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CD Review – Dani Wilde – Shine – Ruf Records

CD Review – Dani Wilde – Shine – Ruf Records 8 out of 10 The young prodigy Dani Wilde has returned to the studio to record her newest album Shine. A vastly matured vocal performance is at the centre of … Continue reading

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John Martyn Concert Review   Solid Air Tour – Birmingham Symphony Hall – January 25th 2007

John Martyn Concert Review Solid Air Tour – Birmingham Symphony Hall – January 25th 2007 The 1970’s era of the art of the sensitive singer-songwriter was to life when John Martyn, one of the prime movers in the scene played … Continue reading

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G3 – 26th June 2004 – National Indoor Arena

G3 – June 26th 2004 – National Indoor Arena Three of the world’s most influential electric guitarists hit the stage and bought the house down when they played at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on Saturday, June 26th. Robert Fripp, Joe … Continue reading

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Concert Review   Crowded House – Birmingham NEC – 3rd December 2007

Concert Review Crowded House – Birmingham NEC – 3rd December 2007  Purveyors of some of the most mathematically perfect post Beatles pop Crowded House played a packed set of new songs and old favourites when their ‘Time on Earth’ tour called … Continue reading

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Comedy Review   Sean Hughes – Birmingham Alexandra Theatre – 15th October 2007

The Irish novelist, actor, and Perrier award winner (at 24) Sean Hughes returned to the forum that initially made his name with his latest tour ‘The right side of wrong’. Now known as a face from TV (he played Love … Continue reading

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Book Review – Treats by Lara Williams

Throughout 21 short stories, Lara Williams introduces us to many different characters, all at moments of crisis, or in the developments of emergency, or whole lives are revealed in the space of a few pages. We have the post-university come-down, … Continue reading

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Comedy Review   Jason Manford – Birmingham Town Hall – October 6th 2008

Jason Manford, star of  8 out of 10 Cats, and Tonightly bases his comedy persona more on the witty friend out for a pint than on Bill Hicks. This works in his favour, as his amenable and amiable comedy suits … Continue reading

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