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Stepping back to gain perspective with The Proclaimers – the Charlie Reid interview

This weekend, Cooking Vinyl release Angry Cyclist, the 11th studio album from The Proclaimers, with plenty of dates between now and the end of the year to celebrate on both sides of the Atlantic. Their first LP since 2015’s Let’s Hear … Continue reading

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Introducing the Islandman – the Elliott Morris interview

There’s a song on The Waterboys’ 1990 album Room to Roam that appears particularly apt in describing the career journey of inventive guitarist and singer-songwriter Elliott Morris. In Islandman, Mike Scott cites England as his ‘spine, the backbone and the … Continue reading

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Big Country show their Steeltown mettle – the Bruce Watson interview

Be honest. What do you think of if someone mentions Big Country? The band that is, not the 1958 Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons film success based on Donald Hamilton’s novel, with that fantastically-evocative and stirring musical score. Do you … Continue reading

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Consequentially speaking – the Fish interview

Remember Marillion’s 1980s heydays, with the band led by a compelling Caledonian performer and singer-songwriter going by the name of Fish? While his old band remain a thriving concern – with 17 albums to the name – their former vocalist … Continue reading

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Still hip after all these years: Deacon Blue – Preston Guild Hall

THERE’S something about seated gigs that unnerves me, and I instinctively felt uneasy pulling up a pew at Deacon Blue’s official tour opener at Preston Guild Hall. Granted, this was a more senior audience than when Ricky Ross and co … Continue reading

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Dignity still key for Ricky’s Raintown collective

WHEN I finally moved in with my better half in 1994, there were very few LPs we had doubles of, but one was Deacon Blue’s Raintown. It was quietly acknowledged as part of our personal soundtrack by then – five … Continue reading

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More books about chocolate and girls – the Cathy Cassidy feature

WHEN best-selling children’s author Cathy Cassidy called at the University of Central Lancashire recently, writewyattuk’s chief blogger was there to meet her – albeit hiding behind his eldest daughter (who adds her own footnote). I FELT a bit of an … Continue reading

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