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2014/03/21

Rainlore's World would like to sincerely and humbly thank everybody who donated to the recent Appeal for Donations, and one particular very kind and generous person/persons. You have made it possible for Rainlore's World to continue as an independent, not for profit site, with hosting now secure until 2015!

Thank you all so very, very much!

The appeal will be relaunched as and when funds begin to run short and web hosting for 2015/16 needs to be secured.

The overdue proper site update will follow ASAP. Please bear with Rainlore's World until then. Thank you.

 

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2014/01/14

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term!

Please note - donations from artists, as well as from venues in the London/South East area, can only be accepted anonymously as otherwise conflicts of interest might arise! Rainlore's World has had to turn down several kind offers of donations of this kind already as they were either publically or privately offered. They have to be refused as otherwise the neutrality of Rainlore's World might be compromised, as e.g. an artist offering a donation might then be said to expect a favourable review in the future. Donations through PayPal are anonymous as antehc only pass on an anouncement of a donation and amount, and where relevant an unidentifiable comment.

There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £240. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Recently, a musician very kindly donated their entire earnings from a gig! Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event (with the new fare increases for 2014 this may increase), £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, some other quick urgent news.

2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards!
Voting now open!
Jazz Services and PPL are pleased to announce that online voting is now open for the tenth Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 13th May. Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk. The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday 3rd February 2014.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by music licensing company PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, JazzUK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE HERE -

http://jazzservices.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c54755d2d91ce836242ea0d58&id=ce3f2d5320&e=4b2f06b269

 

The categories for the 2014 Awards have been updated to reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene. Among the revisions is the introduction of the ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’ award which will honour the finest fresh talent from the last twelve months, and the separation of the ‘Musician of the Year’ award into ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and ‘Vocalist of the Year’, to allow for greater acknowledgment of the various art forms comprising jazz performance.

The nine categories for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014 are:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2013)
Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

PPL has been supporting the awards since 2005 and last year’s winners included: Guy Barker – Jazz Musician of the Year; Impossible Gentlemen – Jazz Ensemble of the Year; John Surman’s ‘Saltash Bells’ – Jazz Album of the Year and the late Stan Tracey OBE – Services to Jazz Award.

APPJAG has over 100 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.

Rainlore's World will cast its vote for jazz singer extraordinaire Jan Ponsford in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013) category, and I urge you to do the same, as well as the below.
Rainlore's World will also vote as follows -
Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians) - 'Songs Of The Metropolis' (Gilad Atzmon & The OHE)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

 

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2013/12/31

Rainlore's World would like to wish everybody a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and a Happy belated Holiday Season!

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £185. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, Happy 2012 and see you soon!

 

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2013/09/11

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is £170. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, just one review in this section.

It's Francesca Romana's Travelling - superb singer-songwriter EP that takes you to Bossa, Folk and Jazz territory. A must hear, and hence must read! Music to chill by that will totally seduce you!

Among other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

Regardless of what kind of music is your preference, you really don't want to miss the upcoming reviews of Thursday 22nd August's UK Calypso Monarch Final and Friday 23rd Augusts's Groovy Soca Monarch Final, all staged by the magnificent Association of British Calypsonians at The Tabernacle, Powis Sq., Ladbroke Grove, London W11. The ABC are really struggling against the odds and doing an amazing job! These shows were spec-tac-u-lar! Plus, more from the calypso/soca scene!

Sarah Gillespie has gigs coming up as follows. Sep 19th - The Square and Compass, Swanage; Sep 20th Horsbridge Arts Centre - Whitstable; Oct 5th - Nirvanna Vashon Island - USA; Oct 7th - Seatlle USA details TBC; Oct 10th - Toas Masa Brewery - New Mexico USA; Oct 17th - The Cowgirl Cafe - Santa Fe USA; Nov 10th - The Fleece fundraiser concert - Colchester; Nov 21st - QEH @ Southbank with Gilad Atzmon LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL; Nov 23rd - Albany Theatre - LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL; Nov 29th - Litchfield Guildhall Theatre - Lichfield; Dec 7th - Turin Fok Club - Turin Italy; Dec 10th The Stables - Milton Keynes!

 

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2013/08/13

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £100 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where your money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and only events until the end of August have been possible to commit to. After that, I am unable to commit at all at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, just one CD review here, but a real beauty!

