Caroline Spence makes her UK live debut in February/March 2018

Caroline Spence’s 2017 album, Spades and Roses crept into my favourites of 2017, on reflection only because I came to it late in the day, and having now listened to many times over I’ve recognised my error and I really should have placed it higher, so the least I can do is plug her UK dates for February / March and hope I’m forgiven.

You can catch Caroline at the following venues:
FEB 20 TUE
The Blue Lamp – Aberdeen
FEB 21 WED
The Voodoo Rooms – Edinburgh
FEB 24 SAT
ESQUIRES – Bedford
FEB 25 SUN
Kingskerswell Parish Church – Newton Abbot
FEB 26 MON
Green Note – London
FEB 27 TUE
Kingsmead House – High Wycombe
MAR 1 THU
Tiny Rebel – Cardiff
MAR 2 FRI
The Tea Tray – Portsmouth,
MAR 8 THU
The Admiral & The Hold – Glasgow
MAR 10 SAT
Gordon Arms Ents Shed – Bedford

Caroline Spence / Facebook / Twitter

Caroline Spence.

Lean on Pete – A Film by Andrew Haigh adapted from Willy Vlautin’s novel

Following on from my recent post on the subject of Willy Vlautin’s forthcoming book Don’t Skip Out On Me, the film adaption of Willy’s wonderful novel Lean on Pete is set for release in the UK on February 18th, it’s gathered some very good reviews (including this one from the Guardian and this from the Telegraph) – if it’s half as good as the book will be well worth seeking out.

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner; King Jack; Ridley Scott’s forthcoming All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us

Lean on Pete / Twitter / Willy Vlautin

Five at Five on Friday

Here’s a selection of five Soundcloud published tracks that have grabbed my attention this week for your delectation.

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