Time for the annual Furtheron review of the year.... drum roll please (hope I read off the card correctly ;-))
Gig of the Year
Now last year Show of Hands won this - and they are high in the running this year with their superb show in Canterbury. This year though from a small selection of gigs I've been to the winners are The Shires. For such a young band they were professional, note perfect, humble, talented and fun. I hope they continue to garner more success in the coming years.
CD of the year.
Rock - Iron Maiden get a worthy mention but the winners are Revolution Saints. I know it was a put together line-up by Frontier Records but I hope not the last as this first album was stunning! Very Journey in it's style and sound (not surprising) it was a tour de force with great rockers, ballads etc.
Folk - Last year I stated the False Lights with Salvor would have this sewn up. In the end they do win it for their innovative folk rock injection into a brilliant set of songs - the closing song, Crossing the Bar with the terrific words of Alfred Lord Tennyson set in a brilliant musical setting is just stunning track. Show of Hands Long Way Home ran this début a close second in this category though.
Read of the Year
Has to be the brilliant and poignant Sebastian Faulks' Where My Heart Used to Beat.
I wish all (two of you) that drop by here a happy Christmas and hope 2016 is good to you.