Norman Watt-Roy's Faith & Grace, the legendary rock cult figure's (and creator of the bass lines under such hits as Ian Dury & The Blockhead's Rhythm Stick, Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax and The Clash's Magnificent 7) first solo album, and a real 'biggie' release too! Superb production also from Gilad Atzmon - no getting away from the man. And what a line-up, too. Relax... and read the review, and meet Billericay Dickie again. Hit me!

Among other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

Regardless of what kind of music is your preference, you really shouldn't miss the ongoing Calypso Tent and Thursday, 15th's Groovy Soca Monarch Final and especially next week Thursday, 22nd's UK Calypso Monarch Final, all hosted by the magnificent Association of British Calypsonians at The Tabernacle, Powis Sq., Ladbroke Grove, London W11. The ABC are really struggling against the odds and doing an amazing job! Please support them and British calypso and soca!

 

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2013/08/04

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations continues. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £100 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

What your money buys :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at all at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, another review in this category.

Long, long overdue is the review of Dominic J. Marshall's Words Fail Digital EP from February this year. A fascinating excursion into electronica from this gifted jazz piano trio leader. If you like to be challenged and stimulated by the unfamiliar, you can't possibly miss out on this fabulous EP that's almost an album. Go on, have a butcher's at least! And if you're into electronica and/or experimental music, you can't possibly pass this by!

Among other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

For tango aficionados, there's more news about tango troubadour extraordinaire Martin Alvarado's forthcoming album launch tour of the UK in the form of this press release from his management.
'Press release
August 1 2013
‘Voice of Tango’ Martín Alvarado album launch and tour in the UK
Widely considered to be Argentina’s most significant tango vocalist, Martín Alvarado will be doing a tour in the UK to mark his first worldwide album release.
The award-winning troubadour, who was this year called “the voice of tango in the 21st Century”, will release his fourth album on August 26 through World Music Network’s Riverboat label, one of the leading labels in world music.
The album, Guitar Tango: Más Allá, was produced by Alvarado with the renowned Argentine guitarist, Horacio Avilano and his trio, and includes a variety of Argentinian styles: tango, milonga, vals, and zamba, as well as the famous Chilean song, Gracias A La Vida, and, Petit Bar, the only known recording of what is thought to be one the last songs ever written by Argentine guitar legend Roberto Grela.
The release will be marked with a tour of the UK, starting with a free concert in Nottingham at the Nottingham Contemporary Café Bar on August 26 at 9pm. Nottingham is a city with which Alvarado has a special affinity as it was here that he first performed for the British public when he joined the cast for a couple of weeks of the successful show Midnight Tango, starring BBC Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in 2011.
There will also be concerts at The Granary Theatre in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, on Friday August 30; Thomas Cook Hall, Melbourne, Derbyshire, on Saturday August 31; Phoenix Theatre, Bawtry, South Yorkshire, on Sunday September 1; Venture Theatre, Ashby de la Zouch, on Friday September 6; and the Memorial Hall, Collingham, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday September 7. Tickets and information for all these concerts is available at www.musicglue.com/ltangopromotions
The tour, Alvarado’s fifth of the UK and last leg of his 25th international tour, culminates in an album launch party at Rich Mix Arts Centre in Shoreditch, London, on Sunday September 8, before his return to Buenos Aires. The half-day launch party will include a concert at 8pm with Alvarado accompanied by the acclaimed British jazz and tango pianist John Turville, as well as a chance to dance tango, learn it and watch it. Tickets are £10 on the door or £7 in advance by calling 020 7613 7498 or from www.rickmix.org
Alvarado’s current 16-week European tour – his 25th international tour in the past ten years - has taken him to Russia, where he was the first Argentine artist to perform in a number of cities in the Karelia region, Spain, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and to Germany for the first time.
Alvarado said: “I am very happy to be coming to England again for this very special tour which, as well as marking the end of my 25th international tour, will also mark the launch of my album with WMN, which I am very excited about.”
Lisa Cherry-Downes, of L Tango Promotions, Alvarado’s UK promoter and manager, said: “Martín always gets a terrific reception wherever and whenever he sings. He appeals to all sorts of music lovers, from opera to rock. But they all have one thing in common by the end of his concerts – they have all fallen in love his exceptional voice and mesmerising interpretations of this wonderful music from South America.”
Alvarado, from Buenos Aires, who this year won a Latin UK Award for “Concert by International Artist of the Year”, has earned world-wide acclaim for his “extraordinarily beautiful” tenor voice, commanding and charismatic stage presence and outstanding repertoire from four albums which features work by Argentina’s most celebrated poets and composers, including rare work by Astor Piazzolla, as well as some of his own, as yet unreleased compositions.
He has been compared to the late, great tango singing superstar, Carlos Gardel, who died in 1935, and this year was he was also described by one critic in the UK as “the most significant tango singer of our time” and by BBC Radio 3 presenter Max Reinhardt as “a tango epiphany”.
He discovered his talent to sing at the age of 19, by chance, while studying guitar in Buenos Aires. A few years later he travelled to Spain where he was spotted singing in Barcelona and invited to perform in Finland, where tango is hugely popular. News of his talent quickly spread and within two months of arriving there, he was performing with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since then he has performed in many major classical music venues and festivals, had numerous TV performances in Finland, Russia, Slovenia and Argentina and collaborated and performed with some of the leading musicians in the genre.
These include the legendary bandoneon player, Leopoldo Federico, who was a guest performer on his second album, “Asi es mi tango” and renowned Finnish tango nuevo quintet Otra Vez with whom he recorded his third album “Tango Norte Tango Sur” and acclaimed pianist Jose Ogivieki with whom he recorded his first two albums.
He is currently working on three new albums.'
Now, isn't all that real good news?

 

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2013/07/30

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations continues. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £40 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where your money goes :  £40 covers roughly the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at all at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, a monster crop of reviews! Back to strict alphabetical order.

Here, two album reviews start with Martín Alvarado & Horacio Avilano's Guitar Tango: Más Allá, a fabulous collection of tangos by that premier Argentinean ambassador of tango, Alvarado. This release will be launched on 8th September at London's Rich Mix. This is part of his latest UK tour - watch out for more news. The album will be released on 26th August and can be pre-ordered on Amazon UK.

Better late than never, here's the review of singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's third album Glory Days at last. A stunner of an album! Ms. Gillespie yet again has moved on, reinvented herself and come up with a killer album, with suitably subtle production by Gilad Atzmon to match.

Among other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

This Thursday at 8pm, you should definitely catch Spectrum Trio at the Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN. They're another band that's almost impossible to classify but also with considerable jazz interest. They comprise Richard Jones - Violin, Shirley Smart - Cello, and Nick Pini - Bass. Here's the PR:
'Spectrum is a string ensemble comprising three of the UK's top improvising string players. Their repertoire extends from jazz, to pop, folk and world music all bought to life with dynamic arrangements and lively improvising and interaction. Violinist Richard Jones, described by NME as 'a fiddle player who manages to make his instrument sound sexy!' is a specialist in blues and jazz, while cellist Shirley Smart has an extensive background in North African and Middle Eastern music as well as jazz improvisation, and has performed at festivals all over the UK and internationally. Bass player Nick Pini is one of the UK’s most in demand bass players on the jazz scene. The combination of these three unique and diverse backgrounds coupled with their virtuostic and sensitive improvisational abilities makes this an exciting new group to hear.'

More news from ARC Music/Clannad!
'PRESS RELEASE
Clannad have announced the name of their long awaited new album, due for release in September 2013 on the ARC Music label.
In an official announcement on their website and Facebook page, the legendary Celtic band announced the album name as ‘Nádúr’ (pronounced: Ned-dur), the Gaelic word for Nature. It is a fitting title; the album sees the family band – siblings Moya, Ciarán and Pól Brennan and their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan – back together on record as the full original line-up for the first time since the 1989 album Past Present. Following Pól’s departure after that album, the band continued to release four highly successful albums – the last being the Grammy-winning album Landmarks in 1998. In an extended hiatus over the following decade, there was only the rare occasional performance. In 2011, Clannad were invited to perform a series of concerts at Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. With the intimate and historic nature of these shows, Pól was invited along to be part of the event. The concerts were a huge success and they were filmed and recorded for a DVD and CD which were released following airings on PBS in America. This event provided the catalyst for the five of them to start seriously considering a new album but before going into the recording studio they decided to embark on an extensive tour across North America and Europe. This time together on the road helped shape the ideas they had for Nádúr. "The fact that we'd toured quite extensively in the months leading up to recording really had an effect on the album,” says Moya Brennan. “Playing live across various countries gave us a really good indication of not just what we wanted from a new album but also what the audience out there wanted to hear. We feel this record touches on every aspect of our forty year career. Every track is different yet every track is pure Clannad" Indeed, Nádúr is a very natural progression to the Clannad sound, which since the 70s has been to fuse the traditional with the modern, the past and the future, with stunningly beautiful results. It is perhaps best summarized by the Irish author Colum McCann, who concludes his liner notes for the album by saying, “Clannad – the family – have taken the local and made it universal once again. Is é seo nádúr dhúchasach ...this is their inherent nature. “It will always be so.”'

 

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2013/07/12

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations was 'silently' - apart from announcements on Facebook - relaunched a few weeks ago. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £40 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where your money goes :  £40 covers roughly the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, much delayed, we have a bit of a bumper crop of reviews including two albums that should be of interest here.

Asaf Sirkis is launching his latest fabulous album with his trio on 17th July at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, and if you pre-book at the Pizza, a free, signed CD will be yours on the night! Book here now! Don't miss this super gig!

To celebrate the launch, we have the review of the Asaf Sirkis Trio's Shepherd's Stories right here! A mind-blowing, fantastic album that no jazz and jazz fusion aficionado should miss out on. A very different Asaf Sirkis Trio album from the previous ones - but read the review. This should be of interest to aficionados of guitar music generally.

But not only that, we also have an exclusive, extensive in-depth interview, The Rainlore Interview :  Asaf Sirkis - a must read! Sirkis talks freely about the Shepherd's Stories album, the trio, his music, formative influences on his development as a musician, and much more besides. A most revealing chat!

The other album is the Maciek Pysz Trio's Insight, their long awaited debut. And what a debut album! And what a line-up! Yes, in addition to guitar virtuoso Pysz himself there's of course the almost ubiquitous rhythm section of Asaf Sirkis and Yuri Goloubev. 'nuff said - read on in the review. Again, this should be of interest to aficionados of guitar music generally.

Among other news, Sarah Gillespie is busy touring in support of her latest album, Glory Days. See her web site for dates!

If you're over the over side of the pond and around the Windy City area, you might still catch tonight's performance by Mehran Quartet with Special Guest Artist, Flamenco dancer, Maya Tatiana, at Katarina's Jazz Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, Il 60613, 773-348-7592 at 10pm. Highly recommended!

Also, Bethany Jameson's Cabaret Verite are back at The Green Note, Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1, tonight, and tomorrow 13th July at Mary and Percy Shelley’s House in Bournemouth. They will be playing some of their latest arrangements and new songs.

Argentinean tango singer extraordinaire Martin Alvarado will be back on tour in the UK during August/September, when he will be launching his album Guitar Tango - Más Allá on the prestigious WMN label at Rich Mix, London! More details TF.

Some fantastic news from ARC Music about Clannad and Mary Black!
'March 2014 will see two of Ireland’s musical icons share the stage in a special tour that will be sure to delight fans of both Artists. Performing both separate sets and together in 15 dates across the UK, this unique concert is one not to be missed.
Clannad will perform old favourites as well as tracks from their upcoming album. Due for release in September 2013 on ARC Music, it is the band’s first album of new material since 1998’s Grammy-winning Landmarks, and the first with the full original line-up since 1989’s Past Present. Their music entwines the traditional and the modern, past and future with stunningly beautiful results, as evidenced by such timeless music as ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’, ‘In A Lifetime’ and ‘I Will Find You’. With their haunting songs, mesmerizing vocals and captivating sound the group has sold over fifteen million records worldwide.
For over a quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. Mary has released 11 studio albums, all of which achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits. Her enduring success has proven that her depth of talent and her love of singing transcend the generations, as well as national and musical boundaries too. She is indeed a real Irish treasure and her talent a gift from this small island to a grateful world.'

Clannad - Mary Black tickets are on sale now!

Wed, March 12 - LEEDS - Town Hall
Thu, March 13 - GLASGOW - Royal Concert Hall
Fri, March 14 - GATESHEAD - The Sage
Sat, March 15 - SALFORD - The Lowry
Mon, March 17 - BIRMINGHAM - Symphony Hall
Tue, March 18 - CAMBRIDGE - Corn Exchange
Wed, March 19 - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic
Fri, March 21 - EASTBOURNE - Congress Theatre
Sat, March 22 - PLYMOUTH - Pavillions
Sun, March 23 - BASINGSTOKE - The Anvil
Tue, March 25 - NOTTINGHAM - Royal Centre
Wed, March 26 - LEICESTER - De Montfort Hall
Thu, March 27 - CARDIFF - St David’s Hall
Fri, March 28 - OXFORD - New Theatre
Sat, March 29 - LONDON - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

 

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2013/06/04

No reviews this time, just a few bits of news.

