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Feeding The Ferret …. and the grassroots music and arts scene

While Danny Morris’ day-job is with a Bristol-based music promoter, he’s never lost touch with his Lancashire roots, in recent times giving over his spare hours to the independent music and arts venue in Preston where he gained his first … Continue reading

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Still alive and nearly famous – the Lee Mark Jones interview

  As Lee Mark Jones delights in telling me, few stage performers manage to get an across-the-board mix of one, two, three, four and five-star reviews for their live shows. But that’s what the critics said at Edinburgh Fringe Festival … Continue reading

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Saints preserve us – talking Cornershop’s England is a Garden with Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres

Cornershop are back with a new album, England is a Garden, three decades after they left Preston bound for world domination (starting in Leicester), and 22 years since Norman Cook’s remix of ‘Brimful of Asha’ led them to their sole … Continue reading

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West on Colfax in search of Americana – the Scott Carey interview

As Scott Carey works on Watling Street Road, Preston, you could argue that his band might have taken a more Lancastrian name, perhaps linked to the Roman road leading towards Ribchester and beyond. But West on Colfax prefer to wear … Continue reading

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Taking the Continental approach to live entertainment – in conversation with Rob Talbot

Rob Talbot reached his 10th anniversary as events organiser at The Continental in Preston, Lancashire, in 2019, and clearly still retains his initial passion for that role, long after a second career switch. “I was working as a teacher, thoroughly … Continue reading

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Aspirations wrapped up in books – talking Get It Loud in Libraries with Stewart Parsons

It’ll be 15 years ago this coming May that a pilot show featuring Natascha Sohl lured the BBC’s North West Tonight cameras to Lancaster Central Library, for what turned out to be the debut event of the innovative Get It … Continue reading

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Buzzcocks / Shanghai Treason – Gorilla, Manchester

It made sense to start my final week of live shows in 2019 with the Buzzcocks, my first two having involved tributes to Pete Shelley, lost to the world a few weeks before. Back then, the headliners were the Skids … Continue reading

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Remembering Pete Shelley, and entering a new Buzzcocks era – back in touch with Steve Diggle

Punk idols Buzzcocks are back, a year after losing revered frontman Pete Shelley, with a new single to mark the occasion, officially released in mid-February but available during the band’s short run of December dates. And latest 45, ‘Gotta Get … Continue reading

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Turning up the Voltage – the Jeffrey Lewis interview

I’m guessing cult US indie singer-songwriter and comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis is back home in New York right now, after a recent run of UK dates with his band, The Voltage. And again, he picked up plenty of new … Continue reading

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Reverend and the Makers – Action Records, Preston

Half past six it said on the advert, so there I was – unfashionably early – going twice round the block to find a space, sheepishly passing a long queue outside the shop. Having checked parking restrictions several times, convinced … Continue reading

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