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John Spillane – Collège des Coudriers – 05.12.2015

John Spillane has, on the strength of this one concert, become one of my favourite songwriters. Before last Saturday I was familiar with him mostly by name and reputation, with Christy Moore’s very nice version of Magic Nights In The Lobby Bar being the only song of his that I could name. I had a quick flick around YouTube last...

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Sufjan Stevens – Théâtre du Léman – 20.09.2015

(I usually try to get these little reviews published in the days immediately following a gig but last week was a busy one. Got to keep up the habit though!) This was not an easy gig to sit through. I had fallen out of touch with Sufjan Stevens’ music over the past few years, but I now know that his...

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Andrew Bird – Les Docks, Lausanne – 01.07.2015

This was, I think, the fourth time I’ve seen Andrew Bird play live. Every performance has been amazing, but this was the best. He was totally in the zone, giving it everything and playing with a precision that I think was missing when I last saw him, in Amsterdam in 2011. (His head may have been elsewhere that night…) He...

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Of Monsters and Men – Les Docks, Lausanne – 30.06.2015

It’s just under three years since I first saw Of Monsters and Men in concert, a gig that I enjoyed hugely. They had six musicians on stage for that gig in Amsterdam, so they must be doing okay for themselves given that they were up to nine for this tour (including a couple of brass players). The heatwave was just...

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James Taylor – 07.03.2015 – Théâtre du Léman, Geneva

James Taylor has a reputation for being one of the music industry’s genuinely nice guys. He’s been around since the late sixties (signed by the Beatles to their Apple label in 1968) and is most famous for singing songs that he wrote more than forty years ago, so he could easily be a bit tired of it all by now....

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The Decemberists – Kaufleuten, Zurich – 28.02.2015

I’d been waiting for an opportunity to catch The Decemberists live for almost ten years now. I thought maybe we’d missed the boat since leaving Amsterdam, so when I saw they’d be passing through Zurich on the current tour I jumped at the chance. They were well worth the wait! It was the second last night on their current tour...

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Christy Moore and friends – Vicar Street – 12.10.2014

A visit to Ireland last weekend meant that I missed out on Luka Bloom’s return visit to Geneva; but it also meant that I had a chance to catch his big brother in concert in Dublin. Christy Moore is nothing less than a – perhaps the – living legend of Irish folk music. At his gig last Sunday in Vicar Street...

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Beirut / GOASTT – For Noise, Pully – 21.08.2014

I had wanted to see Beirut live for a long time and was really looking forward to this one. While they tend to get mentioned in the same breath as other indie-folk-rock bands like Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver, their sound is quite unique. Brass instruments are to the fore, with trombone and a pair of trumpets (one played by...

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Paléo Festival – Nyon – 22-27.07.2014

The wettest July ever around these parts apparently, so I was reasonably lucky to experience probably the only two rain-free evenings at Paléo 2014. I have the impression that, despite the rain and mud, it was a pretty good Paléo. I certainly enjoyed my two visits, on Thursday and Sunday, and Nadine heard some good music on Tuesday evening. Most...

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Keaton Henson – Temple de Chêne-Bougeries – 07.02.2014

The Antigel festival marks the start of the cultural year in Geneva, bringing international acts of all kinds to perform in unusual venues around the canton. My friend Chantal suggested a trip out to a surprisingly pretty little church in the suburb of Chêne-Bougeries to see Keaton Henson. He’s a folkie singer-songwriter from England described by the festival programme as...