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Album review: AYREON – The Source

Ayreon - The Source

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] It’s 12 years since Ayreon’s first album ‘The Final Experiment’ and the key elements of a conceptual sci-fi story with prog rock underpinnings remain at the heart of the new album ‘The Source.’ It’s … Continue reading

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Album review: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

Provogue [Release date 24.03.17] Best known as Buddy Guy’s protégé, 17 year old Quinn Sullivan’s third album ‘Midnight Highway’ takes a major step up in carving out his own niche in the crossover blues rock-world He’s got the chops, he’s … Continue reading

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Book review: MARTIN HANNETT – His Equipment And Strawberry Studios by Chris Hewitt

MARTIN HANNETT – His Equipment And Strawberry Studios by Chris Hewitt

Dandelion Records & Books [Publication date 07.04.17] Given the fact that the author Chris Hewitt has already released the exhaustive DVD ‘Martin Hannett – He Wasn’t Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division’ and the book ‘The Pleasures Of The … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Album Showcase, Ain’t Nothing But The Blues, London, 10 April 2017

ERJA LYYTINEN  - Album Showcase,  Ain

The intimate surrounding for Erja Lyytinen’s ‘Stolen Hearts’ album showcase is well suited to an award winning artist who this afternoon willingly shares the rudiments of her creative process with the assembled members of the press and guest musicians. She’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: BROKEN WITT REBELS/BAD TOUCH – The Borderline, London, 8 April 2017

BROKEN WITT REBELS - The Borderline, London, 8 April 2017

While the ‘Roadstars’ strapline may be a tad presumptuous for two bands who are still learning their craft, there’s no denying the capacity crowd’s enthusiasm for a double bill aimed at two related, but slightly different markets. Norwich’s Bad Touch … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAY RUSSELL 70TH BIRTHDAY SHOW – 606 Club, London, 03 April 2017

RAY RUSSELL 70TH BIRTHDAY SHOW – 606 Club, London, 03 April 2017

Ray Russell’s 70th birthday bash is a reminder of a bygone era when creativity, improvisation and inspiration met musical virtuosity full on, in an unfettered fashion. Tonight might be Ray’s milestone birthday, but there’s not a slack musical moment in … Continue reading

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Gig review: JFK BLUE – Old Finchleians, London, 26 March 2017

JFK BLUE – Old Finchleians, London, 26 March 2017

JFK Blue is a new band on the rock/blues circuit and tonight they take a step up by opening for the Stevie Nimmo Trio at the new ‘Spirit of the Torrington’ club at the Old Finchleians, Finchley. They immediately remind … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBERT HAMMOND – In Symphony

ALBERT HAMMOND – In Symphony

BMG Rights Management [Release date 16.06.17] Albert Hammond’s ‘In Symphony’ is an impressive reminder of the durability of orchestral pop. It’s a glance back to the late 60′s, when seamlessly orchestrated melodic pop was given precedence by the likes of … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALBERT HAMMOND Album Launch Party – Regent Street Cinema, London, 29 March 2017

ALBERT HAMMOND Album Launch Party – Regent Street Cinema, London, 29 March 2017

The swish surrounding for the official launch of Albert Hammond (OBE)’s new ‘In Symphony’ orchestral album is everything you might expect for a singer songwriter who has enjoyed 30 chart-topping hits in various pop, r&b, country, adult contemporary and Latin … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE + THE MECHANICS Album Launch Party – The Imperial, London, 28 March 2017

MIKE + THE MECHANICS Album Launch Party – The Imperial, London, 28 March 2017

What are we to make of this Mike + The Mechanics album launch party on the back of a nearly completed UK tour and a recent high profile Royal Albert Hall date? The answer is probably that the band wish … Continue reading

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Album review: TROY REDFERN – Dirt Blues Ritual

TROY REDFERN – Dirt Blues Ritual

RED7 Records [Release date 27.02.17] What’s the significance of an album title? In Troy Redfern’s hands a ‘Dirt Blues Ritual’ might be interpreted as an artistic way of life for a contemporary bluesman with a penchant for musical landscapes that … Continue reading

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Album review: ELIZA NEALS – 10,000 Feet Below

ELIZA NEALS – 10,000 Feet Below

E-H Records LLC [Release date 17.02.17] Eliza Neals’ brand of rock-blues shifts from hard edged noir narratives to emotive,  heartfelt and spontaneous moments that you might call blues expressionism. It’s an album full of hard hitting colourful lyrics, unique phrasing … Continue reading

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Album review: JETHRO TULL – The String Quartets (Ian Anderson)

JETHRO TULL - The String Quartets

Pete Feenstra chatted to Ian Anderson for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and played tracks from the new album.  First broadcast 12 March 2017. BMG Rights Management [Release date 24.03.17] ‘Jethro Tull: The String Quartets’ is … Continue reading

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Album review: CATFISH – Broken Man

Catfish - Broken Man

CD Baby [Release date 29.01.17] Catfish’s ‘Broken Man’ is a good example of the high standard of contemporary British blues-rock. Their 10 track album features 9 impressive self penned tracks, shot through with enough feel and spark to satisfy all … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE HURRICANE – Same Sun Same Moon

Little Hurricanes - Same Sun Same Moon

Mascot [Release date 14.04.17] Little Hurricane feature Anthony ‘Tone’ Catalano on guitar and vocals and Celeste ‘CC’ Spina on drums. ‘Same Sun, Same Moon’ is a contemporary take on “dirty blues” (think The White Stripes meets The Black Keys),  but the … Continue reading

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Album review: ADAM ECKERLSEY BAND – The Second Album

Adam Eckersley Band - The Second Album

Universal Australia [Release date 15.08.15] Although released some 18 months ago, this album seems to be getting a more belated push in Europe. The Adam Eckersley Band infuse harmony laden country rock with a southern rock feel in well crafted … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Live At The Tuesday Night Music Club

The Sharpeez - Live

Self release [Release date 24.03.17] There’s something reassuring about The Sharpeez brand of retro rhythm & blues that steadfastly refuses to be cowered the industry re-branding of the term r&b. From the band’s high energy, rhythm guitar driven approach, the … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL KATON – Ror’ Outta Hell

MICHAEL KATON – Ror

Michael Katon chatted to Pete Feenstra about the album ‘Ror’ Outta Hell’ for “The Pete Feenstra Feature”, first broadcast by Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 26 February More information Sunhair Music [Release date 06.02.17] ‘Ror’ Outta Hell’  is Michael … Continue reading

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Album review: KRISSY MATTHEWS – Live At Freak Valley

KRISSY MATTHEWS – Live At Freak Valley

Proper [Release date 14.04.17] Krissy Mathews lives or dies by the first take and his road tested band do him proud on an album full of tight interplay, scorching solos, raw aggression and a magnificent unexpected finish. He makes up … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – Middle Of The Road

ERIC GALES – Middle Of The Road

Provogue [Release date 24.02.17] Eric Gales is a former child protégé and post Hendrix disciple who isn’t so much enjoying a comeback as pouring his big toned licks and life experiences into meaningful songs. ‘Middle Of The Road’ isn’t the … Continue reading

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