In Conversation With Christina Martin

In September 2023, Canadian singer-songwriter Christina Martin launched her long-anticipated latest album, the compellingly titled Storm. Riding on the wave of four varied and vigorous singles, Storm is Martin’s most ambitious release yet. Crafted meticulously over many years, it shows Martin at her most majestic, boasting anthemic hooks and lavish orchestral strings.

National Science And Media Museum Reveals The Story Of Photography Through Historic Images Of Pets

Ahead of National Love Your Pet Day on 20 February, the National Science and Media Museum reveal how photography and photographic processes have changed over time through archive images of beloved animal companions. Mr Burbank’s favourite cat This might look like a drawing, but it is in fact a photographic print.

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema From Friday 16th February 2024

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week. Still Showing… Bob Marley: One Love (12a) One Love, People Get Ready for this incredible story about the life of a legend.

Chatting With Wynona Bleach

We have a band we think you are going to fall in love with. Think glorious indie alternative rock tunes reminiscent of acts such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Curve, The Joy Formidable, and Wolf Alice, but with the Wynona Bleach stamp all over them.

Apathy Is The Easy Choice: The Seven Skins Of Esther Wilding By Holly Ringland

A black swan falls out of the sky causing Esther Wilding to pull over, as her windscreen shatters. Having witnessed the incident, Tina Turner approaches and wants to help. Confused by this bizarre opening to a novel? I’m not surprised, but things, especially Tina Turner, are not always as they seem. Esther is on her way to her sister’s memorial. Aura walked into the sea a year ago.

Poem Of The Week: Chaudhri Sher Mobarik looks at the loch By Imtiaz Dharker

Chaudhri Sher Mobarik looks at the loch Light shakes out the dishrag sky and scatters the water with sequins. Look, hen! says my father, Loch Lomond! as if it were all his doing, as if he owned it, laird of Lomond, laird of the language.

Classical Music: From Handel's Home: The Keyboards Of Handel Hendrix House

Julian Perkins, who made this recording on the various keyboards, marks the tercentenary of Handel’s lease on the terrace house at 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, and its reopening last year as Hendrix House, renamed as legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix lived on the top floor in the 1960s.

Classical Music: Luna Anna Lapwood

It’s quite refreshing to hear the result of her expert registrations that let the tonal colours of the more delicate and elegant, quieter resonant pipes permeate through an atmospheric soundscape to create an ambience that takes the listener to a predominantly diaphanous world. 

Albums: Dylan John Thomas

The album is centred around songs already released on previous EPs, but there are a few key new moments added to the album’s 13 songs that mean that it is not simply re-treading a path already well walked.

Albums: Bacao Rhythm And Steel Band BRSB

There is a tribute to hip hop that starts with a near-familiar cover of Dr Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s ‘Nuthin But A G Thang and Tupac’s Got My Mind Made Up

Opera North: Cavalleria Rusticana And Aleko

Cavalleria rusticana and Aleko, two notionally different operas, have been intimately linked in Opera North's excellent new production.

Cluedo 2 – The Next Chapter

Cluedo has been a stalwart of family life since the Hasbro board game -which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2024 - was launched at the end of the 40s. Then, in 1985, Clue, The Movie, directed and written by Jonathan Lynn, was a big hit when it was released. Fast forward to 2022 and a stage production of the film, based on Lynn’s original script, toured the UK.

The Phenomenal Steve Wright

So, farewell Steve Wright. Yesterday, the news broke that the legendary Radio 2 broadcaster had died at age 69. A man who, like Terry Wogan, had oodles of empathy and could connect with the man on the Clapham omnibus or a Lord. Like Terry Wogan, Steve Wright epitomised the concept of speaking to just one person but, in essence, millions.

In Conversation: The K's

One of the UK’s fastest-rising bands, THE K's, is kicking off 2024 with a bang. Ahead of the highly anticipated debut album I Wonder If The World Knows,out March 22, the four-piece reveal their new single No Place Like Home.

The Apprentice Is Back … Again!

Yes, like A Nightmare on Elm Street, it’s the franchise that just keeps on going, if not giving. So here we are again, series four hundred and ten of The Apprentice. It seems like it's been going since the dawn of time. When will it stop? Will it ever?

