By Associated Press, Linda Thompson, Wont Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds) Linda Thompson briefly plays the role of proud parent on her new album, happily slipping into the background while her children sing Anna McGarrigles As Fast As My Feet. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Its a rousing rendition and a rare moment of peppy pop on Wont Be Long Now. With Thompson front and center, doom and gloom dominates the rest of the record no surprise to longtime fans of Thompson and her ex-husband, Richard. She sings of war, fear, domestic abuse, loneliness and death, and like the gray sky on the cover, theres a bleak beauty to the music. Thompsons bracing, unvarnished alto remains a wonder despite her history of career-curtailing voice trouble. She chooses her material wisely, mixing traditional British and Irish folk with songs she wrote that have the same timeless feel. The family provides plenty of help. Daughter Kami takes the lead on As Fast As My Feet, and son Teddy contributes as a composer on four songs, including the wry title cut. Even Richard lends a hand, with his acoustic guitar the only backing instrument on the lovely opener Loves for Babies and Fools. It sounds like something they might have performed together 40 years ago again, timeless. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Music tourism in UK generates £2.2bn

Crowd members at the Glastonbury 2013 Festival in Somerset. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Rock & Roll is, by its very nature, a form of musical resistance against entrenched power structures, and it’s also one of the greatest musical forms if it’s done with real intention. My career has allowed me to see and hear many other cultures around the world, including a fair bit of time spent with indigenous cultures. Those personal experiences have shaped my worldview on humanity and our natural state of balance with the Earth. It has also shown me the power of music as a force for social justice and change. The country I have seen the most of is, of course, my own — the United States. I love this country and her people deeply, and I have driven every major highway in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and some parts of Latin and South America. Sometimes it was in a van, other times in a tour bus, and occasionally on a motorcycle. I’ve experienced the world with my own eyes and heart, my own boots on the ground as the saying goes, and then I write about what I have come to learn from those personal experiences. The U.S. in particular has had some extraordinary musicians and songwriters who have, over the decades, brought about great social evolution with story-songs and political messages that have moved hearts and changed minds. When Woody Guthrie sang “Roll On Columbia” about the enormous Columbia River, he was expressing his love for the natural landscape of the American West.

Music and the Politics of Resistance

By Associated Press, Magpie and the Dandelion, The Avett Brothers (American) The evolving definition of folk music currently carries a little bit of rock, a little bit of reverb and a few other nontraditional flavors thrown in the stew. Its all being well received and The Avett Brothers new album Magpie and the Dandelion should be no exception. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Songs like Open Ended Life and Skin and Bones present a folk version of rocks wall-of-sound approach. Instead of a nuanced give and take between banjo and guitar and drums, we get them all at once, side by side, vying for attention. With proper mixing it works on these hardened-heart love songs. Things work up to a glorious crescendo on several tracks, going from simmer to boil on Another is Waiting. Though its worth noting that the sizzle on Magpie is mostly thanks to strong instrumentals. The group lacks a strong lead vocalist. Both Scott and Seth Avett can sing, but not convincingly enough to mesmerize the listener because of it. All in all, this is pleasant listening and the songs stick in the head. The North Carolina trio is a tight band eight albums into their career, and the folk renaissance has ushered in a new and deserving appreciation for their lilting nu-folk. ___ Follow Ron Harris: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire Tourists attending concerts and music festivals are boosting the UK economy to the tune of 2.2 billion (2.5 billion) a year. Music tourism is providing a massive boost to the UK, including at least 24,000 jobs each year, a report from VisitBritain showed. Direct spending by UK and overseas music tourists, including buying tickets and paying for transport and accommodation, was worth 1.3 billion last year. Further indirect music tourism spending additional spending along the supply chain generated by music tourists added a further 914 million, making a total of 2.2 billion. VisitBritain said the average live music audience was comprised of 41 per cent music tourists, with these tourists from overseas spending, on average, 910 while attending festivals and 602 while attending concerts. Domestic music tourists spent, on average, 396 while attending festivals and 87 during concerts. The report also said that overseas tourists accounted for six per cent of music tourism visits but a huge 20 per cent of music tourism spending, with London attracting 1.8 million music tourists. This report confirms that the UKs music scene has significant international appeal VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: This report confirms that the UKs music scene has significant international appeal and that music tourists spend lots of money and travel across the whole of Britain. This will act as a catalyst for us all to ramp up our activity and forge better relationships with festival organisers, promoters, venues and producers to raise awareness of our amazing music scene across the world. Treasure trove of gemstones Dench hopes Bond fans go to theatre Advert Comments are submitted under the express understanding and condition that the editor may, and is authorised to, disclose any/all of the above personal information to any person or entity requesting the information for the purposes of legal action on grounds that such person or entity is aggrieved by any comment so submitted. At this time your comment will not be displayed immediately upon posting. Please allow some time for your comment to be moderated before it is displayed. For more details please see our Comments Policy