It came as a shock last weekend to discover that among my fellow punters at a folk concert back in November 2012 was David Cameron. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister slyly hinted at the hipness of his musical tastes by revealing how he and Samantha snuck into a First Aid Kit gig as the Shepherd Bush Empire. Until then, I had flattered myself that I had a cool and recherché appreciation of music, and that hopefully I had avoided the pretentious music so often accompanied by the word “recherché”.
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Wednesday 11 September 2013
It wouldn't do any of us any harm to fast completely for a day - not just on the Jewish Day of Atonement
Friday 30 August 2013
Listen to the tracks mentioned in Caught in the Net below:
Monday 19 August 2013
The Green Man festival’s Brecon Beacons setting regularly startles with its beauty. The Black Mountains – more like lush green hills – and open sky which tower over its stages don’t dwarf the performers, instead making them feel part of something bigger. A diverse bill leaning towards folk and Americana often rises to the landscape’s challenge.
Thursday 08 August 2013
Listen to the tracks below to hear some of the bands and acts that will be playing at this year's Green Man Festival.
Friday 02 August 2013
Watch the videos below to take in the tracks from James Blunt and Robin Thicke that have been in the news recently.
Friday 26 July 2013
Album of the Week: Animal magic from rock'n'roll's renaissance man
Saturday 20 July 2013
Rarely has a rock singer been as badly wrong as Johnny Borrell when, on his debut solo album, he informs the listener that "I am a masochist, you are a narcissist".
Friday 19 July 2013
It is not the most Radio 4-friendly of rock festivals
Friday 12 July 2013
When Jimmy Page met the female Led Zep, he was in awe, he tells David Sinclair
Saturday 06 July 2013
Watch the videos below to hear tracks from some of the newer acts at Glastonbury that will be providing the soundtrack to the summer
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen forced to reschedule UK tour dates that clash with Jewish religious festival
Tuesday 02 July 2013
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has been forced to reschedule two UK concerts after he realised they clashed with Jewish religious festivals.
Monday 01 July 2013
From Bassekou Kouyate to Laura Mvula, the final day has its fair share of top festival moments
Saturday 15 June 2013
Culled from three albums recorded in Paris and London between 1968 and 1972, Hardy sings – in English – songs by Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Randy Newman, Beverley Martyn, Neil Young and others.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
One based on HMS Victory, a Tardis and another with an upturned boat for a roof make final of the increasingly popular annual competition
Wednesday 05 June 2013
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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