Album review: Junkyard Choir’s Trouble In Mind

Posted on March 26th, by Paul M Ford in Culture. 1 Comment

Recorded a thrown shot glass distance from the Oval Tavern, this album is filled with confidence, texture and tone

As a live band, Junkyard Choir has few peers on the circuit. Tommy Herbert and Mark ‘Carlos’ Woods cook up a caustic blues/grunge jambalaya of sound, transporting you to a mythical southern state of America that’s two parts New Orleans, two parts Seattle, one part Mississippi delta. The … Read More »



Warhol Month event review: Drips, Beats and Pop – Warhol in the context of his time, by Joanna Straczowski

Posted on October 10th, by Paul M Ford in Culture. 1 Comment

A beautiful Cinders? A blood-sucking Dracula? Who was the real Andy Warhol?

The sickly second son of Slovakian immigrants; an artist whose first commission was drawing shoes for a fashion magazine; a self-styled virgin, claiming to have never had sex and yet treated at least once for a sexually transmitted disease: Andrew Warhola was many things in his time. As Andy Warhol, he achieved a level of … Read More »



Event review: Zara, Junkyard Choir and the Asif Outlaws play the Scream Lounge

Posted on August 29th, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

A mixed night of music at a Croydon venue that’s still going strong

With the nearby ‘The Edge’ having recently joined the long line of live venues in Croydon going dark and quiet, the Scream Lounge still stands proudly, if a little in the shadows, as one few places left in town to go to hear real music on real instruments played by musicians who give a … Read More »



Event review: Bob Fox at the Oval Tavern, Tuesday 9th May

Posted on May 19th, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

The Oval audience was drawn together by a compelling performer with tremendous range

One time culture minister Kim Howells once said that his idea of hell was being stuck in a pub with a bunch of folk singers from Somerset, showing once again the remarkable level of stupidity and arrogance that needs to be attained before you can be a fully-fledged member of the government.

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Summer reading: ‘Terrible Lie’, the world’s first Cronx noir thriller, by Gareth Endean

Posted on August 22nd, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

Describing anything as ‘noir’ invites harsh comparison, says self-confessed Croydon nerd Paul M. Ford in the next of the Citizen’s series of summer reading reviews

‘Film noir’, a retro-actively applied label, covers a range of films released during the 1940s and ’50s, brooding in tone and with heavily shadowed visuals. Classically, but not exclusively, ‘noir’ features hard-boiled private detectives, cynical and world-weary, who encounter mysterious and alluring … Read More »



Event review: ‘Party’, by the Breakfast Cat Theatre Company, performed at the Oval Tavern

Posted on July 22nd, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

Paul M. Ford has a proper laugh in a potting shed in a pub

Deep in suburbia, a new political force is fomenting. Ready to sweep away the established power blocs with its bold new approach and deeply held beliefs and convictions. Once they can work out what they actually are.

Tom Basden’s 2009 play, ‘Party,’ was produced and acted by the Breakfast Cat Theatre Company … Read More »



Event review: ‘The Flood’ by the Badac Theatre Company at Matthews Yard, Thursday 19th November

Posted on December 3rd, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

No comfort, no reassurance. Paul M Ford is swept away by Badac Theatre Company’s Flood

Theatre Utopia is a black-painted back room at Matthews Yard. As we are ushered into the already-darkened space there are just two bulbs, suspended from the ceiling above, lighting the narrow, bare-boarded stage. They shed a sparing light over three high, industrial metal tables, and two figures. The first, a soldier in … Read More »