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Latest news on the arts and literature. Read the latest book reviews of classic books and and get the lowdown on Ashbourne authors and novelists plus find out about exhibitions taking place across Ashbourne and the UK.

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    Kevin Bryan's record reviews

    Steve Earle & The Dukes, "Terraplane" (New West Records)- Steve Earle may have been one of the founding fathers of the alternative country...

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    The Primitives,"Galore" (Cherry Red CDBRED 651)-This attractive re-issue shines a welcome and long overdue spotlight on the final RCA  album from...

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    Albert King, "Live in the '70s" (Floating World)- "Live in the '70s"  captures electric bluesman Albert  King in his natural...

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     Patrik Fitzgerald, "Safety Pins, Secret Lives and the Paranoid Ward  (The Best of 1977-1986)" (Cherry Red Records) - This absorbing...

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    Shawn Phillips, "Faces" (Talking Elephant TECD 268)- Legendary rock promoter once described Shawn Phillips as  "the best kept secret in the...

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    Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie, "December Day" (Sony Music)- The venerable country outlaw's latest  CD release is a pleasingly understated...

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    "The  Alt" (Under the Arch Records)- This enchanting vehicle for the talents of Irish folk trio The Alt was recorded in the space of just three...

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    Todd Rundgren,"At The BBC 1972-1982" (Esoteric ECLEC 42469)- This wide-ranging anthology extends over three CDs and a DVD, drawing on all the radio...

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    "The Very Best of the Drifters" (Metro Select)- This enjoyably dated anthology focusses attention on the Drifters' classic recordings from the fifties...

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    Jerry Lee Lewis, "Rock & Roll Time" (Vanguard Records)- Most of Jerry Lee Lewis' contemporaries from the golden era of rock'n'roll fell by the...

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    Madness, "One Step Beyond 35th Anniversary Edition" (Salvo SVX034)-This fascinating re-issue couples  Madness' effervescent 1979 debut album with...

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        The Balham Alligators, "Bayou-Degradable" (Proper PRPCD021)- The Alligators' tasty melange of musical styles was all the rage in London's pubs and...

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      Phil Beer,"Plays Guitar and Fiddle.Sings a bit." (Talking Elephant TECD 272)-The multi-talented Mr.Beer has become a highly regarded...

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    PFM,"Paper Charms" (Esoteric Records)-  PFM were the first Italian rock band to make a major impact on record buyers  in the English...

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    Love,"Love Songs" (SALVOMDCD 43)-Arthur Lee's trailblazing Los Angeles outfit were the first rock band to sign to the influential Elektra label during...

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     Bill Nelson,"After The Satellite  Sings" (Esoteric CDCD 1010)- Wakefield's finest musical export is probably best remembered  for his...

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    "The Very Best of the Everly Brothers" (Union Square USMMDCD005)- The Everlys' distinctive  brand of tunefully harmonised  pop has been the...

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    Jackson Browne,"Standing in the Breach" (Inside Recordings)- Jackson  Browne is in many ways the archetypal Californian singer-songwriter, and...

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    Dougie MacLean,"Till Tomorrow" (Linn CKD 465)- Highly regarded Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie  MacLean makes his Linn Records debut  by...