John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 13, 2021 / Features

Empty theatres due to pestilence – routine in Shakespeare’s time – created financial black holes sucking the lifeblood from companies, venues and individuals. Our governments, meanwhile were bewilderingly slow to understand that COVID was at least catastrophic for the arts as for the travel and hospitality industries. Streaming, embraced by…

January 12, 2021 / Album Reviews

LIVE IN MUMBAI (Rippa) 8/10 You’ve heard of megaphone diplomacy and even gunboat diplomacy, but what about napalm diplomacy? That would seem to be what was involved when DFAT sent James Ryan and his band to an unsuspecting India in 2009, from which tour this live album has just come…

January 9, 2021 / Off The Cuff

Barbara – an Evocation My mother was the most curious person I’ve ever known – and her sense of humour would have enjoyed the ambiguity inherent in that statement. Hers was a curiosity that was infectious, but too uniquely her own to be entirely contagious. Her idea of conversation was…