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Esme Bridie, Today It Rains. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The world of Bright Young Things always manages to bring to the listener’s attention to the next musician or artist as if it there was by some remarkable chance a magic conveyer belt on a constant speed going past your eyes and senses; no sooner have you been told that you have heard the next Frankie Valli, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Debbie Harry or any iconic vocalist worth the test of time, then the next one comes along at frightening pace. It could be that our attention spans have decreased, no longer able to relish the length of time it takes to truly appreciate a young musician; or it could be that programmes such as The Voice have made it impossible to look beyond the next five minutes.

The Lovely Eggs, This Is Eggland. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

In a world that is becoming increasingly the butt of its own joke, it is reassuring to listen to a band who understand that angry DIY is the remedy for the relentless nonsense we are being forced to watch like an impotent voyeur, unable to stop events from unfolding, too entrenched in the clean and safe, almost sterile, humourless, watching our backs mentality that has become the everyday norm.

Inside No. 9: Once Removed. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Monica Dolan, Nick Moran, Reece Shearsmith, David Calder, Steve Pemberton, Emilia Fox, Rufus Jones.

The story never starts where you think it does; you could walk in to a narrative that is in its infancy and still find that there is a whole back story that you missed, that if you had got there ten minutes earlier then the whole complexion of the story would have been completely different, a scene missing might have seen you take another side in the argument, a stance taken. It all boils down to where you think the story actually starts and if you can live with being perhaps Once Removed from the beginning then that is something you have to live with.

Sh*t Ho*e

 

Your mouth is on the button, ready

to take a shot at anything

you see, that flags up

in the tiny mind held up

by small hands, business like attire,

small orange sun

glowing hot and stare mad cold with bluster

and rhetoric, good for nothing

but column inches and inches and inches,

diminutive boy, slow to realise

that the shit is not in some far off country,

not in a hole created by mortar

or bomb, or bullet, or lie,

but in your own back yard, Commander

Contact And 20 Stories High Co-Production Exploring Abortion Brings Real Experiences Into The Open As Part Of B.B.C. Two Performance Live.

Following hit success in on stage at Contact in Manchester, the Contact and 20 Stories High co-production I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip” will be broadcast on B.B.C Two on 20th January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes.

I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip” is a frank drama told through the voices of four young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people; including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real experiences of these women.

Liverpool’s Ray Quinn Announced To Star In Jack And The Beanstalk At The Epstein Theatre This Easter.

Fe-fi-fo-fum – get ready for some panto fun! As LHK Productions announce that leading the all-star cast for their Easter panto, Jack and The Beanstalk, will be Liverpool’s own Ray Quinn.

This egg-cellent production will be scaling new heights at The Epstein Theatre from Thursday 29th March – Sunday 8th April and tickets are on-sale now.

Multi-talented singer, dancer and actor, Ray first came to attention in 2000 playing Anthony Murray on Channel 4’s Brookside, and won the hearts of the nation in 2006 on I.T.V.’s The X Factor where he went all the way to the final, finishing runner-up.

Liverpool’s Empire Theatre Hosts The Simon And Garfunkel Story On February 4th.

Has it really been 50 years since the most successful Folk/Rock Duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single ‘The Sound of Silence’ ?

Having performed to sold out audiences in over 50 countries across the world from Sydney to Seattle, The Simon and Garfunkel Story is now sat in the West End at the lyric theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. The show is currently the biggest and the most successful theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.

Selva, D O M A. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The deep rumble that accompanies lightning, the sense of other worlds colliding and the universe breaking in half, these are age old fears that we used to put the blame on the gods, that without reason to doubt the obvious, that nature is full on Heavy Metal when she is holding onto a grudge, when she wants to teach us a lesson.  The best thing we can do in such circumstances, when the rumble gets close, is to lay back, drink in the atmosphere and let the music she provides wage war with serenity and to embrace the gentle.

Yvonne Lyon, Metanoia. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

At times you cannot help but be drawn to a line from an old poet. A song will come on the radio, an album will be played and through the airwaves and dominating speakers, sage old advice from down the centuries will be remembered, thought of and mused upon. It gathers together the issues faced and suggests without any hint of irony in the invisible, disembodied voice in your mind, that Time has a funny way of repeating itself; the words might be modern, however the sentiment and message remains the same.

Red Pine Timber Company, Sorry For The Good Times. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is when you start apologising for everything that ever was, even the good things in life, the shared moments of joy, passion and adventure, that you realise it was all that you could do to keep the song alive, to let it be heard with sincerity and damn those with grace who encourage you to feel inferior and flawed; for those that made you feel Sorry For The Good Times.