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Fashion, Progress, Hard Feelings, Doing the Business (Modern Plays S.)
Fashion, Progress, Hard Feelings, Doing the Business (Modern Plays S.)
by Doug Lucie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent selection of Doug Lucie plays from the 80s/90s but ..., 2 Jan. 2015
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An excellent selection of Doug Lucie plays from the 80s/90s but still very relevant for today, 'Hard Feelings' and the short two-hander 'Doing the business' were revived in 2013/14. Ironically, 'Doing The Business' examines the nature of sponsorship and accurately predicted the 'lite-enting' of theatre, which is why you won't see plays of this calibre in the West End today.


"Shallow End" (Modern Plays)
"Shallow End" (Modern Plays)
by Doug Lucie
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars This is vintage Doug Lucie, the premier playwright of ..., 5 Oct. 2014
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This is vintage Doug Lucie, the premier playwright of his (and my) generation. The newspaper industry gets a kicking in the well observed work.


The Reluctant Escapologist: Adventures in Alternative Theatre
The Reluctant Escapologist: Adventures in Alternative Theatre
by Mike Bradwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Sept. 2014
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This is absolutely brilliant. Funny, educational, entertaining in equal measure. Loved it!


Tammy Norrie: The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses
Tammy Norrie: The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses
by William Hershaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read, 16 Jan. 2014
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A very well written, beautifully crafted story. It deals with big issues like social mobility, education, the pace of modern life in a clever, gentle way but, primarily, it is a great read.


Mosquito Vol 2 - at the gates of dawn [VINYL]
Mosquito Vol 2 - at the gates of dawn [VINYL]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mosquito Vol 2 from Geraint Watkins, 8 May 2013
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The second EP in the series from Geraint (also available as a download for those of you who don't have a turntable). Another four superbly crafted songs from the maestro. I couldn't make the gig at Dingwalls, Camden, to launch this one, unfortunately. This maintains the high standard set by Mr Watkins with vol 1. I'm so glad I kept my old HiFi - an absolute delight!


The Joe Corrie Project: Cage Load Of Men
The Joe Corrie Project: Cage Load Of Men
Offered by Birnam CD Ltd.
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Corrie - A Fitting Tribute, 22 April 2013
T.S. Eliot described Joe Corrie as Scotland's finest poet since Burns. I am ashamed to say that, although I was born and raised in a Fife mining village, this poet and playwright only came to my attention in the last couple of years. It was through the work of William Hershaw, a fine poet himself, that I discovered this genuine 'working class hero'. This is a fitting musical tribute and one of the very few albums where you actually want to see the lyrics written down (there is a nice booklet included).

'Cageload of men' hasn't gone the purist route of just setting Joe Corrie poems to traditional music, there are also original songs and the music has a contemporary feel. It might stray too close to Nashville for some but it works well and underlines the relevance of Joe Corrie for the West Fife of today. It's well produced and I particularly liked the fiddle playing. If I had to pick one track as a highlight, it would be the rendition of 'Image o' God', a song that perfectly captures the harsh reality of working underground in terrible conditions. The album starts with an almost rock 'n' roll version of the Hershaw-penned 'Joe Corrie', a nod to the traditional song 'Joe Hill', and this is reprised as the last track, in a rousing gospel version.

There is a rare chance to catch the Bowhill Players doing songs from this album at the Edinburgh Festival, they are doing two gigs 5th and 9th August 2014 at The Queen's Hall. Unfortunately I won't make it because I will be in London. Check out the Fringe website for details.


Mosquito Vol 1 [10" VINYL]
Mosquito Vol 1 [10" VINYL]
Price: £7.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff from Geraint!, 1 Jan. 2013
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I was at the launch gig for this at the Underbelly in Hoxton. I left to catch my train, so I didn't manage to get the record - totally mad that I had to order if from The States. The four tracks pretty much map out what Geraint is about ( well, in so far as 4 tracks could) If you still have something to play it on, then this is well worth investing in. The first is a series of EPs. that shine like a beacon in a world of manufactured pop music.


Jazz Gives Me The Blues
Jazz Gives Me The Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz covers given the 'Billy treatment', 20 Aug. 2011
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Billy never fails to delight and surprise and this album of (mostly) jazz standards delivers both in equal measure. Humour, passion and talent combined with unorthodox, but phenomenal, guitar technique (and a great band) ensures there is nothing standard about this collection. Billy's unmistakable blues growl breathes new life into songs you thought you knew. I saw him at the London Jazz festival doing 'I'm just a lucky so and so', taught to him some years ago by Diana Krall (or so he claimed). He doesn't tour much but, if you ever get the chance to see him live, grab it.


When The Crowds Have Gone
When The Crowds Have Gone
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5.0 out of 5 stars An acoustic blues album from Lewisham's finest, 27 July 2010
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Impassioned blues laced with touches of dry humour from 'Mr Unpredictable'. The album starts with the acapella 'In my bones' about Billy wearing his dead grandad's clothes. Apart from a couple of improvised instrumentals 'If I were a lollipop man' and 'Sitting on the dock of the ebay' Billy howls and groans about loneliness, lack of money and how bad he feels. The blues is the only thing that helps to alleviate his pain - 'Blues is calling me'. Even in his anguish, Billy's natural sense of humour leaks through ' come and see me, come for breakfast, brunch, morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea..............because I'm a sad B.A.S.T.A.R.D.' This is no parody though, this is the real blues.


Tribal
Tribal
Price: £8.90

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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Tribal, 9 July 2010
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This review is from: Tribal (Audio CD)
A return to form from the Doctor. I saw him do 5 tracks from Tribal in Tunbridge Wells on 7th July. The tracks he did worked really well live and 82 year old Chris Barber added some colour to the sound with his trombone. A great gig and a great album. Terrific to hear Donald Harison on the album.

A word of caution. At the time of writing this, the download version was missing two tracks from the CD; 'sleepin in my bed' and 'scroungin'. This isn't Amazon's fault, it is they same on every music website. I have flagged it up and it may have been corrected by the time you read this, so just doublecheck.


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