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”.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at the Kennedy Center awards

Led Zeppelin get a whole lotta love from President Barack Obama

They may have been sitting down in their tuxes rather than tearing across the stage in their flares, but in the words of Barack Obama: “Guys who are not completely youthful can still rock.”

Jenna Bush Hager and Steven Ford at the panel in Texas

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One Direction performing

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Album: Kate Rusby, 20 (Island)

An Island debut for Rusby's comely take on English folk.

Album: Kate Rusby, 20 Mighty (Village/Island)

A celebration of her two decades as a singer, 20 contains that many tracks culled from all corners of her career, performed as duets with esteemed friends and peers.

Jimmy Page says 'no' to Led Zeppelin reunion

Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting any time soon.

Album: Mama Rosin Bye Bye Bayou Moi J'Connais bbbb

Young Cajun garage-rockers Mama Rosin have found their perfect producer in Jon Spencer: an alliance of primitivist spirits keen to keep a roots music-form out of the museum, much as with Spencer's earlier work with bluesman RL Burnside.

The TV presenter in his pomp

Jimmy Savile: Young girls were just another victim of the rock'n'roll years

Teens were easy prey in an era with different morals

Album: Beth Orton, Sugaring Season (Anti-)

Beth Orton's first album for six years is an elegant affair, whose ruminations are given pleasing lustre by Tucker Martine, the production polisher of folk-rockers The Decemberists.

Album: Various Artists, Electric Eden (Universal)

Given the omissions necessary to a truly definitive account of the Sixties UK folk-rock boom – no Michael Chapman, Roy Harper, Davey Graham or Anne Briggs, let alone Donovan and Cat Stevens – Electric Eden offers a vivid enough account of this magical period of British music history.

Album: Bill Fay, Life Is People (Dead Oceans)

Success in songwriting is as much a lottery as a measure of true quality.

Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn, Dalston Roof Park, London

Currently spending his days at Shakespeare’s Globe as Lady Anne in Tim Carroll’s production of Richard III, tonight’s gig is providing a welcome release for Johnny Flynn, in more ways than one. “Ahh, the corset...It takes an hour and a half to put on. I wear a lot of makeup too...I don’t mind the makeup, but the corset, ooh.”

Saving grace: Paul Simon's voice isn't 'faultless', but his capacity as an emotional performer is as strong as ever

Tom Sutcliffe: It's hard to be a critic when you love something

One of the commonest of all critical vices is reviewing the work you wish you'd experienced instead of the one you actually did. But it struck me this week that there are actually two versions of this vice – opposed to each other by almost 180 degrees.

Beat that: gnaoua musicians perform in Essaouira

Trail of the unexpected: Essaouira, Morocco

This relaxed port city is full of rhythm. Linda Cookson heard it ... all along the watchtower

Album: Beachwood Sparks, Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)

Beachwood Sparks are the group whose 2000 debut effectively kick-started the whole revival of laidback, harmony-draped Californian country-rock.

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