Singer-songwriter David Vaughan, with accordionist Romano Viazzani and clarinettist Daniel Broncano, will be at Oliver's Jazz Bar in Greenwich on Thursday 6th June at 8.30pm (entrance £5), and at The Bull's Head in Barnes on Sunday 9th June at 8.30pm (entrance £10). Their performances have been very well received so far. Vaughan's songwriting, arranging, and performance style is unique, drawing on both European and British influences in chanson and music theatre. Oliver's Jazz Bar is a cosy basement jazz bar with a modest stage and sound system but with a great atmosphere full of gallic charm. The Bull's Head, on the other hand, is an established jazz venue with a lovely Yamaha grand and full sound and lighting.

Also, accordionist Romano Viazzani will be playing with Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson again on 13th June in Pewsey in Wiltshire. Cabaret Verite will also be back in July, on the 12th at The Green Note, Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1, on 13th July at Mary and Percy Shelley’s House in Bournemouth, and on 14th July at La Cave in Southwark for Bastille Night. They will be playing some of their latest arrangements and new songs at these last three gigs.

Again next week, don't miss Argentinean tango sensation Martin Alvarado's only three gigs of his courrent UK tour, on 6th, 7th and 9th June. For details see Facebook.

Please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

Also please be aware that there may be delays to forthcoming updates due to the current - generously donated - stop-gap laptop computer being very near breathing its last and hence a (tower) replacement having to be found urgently, which may occupy a good bit of time.

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

Hence, an appeal for donations will be re-launched shortly, as soon as mechanisms for anonymous donations via PayPal have been put in place.

 

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2013/04/19

This time we have a review of the most funtabulous gig you could imagine. However, another item or two had to be still withheld due to last minute further editing being required and insufficient time being available.

The gig reviewed is the State Of Undress Magical Gig At The Magic Garden, Battersea, London SW11, Friday 29th March 2013, sumptuously, gloriously illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence, Alban Low. The most fun, fantastic, fabulous gig for a long, long time! If you haven't seen State Of Undress live yet yourself, why not?! The most glorious rootsy folk-rock band that even outshines Fairport Convention at their early best, they ought to be headlining at all the major festivals! Yes, they really are that brilliant.

Among other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Sampson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

 

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2013/04/05

A gig and an album review this time. But what a gig!

It's tango singer extraordinaire, Martín Alvarado - 'Asi Es Mi Tango' With Mikko Helenius Live At Lauderdale Hs., Highgate, London N6, Thursday 21st March 2013 which is sumptuously illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence, Alban Low. Special Guest was classical tango pianist and composer Juan María Solare. Alvarado, the voice that melts hearts, true to form proved once again why he is the Carlos Gardel of the 21st century, 'El Mago!' The King is dead - long live The New King of Tango! And the good news is, Alvarado will be back for a further UK tour in June! So if you haven't had a 'tango epiphany' yet, don't miss out then. No matter what.

The album reviewed is Elizabeth McCall's Two Different Paths, an extraordinary debut album from this gifted singer-songwriter. Amazing hardly begins to describe this. If you're into Maddy Prior or Kate Bush, this should definitely be for you! Then again, this really should be for absolutely everybody and anybody.

In other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Sampson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

 

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2013/03/27

Much delayed, alas, but you will surely find this update was worth waiting for! Just one CD review in this section.

This is Juan María Solare's Tango Monologues, a solo piano album of classic and contemporary tangos from a classical angle. Bristling with excellence, you have to hear this wonderful album. Solare, an Argentinean based at various German universities, is not only an excellent pianist but also a highly original composer, as he more than amply demonstrates here. Viva el tango!

In other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Sampson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

 

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2013/03/10

Two reviews of gigs illustratated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low (and also written by him as I couldn't attend myself). In strict alphabetical order then as usual.

Sadly, Chico Chica Live At The Green Carnation, Soho, London W1, Tuesday 19th February 2013 was one of two gigs in February that I could not make myself. However, we have an Illustrated Guest Review by Alban Low, first published on his Art Of Jazz blog on 22nd February. I really liked their album Melangerie last year - so what did Alban think of the gig?

