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Villagers: Great Band, a Good Set

Let me say this straight off the bat – I’m a big Villagers fan. Ever since I first saw them play a small stage at Reading, to when they supported Elbow on their arena tour, and now when they’re playing … Continue reading

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Oxjam Line-up: Stronger than builder’s tea

So yesterday the first wave of Oxjam bands were announced for 2014. 16 November is a date to chuck in your diaries now, because there’s more good bands than you can shake a stick at. It’s all for the bargain … Continue reading

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Scriber plays a blinder

With some bands you just get the wrong album at the wrong time. I’d been told many times that I should fall head over heels in love with Conor Oberst‘s Bright Eyes, but when I got around to listening to¬†Lifted … Continue reading

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Acoustic: Beautiful sounds or dirty word?

I’m not entirely sure Nirvana knew what they were starting when they recorded Unplugged. Yes, there had been many acoustic acts before, and Dylan had propelled folk to the mainstream long ago, but since the session rock bands have queued … Continue reading

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Chuck Ragan, Boats and Saving Venues

Last night I got to see Chuck Ragan, in the amazing Thekla. It’s notable as it’s a boat that has a hell of a live sound. Reason enough then for Chuck to call for everyone to support the venue and … Continue reading

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Swn Day 2: The City Strikes Back

First act of day 2 was Aled Rheon at the Angel Hotel. It’s a weird venue, and feels like I’m attending someone’s wedding, but the melancholy nature of Aled’s songs would perhaps not be entirely fitting. His soft vocals and … Continue reading

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Ffrijing good fun

On Thursday night I played live for the first time in a while in Four Bars in Cardiff with Ffrinj Caerdydd. I was only playing one song, a version of the Byrds’ Bells of Rhymney. It was great fun playing … Continue reading

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