Gareth Dunlop

Three Friends, Three Hours: Foy Vance, Lee Rogers and Gareth Dunlop Serenade The Birchmere

(Gareth Dunlop at the Birchmere. Photos by Kelly Wosahla) The path that took Gareth Dunlop to the US and a solo set at the famed Birchmere outside Washington, DC, can be traced back twenty years ago. There in the pubs of his native Belfast he and Lee Rogers, another aspiring singer-songwriter, spent time in pubs […]

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John Fred

Music Reviews: John Fred, Caroline Spence, Abbie Gardner, the Muffs, Delbert McClinton, Abigail Lapell, and Marc Jordan & Amy Sky

Music Reviews: John Fred, Caroline Spence, Abbie Gardner, the Muffs, Delbert McClinton, Abigail Lapell, and Marc Jordan & Amy Sky  By Jeff Burger John Fred and His Playboy Band, Judy in Disguise with Glasses. “Judy in Disguise with Glasses” was the best and worst thing that ever happened to the late John Fred in his […]

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Crests

Music Reviews: The Crests ‘Sixteen Candles: The Definitive Collection’ plus Michael Weston King and My Darling Clementine

The racially integrated Crests (which initially also included a female member) ranked among the best and most successful groups of the late fifties/early sixties doo-wop era. Discovered while singing in the New York City subways, they incorporated elements of pop and R&B and featured a gifted tenor lead singer who some years later would revisit […]

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Mark Knopfler

Music Reviews: Mark Knopfler ‘The Studio Albums 1996–2007,’ plus Jesper Lindell ‘Twilights’

Music Reviews: Mark Knopfler ‘The Studio Albums 1996–2007,’ plus Jesper Lindell ‘Twilights’   Last year witnessed the release of Dire Straits’ The Studio Albums 1978–1991, and now we have Mark Knopfler’s The Studio Albums 1996–2007, which features the first five solo efforts that the group’s leader issued in the wake of its demise. Unlike the […]

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