How Carys’s ‘Fat ‘n’ Clean’ charity song could have been much dirtier
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How Carys’s ‘Fat ‘n’ Clean’ charity song could have been much dirtier

Many performers have been keeping busy online during the coronavirus lockdown – none more so than actress, singer and writer Carys Eleri, who has released two hilarious comedy songs for charity. Downloads of Fat ‘N’ Clean and Beyond The Fence are raising money for Tarian Cymru, a campaign to make and distribute personal protective equipment … Continue reading

Supernatural and super – Watermill Ensemble’s Shakespeare double bill
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Supernatural and super – Watermill Ensemble’s Shakespeare double bill

A double bill of supernatural Shakespeare has been touring the UK, performed by the remarkable Watermill Ensemble. I don’t normally review plays on this blog (I normally review them for this hyperlocal site in Cardiff), but these exceptional productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth deserve exceptional treatment. Continue reading

Swansea jazz festival triumphs again (with or without Herbie)
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Swansea jazz festival triumphs again (with or without Herbie)

When James Taylor introduced his Quartet’s version of the theme from Blow-Up at Swansea International Jazz Festival last night [Sunday June 17, 2018], he told the audience it was written by Herbie Hancock. “And,” he announced, gesturing to the wings, “he’s here tonight!” For a split second, you sensed some people believed it – because … Continue reading

Big bands, acid jazz, funk, soul and more at Swansea International Jazz Festival
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Big bands, acid jazz, funk, soul and more at Swansea International Jazz Festival

Whether you’re a fan of the big band sound, acid jazz, funk or soul, you’re in for a treat at the fifth annual Swansea international Jazz Festival, which takes place in the city’s maritime quarter, 14 – 17 June. With ticketed shows, free events and workshops, the festival takes place at 15 venues. Festival organiser, … Continue reading

Maybe Tomorrow? No, get it today!
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Maybe Tomorrow? No, get it today!

Zeeteah Massiah, whose debut album, Juice, was a stunning collection of jazz-blues-soul-R&B, is back with a very different collection. While Juice consisted mainly of new material, written by her equally-talented partner (now husband) Paul Caplin, her second album, Maybe Tomorrow, consists mainly of familiar tunes by the likes of Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. Continue reading