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Manar ‘Laekurinn’

Manar were the only band in Iceland (in the 70’s) that played the full Aqualung album for dancing Icelanders at the “sveitaböll” or countryside balls, which are held all over rural Iceland to celebrate occasions like réttir, the fall sheep round-ups, and thorrablót, when everyone gathers in the dead of winter to gobble up traditional foods like soured ram testicles and rotten shark.

Ian guests on this piece, titled ‘Laekurinn’.

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Helen Andrews – Behind The Glass

Singer/songwriter Helen Andrews was one of the musical guests at my ‘Rubbing Elbows’ show at Fareham in 2003, when we played ‘You And The Summer’ from her debut solo album ‘Wishing For The Moon’.

Back in 2003 I wrote: “Helen Andrews is one of those rare music biz commodities – the voice of an angel and not yet signed to a major record company. Which is just as well, as Helen is a maturing young career artist – not another instant love ’em and leave ’em one hit wonder which the world can do without. She weaves an autobiographical spell of sensitive, sensual mystery – is this the stuff of personal experience or creative, wishful fantasy? – who knows, but who cares? In hearing, lies the taking. Her gift to you. Grab it while you can.

Helen took some time-out from her musical career but is now back with a brand new album called “Circling Highs, Unravelling Lows”, due for release in Spring 2016, and I was delighted to contribute flute to its opening track ‘Behind The Glass’.

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