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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Oliviers in Concert

This year the Olivier Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary. They began life as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, changing their name eight years later at Laurence Olivier’s agreement. The awards celebrate the best achievements in the performing arts over the past year (musicals, plays, dance & opera), and the ceremony itself acts as […]

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SeeAbility concert

On Sunday, a group of hugely talented people gathered in Richmond to perform at a concert raising money for a locally based charity, SeeAbility. In particular, they were raising awareness of a campaign called ‘Children in Focus‘. Did you know that a child with a disability is 28 times more likely to have some form […]

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Sunny Advent

In place of an actual advent calendar this year, I decided it would be fun to look through my memories of Sunny Afternoon so far and pick out some highlights to create a virtual advent calendar! Yes, my picture is terrible (I only had Paint to my disposal, OK?) but you get the idea. So […]

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My autumn almanac

You may recall that last year I made a bit of a festival of my birthday – what with it being my first living in London. No such extremes this year (I’m older and more tired), but a fun time nonetheless! After last year not being able to go to my favourite show on my […]

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Harlequinade | All On Her Own

On Tuesday night I was back at Harlequinade | All On Her Own for the first time since its press night (the evening following the matinée of The Winter’s Tale). These rarely aired Rattigan plays run back-to-back with no interval, with a combined running time of approximately 100 minutes. The cast remains largely the same, with […]

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The Winter’s Tale

Saturday saw the official opening of the year-long Branagh residency at the Garrick Theatre, starting with a matinée of The Winter’s Tale. One of Shakespeare’s lesser known and rarely performed plays, The Winter’s Tale tells the story of Leontes (King of Sicilia) and the consequences of his suspicions over the relationship between his wife, Hermione, and […]

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