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Quick plays: BRUCE COCKBURN, A BLUE FLAME, MORNING STAR

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone True North Records [Release date 15.09.17] Sounds like a name I ought to know, but maybe I’m thinking about ‘Rooster’.  But, in reality, Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn sounds more like a cross between Mark … Continue reading

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Album review: AUSTIN GOLD – Before Dark Clouds

AUSTIN GOLD - Before Dark Clouds

Jigsaw [Release date 01.09.17] One of a growing new generation of blues rockers, five piece rock blues outfit Austin Gold, from Cambridgeshire, have been attracting plaudits and growing a fervent following playing festivals and smaller gigs all across the UK. … Continue reading

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Album review: CIARA SIDINE – Unbroken Line

CIARA SIDINE - Unbroken Line

[Release date 06.10.17] The follow up to Dublin-based singer songwriter Ciara Sidine’s excellent debut Shadow Road Shining (2011) has been a while coming. Unbroken Line follows the same pattern in featuring a self-written set, with the exception of a haunting … Continue reading

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Gig review: HUE AND CRY Album Launch – PRS Building, King’s Cross, London, 3 August 2017

HUE & CRY Album Launch - PRS Building, King

Kicking the night off in great humour, Pat Kane informs his attentive audience that tonight we are to be locked in a room 8 floors above the ground for a 20 minute jazz odyssey. Luckily this was a joke. Instead, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MORRISSEY & MARSHALL, THE WARNING, MISE EN SCENE

MORRISSEY & MARSHALL - We Rise

MORRISSEY & MARSHALL We Rise Mass Market Recordings [Release date 11.08.17] The second album from London based, Dublin duo Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall, is as big a slab of classic pop/rock as you’ll hear this year. With Marshall sporting … Continue reading

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Album review: HER – Revolution

HER- Revolution

India [Release date 03.06.16] The expectation from the cover art of Revolution – the latest release from native New Yorker Monique Staffile (HER) – blonde ponytails and face half covered by a stars and stripes cowboy bandana dusk mask – … Continue reading

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Album review: D2UR – Tic Toc

D2UR - Tic Toc

[Release date 01.07.17] D2UR (pronounced Detour, really?) are a no-nonsense Canadian band built around the partnership of Mike and Diane Isbister.  He plays guitars, she sings. Starting out as a covers band, their debut release Rev U Up (2013) was … Continue reading

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Album review: BRIAN TARQUIN – Band Of Brothers/Orlando In Heaven

BRIAN TARQUIN - Band Of Brothers

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 25.08.17] Brian Tarquin is a fixer, talented guitarist, producer and general good egg.  A bit like label-mate Billy Sherwood he coordinates a number of artists for various projects usually with a guitar theme.  In the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: GIZMODROME (Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma)

GIZMODROME

earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] What do high profile musicians do when they’ve experienced sustained success and are staring at the twilight zone?  Gizmodrome.  That’s what.  Spearheaded by one-time Police alumni Stewart Copeland who has co-opted PFM progster Vittorio Cosma, Adrian … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017 (Part Two)

British Lion - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017

Mud and music – what more can a hardened rock fan ask for?  Sunshine? Well it was in short supply again today.  Cars had been marooned in the muddy field but it wasn’t going to deter the faithful… The Texas … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28-29 July 2017 (Part One)

Trucker Diablo - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28 July 2017

The annual pilgrimage climbing the mountain in the valleys of South Wales seems to have come around far quicker this year than any other, and the reliable Welsh weather played a major part in some issues regarding camping and parking.  … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROW BLACK CHICKEN – Robin 2, Bilston, 3 July 2017

CROW BLACK CHICKEN - Robin 2, Bilston, 3 July 2017

So a trip to the Robin 2 on a Monday night must mean something a bit special and indeed it is as Crow Black Chicken are making a welcome return during their current tour. A band who we first caught … Continue reading

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Album review: PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

Market Square [Release date 25.08.17] Website 1967: one notably exotic, if delicate, bloom amidst the flower power trademarking the nascent psych-pop scene of London’s Summer of Love was the enigmatic Nirvana. The loose-limbed, multinational collective’s debut was the launch release … Continue reading

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Gig review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – The Tivoli, Buckley, 30 July 2017

GRAHAM BONNET BAND - The Tivoli, Buckley, 30 July 2017

The secret of survival as a rock septuagenarian is to get a damn good band around you. Visually and musically Graham Bonnet’s band breathed life into some classy rock tunes and responded in kind to their leader’s sense of fun. … Continue reading

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Album review: EXTREMES – CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)

EXTREMES - CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 30.06.17] Ah, those heady early 1970s.  Flower power, the permissive society, long hair and … dangly bits.  There are a lot of them on show in this fascinating social snapshot. Heady times indeed.  “Extremes” was a … Continue reading

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Album review: MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS – We Came Here To Work

MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS - We Came Here To Work

Good Deeds Records [Release date 09.09.17] I can’t say that I’m overly ‘au fait’ with The Wonder Stuff.  They’ve always struck me as one of those ‘almost’ bands with a small but fanatical fan base, who – despite a number … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SPIRITUAL MACHINES – Awake, Alert, Alive, almost

THE SPIRITUAL MACHINES - Awake, Alert, Alive, almost

Would Work Sound [Release date 14.02.17] Sometimes reviewers can get lost underneath a sea of review copies waiting to be sorted, waiting for evaluation.  They seek refuge in other music eras, rediscovering their lost youth, whilst avoiding the present.  Anything … Continue reading

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Gig review: STANLEY CLARKE BAND – Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

STANLEY CLARKE BAND - Manchester Gorilla, 18 July 2017

Stanley Clarke chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio ahead of his UK tour dates.  This hour special looks at his career, with tracks from the 1970s to the present. First broadcast on 16 July 2017. (Listeners in the USA … Continue reading

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Album review: ELEANOR McEVOY – The Thomas Moore Project

ELEANOR McEVOY - The Thomas Moore Project

MOSCODISC [Release date o4.08.17] First the history lesson – Thomas Moore was an 18/19th century Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer.  Once celebrated, but largely overlooked today, Eleanor McEvoy looks to put that right by taking some of his best … Continue reading

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News: JUDIE TZUKE – new album, tour, exclusive radio play (July 2017)

JUDIE TZUKE - The Lowry, Salford, 10 May 2015

Singer songwriter Judie Tzuke releases a new album – ‘Peace Has Broken Out’ – in September, ahead of a series of UK tour dates. On Sunday 16 July at 22:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio there’ll be a … Continue reading

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