Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Brighton's Folk Glitterati Need Your Votes At This Year's Spiral Earth Awards:

Brighton's very own Levellers and Nick Burbridge feature among the nominees of this year's Spiral Earth Awards.



The British folk-orientated website, which represents the 'roots of music', is a well respected bookmark for both the creatives and fans among the homegrown music scene.

Nick Burbridge - novelist, poet, dramatist, journalist, short story and song writer - has long been a Brighton magazine favourite.

He was the founder, in 1986, of the folk-rock band McDermott's Two Hours who at their peak, performed regularly at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Womad. 


They have, so far, released six McDermott"s Two Hours albums (versus The Levellers or in their own right) with another soon to come .. produced by the award-winning Al Scott (think Eliza Carthy, Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Asian Dub Foundation, Electric Soft Parade and many more).

The Brighton Magazine has described Nick Burbridge as being 'to Brighton, what the Copper family are to Rottingdean.'

Burbridge mused on the compliment: "I don't know if I belong in their ranks. My work is fashioned deep behind the façade. 

"It draws on the grit of personal experience: entanglement with mental illness, havoc wreaked by hard drugs and homelessness; sexual thirsts inappropriately met; the search for an abiding faith. 

"Yet it's set firmly in the context of family and working life. And it celebrates our unique urban landscape, caught between the downs and sea, which ensures, however lost we are in our own meanderings, the natural world arrests us."  


Last year he joined forces with Tim Cotterell for Gathered, an unplugged album of articulate contemporary songs rooted in the traditional Celtic idiom.

Burbridge said at the time: "In this city (Brighton), as in every other through the land, we live in crucial times, at the edge of an era where the corrupt political monster we have reared raises its head against us, with teeth bared," 

"It's easy to point to injustice, and celebrate insurrection, on distant shores. Much harder to admit we are responsible for giving power to those prepared to attack the rights of the most vulnerable among us – poor, young, workless, and disabled."

To vote for Nick Burbridge (songwriter) and the Levellers (album and festival) CLICK HERE. Voting closes on 14th March.


by: Mike Cobley


Share    

Alexandra Loske
The director of a major new art museum in China was “bewildered” but “very interested” as he was shown around Brighton's Royal Pavilion for the first time by a University of Sussex art historian.
Brighton Festival 2015 has announced that this year's Peacock Poetry Prize will have the theme of 'birds'; a subject chosen by its Guest Director Ali Smith.
The Prodigy's new album, The Day is My Enemy, takes you on a journey through the uncharted underbelly of urban nightlife where anger is an ever-present energy lurking just beneath the surface of an edgy calm.
Pic © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Thomas Soud, member of UK Youth Parliament from Brighton and Hove, attended a special event in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the parliament called by Simon De Montfort, which met from January to mid-March 1265.
A Cancer Landscape is a ground-breaking exhibition, led by Sussex Community NHS Trust, which explores cancer as both a physical reality and an emotional journey.
During the past half-decade, The Selecter, led by their legendary frontwoman Pauline Black, have become increasingly aware that their championing of 2-tone/ska music is firmly rooted outside of today's mainstream genres (indeed, Ska doesn't even exist as a music category on iTunes). 
Brighton Science Festival returns for its tenth year to prove there's a lot more to science than test tubes and prime numbers.
First presented at Shanghai’s V Art Centre in 2013, The Dissident- now joined by the work of Brighton-based artist Jim Sanders- searches for proximity in the work of two artists placed at a distance culturally, artistically and geographically.
The Brighton Centre is set to host the renowned Modelworld exhibition, which will be returning to the venue from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd February 2015, and The Brighton Magazine have two family tickets up for grabs.
Lulu, the 75-year-old giant green sea turtle at Brighton Sea Life Centre, has been immortalised in two stunning sculptures created by Brighton artist, Piers Mason. 
Brighton and Hove Albion football fans are wising-up to their risk of prostate cancer and taking action against the disease following an awareness campaign from the club's charitable arm, Albion in the Community.
Brighton & Hove City Council has been rated the most gay-friendly local authority in the country by pressure group Stonewall in its Top 100 list of employers for 2015..
The Unthanks first came to our attention when they were headlining a Great Escape night. A packed Spiegeltent next to St Peter’s Church, in Brighton, emptied rapidly as support, Bon Iver, left the venue. 

In the run up to Brighton Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard shares his experience of running and the important role that volunteers played throughout his incredible marathon achievements.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...






Latest Brighton Jobs

Childcare Provider Wanted For Our Child In Brighton BN1

We are looking for somebody who can do flexible hours around our shift work pattern for a maximum of up to 3 days a week but more likely 1 - 2 days....
- Brighton
More details

Health and Safety Consultant

Full UK driving licence. To provide a positive and professional image of the Health and Safety service to both internal and external customers....
2M Employment Solutions Ltd - Brighton
More details

Ecommerce Marketing Executive

As part of Sussex based Friday Media Group, FMG Retail are looking for a Ecommerce Marketing Executive. Assisting online brand and product campaigns....
Friday Media Group - Brighton
More details

Recruitment Resourcer/Delivery Consultant - Permanent - West Sussex

Here at Clearwater People Solutions we are recruiting for a Recruitment Resourcer/Delivery Consultant to join our expanding Delivery Team in supporting Senior...
Clearwater People Solutions - Sussex
More details
Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd