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Not a Minute Too Late
Not a Minute Too Late
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5.0 out of 5 stars I discovered Yana Bibb by accident and am glad I did, 5 Feb. 2016
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I discovered Yana Bibb by accident and am glad I did.
This is a very lissenable jazz album and works on many levels. It's great in the car or as "background", but for the best experience it rewards concentrating on. Yana's voice is superb on a variety of songs. Her phrasing is just wonderful and she avoids the temptation that many others fall into to be discordant for effect. Her support musicians are of a very high pedigree, They support and and enhance the vocals without getting in the way, but contribute subletly to thsi superb album.
Luckily Yana is touring in the UK this year (2016) and I look forward to hearing her live.
Meanwhile, the CD will be getting a lot of play time.

St. Nick's Got The Blues
St. Nick's Got The Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Great Stuff", 14 Jan. 2015
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What a little Gem! Thank you, Paul Jones, for playing it on Radio 2.
The uncredited musicians on this CD have produced fresh arrangements of Christmas classics performed with excellent musicianship, playing with both spirituality and humour.
This is not a CD that should only be brought out once a year. The playing is a boost to the spirit that may be enjoyed at any time.
As the man would say, "Great Stuff".

Emma and her Daughter
Emma and her Daughter
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing read, 14 Jan. 2015
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I was encouraged to read this book, which from the synopsis and publisher would appear to be aimed at women readers, by my wife. However, Linda Mitchelmore has such a great way of hooking her readers in and moving a story along that I found I enjoyed it as much as the first two books in this series.
Although it is a complete story in itself, Linda has included enough "history", where necessary, to enable new readers to understand the relationships between her characters, though never so much that it slows down the narrative for those who know Emma's story to date.
In 1927 the now widowed Emma returns to England with her teenage daughter after 13 years in Canada, determined to build a new life for them both, and hoping to re-establish old friendships. Things do not progress all that smoothly and, along the way to an ending that my wife was so pleased with, there are plenty of plot twists and suggested outcomes to keep the reader involved in the story and wanting to know what happens next. Linda also has a way with sub-plots that means the reader wants to find out how the minor characters resolve their problems, too.
People and places are clearly described but Linda avoids "padding out" her book with too much description. Instead she uses her well rounded characters' actions and thoughts to move the story along at a good pace. In the midst of an engrossing romantic tale she touches on issues such as the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters, first love, and even the difficulties that WW1 veterans experienced on returning to civilian life. All this is done in a sympathetic way and is never allowed to detract the reader from the unfolding drama.
So, although I would not, perhaps, have chosen to start Linda Mitchelmore's "Emma" series, I am glad that my wife recommended it to me. I enjoyed "Emma And Her Daughter" both for the story content and the writing style. I am sure others will, too.

Blues, Ballads & Work Songs
Blues, Ballads & Work Songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Homage to the great originals, 25 May 2014
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Eric Bibb has produced a collection of some of the songs that introduced a lot of non-Americans to the idea of "the blues". As an homage to the original performers this is a worthwhile project. Add to that Bibb's own excellent understated playing and his fine voice and you get a very good album indeed. It doesn't matter that you may know all the old tunes from childhood ( and if you are younger then they show you where it all comes from), Bibb adds to their renown without detracting from their origin.
The chosen songs are clearly important to the man himself and some appear on live recordings of his. But, as with all great musicians, every "take" is different and worth having.
Some Bibb originals are included in this collection, showing how the tradition of "the blues" continues and evolves. It is in good hands with musicians like Eric Bibb.

Red is for Rubies (Choc Lit)
Red is for Rubies (Choc Lit)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing modern day story, 9 May 2014
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Another absorbing read from the pen of Linda Mitchelmore, "Red is for Rubies" is a departure from her previous historical romances. A contemporary novel set in the South Hams of Devon, the story weaves past lives and new beginnings in an enthralling way.
Linda's characters are all well drawn and fully rounded, and she moves the story along largely through their words and thoughts.
Although this book involves some serious topics they are treated with sensitivity but not sentiment, and Linda's dry humour shows through.
As the book progresses several potential solutions to the dilemmas her characters experience present themselves to the reader. Part of my enjoyment was in trying to second guess how Linda would resolve these problems. I failed - testimony to her inventiveness and knack of producing subtle twists in the plot.
All in all I found "Red is for Rubies" a very enjoyable book, with strong interwoven story lines that carried me along at a goodly pace from start to finish.

Live at FIP (2CD)
Live at FIP (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bibb at his best (Again), 10 Dec. 2013
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Splendid live album, showing how a master musician can keep his catalogue fresh.
Great support from band members adds to Bibb's excellent playing and vocals. His voice is so good that even when he "gruffs it up" there is still that rich melodious Bibb tone behind.
This album will be played and played untl teh chance to see Eric Bibb live comes around again.

Troubador Live
Troubador Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album, 12 Nov. 2013
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Having recently (October 2013) seen Eric Bibb live I bought this album to try and recapture the atmosphere of a fantastic set.
It does that, despite being essentially just two musicians rather than Bibb with a four piece combo.
Bibb's voice and guitar playing are superbly augmented by the guitar of Staffan Astner.
As with all great live performances there are twists and changes to numbers that the audience know from studio albums and other live performances, which makes the CD listeners aware that they are hearing an "audio snapshot" of two artistes at the top of their game.
Another dimension is added when Bibb and Astner are joined by members of Psalm4.
So, although this CD was not quite what I was expecting (due to my lack of research), I have absolutely no regrets about buying it and will be playing it a lot in the days and years to come.
PS. I have just ordered "Live at FIP" as you cannot have too muc of a good thing!

Booker's Guitar
Booker's Guitar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Bibb, 5 Nov. 2013
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Well, I was going to title this review "Stripped Back Bibb At His Best" but I see another reviewer feels the same way.And rightly so, this man would sound good singing the TV listings.
Neither too fussy or too sparse, this excellent CD highlights Bibb's mellifluous voice with the minimum amount of precise instrumental backing. Whether an arrangement of a classic or one of Bibb's own songs every track is a delight to listen to.

Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage [DVD]
Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Francesco Da Mosto
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative, 14 Aug. 2013
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Although I had expected this series to have a bit more historical content related to Francesco Da Mosto's ancestors it is a very informative "travelogue". The man himself is a most engaging presenter who is not inclined to take himself too seriously.
This is a very well put together series and most entertaining viewing.

Hope for Hannah (Choc Lit)
Hope for Hannah (Choc Lit)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 3 May 2013
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This is the second of Linda Mitchelmore's books that I have read after my wife purchased it. I hope I don't offend if I say I think it is essentially a ladies' book. The length of a novella means that the plot contains no drastic twists or turns.
However, this reader was carried along by Linda's clear and uncluttered style. Using no unnecessary words she has been able to conjure up the Dartmoor of a bygone era, and the social climate of the times through the thoughts and actions of her characters.
I would certainly recommend "Hope For Hannah" to anyone who enjoyed Linda's first novel, or who would like to enjoy a read on a summer afternoon.

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