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Sunday 18th December

December 19, 2011

No post tonight I am afraid. I was up for most of the night driving my parents to Gatwick Airport, then drifted in and out of sleep for much of the day until I went over to Julie’s this evening. My original plan had been to attend the launch concert of Eddie Prévost’s new book […]

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Wednesday 14th December

December 14, 2011

I am afraid no post this evening. Today, Julie’s father passed away suddenly.  John was a wonderful, wonderful man- the perfect husband and father  and a man I looked up to as a great inspiration. He was a kind, selfless person of great integrity and a fantastically talented clockmaker and repairer, whose talents I have […]

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Tuesday 13th December

December 14, 2011

OK, so extremely tried tonight. I was up at 4.30AM to go to work, put in nine hours of hard graft, then spent an hour doing stuff for my family before later this evening heading into London to catch a concert in the world’s coldest church, or rather a church with noisy heating, so comfort […]

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Monday 12th December

December 13, 2011

Very tired tonight, and up at four to go back into work, so no post tonight. I have little to write about really, so as when this happens in real life conversation, perhaps I’ll discuss the weather… It has been revolting here all day, heavy rain and really strong winds that meant driving home from […]

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Thursday 8th December

December 8, 2011

Taking a night off tonight. Work really wore me down today, and its now nearly 11PM and have only just changed out of work clothes. I also have packages containing new releases on the B-boim and Wandelweiser labels here, and the temptation to play one of those rather than something I have been playing of […]

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Saturday 3rd December

December 4, 2011

OK, so I made it to five successive reviews but there’s no way I can write a sixth tonight. My day was busy- up at 4.30AM, off to work at 5.15AM, home again at three for all of a quarter of an hour before heading out again with Julie to go to London, where we […]

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Friday 25th November

November 26, 2011

So tonight Julie and I (yes, I talked her into it again!) went into London to see a concert. Three acts played on a Soundfjord bill, the final one of which we didn’t stay to see as we both have to be up for work tomorrow, and the opening one I didn’t enjoy all that […]

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Monday 21st November

November 22, 2011

Very tired indeed after last night’s driving exertions and then a long and not easy day at work today. tonight after arriving home at about 9PM I have worked constantly rewriting some work for other places than this blog, so I am afraid that I haven’t got a review of you this evening again. I […]

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Sunday 20th November

November 21, 2011

A very brief post tonight then as I have just got in after a four hour drive home from Huddersfield in thick fog, tired after a full day of one concert after another. I think all in all we took in four concerts and eighteen different compositions by fourteen different composers throughout today, though its […]

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Saturday 19th November

November 20, 2011

So I am in Huddersfield, the jewel in the crown of the North (ahem). I am attending a couple of days of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, an event I have been to a few times now and while I have usually enjoyed the music here I invariably go home hoping I don’t have to […]

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Wednesday 16th November

November 16, 2011

Taking an evening out of writing here so as to be able to finish off some writing for elsewhere I’m afraid. Right now I feel somewhat inspired by a lot of music, and have the urge to write about a good proportion of it, but sadly I also have a day job to do, which […]

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Friday 11th November

November 11, 2011

A little too tired and irritable tonight, and so no post. You wouldn’t like me when I’m irritable… In truth I am listening to music, but for the purposes of writing elsewhere- The Wire and a couple of sets of liner notes to forthcoming albums. Its also raining pretty heavily here, and the sound of […]

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Sunday 6th November

November 7, 2011

Its nearing midnight tonight and I have not long been home having attended the final, quite wonderful day of the Cut ‘n Splice: Grundelweiser festival in London. Events today took place from midday through to five, but then much discussion and a meal followed so I am home later than expected. The weekend has been […]

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Saturday 5th November

November 6, 2011

OK, so its 1AM and I am back in my hotel room again after another lovely evening. Its too late for me to realistically write a review of the performances tonight, apologies for that. I will write in detail about the entire event once I return home late tomorrow. Tonight, after a really great performance […]

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Friday 4th November

November 5, 2011

Oh boy I’m tired. I am writing this from my hotel room in London having had a similar day to yesterday, up at 4.30am after just three hours sleep, a full day’s work then the journey over to London for the second night of the Cut n’ Splice event at the ICA. Tonight I am […]

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Tuesday 1st November

November 2, 2011

So no post again tonight, but then I only got home from work about an hour ago after a twelve hour, very tough shift. I also have to be up for work again in about four and a half hours as tomorrow I am working very early so as to be able to leave and […]

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Sunday 30th October

October 31, 2011

No post tonight as I have been out of the house all day, in Oxford doing various things, but primarily to help out a little putting on a concert this evening. I’m not going to write a review, as objectivity may be a problem, but we saw first the duo of Kostis Kilymis and Lee […]

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Tuesday 25th October

October 25, 2011

OK, so going back to work was stressful and exhausting, and I just haven’t had the time I had hoped to have to be able to listen to anything long enough to really put together an appraisal of it for a review tonight. Instead, I have taken the option of driving to Julie’s place this […]

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Tuesday 18th October

October 18, 2011

So tomorrow morning Julie and I are flying off to Dublin, where we will spend one evening in the company of friends before heading off in a hired car the next morning to undertake a round trip of Ireland taking in Killarney, Kerry, Limerick, Shannon, Galway and a lot of countryside and coastline along the […]

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Monday 17th October

October 18, 2011

No post tonight, partly because I’ve worked hard on the last couple of nights’ reviews, and I’ve managed six in the last seven days, plus a piece for The Wire in there, but also because I have been writing a lot today trying to get six posts done that will go up here while I […]

