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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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    Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

        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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    Kevin Bryan's record reviews

      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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    Kevin Bryan's record reviews

    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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    Kevin Bryan's record reviews

    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...

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    Ewan McLennan,"Stories Still Untold" (Fellside FECD 263)- Ewan McLennan's  rousing rendition of his own "Whistling the Esperanza" was...

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    Ellis,"Riding on the Crest of a Slump" (Esoteric ECLEC 2447)- Steve Ellis hasn't had a particularly easy time of it since making the momentous...

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    Kevin Bryan's record reviews

      Dr.John,"Ske-Dat-De-Dat...Spirit of Satch" (Proper Records)- Mac Rebennack's latest CD offering finds the New Orleans singer and keyboardist paying...