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.

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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

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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.

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