Punk Legend in Hertfordshire

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A wet bank holiday Sunday was brightened by the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour, some great bands from every possible genre. The highlight for me was a solo (and semi acoustic) set by punk legend Mr Glen Matlock; who finished with acoustic versions of Blank Generation and Pretty Vacant. Wow!Glen Matlock

Theatre “Up West”

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Great day yesterday with Mrs M, grandchildren (and one child), to see Matilda the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl, with songs by the composer and lyricist Tim Minchin. Great show followed by dinner in Chinatown (at The Lido obviously).

Back on the Radio

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I’m back on www.58music.co.uk with Dave Stevenson this coming Saturday, from 11am, playing some great music including the The Strypes and What The People Don’t See

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Stevie Really Is a Wonder

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A warm (ish) Sunday afternoon and we’re back at Hyde Park British Summertime for a glass of Pimms and a date to see Stevie Wonder (and the surprisingly good support Pharrell Williams).  Star spotting included DJsTrevor Nelson, Norman Jay MBE and Jude Law (in the words of the C4 series Phoneshop – no man likes Jude Law).  From the first to the last Stevie was superb – classic tracks from Songs in the Key of Life and some covers (notably from the Prince back catalogue) made this a night to remember.  In the words of the great man himself, lets do it all again next year!

 

Wimbledon 2016

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Last week’s trip to the Ladies Quarter finals at Wimbledon included both Serena and Kurber; plus the obligatory strawberries and cream.  Great summer day out.

 

British Summertime – Hyde Park

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Spent a great Sunday afternoon yesterday at British Summertime in Hyde Park.  The highlights of the show were a great set from Michael Kiwanuka, a masterclass from Don Henley (including a fair smattering of Eagles songs along with the solo back catalogue), followed by the Queen of singer songwriting Carole King – playing Tapestry (with a few Goffin & King classic tracks thrown in for good measure).  All in all  a great afternoon, topped off by my new “claim to fame”  offering a seat to Sgt June Ackland (actress Trudie Goodwin) from The Bill !!!

 

Kast Off Kinks

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Great night watching the Kast Off Kinks last night; from a personal perspective, watching the bassist John Dalton was a lesson in what I’d like to be doing in my 70s.

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