Tag Archives: The Beatles

Takes Two to tangle in Tākaka – in for the long haul with Tim Allen

Adding 11 hours to UK time to set up an interview when trying to work out the best options for both parties can create headaches. But technological advances eventually meant my chat with Lancashire lad turned New Zealand resident Tim … Continue reading

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Slade’s ultimate rockin’ survivor – back in touch with Don Powell

It was a grey and overcast day in Silkeborg, but Don Powell wasn’t overly bothered about that. “It’s just grey skies here, a bit overcast, but whatever. We’ve been pretty lucky here really, and after spending quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Songs of Yesterday and today – talking Free, Bad Company and more with Simon Kirke

Whichever side of the Atlantic you’re based, you won’t need reminding what a wretched year we’ve somehow clambered through. But Simon Kirke is feeling relatively chipper now, with 2021 firmly in his sights. While coronavirus continues to ravage America, this … Continue reading

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On the right track for sound and vision – in conversation with Saunder Jurriaans

It’s likely you’ve already heard some of Saunder Jurriaans’ music. Over the past decade, not only has he released records with groups Tarantula, Tarantula A.D. and Priestbird, but he’s also one half of an award-winning duo with Danny Bensi, creating … Continue reading

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Heaven and The Moons in his sights – the Andy Crofts interview

With a fourth LP by his band The Moons out next month, his first photography book newly published, a successful online radio show, and a solo venture taking shape, it seems that Andy Crofts is going somewhere right now. Yet, despite … Continue reading

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Stop … Start – celebrating the further return of BOB with Richard Blackborow

They say good things come to those who wait, but 28 years is pushing it, surely. At the end of September, late ‘80s/early ‘90s indie force and WriteWyattUK favourites BOB are finally releasing You Can Stop That For A Start, … Continue reading

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Even Better with The Real Thing – in conversation with Chris Amoo

Almost five decades after their debut single, The Real Thing are still out there, treading the boards, with no intention of slowing down for co-founders Chris Amoo and Dave Smith. The passing of Chris’ older brother Eddie Amoo in February … Continue reading

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Charmed to meet ya – in conversation with Paul Hanley

Some books come your way with elaborate press releases. Others arrive on your desk in a more convoluted fashion. And the latter was certainly the case with Paul Hanley’s Leave the Capital. It was broadcaster Pete Mitchell who lent me … Continue reading

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The Rutles – The Continental, Preston

At the risk of patronising several accomplished acts, there have been some quality Beatles copyists treading the boards or taking to the studio to emulate the Fab Four over the past five decades, and I’ve a lot of respect for … Continue reading

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London Calling to the faraway towns – the Gary Crowley interview

Behind every successful career you tend to find a mix of good fortune and hard work, but you’re unlikely to hear any gripes about the latter from highly-affable broadcaster, TV presenter and DJ Gary Crowley. His on-air charm and warm … Continue reading

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