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reviews Looking Both Ways by George Papavgeris

YOU must know George Papavgeris. He regularly appears at festivals, is often found performing his 'guy-in-the-street' songs accompanied by a Greek-flavoured guitar in more intimate venues. On this latest in a series of steadily improving releases, he is joined by Paul Sartin and label-mates Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, amongst others, adding depth and colour to his sometimes starkly monochromatic stories, such as Rejection and Thieves of Innocence, a moving tale of an African child soldier.

His songs are mostly about life observations and, while he notices joy and sadness in mundane matters like HandMeDowns, dull he isn't. Fittingly, the album ends with a tribute to his friend, the late Johnny Collins, in a sing-along celebration The Last Song, and as all fans of Collins will know, "there's nothing sadder than singing alone".