There are moments when the world, or at least certain people with decency in their hearts and the courage in their minds, is able to make a huge difference. There are many problems to be discussed, to be addressed and be solved, no matter how far we come as a civilisation, no matter the dizzy heights of industrial might, of reaching out beyond our mortal capability into the stars and the progress of technical know-how, people fall through the gaps. They become unseen, almost invisible, past the point of sight until they blur into their surroundings and whether it is through the actions of someone else or their own misfortune, brought on perhaps by a Government and others that just don’t care, the cracks open up regardless and the streets, the parks and the obscured shadows become the home of the dispossessed and the homeless.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10
It is a tale so beloved that it has had generations of children, and many adults, reading with the intensity of love and interest and finding that nature is truly a wondrous and bountiful place in which to find inspiration and joy from. Kenneth Grahame’s beautifully observed allegory and part reference to the English Pastoral is captured with vivid imagination in the book The Wind in the Willows and the characters are one of the few from that period that beneath the skin of a society that is now almost unrecognisable and one that beats in the heart and resonates with a yearning to return to simpler times.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10
There are those that seemingly take great pleasure in deriding the power of Folk music. They are willing to sneer and complain that the story, often or not a tale of great morality with twists that raise a smile, is irreverent to the way of the world now. It is not a complaint that passes the lips of those that have Celtic blood raging through their hearts or those with an understanding that Folk, whether Celtic, European or English, touches upon the very nature of communication, simple, effective and memorable.