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Apr
26
2013

Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

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City Recital Hall, April 23 It is no coincidence that the twentieth century’s two decades of greatest creative eruption, the 1920s and 1960s, were also its most decadent. Art and decadence are candid about their affair. Only wowsers think it illicit. Or wowsers and Nazis. During the Weimar Republic’s 14 years war-spawned nihilism soon careened […]

Apr
1
2013

Mary Coughlan

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Clarendon Guesthouse, March 30, 2013 Why can’t more singers just be themselves? Why must they create glitzy show-biz personas and seek to – God save us – “interpret” a song? Mary Coughlan just sings them. She does it with such simplicity, humility and honesty that there is no veneer; just core. When she completely nails […]

Apr
1
2013

Music Maker Blues Revue

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Blue Beat, March 28, 2013 Kick yourself for missing this one. Here was a show to burn like a pilot light in the memory when most recollections have expired, then flare up with all its smiles and tears. An old-style blues revue, it came  courtesy of Music Maker, an American philanthropic organisation that lifts forgotten […]