John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

September 28, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

To call Ute Lemper the queen of cabaret is to undersell the way she stretches the idiom towards high art. Try goddess. But she would hardly be the first singer of substance to overestimate her powers as a composer. On previous tours her own songs have often paled beside the…

September 27, 2013 / Features - Archive

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…

September 25, 2013 / Features - Archive

  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…