Archive for 2011

Contributed review

Paul played loads of Beatles and was really on form.

Slim and trim, wearing the usual Beatles taylored dark grey jacket without collar, he slipped it off to reveal dark pink lining and had on a white Grandpa shirt without collar and braces and fitting dark trousers. He sounded exactly like in the old days and started with Hello, Goodbye, later played Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby, All My Loving, Baby You Can Drive My Car, The Night Before, Back in the USSR and later Hey Jude, Let it Be followed by three, no really three encores!

The first started with Day Tripper, I Saw Her Standing There and then there was a surprise appearance from Ronnie Wood – !?! – doing Get Back – the second encore was Give Peace a Chance and All you Need is Love! and just when no-one thought he was coming back he returned alone to play Yesterday on his own followed by Helter Skelter. Also Wings material – Live and Let Die, Band on the Run, etc – but we were there for The Beatles!!

Highlight for me was a version of Something (in the Way She Moves) started on ukelele and half way through opening up to the whole band – he told a story about how he went to George’s house and they played it together on ukelele. Very moving. Here Today was for John.

His Grand-kids were in the audience and he joked about that quite a bit with a dry sense of humour – at one point his guitar wouldn’t play and he just said “Turn Me On Johnnie” – then Johnnie turned something on his guitar and it still wouldn’t play – so he ran off frantically and Paul said dryly with a small giggle ‘that’ll get them running” – whole stadium was laughing, poor tech.

– CW

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Singer songwriter Jordan Reyne describes her art as “industrial-tinged celtic folk, from the edges of the earth” and she has been touring Europe for the past six years. She started her career in New Zealand where she was nominated for the New Zealand Music Awards three times, and has worked on projects including Lord of the Rings and Cafe del Mar. Her performances have included the NZ International Festival of the Arts, Big Day Out and Glastonbury.

Combining celtic themes with industrial machines and providing her own backing vocals live using an echo loop her voice is dark and powerful. Her playing and singing live is an experience of unrestrained artistic delight with an enigmatic tension. In other words, one gutsy, quality voice that works in a complex soundscape.

Here she is with her song Sister Falling, filmed at The Bowery November 2011.

Jordan has created many excellent videos you can find on her youtube channel jordanreyne – and her website http://jordanreyne.com. She records under her own label Bloodthirsty Celtic Rock Musician.

“A thoroughly unique work of art from start to finish. Whether by hook or crook, you MUST own this album. RATING – 5 / 5”. Channel 4 (UK)

“Fascinating and intense…. here is something worth celebrating, a song writer who didn’t come down in the last shower of record company advances and marketing hype” The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand)

See also reviews here.

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Photos of poets at September’s epic Jawdance poetry event in Shoreditch London
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http://manifestarts.co.uk/performance/jawdance-gallery/

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This one minute video captures the essence of a Samba night in London.

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What is so great about covers? Not much much of the time. Sometimes though, an update of a forgotten classic number like Peter Schilling’s Major Tom brilliantly covered by Shiny Toy Guns.

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We have a lot of video to release to you over the next few weeks, more Brazillian Samba, and we are filming New Zealand Poet Gus Simonovic, and more. In the meantime here is a mobile phone clip of Michael Clark Dancers at the Tate.

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NEW ZEALAND STUDIES NETWORK (UK & IRELAND)

Date
Thursday 25th
August 6 pm

Wednesday 7th
September 6pm

Friday 16th
September 6pm

Friday 30th
September 6pm

List of events for August and September 2011

Event
Dame Gillian Whitehead composer

“Journeying and Homecoming”

with readings from poets Kevin
Ireland and Jan Kemp

Melissa Kennedy

“Trends and Silences: Recent New
Zealand Fiction”

Gus Simonovic from ‘Printable
Reality’

“Poetr y per for mance”

C.K. Stead

“C.K. Stead: His recent work, the
Berlin Festival and a reading of
poems”

Room
Birkbeck University of
London Main Building Malet
St, room 539
(entrance on Torrington
Square)

Birkbeck University of
London Main Building Malet
St, room 630
(entrance on Torrington
Square)

Birkbeck University of
London Main Building Malet
St, room tbc
(entrance on Torrington
Square)

Birkbeck University of
London Main Building Malet
St, room 151
(entrance on Torrington
Square)

Website on New Zealand Studies Network at Birkbeck http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/our-research/

centres/new-zealand-studies-at-birkbeck

Website on the New Zealand Studies Network http://www.nzstudies.com/

Face book http://www.facebook.com/groups/142643725811749?ap=1

PLACES ARE LIMITED. RSVP to Mar y Ensor , (ensor .r essel@btinter net.com) to avoid disappointment

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Poetry is alive in London – attended a Jawdance on 20 July, an event put on by Apples and Snakes. Here are some photos.

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Recently attended the Manchester International festival. The highlights were The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic and an exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery, 11 Rooms. And this review (which I have commented on, second to last comment).

Here is a video from The Guardian where you can see some of the 11 rooms.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jul/18/mercury-prize-artists-choice

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