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Piano Portraits

RICK WAKEMAN – PIANO PORTRAITS Norfolk-based Wakeman has recorded a full solo piano album featuring a varied selection of music including classic songs that he originally performed on. Bucking the trend of orchestral projects, Piano Portraits captures both the technical virtuosity and lightness of touch that have become trademarks of …

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Some Ol’ Day

RAG MAMA RAG – SOME OL’ DAY Formed in Colchester in 1991 Rag Mama Rag have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europe’s finest country blues acts. With an interesting and wide range of instruments, the duo create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound …

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8 Hours

FICK AS FIEVES – 8 HOURS  Fick As Fieves are an indie-rock trio from Aldeburgh. They formed in the summer of last year at what started out as jam sessions in the basement and gigs at their local soon turned into crowds of hundreds turning up to see them. Towards …

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A Wealth of Classical Culture

February.  Cold, bleak and kind of nothingy unless you’re one of those types who lives for the cards, flowers, chocolates and heart-themed restaurants on please-love-me-please-please-please day: La Saint Valentin.  Even our very own Bard remarked on the trials of this month:  ‘That you have such a February face, so full …

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Classical Music Sensibilities

The standout name this month would seem to be William Butterworth, who brings a string of mid-month dates, at The Fleece (Stoke-by-Nayland), Anteros Arts (Norwich) and Jazz East (Felixstowe).  Just a few years ago a reviewer chided that this remarkable pianist didn’t ‘get out of London enough’; perhaps implying that …

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Best Live Guests…

We’re only a few weeks into 2017, but I’m confident we’ve already had one of the best live guests we’ll have this year. Booda French was in fine form as he performed four tracks from his superb EP, Awesome is Everyday. It’s been great to see the EP being so …

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A Fine City

“A fine city.”  Compared to other cities – such as Oxford (City of Dreaming Spires) and Edinburgh (Athens of the North) – Norwich’s sobriquet is a somewhat modest and understated affair.  And that is all to it’s credit I’d say.   It’s charmingly contrary to the current obsession with hyperbole and …

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British Blues

This month Foz previews a couple of blues nights he’s pulled together. The first features one of the most important figures on the British blues scene while the second pays tribute to a much missed blues-rock great. This month Ipswich gets a long awaited visit from legendary record producer Mike …

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Little Things

ANIMAL NOISE – LITTLE THINGS Colchester Indie trio Animal Noise practice on a farm in an old converted milking parlour.  In the rural setting there is no one around for miles so the band have always been able to write together as loudly as possible and with no time restraints! …

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Almost Home

WHITE FOOT LANE – ALMOST HOME The core of White Foot Lane is Ollie, Phil and Jason who met in 2010 and soon struck up a friendship, sharing Phil’s passion for songwriting. Four years of recording, experimenting, crafting and then re-recording have resulted in this album recorded at Phil’s successful …

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