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You have to applaud the restlessness and drive of a talent such as JTE's. At its best (see Harlem River Blues), the results are a beguiling blend of demon-driven countryfied rock-gospel and Earle could easily have stuck in that groove/rut.

The week in radio: The end of the pier show hits the airwaves

If you tuned into Radio 4 this week you might have heard a voice saying: "BBC, World Service." It was confusing. What was he talking about? Had the frequencies changed all over again? The voice continued, imperious and a little scratchy. "This is London. Where you are isn't. You can tell by the flies, and the lack of discipline. For goodness sake cover yourselves up and listen".

Interview - Sinead Lohan: The Irish enigma

Ireland's produced more than its fair share of pop stars over the last few years. Now singer and songwriter Sinead Lohan looks set for stardom. Just don't expect her to talk about it

United By Mud

From folkies to farmers, it takes every kind of people to make the Glastonbury Festival. Nicholas Barber introduces portraits taken at last year's sodden gig

Crocks of rock turn into good-time boys

Pop: VAN MORRISON AND BOB DYLAN BOTANIC GARDENS, BELFAST

Pop: Bob Dylan and Van Morrison

Pop Tim Perry

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Mumm's the word as pounds 750 bath loses its fizz

Is the champagne lifestyle going down the plughole? This is the unavoidable conclusion to be drawn from recent proceedings at London's Portobello Hotel, haunt of the beautiful and famous, where one couple were living things up by sloshing around in a bath of champagne.

Revelations; I realised I couldn't do acting on the side

The time: New Year's Eve, 1995 The place: Henlow Grange, Bedfordshire The man: Luke Goss, actor and musician

A little glory in the Black Hills

Van Morrison invited to open the Hay-on-Wye literary festival? It's more of a masterstroke than a mistake. Shun the spoken word as he might, The Man is loved by the bookish.

Pop Albums: John Lee Hooker - Don't Look Back Pointblank VPBCD 39

Broadly speaking, a record producer has two main duties: to accurately capture the feel of a performance, and to seek to improve that performance by offering such advice as is necessary. Serving in that capacity on Don't Look Back, Van Morrison errs on the side of the former and, it would seem, neglects the latter, resulting in a warm but complacent offering on which the two chums noodle away awhile without ever approaching the heights of which each is capable.

Ulster advert draws parallel with Nazis

An anti-sectarian advertising campaign in Northern Ireland which draws parallels with the pre-war persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany is among the ideas being developed by the Government.

Belfast works on its waterfront

A futuristic pounds 32m riverside concert hall and conference centre opens in Belfast today as part of an effort to regenerate the Victorian city.

Ray scores a Wembley winner

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Pop Ray Charles / Van Morrison Wembley Arena

Orchestration of a team, leadership, inspiration and sustained passages of genius were in evidence by both sides at Wembley on Saturday. Alas, it was not at the stadium and the Euro 96 match between England and Scotland that these qualities were most conspicuous. They came four hours later across the car park at the Arena when 50-year-old whippersnapper Van Morrison shared the bill with Ray Charles, allegedly 65. It was an obvious, yet adventurous double-bill offering the African-American R&B root and one of its longest, strongest tendrils.
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