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2014/03/21

Rainlore's World would like to sincerely and humbly thank everybody who donated to the recent Appeal for Donations, and one particular very kind and generous person/persons. You have made it possible for Rainlore's World to continue as an independent, not for profit site, with hosting now secure until 2015!

Thank you all so very, very much!

The appeal will be relaunched as and when funds begin to run short and web hosting for 2015/16 needs to be secured.

The overdue proper site update will follow ASAP. Please bear with Rainlore's World until then. Thank you.

 

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2014/01/14

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term!

Please note - donations from artists, as well as from venues in the London/South East area, can only be accepted anonymously as otherwise conflicts of interest might arise! Rainlore's World has had to turn down several kind offers of donations of this kind already as they were either publically or privately offered. They have to be refused as otherwise the neutrality of Rainlore's World might be compromised, as e.g. an artist offering a donation might then be said to expect a favourable review in the future. Donations through PayPal are anonymous as antehc only pass on an anouncement of a donation and amount, and where relevant an unidentifiable comment.

There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £240. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Recently, a musician very kindly donated their entire earnings from a gig! Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event (with the new fare increases for 2014 this may increase), £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, some other quick urgent news.

2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards!
Voting now open!
Jazz Services and PPL are pleased to announce that online voting is now open for the tenth Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 13th May. Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk. The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday 3rd February 2014.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by music licensing company PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, JazzUK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE HERE -

http://jazzservices.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c54755d2d91ce836242ea0d58&id=ce3f2d5320&e=4b2f06b269

 

The categories for the 2014 Awards have been updated to reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene. Among the revisions is the introduction of the ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’ award which will honour the finest fresh talent from the last twelve months, and the separation of the ‘Musician of the Year’ award into ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and ‘Vocalist of the Year’, to allow for greater acknowledgment of the various art forms comprising jazz performance.

The nine categories for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014 are:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2013)
Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

PPL has been supporting the awards since 2005 and last year’s winners included: Guy Barker – Jazz Musician of the Year; Impossible Gentlemen – Jazz Ensemble of the Year; John Surman’s ‘Saltash Bells’ – Jazz Album of the Year and the late Stan Tracey OBE – Services to Jazz Award.

APPJAG has over 100 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.

Rainlore's World will cast its vote for jazz singer extraordinaire Jan Ponsford in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013) category, and I urge you to do the same, as well as the below.
Rainlore's World will also vote as follows -
Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians) - 'Songs Of The Metropolis' (Gilad Atzmon & The OHE)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

 

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2013/12/31

Rainlore's World would like to wish everybody a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and a Happy belated Holiday Season!

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August! And, hopefully, the odd literary review as well!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! There are some fabulous gigs and other live events coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £185. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, Happy 2012 and see you soon!

 

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2013/03/27

Much delayed, alas, but you will surely find this update was worth waiting for! Albeit only for a review of a book that will take your breath away!

This is Magda Allani's Dark Waters - Chronicle Of A Story Untold, the only account of the 1989 Marchioness disaster by a survivor. A very dark and very murky tale, and chilling to the bone with it. For the first time, an attempt to tell the whole haranguing story of this tragic event and its aftermath. You won't be able to put this tome down till you come to the end! And so well written, you could take it for a literary novel!

Most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

Another literary review is waiting in the wings as it were, and I hope to get around to it ASAP.

 

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2013/03/10

The best laid plans...! Alas, the dreaded flu put paid to plans of having this update go live in time for the launch of the Patternotion book.

This literary review could almost also be classed as an arts review. It is the Alban Low-edited Patternotion, a compilation of art and literature on 'Artistic Systems for Living.' Sixty artists and authors were invited to submit their interpretations of that theme. The results are fascinating and certainly give plenty of food for thought! '60 artists and authors reveal the secret blueprints of their lives. Get inside the heads of these creative system makers, learn from their endeavours and be inspired to make a change in your life.'

And as we speak, as it were, Patternotion is already in its second edition!