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Thursday 13th October

October 13, 2011

No post tonight, because I haven’t been home, having made the trip into London today, initially with the aim of visiting the Tate Modern to see the Gerhard Richter exhibition, but in the end I spent too much time aimlessly wandering around bookshops, and as I was meeting a friend for coffee before heading to […]

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Sunday 10th October

October 10, 2011

Despite being on holiday and in theory having all the time in the world, I am not going to write a review tonight. Today as it was pretty horrible outside I stayed indoors, and spent a lot of time listening to a lot of music, but I worked my way through a lot of listening […]

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Monday 3rd October

October 3, 2011

OK, well, although I am aware that its been a few days since I wrote a CD review, I am just not up to it tonight. At 1AM this morning I drove my parents to Gatwick Airport to get them off on holiday, and got home again at a little before 6AM. I managed to […]

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Saturday 1st October

October 1, 2011

Blimey O’Reilly I’m tired. Today began at 4.30AM, after less than four hours sleep, when I got up and headed off to work. I put in a nine hour shift, then drove home, changed, picked up Julie and headed off to Oxford to help out bit with a concert performed by Rhodri Davies and Tim […]

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Thursday 29th September

September 29, 2011

No post of value today I’m afraid. I spent the evening with Julie and intended to come home late and write about some of the music I’ve listened to today (and I’ve listened to a lot) but a combination of lazing about too much today and eating unhealthily tonight (we got pizza) has lead to […]

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Saturday 24th September

September 24, 2011

So so tired this evening, and so apologies that I’m not writing a review again. I left the house a little before nine this morning, and have returned a little before eleven tonight, a long day of hard work finished. I now have six days off, which I intend to spend getting my musical activities […]

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Thursday 22nd September

September 22, 2011

No post tonight I’m afraid. Today I worked long and hard and arrived home exhausted and irritable. I did try and listen to some music, and made it through one spin of an album before deciding I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be trying to be objective about music. Instead I […]

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Sunday 18th September

September 19, 2011

No post of any value tonight, sorry, but too busy sorting out my October road trip around Ireland with Julie to be able to spend any time with music. I did manage a flying trip into Oxford this morning though, and a wander around the supermarket for a while before heading home and grabbing some […]

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Wednesday 14th September

September 14, 2011

I’ve not been that well today, suffering from a persistent headache since I eventually dragged my body out of bed around midday. I think I’m just over-tired after a few days of silly work hours, but as I have to be up at five in the morning I was very relieved to receive the text […]

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Monday 12th September

September 12, 2011

So at relatively short notice it turns out that I am now off to work and won’t be returning home until about 6AM tomorrow morning, a long old shift through the night. I shall take along my iPod as some of the work will be alone, but I won’t get the chance to write until […]

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Saturday 10th September

September 11, 2011

Half one in the morning and I am just home from a quite incredible afternoon/evening. I drove over to Kent, and to a forest near Canterbury, inside the depths of which I witnessed a couple of performances of Lee Patterson’s Fold composition, a work for field recordings plus live instrumentation played by Patterson, Angharad Davies, […]

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Friday 9th September

September 9, 2011

No post of value tonight, primarily because I am really tired, as I have been all week, but also because I am trying to tie up a bit of writing for elsewhere and because there are only so many hours in the day… Tomorrow I am heading down to deepest Kent to witness the stellar […]

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Sunday 4th September

September 4, 2011

No post tonight, but only really because I spent much of today clearing my head, tidying up the space I work and listen in, and getting myself together a little after a few weeks of disorganisation. After a cloudy-headed aching start to the day after sleeping in too long, the first coffee of the day […]

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Wednesday 31st August

September 1, 2011

OK, so no post again, but then the first chance I have had today to open my laptop has been now, at 3AM in the morning after the long drive back from Brighton, via a diversion down the wrong motorway, and a run up to Oxford to drop sleepy musicians off. I am really tired […]

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Tuesday 30th August

August 30, 2011

I feel a bit of a fraud as I’m going to duck out of a proper post again tonight. Julie and I didn’t manage to get all of our tour of Ireland in October sorted and book last night, so we aim to try again and work everything out tonight. I am now off of […]

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Monday 29th August

August 29, 2011

No review again tonight I’m afraid. My wonderful girlfriend knows me well, and so after I was up at six this morning (Haven’t had to do that in ages and was afraid of oversleeping) she invited me over straight from a long and tiring bank holiday shift at work, had a hot bath running, a […]

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Sunday 28th August

August 28, 2011

No review tonight folks, primarily because I am trying to write up a disc for The Wire and am struggling with it- the music, not the writing, and its taking a bit of time. I was also out all day. The morning was spent wandering about bookshops with a friend that looks like a microphone, […]

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Tuesday 23rd August

August 23, 2011

No review tonight, partly because I am too wrapped up in the book I’m reading tonight to want to spend too much time on anything else, partly because the CD I tried to play and consider kept skipping half an hour into it, and partly because I am too tired/lazy,  have managed to write quite […]

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Friday 19th August

August 19, 2011

No post tonight I’m afraid, simply because I’m a bit tired, and while I do have a CD playing (The utterly gorgeous Lash/Farmer/Hughes disc on Another Timbre) I also have the repetitive thud of dismally poor dance music blasting gin from a party somewhere down the road, even with all the windows tightly closed here. […]

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Monday 15th August

August 15, 2011

I’m sorry. While I felt much better this morning, late tonight I feel thoroughly ill again, the back no so bad but a chronic headache and stomach pains, probably the result  of dehydration and/or stopping taking the painkillers has hit me, making it tough to even just look at the bright computer screen. I will […]

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