Off Key.


It was a song

played on a piano in a bar,

that reminded me of you,

slightly out of key,

the wrong notes at times

grating on the ear,

but it was a song we shared

as we belted it out

when we were drunk

and wearing younger skin

staggering down Sheep Street.


It was a song that reminded me

of you and for a while

I mourned that I would never

be off key with anyone else again.


Acclaimed U.S. Dark Comedy Comes To The Unity Theatre in February 2018


Spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock wants to die already. She’s been sick with cancer for almost as long as she can remember and the pain has made her so mean that there’s no one left who loves her.

Carolyn just wants to give up, but in order to do so, she’s going to have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her very Christian nurse Veronika to help her. But Veronika isn’t all she seems, and so before Carolyn can die in peace, they’ll both need to let go of everything they believe about what is right.

Ricky Ross, Gig Review. Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Ricky Ross at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool. November 2017. Photograph used with kind permission by David Munn Photography.

It seems a strange departure when you first see the piano on the stage at the Capstone Theatre, the audience knows full well it is not going to be a performance in which the roof of the Echo Arena would shake and feel the storming pull of wave after wave of pop hits and the shake of expectation of Deacon Blue favourites that have become a staple on the Liverpool calendar since the venue opened. However, when it comes to Ricky Ross, almost anything is possible and the Capstone Theatre roof must have been concerned for the future of its position.

Anthony D’ Amato, Gig Review. Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Anthony D’ Amato at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool. November 2017. Photograph used with kind permission by David Munn Photography.

Even today in the ease of travelling across oceans and different time zones, there is something distinctly admirable about letting go of the comfortable and the secure and opening yourself up to the possibility of the unknown and possibly uncharted. To leave one’s home town behind, to venture into the space between love and acceptance is a challenge, no matter how old, no matter how experienced; it is still one that marks you out as having the chops to spread your word far and wide.

Poor Old Albert.


Albert Camus,

poor man that you are,

forgetting a glimmer of truth

in your melancholic good times;

tea may always be a substitute

but it has a bitter taste

for those left to stew the pot


Ian D. Hall 2017

Enjoy An Evening Of Opera And Support Historic St. Bride’s Church.

It’s Access All Arias As The Landmark Liverpool Church Continues Its Cultural SOS.

Prepare to be moved by the beauty of music when St. Bride’s Church hosts An Evening of Opera this month.

The historic Percy Street church will be alive with duets and arias from some of the world’s best-loved operas during the fundraising event on Friday 24th November 2017. This is change of date for the event, which was originally due to take place in October.

Proceeds from the evening, which stars internationally-acclaimed classical tenor Roy Weissensteiner and a number of special guests, will go towards the upkeep of the beautiful Georgian place of worship.

Heaven 17, Gig Review. Hanger 34, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

If there is a place beyond this mortal coil in which the good might be seen to live on, to continue offering words of sage advice and the beat of ten thousand rampant hearts crying out for more, then it arguably should have a number attached to the end of the everlasting; 17 would always be a comforting pulse, a groove to get behind and in Heaven 17 the sense of 80s enveloped pop was always going to be a night of paradise and ecstasy for those at Liverpool’s Hanger 34.

Paddington 2. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Noah Taylor, Peter Capaldi, Brendon Gleeson, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ben Miller, Tom Conti, Meera Syal, Samuel Joslin, Madeline Harris, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Simon Farnaby, Jessica Hynes, Richard Ayoade, Tom Davies, Cal McCrystal.

It is through the eyes of the innocent that we perhaps see beauty and good in the world, that we don’t just tolerate the storms and the fire that surround us but that we embrace it, we seek out the violence not to get a thrill from the fight but to hopefully offer a solution, a kind word spoken can make the difference in a day and in a person’s life.

Blancmange, Gig Review. Hanger 34, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are moments in Pop history that unforgivably seem to be forgotten by the majority, that some groups, lauded rightly by those whose lives were changed by the positivity of one song, have been allowed to be seen as a memory, a reaction to past events and the recall of certain emotions. Bands such as Blancmange offered a way of communication, of sincerity that arguably was unique to them, and one that for everybody who made their way to Hanger 34 on cold Saturday night in Liverpool would have been ecstatic to celebrate; it was a celebration that was wild and proper.

Rose Tattoo, Tatts: Live In Brunswick. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

If the past is another country then to many who never saw or lived through the bright lights and garnish of the 1980s, the pub rock scene of Australia must seem like a step into a completely different planet, one that was undoubtedly rich in expression, in its representation of a culture untouched by the excess and the absurdly gluttonous. The past may be another country but to those who saw a truth in the voice of bands such as Rose Tattoo, what they saw and heard during those punishment filled lyrics and chastisement to the pretence and pretentious, was worth living in the present for.