Tag Archives: Jools Holland

Wolf Alice, back through the Looking Glass – the Ellie Rowsell interview

Ellie Rowsell sounded croaky when she answered the phone. Whether it was down to an early start, testing those vocal cords at rehearsals with her band, Wolf Alice, in East London, or standard rock’n’roll lifestyle fare, I’m not certain. Either … 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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Squeeze into a new era – the Chris Difford interview

Catching up with Chris Difford’s blog earlier this week, I realised how close we were to a new Squeeze album, the band’s first since 1998, the result of a project also serving as the soundtrack to a new BBC comedy … Continue reading

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Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – Blackpool Empress Ballroom

If a building really carries social history within its walls, there can be few greater examples in Lancashire than Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom. The ornate decoration throughout the Winter Gardens tells its own stories, and there’s no disguising the magic of … Continue reading

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Testing the Big Band theory – the Jools Holland interview

It’s difficult to write about Jools Holland without going down the retro route. He is after all a man who carved out a career celebrating the best in popular music from the past century. His long-running BBC television show Later … Continue reading

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Kershaw still switched on, with an appetite for adventure

In a more in-depth version of a feature he did for the Lancashire Evening Post, the blogger talks to a forthright broadcaster who’s seen more than his fair share of drama over the years – on and off air. A … Continue reading

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Some Fantastic Praise

I was a little alarmed at first. I tuned into watch the BBC 4 Squeeze documentary, Take Me I’m Yours, only to find an acoustic tribute act comprising a lesser-known member of ZZ Top jamming with a geography teacher. I … Continue reading

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