John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 16, 2019 / Album Reviews

OPEN WATER AS A CHILD (Woolgathering) 9/10 If ever an opening line was going to transfix you, “I followed whiskey into the country of Legionella” should do it. The Kerouac-influenced poem Open Water is graffitied through this album in three instalments, written and delivered by John Goode, whose voice is…

March 14, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

SBW Stables Theatre, February 27 6/10 We get the thrust. Unrequited love hollows you out; leaves a husk where a heart should have been. In case we didn’t get it, playwright Mary Rachel Brown has Angela, Gabriel’s ex, tell him: “Say goodbye, it is the least you could do if…

March 8, 2019 / Features

The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma has called Sandeep Das “a creator myths”, referring to the profundity of his tabla playing within Indian classical, orchestral and cross-cultural music (including with Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble). But he could also have been talking about Das’s capacity for dire-looking predicaments to become happy endings. When…