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Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

EP Review: Circus FM

(Review by Lance).
Four tracks - The Day's Too Dark; Man Down; Déjà Blue; It's All Good. The latter title perfectly sums up this EP. In fact, the term good undervalues it, it is so much more!
Remember how knocked out we all were upon first hearing Madeleine Peyroux? Well this has that same effect 'cept the songs are better and the accompaniment jazzier and, dare I say it? but Scots lassie Flora Munro has a greater emotive range across the folksy/jazzy spectrum. The notes describe her as "Having a storytelling voice" and I'll go along with that.
Roger Niven wrote words, composed music, played guitar and, on Man Down, threw some banjo and ukulele into the mix - he is forgiven.
Walker does the necessary on drums as well as helping with the producing, engineering and mixing of the disk. There's more on this 16 minute EP than on many an hour long CD.
It's All Good is also available as a single.
Lance.
Flora Munro (vcl); Roger Niven (gtr/bjo/uke/words/music); Graham Walker (dms) - All tracks.
+ Gary Plumley (sax); Brad Lang (bs)Paul Miller (keys/org)Davie Walker (acc); John "Guinness" Gordon (bs)Dick Levens (Fender bass); Derek Nash (saxes/horn arrangements); Winston Rollins (tmb)Chris Storr (tpt)

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