Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey
Oct20

Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey

Review by Bobby Green As the days turn into nights on these autumnal months the darkness brings with it a chill that needs to be kept at bay. Fires are lit, and soundtracks are chosen to accompany the soft crackle of the fire while the burning embers dance their way up the chimney.  On these long cold nights we sometimes call upon some old friends for company. Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane’s Love Supreme alone has kept me warm for a whole winter such is the strength of its magic. But now there’s a new Magic, a voice from Dublin based singer NC Grey that takes me back to old loves so much so that it feels like I’ve known her voice all my life. This debut EP will have you swaying just like your mamma used to. If you love old school jazz and R&B swathed in soulful beauty with a voice as crisp as a summers morning then Magic is the must have EP this autumn to keep you warm on these long cold nights, It feels like NC Grey has poured everything into these 4 tracks showcasing her vocal talents and song writing ability. She seems to have a Sade like ability to tell a story so beautifully that she could sing the phone book and you’d still think it was a wonderful story. Magic is out now. NC Grey is most certainly one to look out for in 2018, but I fear these tiny shores wont be able to hold her for much longer afterwards.  Catch her while you can, this star is about to...

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Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration
Oct20

Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration

  Review by Bobby Green The wondrous beauty of Duke Specials creative muse can sometimes bring a man to tears with its genius. But to also be gifted with a voice so delicious there could have been no other life for him but to do what he does. And with Hallow we have Duke focus his creative spark, dare I say fire, entirely on the poetry of Belfast poet Michael Longley. The seemingly effortless manor in which Duke translates these poems frames an already alluring work of beauty and delivers them with such a sweet kiss it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. Duke has set up a website called Advocate (www.advocateduke.com) where fans can pre-order the album in their preferred format: CD, vinyl or digital download. There will be a limited run of exclusive signed and numbered CD and vinyl releases which are only available on pre-order. Every pre-order on all formats will include a special ADVOCATE PASS which will give you access to exclusive content online through the Advocate website. This will range from behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process and video messages from Duke on how the album is progressing, to snippets of demos and exclusive previews of Hallow. Fans can see ‘Hallow’ being performed live on Duke Special’s October tour, commissioned by The Strollers Touring Network and he has just added new dates in February 2018 in Belfast, London & Dublin.  (Dates and venues below. Check venue websites for ticket details.) Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’ Duke Special is an artist to be celebrated in todays creative world where we are awash with the mundane. Where the creative genius behind the music is the units shifted and not the art itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good campaign, and clever marketing today is itself at best artistic in its delivery. But when you have truly great art, the glittery shine from everything else on offer becomes dull reflections of just ‘stuff’ we’ve been sold before. Hallow is out now and Duke Special is on Tour promoting it.   Weds 25th October            Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Thurs 26th October            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. Fri 27th October                  Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare. Sat 28th October                 The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Sun 29th October                Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Thurs 22nd February         Bush Hall, London Fri 23rd February               Empire Music Hall, Belfast Sat 24th February              Unitarian Church, Dublin www.advocateduke.com ...

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