Tag Archives: Cambridge

Clean Bandit / Starley – Manchester Academy

It’s official – there’s still life in pop music, 65 years to the week Al Martino topped the first official UK charts, judging by this winning Manchester tour finale. Granted, I can’t imagine Martino’s Here In My Heart or fellow … Continue reading

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The continuing climb of Clean Bandit – in conversation with Grace Chatto

Few pop bands would be so bold as to fuse string arrangements with electronica and house music, mixing classical and dance elements. But Clean Bandit are no run-of-the-mill chart outfit. Built around a nucleus of Grace Chatto (cello, percussion, vocals) and … Continue reading

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Beyond The Beautiful South – in conversation with Alison Wheeler

After a successful few years revisiting a classic song catalogue while spreading the word about 2012 LP Sweet Refrains across Europe and the UK, The South are ready for a three-week autumn tour and are keen to talk about a … Continue reading

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Fortune favours Lonely the Brave – the Mark Trotter interview

Two top-40 albums into their career, and with a fervent fan-base at home and overseas, Lonely the Brave are proving a major draw on the live circuit. Their debut album, The Day’s War, peaked at No.14 in the UK charts, … Continue reading

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Looking back with the ultimate R’n’B survivor – the Wilko Johnson interview

I reckon Wilko Johnson forgot I was calling. Either that or he was just wrapped up in the book he was reading, Thomas Middleton’s early 17th century play, The Revenger’s Tragedy, enjoying time to himself back at home in Southend before … Continue reading

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On the write wavelength – the Jenn Ashworth interview

Jenn Ashworth is part-way into a busy schedule of promotional visits, travelling to and from her North Lancashire base spreading the word about newly-published, critically-acclaimed novel Fell, a haunting, mysterious tale set on the edge of Morecambe Bay. Born in … Continue reading

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Hunger for the big time – the alt-J interview

There’s a real buzz about alt-J at present, with a band that met barely seven years ago set to release their second album, after major success with their debut. But keyboard player/vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton seems fairly level-headed about the experience. Despite … Continue reading

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