Monday, October 20, 2014


Due to various unforeseen circumstances there will be no more additions to this site.  Thanks to all the Artists, Venues and Promoters who played and hosted for me to review, and thanks for all the kind comments including:

Paul is one of the few remaining true endorsees of real underground musicians and singers. He has an ear for the raw components of true talent, can identify and implement the most suitable genre specific marketing and promotional actions for artists...

Lovely review! Thank you so very much, Paul! and thank you so much in advance for any promo you're able to give me

Great stuff Paul! Thats a beltng review mate,
Thank you very much, hopefully catch you soon.

It's great that you have such an appreciation of the band and the songs. It means a great deal to me as a writer to get such encouraging feedback. JON PALMER, UK

WOW .... thank you Paul for such a glowing review - I am so pleased that you like where the band are going, they are constantly evolving and experimenting. VERONICA FAIRHURST, LOST TRANSMISSION BAND MANAGER, LONDON

LMP, its a credit to you. FEARGAL SHARKEY, UK

Paul, I owe so much of my growing success in 2007 to you! First copy of the new album goes to you! Thank you. RACHEL MAYFIELD, UK

We're honoured ... many many thanks for the airplay and review. MAMA, UK/USA

Thanks for a wonderfully positive and complimentary review. MIKE SILVER, UK

This is definitely one of the coolest, most informative and ‘true-to-the-artist’ zines I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! Thank you again for all of your efforts. BRIAN BALL, California, USA

Thanks for the great review! I've reposted it on my myspace profile and on my website. ID GUINESS, CANADIAN INDIE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2007.

Cheers for the review, and the very kind words. I will definitely be directing our Myspace friends, as well as our database and such, to your site, to take a read of it. CLAYMORE, CANADA

Thank you so much for the lovely review, much appreciated! ODI, Ireland

Thank you so much! It’s fab Thankyou! EDWINA HAYES, UK

Thanks Paul, that’s kind of you, we don’t often get to see write ups and articles. SNAKE DAVIS, UK

Hey Paul!!! rocking write-up dude.... oh yeah, whacked up a link on our links page!!! HEADFIRST, AUSTRALIA

That’s a SUPERB review – thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to post such a glowing review. It’s very rewarding for me to feel that the lyrics of the songs have been listened to, as I do take such a long time over them. JOHNSON HOUSE, UK

Thanks for the great review! Will put it up on our space! NO MACHINE, UK

Thanks for doing it, it's great! All the best, HANNAH SCOTT, UK

Thanks for the great review Paul! Will put it up on my site! MEDICINE FOR THE MEEK, UK

Hey Paul...thanks man, great review...glad you liked it... CORB LUND, CANADIAN ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR ON FIVE OCCASIONS.

Hi Paul,Thank's a lot for the review.We really appreciate the support,will keep in touch.

Hi Paul,Thanks for you positive comment about our new album.And also for the articles you wrote about us and our tour-manager in your magazine.

Hi Paul,I very much appreciate your support...thank you so very much!! Your site is awesome and your efforts are appreciated.
Best regards,

Hi Paul, Just writing to say thanks for your message and for spreading the word about Charlie Barker. We appreciate all your support.
Best regards,
The Partnership - Promotion & Management

Hi Paul! Thank you very much for your help with the review/article on Women's Radio. I'm very pleased with the exposure and will keep you posted.
"Keyboard Cathy"

Friday, February 08, 2013


Huddersfield-based four-piece band Termite, have now released their three-track EP “Growth” much to the delight of their ever-growing fan-base. Each listener will have a different experience while playing this EP depending on their formative musical era. The track titled “These Clowns” has an uplifting beat which is reminiscent of the late sixties and with a slightly Who-esque feel. Tracks, especially in these fast-paced times, which last over four and a half minutes, have to keep the listener interested and the two other songs on the EP do that. “Memory Loss” draws you into both the sounds and the lyrics with a near hypnotic feel at times, while “Kettle of Fish” combines the two previous tracks, but with a more finger-tapping feel and powerful finish to it. An EP which will add to the collection of any music fan, who appreciates and welcomes the emergence of new and exciting musical talent.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Jam Abraham are a five piece based in Wakefield. The members of the band are Mark Whitmore ( guitar and vox), Eddie Connolly (drums), Stuart Brennan (bass and vox), Kelvin Burn (guitar), and Paul Farrell (guitar and vox). As a band they have been around for almost 7 years, but the backgrounds of the band-mates as friends and Jam buddies goes back 15 years.

