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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This week it's three shows. During three weekends. Is that enough to make someone happy? It is if you're Winston and one of the shows has a...

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News of France's Bastille Day horrors arrived too late for last week's deadline.So, slightly belatedly, I thought we'd make this week French Week and look at a great French singer.Serge Gainsbourg.There are a lot to choose from, from...

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So what did you do in June? A real ale festival in Kent? A day wandering the streets of Venice? Win $400 at bingo? Hang out with UK blues legend Paul Jones? Probably not. But that and much more is what the boys from R&B purveyors Brilleaux did when they...

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Recently, whenever I have plans to write about something, people die.Is it something about this year? Because 2016 certainly seems to have been a particularly attritious time for the arts sector. At the risk of depressing y'all, before mentioning...

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Cuisine is so hot at the moment; I keep seeing billboards advertising a band called The Food Show. Okay, obviously that's a joke. But what a good name for a band: you could expand your audience to a whole new demographic, though there might be...

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Bands often make the mistake – particularly after a long, slow album recording process – of thinking they've done all the hard work when the album is released. But, realistically, this is only the beginning.Anthony Coutler.You arrange...

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It's official. Nothing's happening this week. If you want to know more, go elsewhere. Okay, there are a few gigs. Look on Eventfinda. I'm taking the week off local content to write about one of my favourite English singer-songwriters,...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. And this week, once again, it's gigs. Two weekends; four gigs. A light dusting of blues, a smattering of choral jazz, and a dose of Klezmer. No white...

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Well, I'm not what anyone would call a monarchist, but just once a year I'm happy to raise a glass to the old dear to whom we are apparently all subjects. Alice Sea. Holidays, even if for only a single day, are a wonderful thing – and...

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I want to write a little something this week about Guy Clark. Many people here haven't heard of Guy Clark; he died last week just after the deadline for my column had passed. Photo: Guy Clark. So this is old news really, and I wasn't going...

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