The launch for Patternotion took place yesterday, Saturday 9th March, at 10am at Books For Free Bookshop, 147 Fortess Road, Tufnell Park, London NW5. It was followed by an extensive 9 1/2 mile walk across Highgate, Hampstead, Camden Town and back to Tufnell Park, led by the editor. This took in the greatest number of English Heritage 'Blue Plaques' of literary figures possible, while placing the specially designed and made 'blue plaques' of associates of the Patternotion project along the way. Launch and walk were a resounding success, we are informed.

In other news, most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail all live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own pocket.

Coming up shortly, another literary review. This is a book you might be excused to describe as a most harrowing thriller that will chill you to the bone. However, it is a haranguing first-person account of truly horrifying events and their equally horrifying aftermath. It will chill you to the bone and beyond!

 

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2013/02/10

Somewhat delayed due to various 'interludes' of exhaustion, man flu and the like, this site update also had to be split into two parts. Today, here is Pt. 1. Pt. 2 will follow, hopefully, around next Friday.

The current crop of reviews in this section in Pt. 1 consists of a solitary literary review.

Best-selling author W. A. Harbinson's One Thing To Know is a re-publication of his first novel. Originally published in 1973 as Instruments Of Death, this epic WWII novel has been restored to the author's original title. The fascinating history of the novel's publication in the author's Foreword should serve as a warning to any aspiring author, today more than ever. Homer Simpson's advice to son Bart might be well heeded: 'If at first you don't succeed, give up!' Self publication or Print-on-Demand might be the best route to follow for today's aspiring writer, sadly...

Definite reviews for Pt. 2 of this update include Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's exhibition Art of Folk at TwickFolk Twickenham on 27th January! If possible, I might try and cram in some more from what should be the next site update, but no guarantees.

For 'world music' fans, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show, this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2013/01/21

Out with the old, in with the new! The 2012 version of this page has now been archived. At the same time, the change in name to Rainlore's World is being further implemented, bit by bit!

Rainlore's World is proud to announce that acclaimed fine artist Alban Low has kindly consented to be Artist in Residence of Rainlore's World as of this month. Alban Low is renowned especially for his covers and artwork for CDs, live illustrations of gigs and studio sessions (with a primary focus on jazz - see also his blog Art of Jazz), and animations, including commissions for the BBC, and in 2012 already illustrated several gigs in collaboration with reviews on Rainlore's World. We hope our collaboration will be a long and fruitful one.

Just around the corner is Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's one-day exhibition, Art of Folk, at TwickFolk, Twickenham, this Sunday, 27th January, arising from his six month residency at the well known folk club. It's from 6pm at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Twickenham train station is a couple of minutes walk and on the Waterloo to Kingston-upon-Thames line. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

Some sections will be discontinued and permanently moved to archive shortly as it has regrettably become impossible to maintain them. These include the 'A/V Page' and the 'Artists' page. More on this soon.

A new book review will follow with the next update!

 

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2013/01/02

Hello New Year, and Hello Rainlore's World, Good Bye Rainlore's World of Music!

The process of changing over of the site's name to Rainlore's World has begun with a change of the logos on all essential section pages, e.g., 'Home,' Jazz,' 'Other World Music,' 'Literary,' and so on. More will follow gradually. Also, more and more pages will have headers and other incidences of the old Rainlore's World of Music changed to Rainlore's World.

This change of the site's name is intended to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Furthermore, with the next full site update, the 2012 portion of this page and all other section pages will be moved to archive, hence the next update may be a little longer than usual.

Wishing everyone a Happy 2013

 

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Musical Literature


Reviews added 2013:

 

 

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Fiction

 

Reviews added 2013/02/10:

W. A. Harbinson :  One Thing To Know (2013/01/08)

 

 

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Gen. Non-Fiction


Reviews added 2013/03/27 :

Magda Allani :  Dark Waters - Chronicle Of A Story Untold (2013/03/09)

 

Reviews added 2013/03/10 :

Alban Low (Ed.) :  Patternotion (2013/03/08)

 

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