John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 25, 2019 / Album Reviews

MUSICAL PROPHET (Resonance/Birdland) 9.5/10 Eric Dolphy was dead at 36. Among jazz’s most innovative improvisers, he died of undiagnosed diabetes; died not knowing his place in history was assured, after suffering such relentless sniping and slurs in New York as drove him to Europe. Some mistook his leaping melodic lines…

June 24, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE REELING (River Lea) 9/10 The intricacy of Celtic jewellery, with is maze-like interweaving of lines without apparent end, its recurrent patterns and its mythical creatures swallowing their own tails, finds a sonic mirror in the culture’s traditional music. Brighde Chambeul (pronounced Bree-choo Campbell), who hails from the Isle of…

June 17, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Playhouse, June 6 6/10 One could become an outsider at school just by not watching the must-see soapie of the time. Now the whole world seems split into two camps: those obsessed with Game of Thrones, and those who can’t tell their Lannisters from their Starks. The latter, presumably, are…