The Storm Tossed Nest.

 

For those just walking on by,

pulling their coats closer to their skin,

It was surely nothing more than

a piece of litter thrown carelessly

out of a window of a passing car,

the jetsam of the age, too busy

for a bin, for the black plastic bag

collection on Friday morning at seven A.M.

Yet, no rubbish, just all dead

inside the remains of this wind battered nest,

no sign of mother, sticks clumped by rain

and sod and tossed from the tree with force.

British Comedy Heads To Warrington With Musical Extravaganza.

 

A musical trio will be swinging into town for a show-stopping extravaganza that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

Warrington’s Parr Hall will play host to Rat Pack champs The Crooners as part of their extensive U.K. tour.

Bringing a sense of parody to this timeless genre, this show pays homage to some of the greatest Crooners of all time, with songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davies Jr, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and more.

Fresh From Touring With Lucy Spraggan, Lauren Ray Comes To The Philharmonic Hall This February In Support of Rebecca Ferguson.

Following the release of Lauren Ray’s incredible single Two Days back in December, and a sell out U.K. tour supporting Lucy Spraggan preceding that, Lauren Ray is thrilled to announce that she will be back out on the road again next month, this time supporting Rebecca Ferguson!

Two Days, along with her debut album, was recorded out in Nashville, showing clear elements of a country feel, whilst also maintaining a mellow and reflective side to it.

Lauren’s velvety smooth and effortlessly sultry tones sit perfectly on the elite production, and highlights from the album include singles Come To Me and Drive which received big U.K. regional B.B.C .Radio support as well as support from B.B.C. Introducing.

Little Red And The Big Bad Wolf, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool. (2018).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Liz Jadav, Simone Lewis, Harvey Robinson, Luca Rutherford.

BSL Interpreter: Kate Labno.

We all warn our children about straying from the path provided, to not deviate, keep close at all times, and even though we understand they have to make their own way in the world. We also have the responsibility to make sure that they don’t get hurt, become embroiled and hang with the wrong crowd, that they, unlike Little Red, find fascination with the wolf who wears its fur with pride, who has the smooth pick up line and casual interesting manner.

Geoff Carne And the Hatz, 4 Play. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Without it, you may as well be looking at life through the confines of humdrum, of just going from day to day in the monotonous routine and the makeshift, make-do dull and instantly forgettable; for where there is no build up, there can be no sense of earned excitement, there can be no discovery of just how far your expectations can go and how far they can thrill you. Without 4 Play from Geoff Carne and the Hatz in your life, then the dull seeps in and the day becomes not just beige, but school uniform insipid and dusty.

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.