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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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Away from the Odditorium with The Dandy Warhols – the Peter Holmström interview

This week marked the return of The Dandy Warhols to British shores, a quarter of a century after singer/guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström first joined forces, a couple of friends who decided they ‘needed music to drink to’. … Continue reading

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A Manchester love affair on record – the C.P. Lee interview

It wouldn’t be right to call C.P. Lee an unsung hero of the North West music scene. He’s sung a fair bit in his time and those who truly know the Manchester scene know full well who he is. So … Continue reading

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Skids / Big Country – Preston Guild Hall

As the years pass, it’s natural to have doubts about what lies ahead. But seeing Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson work a stage, I’d like to think – as a rather prominent rock’n’roller once put it – we’ve all still … Continue reading

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The Leader of The Pack, Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny … the Kirk Brandon interview

When I got through to Kirk Brandon, there was an uneasy silence at the other end of the line, his approach similar to mine – if you don’t know a number, let the caller do the hard graft and explain … Continue reading

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