They s
pecialise in hard rock, heavy rock, alternative rock, grunge rock, blues rock, stoner rock, and punk rock. The bands four track CD gives a wonderful insight into the impressive and inventive Rock world they create on each track.  The four tracks can be dived into two journeys, with "Furore" and "Glum and Glad" being energetic from the first cord and would instantly get the most reserved of listeners “headbanging”,­  whilst “Block” and the five minute “Curl” moves along at a pace where the musicianship can be highlighted, before the band reaches crescendo’s on each track.  Throughout the tracks the “full-blast” playing is controlled, as you would expect from such experienced musicians, which compliments the powerful, and again controlled vocals.


Monday, October 08, 2012


As soon as you hear the first notes from this finger-picking stylist, you are hooked on a journey which takes you to a destination, which couples the feel of old-time playing, with lyrics of modern references perfectly.  The stories told, especially with the vocal support from the excellent Tessa Smith on “Never Can Tell”, “Unmade Bed” and my favourite track of the album, the brilliant “We’ll Settle Down Someday”  make the even most mundane parts of everyday life interesting.  David has the talent to switch from poignant lyrics, to foot-tapping tracks which have you grabbing your acoustic “air” guitar at every opportunity, as is the case with “Congress Street” and the great finale “Too Late” , add a gentler acoustic track with “On The West Coast” and the traditional songs “John Henry”, “Pretty Polly” and “Wreck of the Old 97” and you have one of the most rounded, genuine albums I have heard in a very very long time.  Having already performed in London, Paris, Memphis and Chicago, David’s star is shining brightly, and will continue to do so with the release of an album which will surely be hailed as a “classic” for many years to come.  "Never Can Tell" is a credit to himself and the musicians involved, described in one word.................. CLASS.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


To say that The Blind Dead McJones Band are not your average or ordinary band, would be an extreme understatement.  Their new album “Last Resort Mexico” is a unique experience with the start of each new track grabbing your attention and then pulls you into the very unique world of the band.  Starting off with “Dead Blind McJones” which is a mixture of deep blues and autobiography, the band will then have you foot-tapping to the bassie “Hang on there Boys” and “Haunted” before raising a smile with amusing and witty lyrics in “Real Cool Time” and “Elephant on a lead”.  With lead singer Ben’s incredible voice being at one with two musicians (Steve Nixon and Andy Johnson)at the top of their musical prowess, the band gives a rounded performance throughout.  Other highlights include “Last Resort Mexico” which is the perfect track combining as it does, with brilliant guitar-work and superb storytelling, while “B3D” tells the story of how the devil lost out, and all because of a mis-placed receipt!  The final track is a monumental  eight minute “live” bonus offering and ends the CD in wonderful style.  This is a band who not only play outside the box, they also dismantle it for good measure.  A unique album from a unique band, definitely one to catch ASAP.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


After the highly acclaimed album ‘The Last Adventure’ of 2010, Doris Brendel returns with a new album of tracks to showcase her complete musical range, both in song-writing and vocal delivery.  The album titled ‘Not Utopia’ begins with an atmosphere of excitement and expectation, which coupled with her amazing voice creates a powerful combination throughout the opening track “No Lonely Girl”.  The diversity of her writing and the ease of which she can cover any genre is evident as the track “Ebay” is her quirky take on life through the eyes of on-line selling, before the acoustic side takes over on “Drawing the Line”, “Beyond Words” and “Kind to be Cruel”.  Throughout the album you are amazed and delighted as to how Doris can create, and more importantly cover a complex array of styles and deliver it with such ease.  After the smooth acoustic track there is the electronic sound of vibrancy with “Going Out” which you return to with the title track of the album later.  If a song can be classed as progressive and classic at the same time, then “Passionate Weekend” and “Conflicted” must fall into this contradiction in terms as both are wonderful to the ear, while “Thank You” would grace any radio station’s playlist, finally with a mystical feel to begin with on the final track “You’re So Hot” is a perfect finish to an amazing album which takes you musically to some very special and unique places.  Doris Brendel is back and even better than ever, make sure you check out this very special talent.

Monday, August 06, 2012


As soon as the beautiful sound of the piano is joined together with the warmth of her northern voice, you are left in no doubt, that the debut EP from Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Fran Smith is going to be something very special, that opinion continues until the final note has been played. Each of the four tracks compliment each other superbly, from lyrics which paint vivid pictures equivalent to a Monet masterpiece, through to the touching, poetic and realistic roller-coaster of emotions within romantic attachments, all are wrapped up in a delivery and feel which can bring a tear to the eye, or a wry smile in the space of a line of lyrics. After listening to the four tracks, it is easy to understand why Boo Hewerdine, Theo Gilmore, Karine Polwart and Po'Girl have all asked Fran to open up their shows. In these hard economic times, if you only buy one CD this year, this has to be the one! OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Friday, May 04, 2012


