Category: Concert Reviews – Archive

Blue Mountains Theatre, April 13 7/10 Ah, poor Scotland. Its people could have ducked the whole Brexit debacle if they’d voted for independence from the UK five years ago. Still, on the bright side (a very occasional summer phenomenon in those latitudes, much remarked upon), they have Manran to keep…

April 17, 2019 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Annandale Creative Arts Centre, April 4 9/10 This is a bond that’s thicker than blood. Trumpeter Phil Slater, pianist Matt McMahon and drummer Simon Barker had not played as a trio under their Band of Five Names moniker for five years, but you wouldn’t have picked it. It’s not just…

April 7, 2019 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Blacktown Workers Club, March 29 7.5/10 It’s a fine line between the good and the great, and Cuba’s Juan de Marcos Gonzalez has worked both sides of that line. In the 1970s he formed the exceptional Sierra Maestra (whom some will remember at the Basement in the 1990s), and then…