Category Archives: Books Films, TV & Radio

Glenn Tilbrook / Charlie Austen – Clitheroe, The Grand

With the A59 submerged in places that afternoon, there was a worry that we might not even reach Clitheroe on Saturday night. But if Glenn Tilbrook could get across from a Newcastle Opera House date with Wilko Johnson in that … Continue reading

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Fisherman’s Friends / Sunderland Crew – Morecambe, The Platform

There was a storm brewing in the Irish Sea last Friday as we parked on the blustery prom at Morecambe and headed across the road from the Midland Hotel to The Platform. It was the sort of night you thank … Continue reading

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Further strings to the bow – back in touch with Gretchen Peters

It seems that she’s hardly been back in Nashville a few weeks, but American singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters is set to return to the UK – her ‘second home’ – next month for a rather special, potentially one-off tour. This time, … Continue reading

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Sailing at Eight Bells with Fisherman’s Friends – in conversation with Jeremy Brown

As Fisherman’s Friends, the original sole men and Cornwall’s best-known occasionally off-shore musical export, head back out on tour, it was high time I hollered ‘Ahoy there’ to arguably their second most recognisable singer, Jeremy Brown. The so-called ‘nemesis of … Continue reading

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Wilko Johnson / Glenn Tilbrook – Warrington Parr Hall

Some 15 months after my last visit to the Parr Hall, and 25 years after a brief stint working in this North West town, I was back in Warrington for a night of quality musicianship and maximum R&B. Last time … Continue reading

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Renewed belief in Mother Earth – the Steve Harley interview

  Talking to a celebrated musical artist of whom the Wikipedia entry alone runs to more than 4,000 words, when he has a busy day of interviews for radio and press ahead of him, it’s advisable to get straight in … Continue reading

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Live and Direct in Guildford – back in my hometown revisiting The Star, the Boileroom and the Holroyd

It’s been a long month, and with Spring arriving deceptively early in late February (if only on a fact-finding mission), that last day of January when The Stranglers turned up at one of my old haunts seems an age ago. … Continue reading

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The Freedom I’ve Been Gifted – Glenn Tilbrook makes it to the phone again

Squeeze frontman and co-founder Glenn Tilbrook will be keeping himself busy these next couple of months, not only supporting Wilko Johnson’s band on the UK leg of their tour, but also filling a few gaps with his own solo dates. … Continue reading

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From Bombay to Sala Apolo, o’er the hills and far away – the Norman Watt-Roy interview

I should warn you before you get any further that there’s an underlying current of adulation in this here feature/interview. Another day and another musical hero brought to book (or the WonderWeb in this case), as I spend an all-too-quick … Continue reading

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Finding Gold in a Brass Age – the David Gray interview

  David Gray is no stranger to success, but sometimes it’s been a waiting game for the 50-year-old Sale-born singer-songwriter. He’s topped the UK album charts three times during a recording career of more than 25 years, first in the … Continue reading

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