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Gig review: FISH – Craigiehill Fest, Perth, 31 August 2019

Craigie Hill Fest is held annually in the carpark of Craigiehill Golf Course on the outskirts of Perth. I must say it hadn’t featured on my gig radar prior to this year and they have an eclectic mix of musical styles on throughout … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN McCAFFERTY – Last Testament

DAN McCAFFERTY - Last Testament

Ear Music/Edel [Release date 18.10.19] After Dan’s retirement from Nazareth, the legendary Scottish hard rockers he’d co-founded in the late 60s, due to ill health, I really wasn’t sure if this would ever happen. Dan had fronted a band with … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN GILLAN with The DON AIREY BAND and ORCHESTRA – Contractual Obligation #3 Live In St Petersburg

IAN GILLAN with The DON AIREY BAND and ORCHESTRA - Contractual Obligation #3 Live In St Petersburg

Edel/Ear Music [Release date 26.07.19] Singer Ian Gillan, best known for fronting rock legends Deep Purple, took this solo project on the road during a break in the Purple schedule, and recorded some live sets in November 2016. Featuring a … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – Slip Of The Tongue

WHITESNAKE - Slip Of The Tongue

Rhino (2LP) [Release date 04.10.19] After the success (and continued line-up shake-ups) of 1987’s Whitesnake album, which when eight times Platinum in the US alone, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale took the band’s look and direction a stage further … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONEDEAF FESTIVAL – Newark Showground, 24 August 2019

Stonedeaf - 24 August 2019

Bank holiday weekends have their good and bad points. On the good side you get a long weekend to do whatever takes your fancy, hopefully in fantastic weather and with great musical accompaniment. On the bad side however,  you get … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND – Brighter Days

Robert Randolph - Brighter Days

This interview with Robert Randolph was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 1 September 2019.  Robert discusses the new album with Pete Feenstra (32:23) Provogue Records   [Release date: 23.08.2019] Robert Randolph is a man on a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ROBERT TEPPER, JEREMY IVEY, INTO THE UNKNOWN

ROBERT TEPPER - Better Than The Rest

ROBERT TEPPER Better Than The Rest AOR Heaven [Release date 27.09.19] Robert Tepper is best known for his song ‘No Easy Way Out’, which was the theme to ‘Rocky IV’ and has been subsequently released in various dance remix guises, … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE FAIRIES ON MY ROOF FESTIVAL – Papa Groove, Le Puridier (Rouffignac), SW France, 31 August 2019

Fairies On My Roof

Somewhere along the way the true spirit of Woodstock almost got lost in the corporate shuffle and the passing of 50 years. But on a magical day in deepest Dordogne in South West France, the Des Fées Sur Mon Toit … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKRAIN – Dying Breed

BLACKRAIN - Dying Breed

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date 13.09.19] “Dying Breed” is the sixth album from French band Blackrain, and really is an album of two parts for me. The first five songs are sleazy rock that, although it lacks that Scandinavian feel it can … Continue reading

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Album review: FAITHSEDGE – Bleed For Passion

FAITHSEDGE - Bleed For Passion

Scarlet Records [Release date 26.07.19] ”Bleed For Passion” is the new album from Faithsedge, the band comprising of former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso, Timothy Gaines (formerly of Stryper) on bass, drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley/Mr Big) and vocalist Giancarlo … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FLUFFY JACKETS – Something From Nothing

THE FLUFFY JACKETS - Something From Nothing

Cargo Records [Release date 16.08.19] Second album from this bluesy melodic rock group, and it follows on nicely from their debut, the acclaimed ‘Fighting Demons’. Again featuring guitarist Manny Charlton (also dobro, best known as a founder member and chief … Continue reading

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Gig review: DANNY VAUGHN – Eleven, Stoke, 29 August 2019

Eleven has been going a couple of years now and although it is a converted warehouse, it has that rock club/gig venue vibe that suggests it has been here a lot longer. Excellent sound on the night too, plus a … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL – Escot Park, Devon, 16-18 August 2019

Beautiful Days festival, in it’s 17th year, is held in the grounds of Escot Park in Devon and is a festival I’ve attended every year since 2011, with good reason.  Founded by punk folk rockers, Levellers, they always offer a high calibre line-up.  A smorgasbord … Continue reading

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Album Review: DIANA REIN – Queen Of My Castle

Diana Rein - Queen Of My Castle

Gulf Coast Records   [Release date: 21.06.2019] Diana Rein’s 3rd album, ‘Queen Of My Castle’ is easily her best album so far. Together with her kick-ass band which is driven relentlessly by her drummer/producer/writer Michael Leasure, she’s pushed out of … Continue reading

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Album review: ROXY BLUE – Roxy Blue

ROXY BLUE - Roxy Blue

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Coming a mere 25 years since their debut album (“Want Some”), Roxy Blue are back with a brand new album, very good it is too, and with the exception of guitarist Jeffrey Wade Caughron, the band … Continue reading

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Backstage Hero: RICK PALIN

Rick Palin runs Skyfire Promotions and is organising another Cancer On The Rocks festival later this year on the 23 and 24 November at the Bush Hall, London. He gives us the lowdown on Cancer On The Rocks, why Gene … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MEMBERS – Version

THE MEMBERS - Version

Cleopatra Records [Release date 16.08.19] I can’t say I know a lot about punk rock mavericks The Members, beyond a vague recollection of their 1979 hit single ‘The Sound Of The Suburbs’, my allegiances back in the 1970′s being firmly … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Backbone

earMusic [Release date 06.09.19] On the release day of this album I will be avoiding social media at all costs. The luddites and trolls will be out in force to decry this album as a travesty and a slur on the Quo legacy, produced, … Continue reading

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Gig review: RUNRIG – The Last Dance DVD World Premiere – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow – 17 August 2019

Exactly one year ago to the day I and around 25,000 other Runrig fans descended on the City Park in my home town of Stirling to witness the band’s final show. After 45 years the guys had decided that retirement beckoned but not without one last … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Road Chronicles: Live!

Supersonic Blues Machine - Road Chronicles: Live!

Provogue [Release date 12.07.19] Supersonic Blues Machine ‘Road Chronicles: Live!’, is snapshot of an evolving band on one night at the end of a 10 date European run of dates, rather than the culmination of a lengthy tour as in … Continue reading

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