Category Archives: Books Films, TV & Radio

Down from The Loft and virtually coming your way – the Pete Astor interview

Three weeks after our initial chat, my latest interviewee was updating me on recent developments while publicising two live shows direct from his place this weekend – in lieu of a cancelled tour – and organising online seminars and lectures … Continue reading

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Perfecting The Professionals’ approach – in conversation with Paul Cook

Paul Cook was at home in West London when I called, ‘gearing up, getting ready for the tour’. As it turned out though, The Professionals managed just three of 13 dates supporting Northern Irish punk legends Stiff Little Fingers before … Continue reading

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King Creosote / Fence Collective – Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Writer’s note: It’s almost taken me a week to get this review together, but you’ll maybe understand why. Some things are far more important. It’s been a trying seven days, the situation changing from day to day. But this might … Continue reading

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Pete Sounds and The Wah! Ahead – the Pete Wylie interview

Pete Wylie’s heart may be as big as Liverpool, but he’s a right pain in the derriere when it comes to nailing down an interview. But in this case perseverance finally paid off, with no ‘Getting Out Of It’ for … Continue reading

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From Circular Quay to Monks Road and onwards – back in touch with Dr Robert about The Blow Monkeys

While sleet, high winds and plenty of rain battered my adopted Lancashire and Spanish intruder Storm Jorge followed in the wake of his pals Brendan, Ciara and Dennis, I found Robert Howard, aka Dr Robert, at home near Granada, enjoying … Continue reading

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Here of their own free will – talking to Graham Firth about The True Deceivers

I feel I need a disclaimer when writing about a few bands I love, not least when I’ve known them so long. And in the case of two members of folk roots stalwarts The True Deceivers, I even had a … Continue reading

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Saints preserve us – talking Cornershop’s England is a Garden with Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres

Cornershop are back with a new album, England is a Garden, three decades after they left Preston bound for world domination (starting in Leicester), and 22 years since Norman Cook’s remix of ‘Brimful of Asha’ led them to their sole … Continue reading

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West on Colfax in search of Americana – the Scott Carey interview

As Scott Carey works on Watling Street Road, Preston, you could argue that his band might have taken a more Lancastrian name, perhaps linked to the Roman road leading towards Ribchester and beyond. But West on Colfax prefer to wear … Continue reading

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Talking harbour lights, wood chip and more with King Creosote – the Kenny Anderson interview

It’s been five years since King Creosote last treated us to a live accompaniment of his soundtrack to From Scotland With Love, receiving rightful acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival last time around. But now Fife-based Kenny Anderson – the … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of Giant Drag – in conversation with Annie Hardy

‘Is that the good doctor?’ There’s my opening question. Not to my interviewee though, but Dr Kiko, the London-based Italian tour-managing a quickfire UK and Dutch jaunt by cult US indie rock duo Giant Drag. He very quickly hands over … Continue reading

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