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Literature and the Arts

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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    Paul Brady, "The Vicar St.Sessions, Vol.1" (Proper Records)-Highly regarded Irish singer-songwriter Paul  Brady has been regaling  audiences...

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    Josh Rouse, "The Embers of Time" (Yep Roc Records)- Gifted American expatriate Josh  Rouse is still concocting  sublimely beguiling albums...

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     Alison Moorer, "Down To Believing" (Proper Records)- The twin themes of family and relationships dominate  this painfully candid follow-up...

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    Echo & The Bunnymen, "Do It Clean - An Anthology 1979-1987" (Union Square Music)- This enjoyable 2 CD set brings together the cream of the...

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    Whitehorse, "Leave No Bridge Unburned" ( Six Shooter Records)- The gifted husband and wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland may hail from...

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    Melanie, "Candles in the Rain" (Talking Elephant Records)- This enchanting singer-songwriter set first appeared on the market in 1970 and supplied New...

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    In pictures: Ashbourne kids enjoy World Book Day!

    Did you or your child take part in World Book Day? Take a look at...

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     Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Chasing Yesterday" (Sour Mash Records)- For some inexplicable reason Oasis' former creative mainstay...

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    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...