Category Archives: Music

Celebrating 40 years of All Mod Cons with From The Jam

Somehow, while based in Lancashire for nearly 25 years now, I’d never visited The Grand in Clitheroe until last month, yet now I’ve caught two great bands there within a month, with two of my teenage heroes visiting – Hugh … Continue reading

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Introducing This Day in Music’s Guide to The Clash

It’s finally out there, nine months after I delivered the majority of the words, and a year and three-quarters after my first online hint about the project. This Day in Music’s Guide to The Clash is available from Amazon or online/in … Continue reading

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Old, new, hallowed and true – back in touch with Slade legend Dave Hill

If it’s December, Slade must be doing the rounds again, in the post Holder/Lea configuration they’ve worked in for 25-plus years. And it’s not long after ‘Super Yob’ guitar hero Dave Hill calls me from his home in the Black … Continue reading

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Sweet inspirations, five decades on – the Andy Scott interview

  Can it really be half a century since the pre-glam incarnation of The Sweet threw their first chord shapes, and 45 years since the era-defining ’Blockbuster’ saw the band in their pomp top the UK charts? What’s more, it’s … Continue reading

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Christine and the Queens – Manchester Apollo

She may be less than five feet tall, but Héloïse Letissier commands a mighty on-stage presence, endearing and quirky yet very much in charge and assured. I’m guessing that state of mind only came with life experience, but her worldly-wise … Continue reading

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The Members – The Star and Garter, Manchester

If you’ve seen The Members on a bill recently, it’s understandable if you felt sceptical about a line-up without lead singer Nicky Tesco, that voice and charismatic energy a key component of what this band were about. But there in … Continue reading

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The Cardigans: from indie roots to Gran Turismo and beyond – the Nina Persson interview

Nina Persson was between rehearsals with The Cardigans at home in Malmö when I called, getting set for four UK dates revisiting the band’s best-selling album Gran Turismo in full, 20 years on. Including the singles ‘Hanging Around’, ‘Erase/Rewind’ and ‘My … Continue reading

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The Comeback: Elvis and the Story of the ’68 Special by Simon Goddard – a WriteWyattUK review

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of The Comeback: Elvis and the Story of the ’68 Special at first. I felt I already knew plenty about the event and circumstances surrounding it, even though I was barely a year … Continue reading

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Forever switched on – back in touch with Andy Kershaw

It’s been 35 years since Andy Kershaw left West Yorkshire’s Radio Aire, redundancy from his promotions manager role in November 1983 proving the catalyst for a wealth of  adventures in rock’n’roll and broadcasting. “Was there ever a more productive sacking, … Continue reading

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Hugh Cornwell – Clitheroe, The Grand

  Apparently, four punters needed St John Ambulance medical attention in Kendal the night before I got to see Hugh Cornwell and his band’s two assured sets in not so far off Clitheroe. With that in mind, Hugh told the … Continue reading

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