Mudcat Landing, 5 Songs E.P. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The heart rejoices when it hears of a collection of souls achieving a singular aim, a goal far greater than they might have ever believed possible, such is life now that all the glory, all the praise seems heaped upon the younger members of society when the ones who have seen the action, who have lived through the raging wind and the autumn clouds deserve the same applause, that when anyone puts something together with passion, all should be seen as equal under the heavens.

A Blue Balloon.

A Blue balloon,

attached to fraying string, the sky

the limit

in its desire to see

the world for what it truly is,

held only by childish fingers,

white with tightness,

grim determination upon the glowing face;

like that balloon

I yearn to look down

upon

the shit storm

we have created

and I will pull away from the fingers that bind me

and sail into the sky

before

I inevitably

Pop.

Ian D. Hall 2016

Ring In 2017 With A Bang At The Grand Central Hall This New Year’s Eve.

Two of Liverpool’s biggest names in entertainment join forces this New Year’s Eve to bring revellers a night to remember. MOD Theatricals and Lantern Theatre Productions (Formerly The Lantern Theatre) are collaborating on an evening filled with entertainment as well as a traditional Hogmanay Hog Roast to ensure 2017 starts off with a bang.

The event will take place in the lavish surroundings of Grand Central Hall on Renshaw Street where guests will be wowed with an evening of non-stop entertainment. An array of acts will perform to guests throughout the evening including prestigious cover band The Mersey Boys who will bring their trademark harmonic style to the night singing classics covers from some of the best acts Liverpool has produced. Expect The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Elvis Costello and more.

Michael Frayn’s Hilarious Frace Noises Off Comes To The Epstein Theatre This January.

Chaos is sure to ensue when The Northern Comedy Theatre presents an adaptation of Michael Frayn’s hilarious Noises Off at the Epstein Theatre on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January.

Guaranteed to have your ribs aching, watch as the hilarity unfolds as audiences are given a behind-the-scenes look as to the goings on backstage in this classic English farce which shows the unseen side to theatre.

It’s opening night. The stage is set. But, it’s set for disaster as the cast are in a frenzy during the final dress rehearsal. The stage management can’t cope with the pressure, the director is trying to whip them all into shape and the actors are having problems of their own and desperately underprepared.

Stillborn Slave, 7 Ways To Die. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

When the meat on the bone is overflowing with juices, it is hard not to stop yourself from drooling at the prospect of taking a huge bite out of the offering laid out before you; it is the taste that lingers, that catches in the back of the throat and slays anything pretender to the French metal crown in a dog fight to the finish.

Heavy Metal has always had its rebellious side but for a band to immerse itself even deeper into the realms of the genre is unexpected and dripping with cool, especially when it is done with the absolute sincerity of spirit that Stillborn Slave provide in their exceptional 7 Ways To Die.

Wolve, Lazare. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8/10

To have the air and stance of the disconnected whilst all the time being totally immersed in the flow of the music is to know that no matter what, you are not alone; the feeling of space around you is such that it is not filled with detachment and separation but the whispers, the rage of being embroiled in the mesh, the web and in Wolve’s Lazare there is, thankfully, no way out.

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Change My Game. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

There are just too many roads in which we are being pushed, urged to have an opinion, prodded by seemingly self appointed social dictators who cannot wait to prove us wrong or that what we do in life is somehow unacceptable to them; those roads may not always a steady footpath, there may occasionally be the stumbling blocks, the cordoned off pavements where weeds and dangerous insects reside but those roads are there to provide you with the means to say I will Change My Game and be utterly magnificent.

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac Return to The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall With Hits To Blues in 2017.

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage October 2016 for their landmark Hits to Blues World Tour. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Hits to Blues offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time.

Squeeze Announce Join The Dots U.K. Tour For Autumn 2017.

South-London legends Squeeze have announced an extensive run of U.K dates kicking off on Oct 7th 2017 at Birmingham Symphony Hall and ending on Nov 6th 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall and with a very special night at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 4th November.

This follows the success of their North American tour in 2016 and the incredible reception to their latest album Cradle To The Grave. The band are currently working on a new album for 2017.

Even Dishevelled As I Am.

Even dishevelled, even in the dog hairs

I find myself covered in, I keep up appearances,

no tie round my neck, will not die by the noose,

no shirt, starched, small black hairs

weaved in and out of the thread, small pin pricks,

unseen but there all over my skin, scatter cushioned,

just pins, not needles, tattoos aside,

I have never felt the need for such barbaric squander,

yet my head is permanently a mess,

I am sinking

further each time, the jack boots in the country stir