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1935162_454261378032105_6602445270487649865_nThey say that nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. 35 years ago I was a thin, nerdy, bespectacled college kid unaware of the wealth of post-punk creativity which was about to wash over me during the next ten years but most importantly XTC’s seminal English Settlement had just hit the shops. Blimey, tempus does indeed fugit and creativity is indeed the watchword this week, as quantity and quality are both present in spades.

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13474997_1226074580758425_7694964783349260294_oIt’s certainly a quieter week ahead, but I guess that the swings and roundabouts nature of things is just redressing the balance after a couple of weeks that spoilt us music goers. It’s also a week where most things on offer are going to be fairly familiar to you although today stands out as being a bit at odds with what is to follow.

 

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741242_664074006964975_1369003998_oOkay, it isn’t exactly local but Charlton Park does have an SN postcode so I guess it is okay to remind you that WOMAD kicks off today. You may not have heard of many of the acts or even be able to pronounce some of them but if ever there was a celebration of culturally diverse and globally reaching music then this is it. Whether you have a hankering for Kurdish folk or British hip-hop, New Orleans brass or Malian vocal groups, transcendental raga or gypsy jive, it is all here and more besides. In the grand scheme of things, it is right on your doorstep, which means you can just pop down for the day or do the full-on festival experience with the minimal of travelling.

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12771521_505280549673444_5585277270321832928_oMaking ends meet as a musician is tough enough at the best of times, especially when trying to keep a full band on the road, it is the reason that so many musicians opt for solo gigs either alongside or instead of band careers. But what if you want to really challenge yourself? Well, you could try organising a 10-day tour around the country with an orchestra made up of players who just turn up on the night. Every night the band will be different and comprised of an ever-changing set of instruments and players who are new to the songs. Seems a ridiculous idea? I agree but it is what Shaun Buswell and Erik Nyberg have set themselves to do and you can catch the Swindon leg of the tour at The Arts Centre tonight.

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11058357_883787594990372_2158507813950646365_nIt’s another busy week in no small part due to the antics of a snake-hating, dark age cleric but which has left tonight with plenty of musical options. If you are feeling up for a St Patricks shindig then you might want to catch Mick O’Toole at The Rolleston. Okay, they are not Irish, but if you check the history books you will find that neither was the man himself, but their clash of furious folk and cider-punk, has all the hallmarks of an infectious and hi octane, celtic party soundtrack.

 

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1016803_1381857422091209_1669605332_nThe recent deaths of high profile music stars seems to have caused a bit of a back lash on social media, cries of “not another one gone” accompanying the loss of almost every musician from a seemingly golden age of music. But all good things come to an end and instead of agonising over the creative loss we should be celebrating their influence on the world they left behind. What strikes me is that whilst everyone is drawing a line in the sand and saying “we will not see their like again” they are missing the vital part of the argument.

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