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Paul Heaton’s ‘The 8th’ – Barbican, London, 6th July 2012

August 8, 2012

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Here’s a review originally published on Louder Than War. “What did you make of that then?” asks Paul Heaton. It’s the first night of the tour for his soul opera ‘The 8th’, following a brief run at the Manchester International Festival last summer. The show is many things. The seven deadly sins expressed through song, […]

This is what they’re like – Dexys, Parc & Dare Theatre, 04/05/2012

May 7, 2012

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Kevin Rowland knows how to test the devotion of his fans. Situated in the heart of the Rhondda Valley, Treorchy’s Parc & Dare Theatre isn’t the most like;y venue with which to kick off a UK tour. Regardless of where you’re travelling from, it’ll take you a long time to get there. There’s already a […]

Simon Munnery review – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

March 1, 2012

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A review originally published on Plastik   “Every show needs a structure” says Simon Munnery. He’s pointing at the flimsy, six foot high cardboard arch standing beside him. The audience laughs. Already well into the eighty-odd minutes of the act, it’s the only thing approaching a discernible structure we’ve seen so far. By his own […]

“I don’t want to expand my audience… I want to refine it” – an interview with Kristin Hersh

November 22, 2011

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This post originally appeared on the ITV Wales blog   It’s hard to think of another band quite like Throwing Muses. Fronted by guitarist/singer Kristin Hersh, the Boston quartet released a series of brilliantly mercurial albums from 1986 onwards. The lineup went through a few changes, most notably with guitarist Tanya Donelly leaving in 1991. Today, the […]

Rugby! Pictures! Video! Excitable tweets!

October 16, 2011

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I’ve been using Storify to document the run up to the Wales/France semi final at ITV Wales… View “Huge anticipation for Wales vs France ” on Storify

Whitchurch residents call for Cardiff Council to rethink plan to build houses on ‘community’ site

July 7, 2011

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Around forty people lobbied Cardiff Council’s Planning Committee this week, at the site of proposed residential development in Whitchurch. The council wants to build houses on the site of the former Heol Don Resource Centre. Six options have been presented, each containing upto 18 residential units – homes of varying size. Residents say that with […]

‘Stiffs’ – Call centres, Cardiff, and talking monkeys

June 2, 2011

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Here’s a little radio feature I put together. Talking to the creators of ‘Stiffs’, a comic set in South Wales. It also includes appearances from the undead.

Uncaged Monkeys in Cardiff

May 10, 2011

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Last saw the ‘Uncaged Monkeys’ tour visit Cardiff’s St David’s Hall. Billed as ‘the first ever national science tour celebrating the universe and the wonders that lie it’, it’s been organised by the comedian and broadcaster Robin Ince. His ‘Nine Carols and Lessons for Godless People’ have become something of an annual Christmas institution at […]

Capturing the Coalfields – the Bruce Davidson Photos

May 2, 2011

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Bit delayed posting this, but here’s a piece I did at the start of April. It was the week before a set of Bruce Davidson’s photos of life in Welsh mining villages went under the hammer in New York. I talk to Dr Daniel Meadows about the impact of Davidson’s work. The programme? Our final […]

Who’d have thought? A Doctor Who tour of Cardiff

March 16, 2011

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It had to happen sooner or later. Someone’s launching a bus tour of the Doctor Who filming locations. I thought it’d make a nice piece for a CJS breakfast show.   Oh, and the presenter banter at the beginning? That’s Adam Grierson and Claudia Headon.