Dec 4 (Reuters) – A host of musicians headed by Led Zeppelin
frontman Robert Plant on Tuesday night celebrated the life and
work of Bert Jansch, the late Scottish guitarist
who influenced generations of players from Neil Young to Johnny
Marr with his stew of blues, folk and jazz.
On a London stage decorated to look like Les Cousins, the
Soho folk club where Jansch held court in the 1960s, they played
his songs and others that had inspired him,
and reminisced about “a magical man, an occasionally shambolic
man,” in the words of Martin Simpson.
LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Bob Dylan played London’s Albert
Hall this week for the first time since his fabled and
tumultuous concerts there in 1966, his vitality and mystique
intact five decades on since he revolutionised popular music.
This time round there were no boos and catcalls prompted by
his use of electric instruments, just ovations as he led his
crack band through a set that drew heavily from his latest album
“Tempest” but also reached back into earlier stages of his
LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Decades on from his days as an
angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an
ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a
new lease of life to Graham Parker.
In the movie, Judd Apatow’s “This is 40″, the bid fails. In
the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the
62-year-old London native.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi refused to abandon their protest camps in Cairo on Monday and said they would fend off any police crackdown with sticks, stones and their faith.
Security sources and a government official had said on Sunday that police action to dismantle the camps would begin at dawn despite the risk of violent clashes. But nothing transpired during the course of the day.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Friday defied warnings from the army-installed government to end their protests, heightening international concern that a violent confrontation was imminent.
Crowds rallied at a protest camp around the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cairo after Friday prayers, chanting “Down with the coup, the coup is terrorism”.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.
Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday, while Mursi supporters in two protest camps in Cairo strengthened sandbag-and-brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense new phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.
Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday and in two protest camps in Cairo, Mursi supporters strengthened sandbag-and brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.
CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected pleas from international envoys to “swallow the reality” that Mohamed Mursi will not return as Egypt’s president, the Brotherhood spokesman said on Monday.
The envoys, trying to resolve a political crisis brought on by the army’s overthrow of the Islamist Mursi a month ago, had visited jailed Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat El-Shater in the early hours of Monday.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-installed government said on Sunday it would give a chance for mediation to resolve the crisis brought on by the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, but warned that time was limited.
At the same time, a Cairo court announced that the leader of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and his deputy will face trial in three weeks’ time for crimes including incitement to murder during protests in the days before he was toppled.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt’s army-installed government on Saturday in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and to head off more bloodshed.
At the same time, the new government promised Mursi’s supporters a safe exit from their protest camps and urged them to rejoin the political process.