Category Archives: Live Music

Bellowhead – the Roundhouse, November 2012

On Wednesday, we went to see Bellowhead at the Roundhouse (great venue btw. I love the Roundhouse). It’s not often these days that we come out of a gig elated but we did then. We looked at each other in awe. I knew … Continue reading

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Solitude Standing Live – Suzanne Vega, Barbican (16 October 2012)

Wow. That was such a treat. Suzanne Vega. Live. A special anniversary show celebrating 25 years since the release of the universally renowned Solitude Standing. The whole album, from start to finish. And a few added treats. She was fun and chatty. Superb. … Continue reading

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Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell – The Slaughtered Lamb, 17 January 2012

Now… don’t you go and think that I’m so keen on my 2012 resolutions that I’ve already gone out there and done loads. A friend of mine mentioned this gig to me way before 1 January! This was my second … Continue reading

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Caitlin Rose – The Windmill (Brixton), 28 July 2011

My second Caitlin Rose gig in that many months. And another great performance by the rising star. I got the feeling on Thursday night that Caitlin wasn’t just performing; she felt her songs and shared them with us (engaging in … Continue reading

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Toumani Diabate: ‘Ali Farka Toure Variations’ – Barbican, 02 June 2010

If (for some odd reasons) you did not know the work of Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate’s enthusiasm and awe for his music would have you rushing to the nearest music shop (or the internet). And rightly so. Ali and … Continue reading

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Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt – Shepherds Bush Empire, 15 February 2010

I was meant to see Lyle Lovett a little while ago but the gig was cancelled. I’ve been listening to a lot of country music recently so the timing of this concert was spot on (although Lovett covers many more genres than … Continue reading

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N’Faly Kouyate, Ba Cissoko and Prince Diabate Kora Trio – Purcell Room, 12 September 2009

The Kora is an amazing instrument: it’s lovely to look at; it’s intricate to play (with 21 strings) and it produces a whole range of sounds. It’s iconic. It did pain me to leave the sunshine for this 3pm gig… … Continue reading

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Wilco – The Troxy, 25 August 2009

I’m not a fan of Wilco but there was a spare ticket going and I’d never been to the Troxy. According to the posters on the Tube, the American alternative rock band is the band of the moment. Tick. I’ve seen them. It … Continue reading

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Muntu Valdo – Barbican, 16 November 2008

Yes, I did catch up with Muntu Valdo at the Barbican (free) Jazz festival event, as promised. And I’m glad I did. He was excellent! The set lasted approx. 30 mins.He played Leta, which is fast becoming my favourite track. … Continue reading

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Festival New Orleans – O2, 25 October 2008

Who says that you can’t get anything for free these days… New Orleans came to the O2 for an amazing two days of music and street parades. And it was all free! I got there as the Rebirth Brass Band made its … Continue reading

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