.

 

I promised myself

no more cold winters

stuck indoors

as I approached the autumn

years of fifty.

I promised with hand on heart,

a vow to my then hopefully older self

that by then, the words would have meant

something more, that the days

would be long and bright,

not sat under a blanket,

with two pairs of socks, a cardigan, long johns on

trying to keep my nose from freezing

and turning blue, choosing

between heating the house and eating a meal,