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A Letter Of Thanks From Liverpool Sound And Vision.

Thanks half a million…

It started over 13 years ago in what was only supposed to be a one off, a favour, after extensive spinal surgery, to go out and attend a gig, it just happened to be my teenage hero Fish and it was in an old favourite venue, nothing more, nothing less, say what I saw, take a note of the set list and tell the Music Editor of the Birmingham Mail.

The Conquest Of The South Pole, Theatre Review. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

The Conquest of the South Pole directed by Nick Bagnall, Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Photograph by Gary Calton.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Patrick Brennan, George Caple, Laura Dos Santos, Emily Hughes, Dean Nolan, Zelina Rebeiro, Keddy Sutton, Liam Tobin.

The Lost City Of Z, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Harry Melling, Franco Nero, Ian McDiarmid, Angus Macfadyen, Daniel Huttlestone, Aleksander Joyanovic, Murray Melvin, Edward Ashley, Nicholas Grace, Raquel Arraes, Bobby Smalldridge, Nicholas Agnew, Frank Clem, Michael Ford-Fitzgerald, Johann Myers, Michael Jenn, Frank Cannon, John Sackville, Tom Mulheron, Adam Bellamy, Matthew Sunderland, Stacy Shane, Richard Buck, Siennah Buck, Barnaby Edwards, Brian Matthews Murphy, Bethan Coomber, Andrew McNeill, Tasmin Greene Barker, Michael McLaughlin.

Wait A Lifetime.

I would wait a lifetime

to kiss you, to feel that tender skin

now sweet with middle age

and soon to become lined, matured,

taken beyond the late teen I knew

to the world of womanhood

and with the next step,

Time’s next artistic breath,

near dust, near rust, near the echo of the youthful

freckled girl I once dreamed of;

I would wait a lifetime to kiss you

as it would show we had lived all our lives

in each other’s company.


Ian D. Hall 2017

At Last The Etta James Story, Gig/ Theatre Review. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Etta James’s larger than life story is such that it could be the proud moment in a television schedule or a Box office hit at the cinema; one of the finest, most complete voice of Blues to have ever graced the stage, she ranks alongside the likes of Billie Holliday, Big Mama Thornton and Janis Joplin as the all-embracing women of the genre, somebody who truly lived the life, who gave their life to sing the Blues.

Raven Black Cloak.

Up close

I cannot see the point,

I have become my own shadow

glowing with false fire

in the darkness;

tomorrow in the bright haze of sunshine

I will still spend my time

in that same comfort zone,

because that cloak raven black

is a friend to me.


Ian D. Hall 2017

Liverpool Icon And Award Winning Actress Alison Steadman To Support And Attend Clapperboard’s Award Ceremony.

The highly-regarded Clapperboard Awards Ceremony is to return to Liverpool this year hosted by Liverpool actor, comedian and writer Neil Fitzmaurice (Going Off Big Time, Phoenix Nights, Peep Show, Mount Pleasant) and this year in attendance is special guest presenter Liverpool film and television icon Alison Steadman (Nuts in May, Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Topsy Turvey, Life is Sweet, Singing Detective, Fat Friends, Gavin and Stacey).

The prestigious awards ceremony will once again take place at Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre on Tue 4 April 2017.

Eliza Neals, 10,000 Feet Below. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Sometimes it takes scouring the very depths to come up above ground and be seen as the true star that you are; the height varies of course, some only have to plunge a couple of yards and they are doomed to never return, their ego, their blasé approach to life marking them out as ones who just don’t understand the Blues or the feeling of trying to better what was already seemingly perfect. For those that head 10,000 Feet Below the surface, who truly get to grips with their thoughts of pushing themselves beyond the expected, further than the ordinary, then that couple of miles journey is nothing; especially if it means soaring higher than ever.

Gary Maginnis, When I Was A Child. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

There have been many artists who endeavour to take us back to a time when our world, our field of views and opinions were less rigid, when all we had to worry about, we hoped, was playing with our friends and hoping that we would survive school. Whether for good or bad, ill or fortunate, to think back to the person you were and the dreams you had, it is rare to see that person remain; like a ghost of oneself, to think back to childhood is too often not recognise the hero of the story.

The Old Man’s Forgotten Lover.

She met her old lover

on the street that night,

they ran into each other

by the corner of 77th and ‘Dam,

so she told me

and after much deliberation on her part

she found herself drinking a few beers

just out of kindness,

for she thought he was still crazy

though she still loved him

after all those years.


I wish I had met her lover,

I would have warmly shook him by the hand,

for in the way he dismissed her thoughts