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Two Preston nights to remember: part one – The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Preston Guild Hall

It seems a little arse about face to start a review with the opening encore, but it was Eric Bogle’s ‘The Green Fields of France (No Man’s Land’) that sent shivers up the spine on Saturday night. A song The … Continue reading

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Hold tight, now we’re on our own – the Fay Fife interview

Four decades after first gracing our TV screens, belting out the tremendous ‘Top of the Pops’ on the iconic BBC chart show of the same name, the alluring Fay Fife clearly still has a passion for rock’n’roll. Anyone who’s caught … Continue reading

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Glade Alive – the John Bramwell interview

If there’s a camper van parked outside the Continental in Preston, Lancashire, on Thursday, September 6th, you can rest assured that John Bramwell has safely arrived from Cheshire’s clutches. The esteemed guitarist/singer/songwriter will be at the Ribbleside hostelry to play … Continue reading

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Popping back t’ Cornershop – the Tjinder Singh interview

There’s a brand new single out from indie-dance favourites Cornershop, a band Mojo have dubbed ‘the quintessential 21st-century pop group’, The Independent labelled ‘cultural critique you can dance to’, and The Guardian reckon are ‘clever and engaging, happily detached from the mainstream’. … Continue reading

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Where the Solid Gold Easy Action is – in conversation with Gordon Gibson

Getting on for four decades after he sold his first vinyl, I’m pleased to say that Gordon Gibson shows no sign of wanting to step away from Action Records in Preston. The much-revered Gordon, originally from Stranraer, has been in … 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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Suggs – What a King Cnut, Preston Charter Theatre (Nights at the Theatre, pt.2)

Fast forward four nights and I’m closer to home at the Charter Theatre (‘We were so close it was scary, we were that close I couldn’t tell you’). Regarding the venue, in this case we’re barely talking a 45-year history, … Continue reading

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Regarde le chou: getting a taste for Cabbage with Joe Martin

Performance poet turned guitarist/singer Joe Martin was between a band rehearsal and a couple of train rides that would take him over the North Yorkshire border when I called him. But when I let on that a version of our interview … Continue reading

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The Wedding Present / The Catenary Wires / Miles Salisbury – The Continental, Preston

When Un-Peeled promoter Tuff Life Boogie broke the news that The Wedding Present were coming to my favourite Lancashire riverside locale in early March, there was much excitement from the North West indie fraternity, with one date soon not enough. … Continue reading

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Remembering Rick and Status Quo – the John Coghlan interview

In the BBC documentary Hello Quo, there’s revealing footage of a jam session at Shepperton Studios featuring the original members of Status Quo, for the first time since drummer John Coghlan left 31 years earlier. That 2012 meeting led to … Continue reading

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