John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 29, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

My World Is Gone (Telarc/Select) If Deadwood (television’s peerless western) could sing it would sound like this. You can hear blood, dust and whisky all rasping in this music, alongside hearts as big as houses, turbulent lives and the looming proximity of death. Anyone who thought the blues was now…

May 27, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Carriageworks, May 22 Given that the slide-show was once the most dreaded of all domestic sports, William Yang’s achievement in making it pleasurable public entertainment is remarkable. Here he steps back to the role of directing others in the gentle art of show-and-tell, in company with Annette Shun Wah. Stories…

May 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Given the radically reduced number of CD reviews being run in The Sydney Morning Herald here are a dozen recent releases of Oz music that have missed out on coverage in the paper…  Steve Barry Steve Barry (Jazzgroove) Conceptually the piano is half way to being a percussion instrument, and…