Category Music


Storytelling by song is not an easy craft. Storytelling by word is hard enough and although yes, you might be able to spin a good yarn or anecdote now and then, to then put it to tune and captivate an audience for nigh on two hours is beyond all but the best of us. But […]

A soundtrack to travel

Well as this blog has slowly become a depository for my gig reviews and not a lot else, and with it about to become a place where I’ll be leaving my ramblings as I embark on a year or so on the road (more on that later) – this is my half arsed attempt to […]

Gig review: Paper Aeroplanes @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Writing about a band called ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ is a gig reviewers dream. ‘The music wafted gracefully over the audience heads’, ‘From then on the gig took flight…’,’The evening plummeted to a fiery demise as all aboard screamed in horror’…you get the picture. I could just cram the hell out of this piece with flying related […]

Gig review: Lucy Rose @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge

I’m not sure if it’s the heat getting to me in the stifling hot Portland Arms, but I’m sure Lucy Rose has just pointed everyone to the merchandise table where you can buy “tea, jam, or some t-shirts my Mum & Dad got me for Christmas”. With a sales list more comparable to a bric-a-brac […]

Gig review: Passenger @ Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge

“The church was made for gigs like this” exclaimed Stu Larson as he gazed out over the audience heads, up into the lofty heights where the early summer sun crept through cobwebbed stained glass. While probably not technically true, you’d have been hard pushed to find anyone in attendance disagreeing by the end of the […]

Gig review: Admiral Fallow @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge

“We’re only known in the UK really, and maybe a couple geeks in the U.S. Perhaps a guy in Japan and some Portuguese fella too” announced Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott. Well, with a quickly growing army of fans, widespread critical acclaim and even a recent appearance on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show to boot, […]

Gig Review: ARU Battle of the Bands, Cambridge (27th April 2012)

And then there were four. Following several rounds of fierce competition, we’d been left with just four finalists battling out the title of ARU Battle of the Bands winner. With some pretty nifty prizes on offer as well, a video shoot and mixing gear amongst them, it was clear that there could be no slipping […]