Everybody Needs You 

There has been a lot of great music out this year – check some other 2018 Friday Songs. (Of which at least 2 others have been produced by Laura’s hubby). This however is my favourite new release to date and the album is out today. We have just booked to see her at the Cluny […]


We don’t bother with TV out here in Spain. A consequence of this is that we listen to much more music and, more often than not, whole albums or playlists complied from an artists setlists. Last night this involved Lyle Lovett and Fatherson, songs from the latter came from the last time we saw them […]

2018 Civil Contract Verification: An Update 

Our interpretation of the LAA’s intent, expressed in in this previous post, appears to be correct. You seem unlikely to receive further specific, verification messages and are encouraged to commence providing the documentation required in Annex C of the IFA (we reproduce this from the above link): All Firms Evidence of current Quality Standard – […]

2018 Civil Contract Notifications 

The notification process for 2018 Face-to-Face (F2F) Civil Contracts is now well under way. You will probably have received an email inviting you to check the message board on your Selection Questionnaire ITT, at the Bravo solutions e-portal. (If you have not check anyway, but don’t panic it takes them some time for them to […]

Nameless Faceless 

We got to see Courtney Barnett at NOS Alive, in Lisbon, a couple of summers ago – same day as Radiohead – she was fab. She has a new album on the slipway and this is from it.

Thanks 4 Nothing 

I came across Nilüfer Yanya this very morning. Obviously she’s another 6 Music discovery – this time via their showcase of young British artists at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas (you can hear 3-hours of this from 4pm today). This is closer to the live version I first heard than the official video and […]

Don’t Panic 

We have reached the middle of March and notification of the outcome of mainstream 2018 Civil, face-to-face contract bids has yet to commence. This post is really just to confirm this situation, as we are getting an increasing number of calls from firm anxious that they have yet to receive any communication from the LAA. […]


There seems to be great new stuff coming out week after week at the moment. This is the Decemberists, continuing to evolve and turn out marvellous fresh music, the full new album drops next week. Sadly their’s is another spring tour we will miss, but remember – you don’t have to.


I have loved Tracey Thorne since coming across “A Distant Shore” in the 80s, throughout EBTG and beyond. You might perhaps remember the Xmas songs I have posted here from her fantastic seasonal album “Tinsel & Lights”. She has also worked with some of my favourites including John Grant and on this collection Corinne Bailey […]

Leave Alone the Empty Spaces 

Shed a tear that “I Am Kloot” are no more. Then raise a glass to their front man John Bramwell’s excellent new solo effort “Leave Alone the Empty Spaces”. This is a live version of the title track.

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