On Tuesday 12th July 2016, just five days after the well-attended rally Norwich Stays, hundreds of people gathered once again in front of the steps of Norwich’s City Hall to show solidarity with migrants in the city and call for the acceptance of refugees.
On Thursday 7th July 2016, it has been reported that over a thousand residents of Norwich and its surrounding areas gathered to listen to a range of eight pro-EU speakers in front of City Hall.
So, what to say? I feel I need to write something about what has been a monumentally important decision in the history of the United Kingdom. It will be impossible to predict what will happen in the coming months and years, anyone who does so successfully will likely be relying on a healthy dose of luck as well as conviction.
The Norfolk Youth Music Theatre’s Made in Dagenham
Norwich Playhouse, Thursday 7th April 2016, 7:30pm
Before I begin, I’m going to make a confession. Last night was the first musical I have ever attended in person, and the first time I have been to the Playhouse for at least 10 years. Having never seen Made in Dagenham in either of its cinematic or theatrical guises, I know nothing other than what the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre (YMT) put on so while my thoughts may lack technical grounding, they will come free from preconceptions and complications. So here goes…
Allow me to share with you my five highlights of the year in album form. The list is not exhaustive or exclusive to one genre or another, but click on the videos, explore a bit further if you like what you hear, and enjoy the soundtrack to my year!
Two track debut shows promise for a band on the up.
CUPIDS – Money/A Study in Extremes 8/10
November is almost over. As the turkeys are getting fat and the end of year ‘best of’ lists are taking shape, one event took place this month which is really worth not letting slip under the radar. The first brace of songs from Manchester band Cupids became available to stream and download. To call it a debut is slightly disingenuous. The line up of vocalists/guitarists Sid Cooper and Jake Fletcher, alongside bassist Ryan Comac and drummer James Cardus, all in their mid-twenties, are already road-hardened from their previous incarnation, cult band The Gramotones.
“I have been the father of your son, I have been the mother of your dreams, I have been the brother of your heart, I have been the child you’ll always need…”
John Howard – Storeys (Kid in a Big World) 9/10
Like many, I was converted to the cause of singer-songwriter John Howard earlier this year by his new band, John Howard and the Night Mail. Their debut album received blanket positive reviews from critics, including in several of the larger music magazines. But this was only the latest stage in Howard’s recent renaissance. Perhaps the most logical step into Howard’s recent solo work is 2013’s self-released Storeys. Storeys remains Howard’s best selling solo album since his 1975 effort Kid in a Big World, released on CBS.