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Going North, South, East and West with The Members – in conversation with JC Carroll

You could say Jean-Marie Carroll’s musical education started in November 1970, when he caught T. Rex live at Guildford Civic Hall. Within a week, Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn had their first top-10 hit with ‘Ride a White Swan’, and the … Continue reading

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Blancmange: Unfurnished Rooms – a writewyattuk review

While Blancmange will always remain a two-man entity in the hearts of much of their loyal fanbase, it’s worth noting it’s now been six years since Neil Arthur was largely left to his own devices in the engine room. Carrying … Continue reading

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Fingers Crossed for top night with Mott legend – the Ian Hunter interview

Ian Hunter was at home in Connecticut when I called, having a few days to himself before returning to the UK with The Rant Band for the latest run of shows to promote last year’s acclaimed Fingers Crossed album. He’s … Continue reading

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Boo Hewerdine / The Huers – Wigan Parish Church

I’ve encountered some impressive live music settings over the years, and All Saints’ Church, Wigan, must be up there with the best, however unlikely a venue. It was clearly an odd call for Boo Hewerdine too, this Cambridgeshire-based singer-songwriter up … Continue reading

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Lloyd Cole – Preston Guild Hall

We were two songs in on Monday night before our special guest deigned to talk to us, fixing us with something of a 1,000-yard stare while sussing out his audience before announcing, ‘You’re not getting any younger either’. It was … Continue reading

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What the world needs now – the John Lydon interview

“Hallo, is that John?” I ask my illustrious interviewee, somewhat needlessly. “It is … ‘allo!” “Good day to you. It’s Malcolm here, calling from Leyland, Lancashire.” “Fantastic. Let’s take the scenic route!” It’s seven months since the release of What … Continue reading

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The Human Love story – in conversation with Newton Faulkner

It seems that Newton Faulkner has something of an affinity with the inventive cover version. On his chart-topping double-platinum 2007 debut album, Hand Built By Robots, there was a fresh twist on Massive Attack’s Teardrop, with several more inspired covers … Continue reading

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Shout? Let it all out – the Lulu interview

It was a long time coming, but Lulu’s been fully in charge of her career for at least a quarter of a century now, making up for lost years after at least two decades letting others make her big decisions. … Continue reading

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The Puppini Sisters/Hollie Stephenson – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Never mind the pom-poms … here’s The Puppini Sisters. And they want to talk to you about living The High Life. On the back of a brand new album – their fifth, and most independent yet – the London-based trio … Continue reading

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High Life, high fidelity – back in touch with The Puppini Sisters

The past decade has proved a blast for The Puppini Sisters, this close harmony trio amassing gold and multi-platinum discs, and enjoying famous collaborations with everyone from Cyndi Lauper and Michael Bublé to The Manhattan Transfer. There have been lots of … Continue reading

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