“Just Be A Composer”

Natasa Paulberg is an Australian/Irish composer, performer and conductor. She writes for film, TV, games and concerts, attended the UCLA Film Scoring Program in L.A. and teaches film scoring in Dublin. How did you become a music composer? I started playing music as a kid, maybe when I was five or six with the usual... Continue Reading →

Laura Marling: Live From Union Chapel

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Opening her solo concert, broadcast live from the Union Chapel in London, Laura Marling sings, “I will not be a victim of romance, I will not be a victim of circumstance”. These words, from Once I Was An Eagle's song 'Take The Night Off' have never been more true. Marling is certainly taking... Continue Reading →

Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Whilst this record is a million miles away from Fiona Apple’s earliest offerings, Fetch the Bolt Cutters is not an illogical procession from 2012’s Idler Wheel. Thematically, FTBC shows Apple looking further back this time: Kate Bush references and tales of playground bullies are intermingled with the expected laments over badly-chosen lovers and... Continue Reading →

High Road by Kesha

Stars: ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ On Kesha’s new album track ‘Shadow’ she sings, “And I love singing “fuck” in all my songs / ‘Cause the only people who got time to get offended are the ones who’ve probably never gotten off.” This is the tone of the album; victorious. It’s clear that Kesha’s had a tough few... Continue Reading →

SHHE + special guest Kathryn Joseph

Stars: ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The Chaplaincy Centre on the University of Dundee campus is an odd building. Out of some desire to be less like a traditional church and more accessible for other religions and faiths the main room is completely round, decorated in a sparse almost Celtic fashion – although a large crucifix dominates the... Continue Reading →

Knee High Socks & Hot Rocks by Rebecca Radical

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Starting off with a short monologue about positivity as a conscious attitude, ‘Knee High Socks & Hot Rocks’ the debut album by Rebecca Radical, released in November 2019, is an exploration of radical compassion after almost ten years of Tory rule in Westminster.  One of the highlights is ‘Bojo’s Nae Mojo’ which opens... Continue Reading →

Amanda Palmer’s There Will Be No Intermission

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is hands down the saddest and most tear-jerky album I have ever made,” said Amanda Palmer to me last year, and that’s definitely true. Stand out tracks ‘Voicemail To Jill’, ‘Death Thing’ and ‘A Mother’s Confession’ have me in tears and I know I’m not the only one. This album covers Amanda’s abortions, miscarriage, and... Continue Reading →

Birdwoman

I meet Kellie (AKA Birdwoman) in her apartment on a Saturday afternoon. Her newly released album And Then The Day Came (2019) is a folk, bluesy and gypsy rock journey. It brings us deep inside the mind and heart of a songwriter with amazing talent and a huge soul. It’s just us in the living... Continue Reading →

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