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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

Provogue [Release date 18.05.18] ‘British Blues Explosion Live’ is the latest conceptual vehicle for the prodigiously talented Joe Bonamassa and his constant search for a meaningful context with which to keep the blues alive. Playing to a seated outdoor crowd … Continue reading

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EP review: BLACK CAT BONES – Down To The River

Black Cat Bones - Down To The River

Black Cat Bones [Release date 29.09.17] Not to be confused with the band that gave the world Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke from Free, this hard rocking quintet hail from Liverpool and deal with blues tinged hard rock. Fronted by … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Cavern Club, Liverpool, 27 June 2016

The Best of 2016

Photo: David Munn I remember seeing Joe Bonamassa back in 2006 at the ‘Pacific Road’, a small venue in Birkenhead, England, and I recall thinking at the time, and I know it’s a cliche, but ‘greatness beckons here’. He absolutely … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN BARRE BAND – Lomax, Liverpool, 6 September 2014

Martin Barre Band - Liverpool, 6 September 2014

On Sunday 28 September, on the eve of the release of ‘Order Of Play’, you can hear Martin Barre chatting about his favourite tracks.  In the second hour of a two-hour special, we’ll be playing some Martin Barre highlights: with … Continue reading

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Gig review: EAGLES – Liverpool Echo Arena, 26 June 2014

Eagles - Liverpool Echo Arena, 26 June 2014

The Eagles are one of those bands I thought the opportunity to see might have passed.  But the lure of the mighty $ has kept the band on the road, some might argue, well past their ‘best before’. Certainly some … Continue reading

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Gig review: PANIC ROOM – The Zanzibar, Liverpool, 12 June 2014

Panic Room - The Zanzibar, Liverpool, 12 June 2014

Remarkably, it’s been more than four years since I last caught up with Panic Room – at the Limelight in Crewe promoting their then newly released debut Visionary Position – at Christmas 2008, to be precise. Plenty of water has … Continue reading

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Gig review: RICK WAKEMAN – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

Rick Wakeman - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

Rick Wakeman is perhaps better known these days for being a “Grumpy Old Man” and a tetchy consumer champion via his appearances on BBC’s ‘Watchdog’. But back in the day, with his flowing cape and musical theatrics, he defined progressive … Continue reading

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Gig review: IAN ANDERSON – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 2 May 2014

Ian Anderson, photo by Martin Webb

It amazes me how, generally, the reaction to Ian Anderson’s latest opus is warm, and welcoming.  There seems to be a lack of critical faculty in some quarters.  Perhaps,  in my case, I’m just too old to rock ‘n’ roll.  … Continue reading

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Album review: CAST – reissues (All Change, Mother Nature Calls, Magic Hour, Beetroot)

Cast - All Change

Edsel Records [Release date 03.02.14] Cast embarked on their traditional low-key pre-Christmas dates in 2013 and celebrated their 20th anniversary with a new album ‘Troubled Times’.  With their first four albums now expanded to deluxe editions, the time is perhaps … Continue reading

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Gig review: KT TUNSTALL – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 16 November 2013

KT Tunstall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 16 November 2013

It’s probably fair to say that the albums since 2004′s award-winning ‘Eye To The Telescope’ may have progressively alienated those who loved its breezy, folky – and highly accessible – pop. Since that time KT Tunstall has released four more … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEVE HACKETT – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 29 October 2013

Steve Hackett - Liverpool, 29 October 2013

Perhaps because he’s never been the archetypal flashy rock guitarist, and perhaps because he’s largely plied his solo career away from the spotlight, Steve Hackett’s almost become  the ‘forgotten man’ from the classic 1971 to 1977 Genesis line up.  Until … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE SATRIANI – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 11 June 2013

Joe Satriani - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 11 June 2013

Up in the circle of the ornate Philharmonic Hall there was a distinct whiff of charity shop.  This was a slightly bizarre change from  the whiff of bowel disorder that one often encounters at gigs where the audience is of a certain … Continue reading

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Gig review: THEA GILMORE, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 10 May 2013

Thea Gilmore - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 10 May 2013

This promotional gig for Thea’s excellent new album Regardless, complete with supporting string quartet, proved at least one thing – there’s no finer British vocalist/singer songwriter on the scene at present. Finding local ‘talent’ to open the set – a … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED – O2 Academy,Liverpool,13 March 2013

Dan Reed - Liverpool, 13 March 2013

What’s not to like about Dan Reed?  Great songs, warmth, and a humility sometimes lacking in other performers.  We first caught Dan’s quiet UK renaissance back in 2009 when he took his acoustic guitar around smaller venues, always connecting with … Continue reading

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