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Ian Ambrose

Ian is a freelance writer who specialises in music of all shapes and sizes. However he is more than happy to turn his hand to any subject and conjure up a well-researched article. As he can never have enough work he also offers a copy writing and editing service, which is soon to be augmented by a proof reading, and social media profiling service. Ian is also a published poet and photographer, and when not scribbling or dreaming, he has a small run leaflet distribution business.

Anna & Elizabeth

Anna & Elizabeth The Arts Centre, Colchester 11th May 2017  An overcast Thursday evening in Colchester, a pint sized crowd at The Arts Centre, all hear to listen to Appalachian ballads and other old time songs of America performed, unsurprisingly, by two women called Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. But …

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Peatbog Faeries

The Apex Tuesday 2nd May It’s been a long time, hope I can still do this, and thanks to The Apex for allowing this at short notice. But that is enough of the personal stuff, why turn out on a week night for some group that most have neither heard …

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 15th November 2016 Another Bragg show, we know the score, communal singing and a rant-a-long with everyone’s favourite uncle, except this time is different. Not only does he have a partner in crime, the excellent musician and producer Joe Henry, …

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Oysterband

Oysterband 5th November 2016 The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket I have no wish to sound self-indulgent but it had been a fairly dreadful week, a million reasons, in my head, why I didn’t want to go. But still I drove the hour, to Stowmarket, through the detritus of a thousand …

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Oysterband

CONCERT PREVIEW Oysterband @ The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket 5 November 2016 It will not have escaped your notice that the above date is Guy Fawkes Day, and Oysterband are here to perform. The analogy is obvious but the cliché warning beacon is starting to flash so I will desist. …

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Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System @ The Apex Bury St Edmunds, 26th October 2016 How many bands start their first tour after being in existence for twenty years? The Afro Celt Sound System are that band, and The Apex is the first gig of the first tour. So has twenty years …

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Show Of Hands

Show Of Hands @ The Corn Exchange Cambridge, 4 November 2016 This may be a pointless task, for who hasn’t heard of Show Of Hands? Probably the only current folk act to be consistently played all over Radio Two and definitely the only ones who can sell out The Royal …

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Faustus

Faustus @ The Colchester Arts Centre, 31/10/16 It is no secret to say that Monday night is folk night at the Colchester arts centre, and Monday 31st is Halloween – the perfect fit. Folk music is jam packed full with the ghosts of long dead lovers, elves, fairies, ferocious black …

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Afro Celt Sound System

CONCERT PREVIEW: Afro Celt Sound System @ The Apex 26/10/16 July 1997, my first visit to the Cambridge Folk Festival, on the bill that Saturday evening Afro Celt Sound System. Cue diehard folkies heading to the bar to steady their nerves and refill their pewter tankards, the few remaining whirl like …

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Fire in the North Sky

Tolkien used bits of it, Sibelius orchestrated parts of it, now here it is in its raw unvarnished beauty, of what do I write? The Kalevala – the epic poem of Finland, think Beowulf or The Iliad and, despite Cambridge being a seat of learning, you get to hear it …

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Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Thursday 22nd September ’16 Huge excitement, first time seeing Mr Parker, a big cheese in the music of my adolescence. Sadly no Rumour but as Mr Schwarz was a major player in said group it has the makings of a splendid evening. About this time …

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Preview

Here’s one to look forward to, but first cast your mind back to 1975 and a fab album called Howlin’ Wind by the then little known Graham Parker and The Rumour – released to thunderous rock press acclaim and the start of forty year career for the for the bundle …

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Reflections on FolkEast

Just where do I begin to begin, I’ve not been to this Shindig before which, probably, shows a great lack of judgement on my part, for it really is a jolly thing. I’m sure you know the feeling, that feeling you get when you turn up somewhere new and just …

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Steve Earle at The Apex

The Apex Bury St Edmunds 18th October 2015 Been looking forward to this for ages, as it is not often that a true legend comes to town – sadly that isn’t yet Bijoux Toots who entertained splendidly in the bar beforehand – the country music/Americana superstar Steve Earle who has …

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Rura at The Apex

Rura 23rd September The Apex, Bury St Edmunds I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has been here, here being the position of seeing band at festival, thinking band pretty good, seeing band a few weeks later in theatre, thinking band not quite as pretty good. That is …

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