July 30, 2020

Music used to play a central role in our lives and “records” (as we always called them) sold in their millions. Artists become hugely rich and fantastically successful, often with the support of an army of agents, pluggers and record company big-wigs to help promote wi...

July 21, 2020

On October 30th 2020, Hector Gannet releases his debut album, 'Big Harcar' on GUGA Records. Though the artist has played beyond his native North East, it's here that he has found a level of local renown that will undoubtedly develop into national recognition once the a...

January 6, 2020

Tom Robinson is a genuine trailblazer. Across five decades Tom has spoken up for causes and beliefs that have won him countless friends and admirers. Fighting and singing for justice and fairness wherever he saw injustice and unfairness. More recently, Tom has become a...

December 17, 2019

Something I need to own up to before we start. I don't possess the patience to read fiction. I read factual books to discover more about things I think I already know, and I dip into them rather than read from cover to cover. I sort of need to know the ending before I...

September 3, 2019

My dear old Dad was a bit of a dab hand with a saw in his day. Many is the time, fresh from ripping through a length of lamb’s tongue or ogee, that he would sit himself down on the toolbox he made as an apprentice, clamp his saw beneath his knees, and coax forth otherw...

July 1, 2019

It used to be the place where musical tastes clashed, where two tribes went to war. In 1964 The Mods (into bands like The Who and Small Faces whose music was rooted in blues) and The Rockers (into artists like Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent who played 1950s rock and ro...

June 18, 2019

Baltimore based indie singer/songwriter Cara Beth Satalino releases her second album, 'Gazing Globe', on the reliable Western Vinyl label, on June 28th.

Musically, it's quite a diverse sounding record, though at its core it's guitar driven, Americana/indie/rock and wo...

May 26, 2019


When you're a fan of an artist, or band, it's often interesting to ponder who were the artists or bands that influenced them. Israel Nash composes and performs music that does not sound out of place in modern times, but that certainly harks back to the 60's and 70's....

May 13, 2019

When the three founders of Jambinai decided to, “communicate with the ordinary person who doesn't listen to Korean traditional music,” few outsiders anticipated an extra-ordinary fusion with metal, post-rock and noise. “Most people expect Asian traditional music to mak...

April 24, 2019

When I was 14, music was pretty much everything. Like most teenagers at the time I was bowled over by the energy of punk and its aftermath but unusually, and this has remained the case ever since, I never saw much point in shutting myself off to other musical experienc...

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