Voices

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”.

Daniel Johnston

Music review: Daniel Johnston, Barbican, London

“Do you think that it's wrong to be an artist?” Daniel Johnston breaks off tonight’s all-star tribute to his artistry to ask us. It’s a real question that must sometimes torture him, raised as he was by fundamentalist Christians in Texas.

Georgia Ruth, Week of Pines (Gwymon)

Album review: Georgia Ruth, Week of Pines (Gwymon)

The Welsh harpist Georgia Ruth is a rare talent, able to transcend borders of language, style and age with apparent ease. At its simplest, Pines reinvigorates folk standards; but elsewhere, exploratory arrangements blending her harp with synth, guitar and ambient noises lend distinctive colour to her own material.

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Murray Lachlan Young

Murray Lachlan Young is a British performance poet - the first poet to be given a £1m record deal - and a regular on Radio 4 and 6.

Album: Treetop Flyers, The Mountain Moves (Loose)

London-based five-piece with an American drummer head to the hills of Malibu to record debut album.

Album review: Rod Stewart, Time (Capitol)

On his first album of new original material in two decades, Rod Stewart looks to his past for inspiration.

A recording studio in the garden: How creativity comes in shedloads

People like a shed – especially if they are creative. For writers it is often a peaceful bolt-hole.

Bill Clinton with John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page as the band were made Kennedy honorees

The peace deal even Bill Clinton couldn’t broker – a Led Zeppelin reunion

Former President’s appeal for heavy metal legends to play benefit gig fell on deaf ears

One more time ... The multitasking, rollicking cast of Once in the on-stage bar

Kate Bassett on Once: A song's less sweet, second time around

It was a film, then a Broadway hit. Now it's in the West End. But not all encores are welcome

Sandé and 'Les Mis' help albums to reverse sales decline

Downloads of albums by Emeli Sandé and the cast of the film version of Les Misérables have boosted music sales for the first time in over three years.

Album: Mike Marlin, Grand Reveal (Amp)

Born London, read physics at Oxford, dropped out, went to work, had four kids and then released a debut album as his 50th birthday approached.

Way to Blue: A Tribute to Nick Drake, Wilton's Music Hall, London

Nick Drake died aged 26 from an overdose of antidepressants, having retreated to his parents’ home in the idyllic-sounding, Albion-evoking village of Tamworth-in-Arden. His music was barely listened to in his short lifetime, and the customary cult around a dead rock star took unusually long to build, stardom being something Drake wasn’t built for, and never achieved.

Album: Simone Dinnerstein/Tift Merritt, Night (Sony)

A genuinely odd collaboration, this, between the classical pianist Dinnerstein and the country singer-songwriter Merritt.

Scottish singer, Amy MacDonald

Cultural life: Amy Macdonald, singer

Music

Music review: Tom Odell, Dingwalls, London

Odell’s soft croon regularly apes Chris Martin

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Child Ballads (Wilderland)

Music review: Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Cecil Sharp House, London

Having impressed with her folk-opera Hadestown (with Justin Vernon and Ani de Franco), and followed up with a winning solo album, Young Man in America, Anais Mitchell began 2013 with a new project: the Child Ballads.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine