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...

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...

March 20, 2019

Do you think listening to music should be enjoyable? Do you prefer your music to be challenging? Do you think music can be both?

I listen to all sorts of music, but, at heart, I’m an unashamedly ‘3-minute pop song’ kind of guy. Give me a classic Holland-Dozier-Holland...

March 2, 2019

Imagine, if you will, that instead of a boring old Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where cutting edge acts like Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Dire Straits are welcomed as inductees after years of faithful service to perms, headbands and pursuing  (and often marrying) a super-mode...

January 5, 2019

As music fans, we’re all well acquainted with the concept of the break-up album. Shattered relationships can be rich pickings for musicians and often the artist’s angst can be the listener’s gain. Your own favourite might come from Fleetwood Mac or Abba, Bruce Springst...

It’s a dry, cold, early December night on Newcastle’s legendary quayside. Nestled low between the high-level bridge and the swing bridge sits the Riverside, where tonight we’re going to experience a small slice of Spanish sunshine.

Inside the venue the stage backdrop...

October 30, 2018

The last three years in the life of Brian Christinzio have been surreal to say the least. A few short days after the release of his 2015 album 'How to Die in the North', Brian, originally from New Jersey but living in Manchester, learned that he was to be deported. In...

October 22, 2018

My instrumental album listening days go back a long way. Almost 40 years in fact. Back to the day when I handed over some pocket money to my Mam and asked her to order Jean Michel Jarre’s 'Equinoxe' from her Grattan’s catalogue. It was one of my first albums, nestled i...

September 22, 2018

I have to confess, I’m not much of a linguist. My French doesn’t extend much further than three words (chien, voiture and maison) and my German, which I studied (without any great success) at school, has never been any better than passable. 

The history of ‘foreign la...

September 2, 2018

When I was a boy, and I’m probably going to give my age away here, there were only two Welsh singers: Tom (big bloke, big nose, big voice, medallion) and Shirley (classy, sassy, like a cultured foghorn with perfect enunciation). Now Sir and Dame respectively. I was wro...

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