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CARDIFF CHRISTMAS MARKET & ABERGAVENNY CHRISTMAS FAIR | FEATURE

CARDIFF CHRISTMAS MARKET & ABERGAVENNY CHRISTMAS FAIR | FEATURE   Yes, it’s that time of year again. Enduring endless Chrimbo songs over the airwaves, fighting over parking spaces and bargains and dealing with stores that bombard you with holiday displays the second Halloween is over. Want a more down-to-earth, unique, handmade experience? Visit Christmas markets […]

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GRAHAM GOULDMAN | LIVE REVIEW

GRAHAM GOULDMAN | LIVE REVIEW   The Gate, Cardiff, Sat 07 Oct Even though I was too young in the 60s to have attended a hootenanny, this gathering is how I imagine one must have been. Throw in a large dose of British Invasion modness, some art-rock and touches of remembrance and The Gate became […]

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GRAHAM GOULDMAN | MUSIC PREVIEW

GRAHAM GOULDMAN | MUSIC PREVIEW The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, Sat 07 Oct Singer/songwriter/musician Graham Gouldman is here on his Heart Full Of Songs tour and is a home-grown, solid gold talent of Britain. Gouldman, original member of 10cc is not only the co-wordsmith of their biggest hits such as I’m Not In Love, I’m […]

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JUSTIN HAYWARD | LIVE REVIEW

JUSTIN HAYWARD | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Mon 02 Oct Justin Hayward, singer/songwriter extraordinaire of the innovative, groundbreaking prog-art rock group The Moody Blues, began his set with a fellow Moodie Mike Pinder-composed song, Out And In, which is said to be about out-of-body experiences. That’s sort of what this concert felt […]

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JUSTIN HAYWARD | INTERVIEW PART 2

JUSTIN HAYWARD | INTERVIEW PART 2

JUSTIN HAYWARD | INTERVIEW PART 2   Rhonda Lee Reali talks to the Moody Blues frontman ahead of his gig at Cardiff St David’s Hall on Mon 2 Oct. Part 1 is here.   The song Troubadour, which is included on your latest album All The Way, is on the country side of things. Will you be […]

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JUSTIN HAYWARD | INTERVIEW PART 1

JUSTIN HAYWARD | INTERVIEW PART 1 Rhonda Lee Reali talks to the Moody Blues frontman ahead of his gig at Cardiff St David’s Hall on Mon 2 Oct. Part two to follow on that very day! Prog rock mega-group The Moody Blues started off as a rhythm & blues outfit in 1964, adding guitarist/lead vocalist […]

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ÍMAR | INTERVIEW

ÍMAR | INTERVIEW   Be prepared to be swept off your feet by the sounds of Glasgow-based traditional Celtic quintet Ímar, who’ll be doing two shows in Wales this month. The first is in south Wales at The Welfare in Ystradgynlais on Friday 15 Sept; the second on Sat 30 Sept at TRJ in Trelawnyd […]

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STREET SCENE | STAGE REVIEW

STREET SCENE | STAGE REVIEW

***** Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Tue 4 July Though it may not have seemed like it at the time, who better to compose a dramatic theatre piece about social ills that involved racism and poverty along with bloodshed than Kurt Weill, who fled Hitler’s Germany? Weill’s Street Scene, his “Broadway opera,” with realistic lyrics by poet/author […]

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ECHOBELLY | LIVE REVIEW

ECHOBELLY | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Thurs 18 May Nineties Britpop band Echobelly are back on tour. I had no idea who they were until I saw them featured on a BBC show about Britpop recently. “Girl’s singing reminds me of Debbie Harry,” I thought. After punk and new wave, I didn’t go […]

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C DUNCAN | LIVE REVIEW

C DUNCAN | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Tue 9 May I admit it, I’m a pushover for a pretty song, and C (short for Christopher) Duncan is already a master at them. This 27-year-old Glaswegian has already played Wales’ Festival No. 6 and opened for Elbow on their spring tour this year. […]

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