John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

April 18, 2020 / Features

A king dies, another is crowned, a friend is executed, a battle won against monumental odds and the enemy’s daughter married off. Game of Thrones? No, Shakespeare’s Henry V. Just as compelling, it’s also better written, and, if you get sucked into Shakespeare, you can binge-watch for hundreds of hours.…

April 10, 2020 / Features

In 1993 Don Burrows was part of an Australian fly-fishing team competing in Cuba. The members were in their hotel bar when a local band began to play, and, Burrows – being Burrows – had a flute on him, and joined in. The amazed musicians asked through an interpreter how…

April 6, 2020 / Album Reviews

THREE (Fish of Milk) 8.5/10 Close your eyes and it entangles you, like being snagged in forest creepers and briars; like peering deeply into Pollock’s Blue Poles, and feeling a whisper of vertigo as its fathomless depth takes hold. Called Bloom, the piece is the first of three 20-minute, multi-layered…