Category Archives: Music

Four decades of Daylight with The Selecter – back in touch with Pauline Black

Celebrated 2 Tone legends The Selecter, up there at the forefront of the late ‘70s UK ska revival, are going down a storm in Europe right now, their 40th anniversary tour drawing closer to home. Led by Pauline Black and … Continue reading

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The Icicle Works – Clitheroe, The Grand

I’ll start with a confession. When Ian McNabb mentioned in our recent interview that those coming along to his forthcoming shows were in for something approaching a three-hour dose of rock’n’roll, I wondered if he might be outstaying their welcome. … Continue reading

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Richard Hawley – Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students

For five months now, Richard Hawley’s Further has provided a fitting soundtrack to my travels north, south, east and west, the amount of personal playbacks fast approaching those previously afforded the artist’s landmark Coles Corner, Lady’s Bridge and Truelove’s Gutter … Continue reading

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Turning up the Voltage – the Jeffrey Lewis interview

I’m guessing cult US indie singer-songwriter and comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis is back home in New York right now, after a recent run of UK dates with his band, The Voltage. And again, he picked up plenty of new … Continue reading

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Reverend and the Makers – Action Records, Preston

Half past six it said on the advert, so there I was – unfashionably early – going twice round the block to find a space, sheepishly passing a long queue outside the shop. Having checked parking restrictions several times, convinced … Continue reading

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What the Butlers saw – the welcome return of the Psychedelic Furs

It’s been 36 years since The Psychedelic Furs relocated to America, but you wouldn’t know it, listening to bass player and founder member Tim Butler. Tim, the younger brother of lead singer Richard in a post-punk outfit best known for … Continue reading

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The Best of Times with the Right Reverend – back in touch with Jon McClure

Reverend and the Makers’ frontman Jon McClure was enjoying a little home time in South Yorkshire ahead of his band’s latest UK jaunt when I called. And Sheffield is clearly still at the epicentre of his universe, a dozen years … Continue reading

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Next Train From Yeovil – The Return of The Chesterfields

Thirty-five years after taking their first tentative steps into the world of independent pop fame, The Chesterfields are back for a string of UK dates this September. Founder member Simon Barber (bass, vocals) will be joined on the road by … Continue reading

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Edwyn Collins / Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations – Manchester Gorilla

Amid the post-summer holiday trudge back to work, I reckon we all need pick-me-ups, familiar despondency at days getting shorter and temperatures dropping – irrespective of global warming crises – taking its toll. Meanwhile the Government and UK itself is … Continue reading

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Space: the vinyl frontier – back in touch with Ian McNabb

It was the morning after the night before when I called Ian McNabb, and it was just sinking in that it wasn’t just a bad dream. Boris Johnson really was the new Prime Minister, as the Cold Shoulder and Icicle … Continue reading

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