(D)own the front

Mclusky’s iconic, ludicrous, fabulous, barnshackling rock wonderpiece ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’ opens with 16 strikes of a hi-hat. Then a crunchy riff. Hi-hat and vocals. “Eat what you are while you’re falling apart and it opened a can of worms”. Crunching. Hi-hat and vocals. “And the gun’s in my hand and I know it looks bad…

One hundred years between women

A quick post linking to my final published writing for 2018. I was very lucky to review ‘Not Such Quiet Girls’ for Girls That Gig on its opening night. It was an exceptional show. It was part of the proliferation of cultural events in 2018 to mark the centenary of the Armistice and it highlighted…

Happy Birthday Red Ladder

Red Ladder Theatre Company, with the support of Leeds Playhouse, recently put on a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ to celebrate their 50th year of being a radical theatre company with a “mission to…highlight social and political injustice”. Written in 1939, Mother Courage and Her Children is set in the…

“as time goes by”

I want to do some writing about music so I writing about some of my favourite lyrics…I have a playlist with some of them in called ‘1973’. They don’t always come from artists or even songs I like! However, let’s go… ‘By The Way’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers: The opening lyric to this track I…

30 songs for 30 days

I spotted this 30-day song challenge on Twitter ages ago…suggested by Halfway 2 Nowhere @H2NUK It is a challenge to identify 30 songs to fit 30 different categories. It seemed fun…so…here are my initial reactions. I could choose different answers everyday! Day 1 -a song you like with a colour in the title ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. I have…

David Rovics and the music of hidden histories

3 June 1917 was a day of huge contrasts in Leeds. There was the Leeds Convention; a conference bringing together members of the labour movement from across Britain in solidarity with the Russian Revolution, and in the evening there were anti-Semitic attacks in the city. One hundred years later there was a conference celebrating and…

I predict a Riot Grrrl

This past Saturday Leeds was host to Live at Leeds, a multi venue music festival featuring dozens of artists and genres. My overall review is simple – it was great. Well executed and lots of fun. I have been to a similar event in north London – the Camden Crawl. It works well in Leeds with…

Me and Handel’s Messiah

I went to listen to a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Leeds Minster on Good Friday. And it was great. It is a piece of music I have some history with. During GCSE Music we ‘did’ The Messiah. I remember vividly being taught about some lines that appear early on; “Every valley shall be exalted,…