June 30, 2018

It was 2011, in the green fields of Wiltshire where I was lucky indeed to have encountered an enigmatic young female Malian singer called Fatoumata Diawara. She took to the WOMAD stage on a bright sunny afternoon, with a huge smile and dressed in traditional Wassoulou...

June 24, 2018

Eve Simpson is a precociously talented young person and, thankfully, free from some of the personality characteristics you might often associate with precociousness in young people. She’s blessed with a sharp intellect, honed by a good education, but if you converse wi...

June 16, 2018

I’ve still got the email. Sent to me on April 14th 2014, it was the weekly email from my editor asking if I’d be interested in reviewing a new LP. This particular LP was from a label that I hadn’t heard of before called Astral Industries, and this was its first release...

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