End of 2019 report

Well, it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? The less said about the political landscape the better, except for the fact that it’s probably given James Graham enough material to last a lifetime… I can’t help but wish that I had some play writing ability to lighten the load (and for my own catharsis)! Back […]

Read More End of 2019 report

A Christmas Carol (LMTO)

Following last year’s success, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra has returned to give two more performances of a musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Written by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent, it is a two-and-a-bit-hour show that was first performed over 20 years ago in New York and now calls the Lyceum […]

Read More A Christmas Carol (LMTO)

A Long Way From Home

Reuniting on a West End stage for the first time since their final performance in Sunny Afternoon in October 2015, Olivier Award winners John Dagleish and George Maguire played the first in a pair of concerts at Live at Zédel on Monday night (thanks to Just For Laughs Theatricals). Accompanied on the piano by another former Sunny […]

Read More A Long Way From Home

A Night On The Barge

  On Monday night, up and coming director Jordan Murphy held a fundraiser for a couple of brand new musicals that will be produced later in the year. Battersea Barge was the location, and amongst a variety of musical theatre and classic tunes, the audience was treated to some previews of a few of the […]

Read More A Night On The Barge

Ranagri album launch

Last week, folk outfit Ranagri celebrated the launch of brand new album Voices, and kickstarted their tour, with a special gig at the iconic Old Queens Head in Islington. By & large the room was filled with loved ones & long-term fans (from all across the globe), but it was also an opportunity to garner […]

Read More Ranagri album launch

West End LIVE 2016

It was that time of year again. The day I choose to get up at 5.30am on a Saturday and head into town. Yes: West End LIVE! Obviously, like last year, I had my reasons. My favourite show was on the billing again, and I wasn’t going to miss them being rockstars for the morning! […]

Read More West End LIVE 2016

Magic of the Musicals

On Monday, the Royal Albert Hall hosted the very first Magic of the Musicals. A celebratory concert inaugurated by Magic Radio in association with its partners, and timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards. The event, hosted by Tom Chambers & Ruthie Henshall, featured well over 100 performers – including a […]

Read More Magic of the Musicals

Blood Harmonies

Due to popular demand, father & son team Steve & John Dagleish performed an extra Blood Harmonies gig on Tuesday night – and, thanks to Room One, I was a privileged member of the audience. The show was a folk-lover’s heaven. Steve is a musician by trade, so the set list was a clever interweaving […]

Read More Blood Harmonies

Dagleish does…

As part of Above the Arts’ Greenwich Village season, Room One have been paying tribute to an integral part of the area – New York’s early 60s folk scene. Interspersed between their Lanford Wilson double bills have been a series of gigs. The first pair were solo outings for John Dagleish, showcasing Dave van Ronk, […]

Read More Dagleish does…