Category Archives: Books Films, TV & Radio

Going back to my roots – talking an crann and more with The Undertones’ Damian O’Neill

Getting on for 45 years since The Undertones recorded debut single ‘Teenage Kicks’ at Belfast’s Wizard Studios, there’s still plenty of love out there for the band and its members, as seen in recent acclaim from critics and fans alike … Continue reading

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WriteWyattUK’s quotes review of 2022, part two – July to December

July Chris Hewitt on Jeremy Beadle involving him in 1972’s Bickershaw Festival, ultimately setting him on his career path:“Jeremy was targeting all the colleges and universities, contacting social secretaries, saying you can have free admission if you help work on … Continue reading

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WriteWyattUK’s quotes review of 2022, part one – January to June

January Vinny Peculiar celebrating his 14th solo LP Artists Only, and a magpie’s approach to songwriting: “Those chords have been used by everyone. But you get to a certain point in life when you think, well, everyone’s used them, so … Continue reading

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Waiting for the family to arrive – back in touch with Don Powell

If it’s Christmas, it must be time for another chat with a member of glam-rock legends Slade. And it seems that drumming colossus Don Powell has had another happening year. While the credits on 1973 classic ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ read … Continue reading

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Taking the Westway to the sea with Graham Jones – talking Haircut One Hundred, Boys Wonder, and more

Haircut One Hundred are back, celebrating their 40th anniversary with a live show and special edition of Pelican West, the debut LP that saw them on their way all those years ago. And that was all I needed by way … Continue reading

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Missing You – a tribute to Terry Hall and Iain ‘Tempo’ Templeton

“Love, there was so much love, enough to last a hundred years. Laughs, we had so many laughs, how come they turned into tears?” I wasn’t sure it was common knowledge when I got the sad message from Iain ‘Tempo’ … Continue reading

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A Christmas gift for you from Swansea Sound – back in touch with Rob Pursey

This time last year, Swansea Sound were reflecting on a happening few months, this indie-pop supergroup of sorts, founded remotely mid-lockdown, not even having met in person until their late August 2021 debut at Lancashire’s Preston Pop Fest, yet soon … Continue reading

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Blancmange / Alice Hubble – Lancaster, Kanteena

Admittedly, I should have got this review together a while back … but sometimes life gets in the way. Instead, consider this as much a heads-up to two of my long-playing highlights of 2022, each deserving proper recognition. Besides, with … Continue reading

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Still walking in the sunshine – celebrating five decades of Bad Manners with Buster Bloodvessel

Ska legends Bad Manners are out and about again this month, veteran vocalist Buster Bloodvessel and his band bringing their stage prowess and hits catalogue to 27 UK venues, allowing himself just five nights off before New Year’s Day’s Glasgow … Continue reading

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First-class return to Holly Head, and beyond – the Kate Rusby interview

After a successful 2022 on the back of her most recent LP, 30: Happy Returns, Kate Rusby is rounding off the year with her latest festive tour, hailed as the start of Christmas for many. The ‘Barnsley Nightingale’ will be entertaining audiences … Continue reading

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