And finally, Joanna Strand & Friends - Delirium Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Thursday 7th February 2013, was the other gig that alas I was unable to attend myself, but again we have a fabulous Illustrated Guest Review by Alban Low, originally published on his Art Of Jazz blog on 9th February. Last year, Joanna Strand's album launch of Fly Transatlantic was the first gig Alban and I collaborated on. This was a completely different kettle of fish. See what Alban made of it.

In other news, most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own pocket.

More news on the Rainlore's World Albums of the Year 2012 had to be postponed till next time. Sorry.

Further, Nicolas Meier will launch his album From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on Tuesday 19th March! Not to be missed! This will be the start of a tour to promote the album. The album features Meier's biggest band so far with all exceptional musicians including:
Lizzie Ball on violin; Pat Bettison on bass and harmonica; Bernard Gregor-Smith on cello; Demi Garcia on percussions; Asaf Sirkis on drums; Gilad Atzmon on sax and clarinet; James Pearson on piano; and Meier himself on acoustic guitars, glissentar, baglama.
Also, according to Meier, 'Plenty of concerts coming up with Gabrielle Ducomble throughout the year and we will be in the studio very soon to record her second album!!!
'My friend and guitarist Pete Roth is right in the middle of recording his second album which I'm also involved in...
'The guitar duo Oxley-Meier will be on the road to promote the album "Travels to the West" so keep checking my website for dates...
'My metal band Seven7 is in the middle of writing its third album and it looks already very exciting!!!'
Check Meier's web site, MGP label's, and Seven7's for details.

 

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2013/02/28

Just a gig review this time, and some major archiving of inactive pages.

A gig to blow your socks off comes in the shape of Bethany Jameson & Cabaret Vérité Live At Royal National Theatre Foyer, South Bank, London SE1, Sunday 3rd February 2013. And richly illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low, too! A unique mix of French chansons, Argentinean tangos, cabaret and more from Britain's own Piaf, at the prestigious NT Foyer.

The 'A/V Pages' section of Rainlore's World has now been permanently moved to archive. It had long become impossible to maintain/update this. Please note that some of the links may no longer work. The 'Artists' section will be next to be archived as soon as time permits, for the same reason.

The next update may take a little time as it's going to be a real biggie! In every sense of the word. Not one, not two, but three gig reviews illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low, and two of them also written by him! The other one's a real biggie in itself. Then, we have a literary review on the topic of art. And of course one or two albums as well.

 

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2013/02/17

At last, Pt. 2 of last week's site update! Just one album review in this category.

Long overdue due to 'congestion' here is Salim Ghazi Saeedi's namoWoman. An extraordinary album from Iran, this comes broadly from the sphere of prog rock / avant rock / prog metal, with a twist. A fascinating, even riveting effort, this brilliant concept album should be a must have for aficionados of the above 'genres' and anything even remotely related.

 

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2013/02/10

Somewhat delayed due to various 'interludes' of exhaustion, man flu and the like, this site update also had to be split into two parts. Today, here is Pt. 1. Pt. 2 will follow, hopefully, around next Friday. Regrettably, this causes further delays to a number of album and gig reviews long overdue.

The current crop of reviews in Pt. 1 in this section consists of a solitary album review.

This is of Mark Weinstein's Todo Corazon - The Tango Album - a phenomenal album indeed! The master jazz flautist ventures completely out of his comfort zone and pulls it off. An album all heart, romance and beauty! As the title might imply, this explores the world of Argentinean tango music. It is stunningly beautiful, and fully respects the tradition.

Definite reviews for Pt. 2 of this update include Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's exhibition Art of Folk at TwickFolk Twickenham on 27th January, and Salim Ghazi Saeedi's NamoWoman album from Iran! If possible, I might try and cram in some more from what should be the next site update, but no guarantees.

In other news, Wednesday 13th February 2013 you will hopefully be getting into the mood for St Valentine's Day. If you're in the Bournemouth area Cabaret Verité will be back with Soiree Parisienne at Highcliffe Castle at 7.30pm with Bethany Jameson, Romano Viazzani, Declan Daly and Ben Hazleton. For more info, please go here.

And on 3rd March Romano Viazzani will be back at The Pheasantry, King's Road, Chelsea, this time as part of singer-songwriter David Vaughan's ensemble with himself on piano and vocal and clarinettist Daniel Broncano.

