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  1. May 30, 2014

    Mary Gauthier’s late-flowering music career

    The advantage of coming to music at a comparatively late age is that the songwriter will have led a life that she can draw...

  2. April 10, 2013

    James Blake, Heaven, London – review

    To begin with, let’s list just a handful of the wildly diverse influences and references that were discernible in this...

  1. April 8, 2013

    Other Voices, Wilton’s Music Hall, London – review

    London is many things, but a small fishing community in County Kerry isn’t one of them. Inevitably then, Other Voices, the...

  2. April 8, 2013

    Phronesis, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

    The power piano-jazz trio Phronesis, led by Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, released their first album in 2007, were nominated...

  3. December 14, 2012

    Have an indie little Christmas

    Whether you’re religious or not, Christmas involves the renewal of tradition. Ever since Bing Crosby first crooned about the...

  4. August 12, 2012

    John Cowherd, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

    John Cowherd – pronounced Cowerd – hasn’t exactly shunned the limelight, but he certainly hasn’t sought it. His credits as a...

  5. July 25, 2012

    Brian Blade Fellowship, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Brian Blade’s chatter of rhythm, loose pulse and beefed-up rimshots reference a tradition of US drumming excellence that...

  6. June 29, 2012

    Kenny Werner: Me Myself and I

    Kenny Werner recorded this thoughtful and charming solo piano performance at the Upstairs Jazz Bar during last year’s...

  7. June 8, 2012

    The List: Five great takes on the American songbook

    The American standard is always full of life and changing shape. Jazz masters Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Keith Jarrett...

  8. February 17, 2012

    Anaïs Mitchell, Westminster Reference, Library, London

    Watch for “the wiggle”. That was one thing we learnt from the Q&A session with which the Vermont-raised singer-songwriter...

  9. January 30, 2012

    The gathering storm

    I have looked at clouds from both sides now, as Joni Mitchell once sang, and learned not to believe that those nebulous,...

  10. October 30, 2011

    Britney Spears, O2 Arena, London

    There was a touching moment when Britney Spears picked up an acoustic guitar and sang her favourite Joni Mitchell song, her...

  11. October 14, 2011

    Record collecting ... with the FT: Ian Rankin

    Ian Rankin is framed by the doorway when I arrive at our meeting place, a second-hand record store on the lower reaches of...

  12. October 13, 2011

    Where were you for the great BlackBerry Crumble?

    In the words of that celebrated business analyst, Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”. This week...

  13. September 7, 2011

    Austra, Scala, London

    The young Canadians of Austra returned to the stage for the encore beaming at the news that PJ Harvey had just been...

  14. July 15, 2011

    Better, angrier and truer

    Cultural matters have a variable relationship with the robust dealings of the real world. Sometimes art leads the way and...

  15. July 9, 2011

    Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire

    The Cornbury Festival is an English summer fete writ large. Primary schools fundraise by baking cakes, mini-Boden-clad...

  16. June 11, 2011

    Here, there and everywhere

    Touch, Alexi Zentner, Chatto & Windus, RRP£12.99 The Sly Company of People Who Care, Rahul Bhattacharya, Picador, RRP£12.99...

  17. January 31, 2011

    The Art of Love

    The Art of Love, by Ovid, translated by Tom Payne, Vintage Classics, RRP£10, 208 pages Two thousand years on, Ovid’s guide...

  18. October 12, 2010

    Mumford & Sons and friends, London

    Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons Mumford & Sons are one of the year’s more unexpected success stories. This show, hosted and...

  19. June 19, 2010

    Various Artists: Be Yourself

    Various Artists Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash’s Songs for Beginners (GrassrootsfolkYEAH Put together, in part, by...

  20. March 25, 2010

    Laura Marling, Camden Barfly, London

    Brunette ambition: Laura Marling at the Barfly Perhaps we shouldn’t parse Laura Marling’s change in image too closely – she...

  21. March 25, 2010

    Decorum in the indie cage

    Perhaps we shouldn't parse Laura Marling's change in image too closely - she is after all a polite singer-songwriter from...

  22. March 20, 2010

    Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can

    Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can Virgin It’s said girls mature faster than boys, an axiom Laura Marling lives up to on...

  23. December 19, 2009

    Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs: Amchitka

    Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs Amchitka Greenpeace This recording of the 1970 benefit concert that launched...

  24. September 9, 2009

    Beth Orton

    Returning to work after maternity leave must be daunting for any mum, but what if your office is a stage? Beth Orton tells...

  25. September 8, 2009

    Beth Orton, The Pigalle Club, London

    Returning to work after maternity leave must be daunting for any mum, but what if your office is a stage? Beth Orton tells...

  26. January 10, 2009

    Families can't win the video game

    It is an improbably idyllic vision of 21st-century family life, and it all takes place in the sitting room. Dad plays a few...

  27. January 9, 2009

    Outside Edge: Families can’t win the video game

    It is an improbably idyllic vision of 21st-century family life, and it all takes place in the sitting room. Dad plays a few...

  28. November 15, 2008

    Laura Marling

    Laura Marling Scala, London A reputation for nerves precedes Laura Marling, the elfin 18-year-old from Hampshire, southern...

  29. November 15, 2008

    Jazz - Mike Hobart

    Herbie Hancock Then and Now Verve If you want to find out why the legendary pianist/ composer is so highly regarded, this...

  30. November 1, 2008

    London Jazz Festival

    The umbrella of populist billings and new commissions that shelters the London Jazz Festival’s nightly clutch of top-notch...

  31. July 18, 2008

    US builders forced to sell off holdings

    For decades American builders have, in the words of the Joni Mitchell song, “paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Now,...

  32. July 12, 2008

    Go to great lengths

    What?A maxi dress: a 1970s-inspired, floor-sweeping, often patterned, casually glamorousgown. Think sirens such as Talitha...

  33. July 12, 2008

    Go to great lengths

    What? A maxi dress: a 1970s-inspired, floor-sweeping, often patterned, casually glamorous gown. Think sirens such as Talitha...

  34. July 6, 2008

    The riff of the Bosphorus

    The Istanbul Jazz Festival embraces roots, rock and Latin along with the jazz hardcore, and this year – the 15th – the dozen...

  35. May 27, 2008

    Top Girls, Biltmore Theatre, New York

    The singer Joni Mitchell used to mock fans’ requests that she perform her old hits in concert by arguing: “No one ever said...

  36. January 19, 2008

    POP - LUDOVIC HUNTER-TILNEY

    Cat Power Jukebox Matador Cat Power, the alias of American indie singer- songwriter Chan Marshall, continues the...

  37. December 15, 2007

    FROM THE PLANTATION

    1. A rarity among 2007's deluge of vocal-jazz releases, newcomer Jennifer Sanon matched trumpeter Wynton Marsalis's...

  38. September 29, 2007

    JAZZ MIKE HOBART

    Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve After the exquisite opening tapestry of Herbie Hancock's brushwork- supported...

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