Steelesque, Toro Toro. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The Allegheny may be the most famous river that runs through the American heartland city of Pittsburgh, it may the one in which Samuel Diescher’s famous Duquesne Incline takes in the breathtaking scenery and the view of the once famous Three River Stadium, yet like so much else in this town built on coal, ore and iron, beneath the surface there is a vibrancy unnoticed, the visitor, like the three rivers, may pass through it, but rarely do they get to see the beauty or the past that hides in plain sight, that is built not just on the imposing Allegheny or the Ohio but on the might of the Monongahela as well.

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume Two. Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Laura Haddock.

All the fun of the original but with added family angst, if you are going to describe Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume Two in any way that resembles a nutshell then you can only go by that, a great family film that has kept Marvel Studios firmly in the top racoon place when it comes to portraying superheroes on film and that D.C. has a long way to go.

Chumpism.

Am I scared

of the prospect of World War Three

breaking out

in my lifetime, of course I am,

it is even more worrying

when my children

have not had the chance to even be grown up,

take the first plunge into the lie we call existence,

servitude, being told to pay to be scared,

to feel insignificant

when placed next to the well oiled machine,

the wreck and the reckless of something

that was extraordinary, watch them grow

sick in old age as they once mourned

Sam Lyon, Gig Review. Paradise Street Stage, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Sam Lyon in Liverpool. April 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

There is always time to stop and look into the eyes of another soul, to understand if possible even just a fraction of their whole being, for in that the songbird makes the day seem beautiful and the humanity shown is enough to make the recipient sing with even more pleasure than ever.

Paul John Walker, Gig Review. Paradise Street Stage, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Paul John Walker in Liverpool, April 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

 

The constant revolution that transpires across Liverpool’s music scene is almost a daily walk through just what makes the area such a magnificent beast to appreciate; the impact of the past, the blast created by the sound of The Beatles still reverberating round the city over 50 years on, its echo enthusing the new generation of musicians, either born in the city or those that make their way from obscurer pastures, that keep making sure that Liverpool retains its place as the holder of song writing love.

Eleanor Nelly, Gig Review. Paradise Street Stage, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Eleanor Nelly, Liverpool. April 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

If Paradise is half as nice as Liverpool on sunny but freezing cold day then to be honest it can only be enhanced by the sound of one of the city’s daughters being heard in the centre of the main shopping area and being so entrancing that she could be heard at either end of the main street and possibly the echo reverberating all the way to Nashville where she was going to spend the next week on the next step of her music career.

Cal Ruddy, Gig Review. Paradise Street Stage, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cal Ruddy in Liverpool. April 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

If there is a gentleman to admire in this world, a young man of stature and beaming smile at all life has to throw at him, then a photo fit arrangement of the face would surely have the very likeness of Cal Ruddy attached to it. The same facsimile would also urge anyone close by enough to hear him take on the acoustics of an indoor or outdoor arena to revel in the artist’s work, to realise that to be at the very start of a flourish is only to regret not being there before the guitar was ever picked up and see the first signs of intrigue that blossomed in its early infancy.

Forgettable, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * *

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd, Whitney Cummings, Robert Wisdom, Isabella Kai Rice, Simon Kassianides, Jayson Blair, Marissa Morgan, Aline Elasmar.

It should be a refreshing take on an idea, the real life animosity that resides in the heart of a spurned ex-wife over the new woman in the man’s life, the lies, the sense of fragile and the broken manifesting itself as a potential weapon, of a rage boiling to its maximum, to the end point where the terrifying spectacle of what you see is the representation of all that can go wrong when women fight over a man. It is not the nicest thing on Earth to witness and it does leave you wondering exactly what women see in the opposite gender to make them go down the path of no return.

I Have Never Accepted Populism.

I have never accepted populism,

it doesn’t sit right with me,

the urging of the crowd hollering,

cajoling each other to stand and be seen

to stand, to whoop and proclaim

to the highest authority, I cheered,

see me applaud, see me take down those

whose smiles are not as wide as mine,

see me ridicule them, see me being authorative,

see me go down the route of guided fascism

when my trained and rehearsed words

in the ears of those who I quite obviously fancy,

St. George’s Hall Is the Setting For A Double Bill of The Woman’s Voice.

The award-winning Hand in Hand Theatre returns to the auspicious Concert Room at St. George’s Hall Liverpool this July to present a double-bill of two very different plays about women!

After wowing audiences with their multi-award winning show RIP Mr Shakespeare last August, the Wirral theatre company returns to the Hall with another thought-provoking production – The Woman’s Voice – on Sunday, 16th July.