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November 27, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Blue Mountains Theatre, November 8 8.5/10 Notes can be mere building-blocks in the prosaic craft of making music, or they can sound so organic as to seem to have been sweated into existence by the very air that carries them. Hamed Sadeghi shapes his notes on the tar so they…

November 26, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE BUTTERFLY (In a Circle) 9.5/10 The greatest musicians and singers in any idiom share three qualities: beauty of sound, compelling phrasing and emotional truth. That the Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is so blessed has been quietly evident for decades, whether in his duo with guitarist Dennis Cahill or in…

November 23, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Foundry 616, November 6 8.5/10 Remember when music exploded with the shock of the new? It was miraculous that sound could be so thrilling, moving, mind-expanding and even life-defining. But, inevitably, the older you grew and the more you heard, the harder it was to replicate that feeling – at…