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13 06, 2019

ALBERT LEE – THE COUNTRY BOY COMES HOME

2019-06-13T15:47:46+00:00 The Raver's Return|

Half Moon, Putney, June 2, 2019 Happy Guitar was a hit song for Tommy Steele many years ago, but we can experience true happiness, here and now, whenever Albert Lee picks up his favourite guitar and plays the music he loves. It was certainly the case when Albert and his young and gifted backing group arrived at the Half Moon, to play two steaming sets

10 05, 2019

RICK WAKEMAN – PIANO ODYSSEY

2019-05-10T10:01:04+00:00 The Raver's Return|

(Image: © Sergione Infuso/Corbis - Getty) St.George’s, Beckenham, May 4th, 2019 It was a journey to the centre of Rick Wakeman’s heart when he performed a superb concert in a packed church as part of his unique Piano Odyssey tour. The audience cheered and even whistled when Rick played a richly entertaining selection of pop, rock and classic themes linked with jokes, anecdotes and wondrous

10 04, 2019

GREEN RIVER BLUES BAND

2019-04-10T13:28:27+00:00 The Raver's Return|

The Story of the Blues When the blues came down south to Hastings, it was time to reflect on the origins of the music that made such an impact on 20th century culture and remains a vital ingredient of popular music a hundred years further on down the line. In a multi-media event organised by the Green River Blues Band, the Story of the Blues

8 03, 2019

“TRIBUTE TO JON HISEMAN” CONCERT

2019-03-08T10:42:29+00:00 The Raver's Return|

02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Saturday 2nd February 2019 As Jon Hiseman would say: “If you are going to do something, do it properly.” Certainly the tribute concert to the legendary drummer, who sadly passed away on June 12, 2018, was done with all the skill and dedication his memory deserved. Jon’s daughter Ana Gracey organised the event held at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (February

4 03, 2019

STEELY DAN – PRETZEL LOGIC PREVAILS

2019-03-04T16:12:29+00:00 The Raver's Return|

Wembley SSE Arena, February 25, 2019 When innocently asking Donald Fagan ‘What is a pretzel?’ he smiled and kindly drew an outline of the tasty morsel on my trusty note book. How else would I know a pretzel was a type of baked bread shaped into a twisted knot? Logically speaking, I should have been aware of them on sale on the streets of New

4 03, 2019

Remembering George

2019-03-04T10:04:44+00:00 The Raver's Return|

Farewell to a Music Biz Legend “He was funny, witty and charismatic with a heart of gold.”  When memories of the late George Kwiatkiewicz were shared by his family at a Funeral Mass held in his honour, it was his daughters Sofia, Isabella and Natasha who best summed up the personality and character of a much loved man. George had worked in the music industry

18 01, 2019

EXCITING EVENTS 2018-2019

2019-01-18T09:47:41+00:00 The Raver's Return|

What Was And What Shall Be Well, that was a hectic few weeks in the run up to Christmas, an event now well past its sell-by date. Hopefully this will excuse the long period of recovery needed by The Raver to get down to business. Okay, we’re back, so now read on! SCRIBBLERS AND PLUCKERS AT PLAY December 2018 began with the legendary music biz

29 11, 2018

LIVE! NYJO NONET at THE 100 CLUB

2018-11-29T13:06:35+00:00 The Raver's Return|

Oxford Street, London, 21st November, 2018 It was one of those magical moments when a jazz musician’s heartfelt burst of emotion inspired an audience to break into spontaneous applause. It came when Harry Evans took a muted solo in the midst of his interpretation of Duke Ellington’s classic Creole Love Call and summoned the spirit of James ‘Bubber’ Miley with great aplomb. Even the bespectacled

20 11, 2018

LIVE! JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO RULES

2018-11-20T12:36:37+00:00 The Raver's Return|

The Borderline, Charing Cross Road, London November 2nd 2018 ‘Old Guys rule...’ The man judiciously placing himself near the bar and in front of the stage was among friends and listening to just the kind of music his generation has loved - since he was a Young Guy. The slogan on his T-Shirt spoke volumes while John Coghlan’s Quo played volumes from the Status Quo

29 10, 2018

LIVE! CODA – ZEPPELIN FLIES AGAIN

2018-10-30T11:10:05+00:00 The Raver's Return|

When Robert Plant sang the haunting Ten Years Gone on Physical Graffiti nobody expected that fifty years gone Led Zeppelin aficionados would still be celebrating and performing the music of a band that reached its peak in the 1970s. Yet in 2018, five decades on from the birth and demise of the world’s greatest rock band, their legacy lives on and their songs are being

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