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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

    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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    Jacques Brel,"Simply Brel" (Union Square  Music)-The delights of French chanson are still something of an acquired taste on this side of the...

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    New Model Army, "Between Wine And Blood" (Attack Attack Records)-The latest offering from this uncompromising rock institution couples  a...

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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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      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...

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    REVIEW: Truly, Madly, Deeply

    THIS collection brings together 24 specially-selected short stories from some of the best-loved and up and coming chick lit authors including Adele Parks, Kate...

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    Perfect winter reads

    WITH the hustle, bustle of Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to escape with an eReader and enjoy a little 'me' time before the rush of...

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    Babar and the Ghost

    WE'RE joining in the anniversary celebrations of everyone's favourite elephant, Babar. His tales have been delighting the British for 80 years and this large...

  • Poetry in motion at festival events

    POET and former English teacher Mark Grist will host a poetry workshop as part of Ashbourne Festival.Mr Grist, who used rap techniques to engage his pupils, has...