Monthly Archives: October 2017

Gig review: WISHBONE ASH/Steve Hill – Islington Academy, London, 19 October 2017

WISHBONE ASH - Islington Academy, London, 19 October 2017

A new chapter has begun in Wishbone Ash’s long and distinguished history, with master guitarist Andy Powell accompanied by a new partner in Yorkshireman Mark Abrahams,  following Muddy Manninen’s departure after twelve years. They remain one of the hardest working … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIHILATOR – For The Demented

[Release date 03.11.17] Annihilator’s brief rise to fame in the late 80’s early 90’s was one that helped propel heavier music into the mainstream along with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, and many others. With a hyper aggressive aproach to … Continue reading

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Gig review: GRAINNE DUFFY – Nell’s Jazz & Blues, 19 October 2017

GRAINNE DUFFY - Nell’s Jazz & Blues, 19 October 2017

Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, Grainne Duffy, has been receiving plenty of plaudits since her debut album ‘Out Of The Dark’ was released back in 2007. She has tended to be labelled a blues artist and, not having seen her before … Continue reading

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Album review: THOMAS LANG – Scallywag Jaz (2 disc expanded edition)

THOMAS LANG - Scallywag Jaz

SFE/Cherry Red [Release date 10.11.17] As we learn from the informative liner notes Tom T. Jones made his first demos in a studio in Birkenhead (Lily Savage’s spiritual home) before returning to his day job as a British Rail joiner.  … Continue reading

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Album review: EUROPE – Walk The Earth

EUROPE - Walk The Earth

Hell & Back Recordings [Release date 20.10.17] Europe returned to our shores, and our record racks, in 2005 on the back of an excellent comeback album.  During the last decade they’ve consolidated their revival with a succession of generally well-received … Continue reading

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Gig review: JARROD DICKENSON – St Pancras Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

JARROD DICKENSON - Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

Win a vinyl copy of Jarrod Dickenson’s new album!  Listen in to the singer songwriter sequence on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Mon-Fri, 14:00- 16:00 GMT) until Wednesday 25 October.  ‘Ready The Horses’ is the Featured Album. Set to the … Continue reading

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Album review: BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17] Bigfoot are a five piece hailing from Wigan, not the natural home of the Bigfoot beast but one that houses this band who have a penchant for classy hard rock. The line-up consists of vocalist Anthony Ellis, guitarists … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (September 2017 – November 2017)

The Best of 2017

Albums of the Month September 2017 BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION BCCIV (Mascot) “…a set of tunes that rock up, for my money, a significant cut above ‘Afterglow’ and stand shoulder to shoulder with anything on the band’s first two albums.…This is … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

You could argue that Wishbone Ash founder member Martin Turner has overstayed the classic album concept with regular live renditions of their 1972 classic ‘Argus’ over the past decade.  Yet his band’s performance of the album at Ramblin Man Fair … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

Provogue [Release date 20.10.17] The all star Supersonic Blues Machine’s second album ‘Californisoul’ isn’t so much a concept as a feel and attitude, as revealed by the album title. It’s all there in the sparkling interplay on a subtle melange … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM BYRNES, INTASTELLA, THE JAMIE PORTER BAND, BILL FEEHELY

JIM BYRNES - Long Hot Summer Days

JIM BYRNES Long Hot Summer Days Black Hen Music [Release date 27.10.17] Sixty nine year old, multiple Canadian Juno and Maple Blues Awards winner, Jim Byrnes turns the clock back to his St Louis high school days for inspiration on … Continue reading

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Gig review: NAZARETH – 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

When their seventies hit making days in the UK ended, Nazareth seemed to concentrate on less fickle foreign markets, and opportunities for more recent fans like me to see them in the UK seemed few and far between. Yet in … Continue reading

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Gig review: SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

It’s take some gumption to start a new band when celebrating the 50th anniversary of your pro career, but then Stevie Smith, the former Bad Manners, Ruthless Blues, Salt and Long John Baldry harp player, is no ordinary performer, and … Continue reading

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Album review: TYKETTO – Live From Milan 2017

TYKETTO - Live From Milan 2017

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17] A novel idea here as Tyketto play their classic ‘Don’t Come Easy’ album in its entirety but back to front! The current line-up still has two original members in vocalist Danny Vaughn and drummer Michael Clayton … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PILGRIMS’ WAY, RICHARD THOMPSON

PILGRIMS

PILGRIMS’ WAY Stand & Deliver [Release date 20.10.1] Pilgrims’ Way are a four piece folk band, although they take folk as their starting point and add in pop, West End showmanship and more into their musical pot. This album as … Continue reading

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Album review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Inside Out [Release date 03.11.17] This release is a collection of concert performances culled from Kansas’s ‘Leftoverture’ 40th anniversary tour and it comes either as double CD or a 4-LP vinyl box. The band asked back producer Jeff Glixman, who … Continue reading

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Album review: LOUISE STEEL – Heartstorm

LOUISE STEEL - Heartstorm

Louise Steel Music Louise Steel is a singer/songwriter from Leicester and she is joined by Andrew Dunmore, who played keyboards and wrote/co-wrote much of the music on the album, along with Louise. For a self-release it is very professional, from the CD … Continue reading

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Gig review: VOODOO SIX – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 29 September 2017

VOODOO SIX – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 29 September 2017

Skam were just finishing up their set with a dirty, full blooded version of ‘War Pigs’ as I entered the venue and wished I’d been around for a bit more. Next time maybe. The Leicester power three-piece seemed to go … Continue reading

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Gig review: W.A.S.P. – White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

WASP - White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

Loud, brash, obnoxious, Blackie Lawless’s LA metal outfit W.A.S.P. burst on to the scene in the early 80s and were never far from controversy. Over time, however, the band evolved and their output started showing signs of growing maturity. To … Continue reading

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Album review: KAIPA – Children Of The Sounds

KAIPA – Children Of The Sounds

Inside Out [Release date 22.09.17] According to Cambridge Online Dictionary, inspiration is defined as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. The artists of the ancient world believed that their abilities came from the Gods and prayed … Continue reading

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