2024 Northern Aldborough Festival Line-Up Announced

The 2024 line-up for the Northern Aldborough Festival, has been announced. Sir Tony Robinson, Leeds Piano Competition winner Alim Beisembayev, and one of the world’s great violin virtuosos, Viktoria Mullova, are some of the headline acts for 2024. Tickets for the festival, which takes place 13-22 June in the north Yorkshire village, go on sale this spring.

In Conversation With Vanderwolf

Acclaimed US musician Vanderwolf has announced details of his new album, The Great Bewilderment to be released on March 13, 2024, on LP, CD, and digital formats via Another Record Label. The follow-up to Vanderwolf’s 2022 debut, 12 Little Killers, The Great Bewilderment is a major rock record full of big emotions and adventurous songs.

Two Left Feet: Vicky’s Ditties By Victoria J. Parsons

It is a tribute to Bradford-born author, Vicky Parsons’, tenacity and skill that she should succeed in bringing her story, or more properly the story of her life, into the public gaze.

Poem Of The Week: Sniper By Jon Miller

Sniper In the street, tanks, rubble. Soldiers wear patterns of sand. The village a jigsaw of dust. Children in doorways hold the hands of ghosts. I sight along the muzzle buried in a hole in the air. You are small, distant. The size of a sparrow. Smaller. You have no family. Were never born. You are just a single dot of God. I crouch behind chimneys. Aerials. Satellite dishes.

Albums: James Arthur – Bitter Sweet Love

Just when you wish that he would tackle something a little more upbeat, Arthur obliges with New Generation and My Favourite Pill, the former about mental health caused during the Coronavirus pandemic

Classical Music: Hensel & Mendelssohn: Choral Works

From the sparkling opening of his chorale cantata Vom Himmel hoch, the Crouch End Festival Chorus under David Temple’s direction demonstrate both Felix and his sister, Fanny's, remarkable compositional skill with these rarely performed but captivating works.

Classical Music: Lalo Orchestral Works

His compositions are energetic and engaging, which are captured on this disc by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with an exuberant warm sound and pellucid quality. There is nothing to dislike, and congratulations to Neeme Järvi for committing these works to disc.

Chatting with The Bees

The Bees reissued their debut album Sunshine Hit Me (and subsequently Sunshine Dub Me, a reworking of the original) on [PIAS Recordings Catalogue in September of last year, head out on the road later this month for a short U.K. tour.

Longborough Festival Opera The First 30 Years

Richard Bratby has had a busy time. Having chronicled the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Ancient Music, he has turned the first 30 years of the Longborough Festival Opera into a book. It is a beautifully presented volume, as befits this annual summer opera fest.

Albums: Declan McKenna What Happened To The Beach

Having not rushed the release or recorded either of his previous albums, it is little surprise that it has been 4 years since Zeros and the arrival of his third studio album, What Happened To The Beach? And the big question on everyone's lips is whether it was worth the long wait.

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema From Friday 9th February 2024

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week. From Friday 9th February The Iron Claw (15) This biographical sports drama from A24 could be one of the dark horse picks for the best movie of 2024.

Thackray Museum Unveils Ground-Breaking Exhibition: Fragile Microbiomes

Thackray Museum of Medicine has announced the launch of its newest and most innovative exhibition, 'Fragile Microbiomes,' featuring the captivating works of internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu.

Review: Dean Rhetoric’s Foundry Songs

Dean Rhetoric’s Foundry Songs is my first foray into dystopian poetry, and this anthology certainly features all the hallmarks of the genre. The poems open inauspiciously, never on a bright spring day with crocuses sprouting. ‘Psalm of Bandages III’ begins: ‘It’s October and the trees are cancerous’, which is about as apocalyptic as it can get.

Drop The Dead Donkey: The Reawakening

Thirty years since the launch of the unprecedented, comedy smash-hit Channel 4 TV series, the Globelink News team are back for the first time bursting onto the stage with their original and razor-sharp wit, classic British humour and of course, their unique and topical comments on the news items of the day.

Blow, Winds, And Crack Your Cheeks: Daniel J. Mooney’s the 14th Storm

The 14th Storm (2023) by Limerick-born author Daniel J. Mooney is an Irish eco dystopia – the first I’ve had the pleasure of reading, though I doubt there are many contenders for the title! It is 2043, and climate change has taken a turn for the worse. Violent storms are a regular feature of life, rendering much of the planet uninhabitable.