 

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2013/01/21

Out with the old, in with the new! The 2012 version of this page has now been archived. At the same time, the change in name to Rainlore's World is being further implemented, bit by bit!

Rainlore's World is proud to announce that acclaimed fine artist Alban Low has kindly consented to be Artist in Residence of Rainlore's World as of this month. Alban Low is renowned especially for his covers and artwork for CDs, live illustrations of gigs and studio sessions (with a primary focus on jazz - see also his blog Art of Jazz), and animations, including commissions for the BBC, and in 2012 already illustrated several gigs in collaboration with reviews on Rainlore's World. We hope our collaboration will be a long and fruitful one.

Just around the corner is Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's one-day exhibition, Art of Folk, at TwickFolk, Twickenham, this Sunday, 27th January, arising from his six month residency at the well known folk club. It's from 6pm at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Twickenham train station is a couple of minutes walk and on the Waterloo to Kingston-upon-Thames line. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

Some sections will be discontinued and permanently moved to archive shortly as it has regrettably become impossible to maintain them. These include the 'A/V Page' and the 'Artists' page. More on this soon.

 

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2013/01/02

Hello New Year, and Hello Rainlore's World, Good Bye Rainlore's World of Music!

The process of changing over of the site's name to Rainlore's World has begun with a change of the logos on all essential section pages, e.g., 'Home,' Jazz,' 'Other World Music,' 'Literary,' and so on. More will follow gradually. Also, more and more pages will have headers and other incidences of the old Rainlore's World of Music changed to Rainlore's World.

This change of the site's name is intended to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Furthermore, with the next full site update, the 2012 portion of this page and all other section pages will be moved to archive, hence the next update may be a little longer than usual.

Wishing everyone a Happy 2013

 

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Reviews


There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2013/09/11 :

[CD Review] Francesca Romana :  Travelling (2013/08/17)

 

Reviews added 2013/08/13 :

[CD Review] Norman Watt-Roy :  Faith & Grace (2013/08/10)

 

Reviews added 2013/08/04 :

[Digital EP Review] Dominic J. Marshall :  Words Fail (2013/07/30)

 

Reviews added 2013/07/30 :

[CD Review] Martín Alvarado & Horacio Avilano :  Guitar Tango: Más Allá (2013/07/21)

[CD Review] Sarah Gillespie :  Glory Days (2013/07/10)

 

Reviews added 2013/07/12 :

[CD Review] Maciek Pysz Trio :  Insight (2013/06/14)

[CD Review] Asaf Sirkis Trio :  Shepherd's Stories (2013/04/28)

 

Reviews added 2013/04/19 :

[Gig Review] State Of Undress Magical Gig At The Magic Garden, Battersea, London SW11, Friday 29th March 2013 (Illustrated by Alban Low) (2013/03/30)

 

Reviews added 2013/04/05 :

[Gig Review] Martín Alvarado - 'Asi Es Mi Tango' With Mikko Helenius Live At Lauderdale Hs., Highgate, London N6, Thursday 21st March 2013 (Illustrated by Alban Low) (2013/03/22)

[CD Review] Elizabeth McCall :  Two Different Paths (2013/03/26)

 

Reviews added 2013/03/27 :

[CD Review] Juan María Solare :  Tango Monologues (2013/03/11)

 

Reviews added 2013/03/10 :

[Gig Review] Chico Chica Live At The Green Carnation, Soho, London W1, Tuesday 19th February 2013 (Illustrated Guest Review by Alban Low) (2013/02/22)

[Gig Review] Joanna Strand & Friends - Delirium Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Thursday 7th February 2013 (Illustrated Guest Review by Alban Low) (2013/02/09)

 

Reviews added 2013/02/28:

[Gig Review] Bethany Jameson & Cabaret Vérité Live At Royal National Theatre Foyer, South Bank, London SE1, Sunday 3rd February 2013 (2013/02/04)

 

Reviews added 2013/02/17:

[CD Review] Salim Ghazi Saeedi :  namoWoman (2013/02/12)

 

Reviews added 2013/02/10:

[CD Review] Mark Weinstein :  Todo Corazon - The Tango Album (2013/01/30)

 

 

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Articles & Features

Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to music broadly falling into the 'Other Music' category, i.e., music not covered elsewhere on Rainlore's World. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of articles and features is also available.

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