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Matthew Robb, Spirit In The Form. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is not hard to feel disillusioned in a world that teeters on an abyss made up of political lies, when heroes became scapegoats, when those who seek fame for the sake of being famous are lauded as brilliant minds and when art is downgraded to nothing more than a pursuit or hobby; it is not hard to feel the cynicism when all you believe to be true is attacked by those who have not even looked beyond their own installed pre-convictions.

Nicola Hardman, Just Human. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Just Human, there is no such thing as only just human, the very complexity of our being, the ability to raise someone up high or destroy them, to take apart the strands of their life one by one, shows we are more than just a solitary being, we can endure and seek even greater virtue or we can scatter all that is around us to dust.

Once Upon A Birmingham Day.

 

Once upon

a Birmingham day, St Andrew’s

called the three of us together,

my Grandfather’s hand on one side

my father’s on the other,

two larger than life men

and a child, barely able to reason,

once upon a Birmingham day,

I peered through the gap

created by the outline stance

of two men and saw a game commence,

squeezed and pushed

with the flow of rhetoric,

community singing and language

unheard even in the finest

of hours, the colours,

displayed, rejoiced, groaned at

If You’re Looking For Answers.

 

If you’re looking for answers,

Me,

I like my steak blue, under the heat for no time at all,

my eggs runny,

my haggis with mayonnaise dolloped on the side,

my bacon with a rind,

my Shakespeare riveting,

my football with City on top,

but never forgetting the days in which we were damned awful,

sometimes my poetry…whimsical,

my rock heavy, my jazz boundless and my pop with a smile

and the kiss in a women’s eyes,

I used to like my Whisky at least older than me,

A Chapter In The Life Of Douglas Adams Is Set To Come To Liverpool Next Week.

 

A disturbing chapter in Douglas Adams’ life (1952-2001) is set to be dramatized  40-years on from his seminal work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Penned by published author and B.B.C. Radio 4 scriptwriter Mark Griffiths, We Apologise for the Inconvenience chronicles the writer’s block that saw Adams locked into a hotel room by his editor until he finished his fourth book (eventually entitled So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish).

And Griffiths’ one-act play captures perfectly the zany dialogue and kind of scrapes Adams’ characters often faced in the beloved Hitchhiker’s books – as it has the author pitting his wits against a rubber duck!

Casting Announced For U.K. Premiere of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery At The Playhouse.

The legendary Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will be played by James Taylor and Patrick Robinson in the U.K. premiere of playwright Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

Jay Taylor will play the charismatic and cunning Sherlock Holmes on his search for the hideous Baskerville beast, whose legend has haunted Baskerville Hall for years. Taylor joins the cast following a run on the West End and has featured in television series Misfits, Holby City and most recently the I.T.V. drama Prime Suspect 1973.

A Snapshot.

It was a black and white photograph that drew me back to this town, one that had seen better days, mirroring the photograph taken at random on a night out with friends, who some became lovers, of all now, except for me, are either dead, or long since found out the hard way that we are the children whose parents were the product of meaningless catchphrases or suffocating intoxicants designed to blot out us of their forged, forgotten dreams.

People, Places & Things, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Lisa Dwyer Hogg, Michael Balogun, Trevor Fox, Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Ekow Quartry, Andrew Sheridan, Imogen Slaughter, George Somner, Aimee Lou Wood, Matilda Ziegler, Ellen Warwick, Natalie Ann Boyd, Emily Jane McNeill.

To beat addiction you need to stay away from the triggers that send you off the rails, to recognise those People, Places & Things which can harm you and your self belief and then start by being honest, more than you have been before in your life. Addiction is such that you don’t recognise it for what it is and to watch someone go through it, in which ever form it takes, is to understand the depths that a human being can sink to when nobody listens to them silently scream.

Billy Bragg, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Everything comes full circle and in some cases it is with anger, the rage and resentment that what you first fought and rallied against in your younger days, somehow becomes the very political ideal that you have to fight and lyrically wrestle with once again; to see in your life time the hatred that others wear like lounge suits and serious ties return is to know that the battle against tyranny and vile fascism is an ongoing struggle but one that must always, with the keen eye of vigilance, be waged.

Seán McGowan, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Port cities have this unnerving ability in which to produce musicians which captivate the love of vocabulary and language; perhaps it comes down to the use of words on the docks, the different ways of having a conversation between two people from places which have nothing in common but the sea that breathes between them. Whatever the answer may be, some who hear the words somehow manage to make new worlds out of it and spread that verbal onslaught towards those willing to listen and take heed.