John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 20, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Sydney Town Hall, July 6 9/10 I could hear that last, diaphanous note still hanging as we left her debut Australian concert; as we walked to the car. The song was The Way We Were, a spontaneous encore sung without the band, just against musical director Brian Nash’s piano and…

July 17, 2019 / Album Reviews

ROCK DOG (Earshift) 8.5/10 It comes in waves: troughs of slight respite walled in by rearing crests from which white fragments spray at dangerous velocities. Sometimes Scott McConnachie (alto and sopranino saxophones), Carl Dewhust (guitar) and Simon Barker (drums) invoke all the furies of hell, and the density and intensity…

July 16, 2019 / Concert Reviews

City Recital Hall, July 5 6/10 Sydney finally has a cabaret festival to call its own, rather than just scoffing titbits flicked from Adelaide’s groaning table. But “all-star gala”? I don’t think so. This opening night was more like the sky outside: the odd dazzling star, some paler ones, and…