Richard Thompson at Gawsworth Hall: Mock Tudor? No, the real thing

I Can’t Wake Up To Save My Life On Wednesday I drove across Cheshire, through the fields and lanes of my childhood, to Gawsworth Hall, a Tudor half-timbered manor-house just south of Macclesfield. There, on the lawn below the rose garden, a stage and covered seating had been erected – an idyllic setting on a warm summer’s evening for a … Continue reading Richard Thompson at Gawsworth Hall: Mock Tudor? No, the real thing

Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Liverpool Arena: age cannot wither them

Grizzled and jowled beneath the trademark black fedora and wearing a baggy t-shirt emblazoned with ‘EARTH’, last night at Liverpool Arena Neil Young was on a mission.  To save the world, no less. Young came on stage at around 8:45 with Crazy Horse – here comprising long-time collaborator in epic noise Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro (white-haired, tubby, wearing even … Continue reading Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Liverpool Arena: age cannot wither them

Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial

The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Choir perform Nyman’s Hillsborough memorial in the Anglican Cathedral On Saturday we joined the crowds pouring into Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on a beautiful summer’s evening for the public première of Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial Symphony performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Choir.  It was an intensely moving experience which transcended … Continue reading Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial

Toumani and Sidiki Diabate: latest of 71 generations of Malian griots in Liverpool

Toumani and Sidiki Diabate on stage at St Georges Hall Concert Room News out of Mali has been so dreadful this past two years that there was something extra-celebratory about the concert this Tuesday evening in the elegant, gilded surroundings of St Georges Hall Concert Room in which the world’s greatest kora player Toumani Diabate performed duets … Continue reading Toumani and Sidiki Diabate: latest of 71 generations of Malian griots in Liverpool

10/10’s Swedish Smorgasbord: tight trousers, trombones and car wrecks

Christian Lindberg conducting in Stockholm wearing that aubergine shirt It’s not every night you get to see a a man in impossibly tight trousers and an aubergine silk shirt conducting whilst playing a trombone, adding emphasis to his musical directions with sinuous ballet moves across the stage. But that was what we got at the … Continue reading 10/10’s Swedish Smorgasbord: tight trousers, trombones and car wrecks