Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band. Gig Review, Leaf, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

It is a wonder at times that the old streets of Liverpool’s famous heart aren’t to be seen physically bouncing, going up and down vigorously or even just vibrating slowly, swaying to the beat that comes out of the buildings, the energy of a thousand beaten drums and million guitars singing in unison as the parade of live music, its talent and its breathing cool dominate the city’s dynamic pulse.

The Girl With All The Gifts, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Dominique Tipper, Anamaria Marcinca, Anthony Walsh, Lobna Futers, Fisayo Akinade.

The Girl With All The Gifts, the latest in a long line of Zombie apocalypse films that scream for attention and makes use of the fear that has invaded our thoughts in the last century; yet this contribution to the horror genre is not one that has the usual suspects running the show, this is the calm and fire all in one body, one who can save us but also tear us apart. It is a film that allows the cinema goer room to breathe but one that asks it not to, to take a large deep breath and keep in until the guts are about to burst.

Marillion, Fuck Everyone And Run. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Beware the anger of a patient man, don’t let his gentle voice, melodious, gentle and at all times spiritual speech, his wonderment of expression, fool you, don’t be deceived by the nature of the man because when he is angry, when he finally snaps and decides to come out fighting, that is the greatest wrath of them all and you can either batten down the hatches, join him in his fury or Fuck Everybody And Run.

Shakin’ Stevens Includes Warrington Date On Biggest Ever U.K. Tour.

The rock and roll legend announced his biggest ever U.K. tour, Echoes of Our Times, just days after releasing his critically-acclaimed 12th studio album by the same name.

The 33-date tour, which is visiting towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017, will call at Parr Hall on Friday 19th May, with tickets to Culture Warrington members going on sale on Thursday 22nd September and non-members on Friday 23rd September.

Known to millions as Shaky, the singer was the U.K.’s biggest-selling artist of the 80s, and with 33 hit singles and four U.K. No.1s to his name; audiences will no doubt be in for a thrilling night as the platinum-selling entertainer comes to Warrington.

Caged Animal.


have never worn

 a watch,

heard up close

the tic


the tock,

or marvelled

at the second hand news

as I

don’t keep Time,


have never believed

in caging any


of wild, feral or emotionally superior creature

when they should

roam free.


Ian D. Hall 2016

Twopence To Cross The Mersey, Theatre Review. Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Maria Lovelady, Eithne Browne, Christopher Jordan, Emma Dears, Jake Abraham, Tom Cawte, Roy Carruthers, Phil Hearne.

The taste of 1930s Britain so elegantly captured in Helen Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey is arguably more palpable, more authentic than any text book that might go on at length to describe the after effects of the Great Depression on those caught in its wake and the sacrifice many individuals had to face just to survive; it is genuine, touching, brutal and one that still pervades the modern era and the way its shapes politics today.

Tony’s Last Tape, Theatre Review. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Philip Bretherton.

A national treasure, the most dangerous man in Britain, a true orator, an elder statesman, a cult figure within the political establishment and one for whom the cause, no matter the size, was just and worth fighting for; a true leader of a party that feared him and yet his legacy has lasted longer than any of his fellow Government members or party followers; Tony Benn was arguably the most forward thinking member of Government and the opposition during his incredible tenure in the House of Commons and yet he left so much more to history than can be described adequately in a mere discussion, it needs to be recorded for posterity.

The Changing Room, Names On A Wall. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Arguably Cornwall is a county that is only attached to England by two miles of land, a shared sense of love for the seas that surround the British Isles and the high water mark of the River Tamar. The people are proud of their heritage as being seen as part of a Celtic tribe and for many the county has for too long been asleep, like some land expanse dressed in the finery of the princess Sleeping Beauty, only now really starting to have its voice heard as national debate inscribes itself deep in the heart of memory and long forgotten secrets.

Ewan McLennan And George Monbiot, Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Humanity is at a tipping point; its ability to interact with each other, share ideals and ideas is on the verge of being only able to communicated via a short snappy message or intolerant, perhaps indecipherable text. As a species we have never been so connected, the whole world waits for the next communiqué with baited breath, yet we somehow have become lonely, lost and isolated in a sea of electronics and the floundering realisation that something drastically has gone wrong with society. It might take a generation to solve but somehow we need to be seen to be Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness.

Carol Fieldhouse, Linen. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Whilst it is quite right that the young have ambition and are granted every opportunity to fulfil their dreams, it should not be expected that those to whom 30 is but a distant dream be told to lay back and forget their own personal goals and silence the scream of desire and determination which comes from wanting to pursue their guiding aim in life. It make take time but everybody eventually should be able to say, should they wish too, they created something that will last beyond their time.