Sep
27
2013

Roy Harper Returns

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Call it type-casting, but one hardly expects to discuss Keats, Kerouac and Elgar when interviewing a folk singer. Woody Guthrie, Mississippi blues shouters or perhaps a Morris dancing troupe in Chipping Camden seem more likely. But then Roy Harper was never your average folk singer. His name was thrust before millions when Led Zeppelin called […]

Sep
25
2013

Bernie McGann Obituary

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  A note or two was all it took. Turn on the radio, hear that saxophone sound and it was obvious your were hearing Bernie McGann inside one bar. All jazz musicians aspire to reaching that point. Few achieve it. That singularity placed McGann in jazz’s ultimate elite: an instrumental voice as distinctive as a […]

Sep
24
2013

Harry Sutherland Trio

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Foundry 616, September 20 A day that began with the funeral of the one and only Bernie McGann continued to be inauspicious for Sydney saxophonists when a damaged hand forced Dale Barlow to withdraw from this performance by his own band. His young colleagues – Harry Sutherland (piano), and Noel Mason (bass) and Tim Geldens […]