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Quick plays: SOME KIND OF RUBUS, DUSTER BENNETT

SOME KIND OF RUBUS Rubus Tellus GMR Music Fronted by singer Emil Gammeltoft (who I’ve known since running the Nazareth fanclub in the 90′s), a vocalist who has recorded with Nerved and original Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton, SKoR are a … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGEL – The Casablanca Years

Caroline International [Release date 14.09.18] Formed in Washington DC in the mid 70s, Angel were allegedly discovered playing in a nightclub by bassist Gene Simmons, and subsequently signed Kiss’ then label Casablanca. A big lush sound and the band dressed … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN GILLAN & THE JAVELINS

earMUSIC [Release date 31.08.18] 55 years on from the band’s formation, in March this year over the course of five days in a studio in Hamburg, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan joined forces with his original band the Javelins, namely … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO – Beyond The Blue Horizon

Mike Vernon - Beyond The Blue Horizon

Manhaton Records [Release date 07.09.18] Producer, songwriter and vocalist Mike Vernon’s award winning career has encompassed the birth of British blues including Clapton, Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac etc. He also worked with the younger David Bowie, Focus and soul singer … Continue reading

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Album review: MAD MAX – 35

Steamhammer/SPV [release date: 10.08.18] ‘35’ denotes the number of years that Mad Max have been together. Top marks for endurance. The melodic hard rockers formed in Munster, Germany have waited five years to follow-up 2013’s studio platter, ‘Interceptor’. Despite the … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Roads Less Travelled

MARTIN BARRE - Roads Less Travelled

Garage Records [Release date 31.08.18] You always thought with Martin Barre’s post-Tull albums that he was searching for his own niche.  ‘Away With Words’ in 2013 was a largely acoustic mish-mash of Tull covers and originals, ”Order of Play’ (2014) … Continue reading

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Album review: FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

Wire Sound Records [Release date 14.09.18] Federal Charm’s fourth album finds them with a significant line-up change featuring new singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler. Lead guitarist Paul Bowe and solid bassist LD Morawski continue to be part of … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY FESTIVAL, 9-11 August 2018

CROPREDY FESTIVAL, 9-11 August 2018

Day One: Thursday Cropredy 2018 kicks off with Fairport Convention doing a brief twenty-minute acoustic stint. We’ll be hearing a lot more from them later on in the weekend, of course, but a short opening set from the hosts has … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – I Hope You’re Happy

BLUE OCTOBER - I Hope You

Up/Down-Brando Records [Release date 17.08.18] Blue October return with their ninth album with expectations high after the excellent ‘Home’ album released in 2016.  Vocalist and main songwriter Justin Furstenfeld is in a happy place in his personal life being a proud and … Continue reading

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EP review: EPICA – Epica vs Attack On Titan

EPICA - Epica vs Attack On Titan

Nuclear Blast [Release date 20.07.18] This EP features Epica covering songs based on the Japanese anime ‘Attack On Titan’. It features four songs (along with an instrumental version of each song) originally written and composed by Revo of Linked Horizon (who is a fan of … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL (Planet Rock Stage) – Olympia, London, 9 August 2018

Broken Witt Rebels - GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL - Olympia, London, 9 August 2018

While musical entertainment has been supplied for many years at the Great British Beer Festival, it has tended to be a bit ‘end of the pier’, whether it be oompah bands or covers acts. However this year the penny finally … Continue reading

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Gig Review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 2-5 August 2018

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 2-5 August 2018

I must begin with a confession; this was my first time attending Cambridge Folk Festival and I only recognised a handful of the acts scheduled to play.  I know, I’m a folking heathen.  Especially when you consider that the festival … Continue reading

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Album review: TAS CRU – Memphis Song

Tas Cru - Memphis Song

Subcat Records [Release date 01.06.18] Tas Cru is a blues artist and an observatory story teller for whom the combination of songcraft, feel and an underlying groove are sacrosanct. He also leaves plenty of room for quirky lyrics, ironic humour … Continue reading

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Album review: DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance Remastered And Expanded

Self release [Release date 01.08.18] The fact that the Delta Ladies have re-mastered and expanded their 2016 ‘Hillbilly Trance’ album suggests they think they are on to a good thing. And they are not wrong. They have expanded their folk … Continue reading

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EP review: THE JUPITER BLUES

Facebook [Release date 01.09.18] Formed in 2017 under the moniker Jupiter Hollow, the Jupiter Blues play a mix of blues, southern rock and a little bit of soul. The band’s line-up is Dale Orenda (vocals, percussion), Chris Mitchell (lead guitar) Rick … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – High Water 1

THE MAGPIE SALUTE - High Water 1

Mascot Label Group [Release date 10.08.18] Saluting the magpie is an old English country tradition meant to ward off unsavory events or bad tidings and is, by extension, a symbolic gesture of “coming in peace”. Delving into the background of … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Live At The Blue Note

GJB Records [Release date 23.07.18] If ‘Live At The Blue Note’ evokes a Manhattan jazz club then the opening track  ‘Sherry Dee’, from Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band second live album in 2 years, quickly suggest otherwise. It’s a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN KUNDER, STONE THE CROWS (Best of)

BEN KUNDER - Better Human

BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18] Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of … Continue reading

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Album review: TURYA – Ocean

TURYA - Ocean

Turya Music [Release date 10.08.18] The debut album from Nicki Wells, aka Turya, is a thing of fragile, delicate beauty. Born and now settled in London, Turya takes her inspiration from Indian classical music, having grown from the age of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANN WILSON – Immortal

ANN WILSON - Immortal

BMG [Release date 14.09.18] One of the most gifted female rock singers of her generation, Immortal sees Heart’s Ann Wilson continue her dalliance with cover versions – a journey she began on her last solo outing Hope & Glory (2007).  … Continue reading

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