Review of 2014


  • Ronnie – Steve Hackett at Clyde Auditorium
  • Den – Prince at The Hydro
  • David – John Grant and the Northern Symphonia at Usher Hall
  • Duncan – Kate Bush at Hammersmith
  • Alan – Zara McFarlane at Fruitmarket
  • Robin – Anais Mitchell at the Tollbooth
    Garbo & The Hillies at Ely Cathedral
    The Webb Sisters & John Jorgensen at Backstage @ The Green Hotel, Kinross (alas no longer a venue in 2015)



  • Ronnie – Whiplash
  • Den – Mr Turner
  • David – Interstellar
  • Duncan – A Most Wanted Man
  • Alan – La Grande Bellezza
  • Robin – Interstellar


  • Ronnie – The Good Wife
  • Den – Game of Thrones
  • David – House of Cards
  • Duncan – Homeland
  • Alan – True Detective
  • Robin – The People Remember  (a programme as part of those marking the centenary of WW1 about the medical advances that come out of war which included a small 10-15 min feature about the pioneering plastic surgery work of Archibald MacIndoe in WW2 with burns victims which featured a number of photos including one each of my dad and another of my mum….neither of which either I nor my sister had seen before. Amazing!
    The Byrd That Flew Alone   was one of those really good BBC4 Friday nighters (about Gene Clark)


  • Ronnie – “North Korea Undercover” by John Sweeney
  • Den – “The Strange Course of The Blue Nile” by Allan Brown
  • David – “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  • Duncan – ” I Am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes
  • Alan – ” I Am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes
  • Robin – “The Son” by Philipp Meyer


  1. Nils Frahm – “You” from Screws
  2. War on Drugs – “An Ocean between the Waves” from Lost in the Dream
  3. King Creosote – “Something to Believe In” from From Scotland with Love
  4. The Gloaming – “Song 44” from The Gloaming
  5. The Rails – “Breakneck Speed” from Fair Warning

  1. Joni Mitchell – “Sweet Sucker Dance” – originally from Mingus but in great new re-mastered version from Love Has Many Faces (note Spotify version from Mingus)
  2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Far from Me” from Live From KCRW
  3. IQ – “Road of Bones” from Road of Bones
  4. *Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden –  “Everything Happens to Me” from The Last Dance : RIP Charlie
  5. Matthew Halsall and The Gondwana Orchestra – “Patterns” from When The World Was One – my album of the year.

*I could not find the Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden album on Spotify, so, until I do…..

  1. East India Youth – “Heaven, How Long” from Total Strife Forever
  2. Beck – “Unforgiven” from Morning Phase
  3. Fink – “Pilgrim” from Hard Believer
  4. Samaris – “Nott” – from Silkigrangar
  5. Melanie de Biasio – “With All My Love” from No Deal

  1. Frazey Ford – “September Fields” from Indian Ocean
  2. Jack Bruce – “Theme for an Imaginary Western” from Songs from a Tailor
  3. Neil Ardley – “Rainbow 4” from Kaleidoscope of Rainbows
  4. Weyes Blood – “Land of Broken Dreams” from The Innocents
  5. Hilda Gudnadottir – “Aether” from Without Sinking

  1. Gary Clark Jnr – “When my Tain Pulls In” from Gary Clark Jnr Live
  2. Prince – “Breakdown” from Official Art Age
  3. Polar Bear –  “Be Free” from In Each and Every One
  4. FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” from LP1
  5. Grace Jones – “Original Beast” from The Hunger Hames: Mockingjay OST

  1. Anais Mitchell – “Now You Know” from  XOA
  2. Blue Rose Code – “Edina”  from Ballads from Peckham Rye
  3. Siobhan Wilson – “A Case of You”  live at the Roaming Roots Review
  4. Jarod Lawson ‘ “Sleepwalkers” from eponymous first album
  5. Book Group – “Here Is Too Near” off Tantrums


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