John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 23, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Old Fitz Theatre, June 13 9/10 One perfect moment. Perhaps that’s as much as we can ever expect, but it’s enough. It comes when Winnie speaks of a time when she was not buried up to her waist: “when I had… the use of my legs”. Suddenly her smile and…

June 22, 2021 / Album Reviews

ONTOLOGY (Sony) 9/10 I had goose-bumps before she had even started singing, so disturbing were the guitar chords. The bass, brushes and piano then compound the unease, and the wonder is that when Roxana Amed’s voice and Mark Small’s tenor saxophone join, they deepen the mystery further. Amed, a US-based…

June 17, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Capitol Theatre, June 10 8/10 When Gander International Airport’s boss, Reg Wright, heard that Irene Sankoff and David Hein were creating Come from Away, he said, “You’re writing a show about giving people sandwiches? Good luck with that!” Someone else might have wished them luck writing a musical with no…