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Mike & Sophie Mcarthy: Live at 'The Old Church On The Hill'

There is something about the blues that just pulls at my emotions. Mike Mcarthy's 'dirt box' style blues guitar makes the body move and the head sway which is healing. With a soulful voice and his beautiful wife Sophie's harmonies this album takes you away to wild places! This album is a live recording which makes it so special. The acoustics of the old church are amazing and the authentic sounds of the audience make you wish you were there when it all went down! The first track 'Nothin' Without Him' pulls you in and holds you from song to song. The perfect road trip album or when sitting by the fire on a cold winters night. Thanks Mike & Sophie for sharing this special gift with us. 

Check out all Mike's links some awesome clips of Mike playing his music below!

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Mike McCarthy is a unique songwriter who speaks from the soul. He has the respect of his peers and is one of the hardest working local artists.”




Tynan King: Ernest Hemingway book review

ROAR welcomes our Free lance writer Tynan King for his monthly book review! Tynan is a freelance writer based in the United Arab Emirates. 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' by Ernest Hemingway review and links below. Thanks for your support.

Last year Western Parliaments passed new laws making it illegal for people to participate in hostile activities overseas. The laws, which in Australia carry life sentences, were designed to stop residents travelling to the Middle East and fighting for or against the Islamic State.

In 1936 when Spain sank into civil war, European powers signed the Non-Intervention Agreement, a similar law, designed to confine conflict to Spain. However, thousands of foreign soldiers, including George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway, acted independently of their governments and enlisted. They sought to hand fascism an early defeat.

Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls is an account grounded in this personal experience. Published in 1940, it traces four days in the life of Robert Jordan, a young American man attached to the Loyalist forces and charged with blowing up a bridge to destroy an attack route in the Franco-controlled mountains.

Hemingway uses Jordan’s relationship with Spain to explore the country’s complexity. Having lived in Spain before the civil war, his world is authentic, vivid and populated with multifaceted Spanish characters:

“In this war there are many foolish things,” Augustin said. “In this war there is an idiocy without bounds.” “Clearly,” said Pilar, “Otherwise we could not be here.”

While in the mountains, Robert Jordan stays with various local anti-fascist guerillas. He meets a young woman named Maria and develops a relationship with her. As the relationship deepens, the dangers linked to his mission begin to weigh on him.

At its core, the novel is an exploration of the horrors of war and the idea that all loss of life is a tragedy. The author’s acknowledgment that both sides commit atrocities is a commitment to objectivity.

The title, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” references John Donne’s famous Meditation XVI. In Spain, on the eve of WWII, the bells tolled for us all.

ROAR would like to thank Tynan for inspiring us to read more!






Tynan King: New ROAR contributor

ROAR would like to welcome Tynan King to the ROAR contributor team! Tynan is a freelance writer based in the United Arab Emirates. He will be reviewing a book for our website each month. We are are very excited to have Tynan on board! This months book is below.

Snow Goose
Beautiful coastlines are places of love and loss. A case in point is Paul Gallico’s 1940 short novella The Snow Goose. 
The story documents disfigured artist and lighthouse keeper Philip Rhayader’s relationship with Fritha, a simple village girl, as they nurse a snow goose back to health.

The action peaks when Rhayader sails his boat to Dunkirk to help evacuate British soldiers (click hyperlink) under attack by German forces. But equally important is Fritha’s transition from childhood to adulthood and her heartbreaking realisation.

The first two thirds of the story captures the palette and melody of the Essex coast: “Above the sea and the wind noises he heard a clear, high note.” Then the narrative shifts to the perspective of rescued soldiers whose vernacular and maritime speech authenticate the setting.

Over it all circles the snow goose, it’s “white body and black- tipped pinions shining in the spring sun” a symbol of the WWII world – beautiful but injured – and of Rhayader himself.

At 54 charm-filled pages it’s worth returning to – say every winter, when the birds make their flight.

 Link for Snow Goose 






Meg Mac: Our new favourite Soul/Pop EP


Our new favourite Pop/Soul artist Meg Mac from Melbourne is making waves in Australia and Internationally. She won a competition at Falls Festival and had some success with live shows. Now she is touring America with D'Angelo!! What the!?? The Meg Mac EP is full of soulful piano, solid beats and powerful vocals.

Our favourite track? Grandma's Hands cover of Bill Withers with epic beats, smooth synth sounds. She nailed it!