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Open return to Guildford – Hugh Cornwell, back on the line

With a new LP out and an accompanying tour next month, Hugh Cornwell is commuting between his Somerset home and a few old Surrey haunts at present, getting his band truly match-fit. And it turns out that the former Stranglers … Continue reading

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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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Where we go from here: Talking The Vapors with Steve Smith

Steve Smith lives near Brighton these days, having left his Surrey hometown in the mid-1980s, initially heading to London. He returns regularly to Guildford to pop in on his Mum though, and plays locally with new wave/punk covers band The … Continue reading

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The Wedding Present / Andy Ruddy – Guildford, Boileroom

Many of the bands I love have graced my hometown in the past, yet for some reason it never quite happened with The Wedding Present. First time I went to see them was down the A246 in Fetcham in 1986, … Continue reading

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A weekend to savour (pt. I) …The Vapors – The Loft, Liverpool Arts Club

I could say I’d been waiting 35 years for this weekend to come, but that’s being a bit melodramatic. One thing’s for sure though – I finally got to see a band I suspected I’d never catch live, and they … Continue reading

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Back and Beyond with The Vapors – the Ed Bazalgette interview

  Ed Bazalgette was walking purposefully around central London one dark November afternoon when I caught him on the phone, searching for a quiet spot and a suitable cafe to conduct our interview. He clearly knows his way around, having … Continue reading

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Discovering the negligible risk of exposure to local radio activity

It’s an odd thing for me to end up on the other side of the mic. but that’s what happened when this writewyattuk scribe was a live guest of networking guru, magazine proprietor, MC, public speaker and community radio host Keith Bradshaw. The … 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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Now I’ve Got a Witness – remembering The Rolling Stones’ 1960s roots with Richard Houghton

I’m not sure how old newly-published author Richard Houghton thought I was when we first spoke, but he was hoping I might fill him in with my memories of seeing The Rolling Stones at the Wooden Bridge in Guildford in … Continue reading

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Farewell to The Dubious Brothers: reacquainting myself with Monty (part one)

Listen up. I realise it’s late notice if you didn’t already know, but this Saturday, November 14th, marks the end of an era, with the final show by The Dubious Brothers. I’ll take part of the blame – not for … Continue reading

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