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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Taylor Swift opens $4 million music education center in Nashville
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
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Comment Mark Humphrey/AP Taylor Swift speaks at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday. The singer opened the $4 million center in Nashville. It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT SETS SONGWRITING RECORD Mark Humphrey/AP Swift posed with fans at the center. The facility will have classrooms, instrument rooms, and education opportunities for kids. Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened. “I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.” RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES 7-YEAR-OLD GRACE MARKELS DREAM COME TRUE AFTER YOUNG FAN WAS HIT BY SPEEDING MOTORIST Mark Humphrey/AP Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign. The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day. RELATED: READY FOR HER CLOSEUP! TAYLOR SWIFT CAST IN ‘THE GIVER’ “We’ve been talking about different programs I can be involved in,” Swift said.