There's a thriving scene for historical and contemporary sea music, with festivals all over. Here in the U.S., the premiere festival is at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and last month my band Ocean Celtic was lucky enough to play there and meet many of the great sea music performers.
Was The Lone Ranger doomed by early (and correct) reports that the film is unusually violent for a PG-13 movie, especially one aimed at kids and families? And is the character of Tonto finally allowed to rise above the role of sidekick and noble savage?
Disney's big budget opus The Lone Ranger is a bit too long and a bit too uneven at times. But the high stakes project, which re-teams global superstar Johnny Depp with his Pirates of the Carribean helmer Gore Verbinski, is also undeniably fun.
Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a weightless, thoughtless, undisciplined and juvenile bore. Unlike the first picture, it gives us no characters worth caring about and no story worth following.
The latest Depp venture, "Rango," is more suitable for adult Depp fans than kiddies, but that hasn't stopped parents from dragging their offspring in for the fun. Sadly for kiddies, there is very little to get excited about.