Tag Archives: Lancaster

Digging that Ocean Colour Scene – the Simon Fowler interview

Simon Fowler was walking Cooper the cockapoo down by the river at Stratford-upon-Avon when I called, a day and a half after Ocean Colour Scene headlined Lancaster’s Highest Point festival. That Shakespearean link seemed apt, seeing as I associate festival … Continue reading

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Studying the big Interrobang‽ theory – in conversation with Dunstan Bruce

By the time I picked up the phone to reach Dunstan Bruce, I’d given the eponymous LP by his new band Interrobang‽ nigh on three listens, and was loving it. In the words of the mighty Stump – somewhat channeling … Continue reading

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Symptomatic for the People – researching The Common Cold with Ajay Saggar

While his working hours are spent at renowned Amsterdam concert venue The Paradiso, producer, sound engineer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ajay Saggar remains proud of his Lancashire past, 30-plus years after his introduction to the North West indie scene while promoting … Continue reading

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David Baddiel – My Family: Not the Sitcom, Lancaster Grand (Nights at the Theatre, pt.1)

Contemplating chronicling two nights out this past week in one review, I wondered if I was dovetailing for the sake of it. Both involved theatres in Lancashire starring London solo acts, each reflecting on the links between their public and … Continue reading

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Don’t worry ’bout a thing – back in conversation with Mark Steel

Have a chat with stand-up comic Mark Steel and it won’t be long before cricket, football or politics come up in conversation. And in my case all three, with geography and history thrown in. The 57-year-old Kentish comedian, broadcaster, writer … Continue reading

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Eggland expects – The Lovely Eggs interview

If you’re passing through Lancaster late at night, wondering where that glorious racket’s coming from, it could be Holly Ross (vocals/guitar, ex-Angelica) and David Blackwell working on new songs at their place, while their four-year-old lad sleeps through. Don’t get … Continue reading

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The continuing adventures of the Magic Band, the Mothers of Invention, and the Muffin Men – the Denny Walley interview

Do you know the Muffin Men (‘the Muffin Men?’ I hear you ask. Yes, the Muffin Men), presumably based in Liverpool’s Drury Lane or Mulberry Place? Chances are that you might. They’ve been doing the rounds for more than a … Continue reading

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Going Going … This Boy Can’t Wait – a writewyattuk exclusive

I don’t tend to do ‘breaking news’ and ‘exclusive’ splashes on this website, leaving that to the … yawn … competition. But when you’ve got it, perhaps you should flaunt it after all. Go, Man, Go, as a wise man once … Continue reading

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Look to get to know him well – back in touch with Howard Jones

It was a cold, grey day as Howard Jones looked out on to the Somerset Levels from his West Country home studio when we caught up on the phone ahead of his latest solo tour. But Spring was on the … 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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