Within 15 seconds of listening to this album, you realise that this is a very special CD from a unique and talented singer-songwriter. After the warm and delightful opener "Lift You Up and Let You Fly", you are then told the story of how an incredible lady in the late 1500's, built the magnificent Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield, knowing she had created something special which would still be talked about for many years to come, very much like this album. The cover of "Solid Air" is a fitting tribute to Nick Drake who no doubt would nod in appreciation of a powerful and memorable rendition. In "Kenilworth" and "In Derby Cathedral", Sarah combines the asking of the big questions about life, while celebrating the human spirit and resourcefulness needed to face lifes problems, which is revisited later with the album's title track. The economic state of the world and all its knock-on effects are brought to the fore with intelligence, compassion and integrity in " The Sun Goes On Rising". The listener is then taken on a wonderful insight to the music of hundreds of years ago and which are dramatically brought to life with "S'Anc Fuy Belha Ni Prezada", "Can She Excuse My Wrongs" and "New Oysters New" which takes us back to the 13th century, Elizabethan age and the early 17th century. The picture Sarah paints vocally are so vibrant and strong in "So Much Rain" and yet highlights a delicacy within her delivery that creates an atmosphere of warmth in the performance in the next track ("What Are We going To Do") is a tribute to her talents. "In Gratitude I Sing" is a perfect end to an amazing album where the listener should be thanksgiving to a singer-songwriter who is without parallel. A classic. OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Saturday, April 21, 2012


From a rousing, but controlled start which showcases each member of the band with maximum effect, on "Head Trip", the band then goes up another notch with "Sons of Avalon". A KingNothing classic in every sense of the word follows, with the title track "Midnight Warheart", before fans can show their support by joining in on the tracks title line on "Crazy 'bout You". Another KN classic with mesmorising guitar-work and lyrics has you rocking again with "Petrol For My Devil", which is then matched by the smoothness and yet with no drop in enthusiasm, throughout the next two tracks "Children Of The Snake" and "City Life". The listener is then revved back up to maximum effort with "She's so Dirty" before a wonderful finish with an inspiring combination of power lyrics snd devastating musicianship via guitar and drums with the mighty track "Rented Flesh. A premier CD from a premier band who will be headling the WicketFest festival again this summer. FACEBOOK

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Jon Palmer’s writing and composition skills always take you on a varied and enjoyable musical journey. One minute you are foot-tapping or dancing to the beat like a person possessed, then suddenly in the space of a chord change, your mindset changes, as lyrics tug the heartstrings and prick the conscious as they challenge you to recognise the hardships and unfairness throughout life and the world. It is a gift that JP uses to the maximum effect and, supported by the upmost professionals within the band, consequently the music doesn’t get any better than the bands new seven-track album “Working For The Gangmaster“. Starting with “Brown Eyed Northern Girl” which is both autobiographical and a celebration of all the qualities a northern girl possesses, we are then made to think long and hard about child labour and how it effects us all with “Working For The Gangmaster”, a song that should be made an anthem for the Save the Children Charity and be played to every politician and policymaker until the trade is a distant memory, an incredible song and in my view one of, if not Jon’s best ever. With a chorus to join into on “Gallow Tree” and the hope of a positive finale, you are then challenged to how long you can stay silent before joining in on “Oh Susanna” and then to Jon's credit, the reflective “Fine Line” changes the mood and feel yet again. The band and Jon in particular, then hit you like an express train with “Meet Me At The Station” before the CD finishes off with another JP classic “Sin City”, a stunning collection of tracks which should be in everyone's favourite CD collection.


Friday, January 20, 2012


After having four of their songs featured in the BBC TV drama Waterloo Road, the band are finally receiving the credit and acclaim they have deserved since starting out in 2007. The release of their 11-track album “Molehills out of Mountains” will increase the five-piece bands fan-base even further. With a Cathedral-esque start on the first track, “Cry For The City” you realise that this is an album which has been worked on and fine-tuned to create something to listen to and enjoy for years to come. The harmonies and quality writing is continuous throughout, with superb story-telling in “Don’t Be Scared 48”, ”Constitution Failed”, ”Like Lovers Do” and “Powerful Pill”. The band also have the ability to lift the tempo and have you foot-tapping along to “London Road” and “I Am Clay” while, “The Waltz” is a track which has a familiar feel to it even on the first listen and is sure to be a WM classic in the years to come and the track “Caught Between Seasons” will have audiences singing along at every gig throughout the UK. Add a song which deserves to be named after a brilliant band and a reflective and superb finale with “Sleeptalking Over” and an album of excellence is complete. Whether you are a WM fan or not you are in for a treat with a CD created by five very special and talented musicians.


Sunday, January 08, 2012


Two years ago Patsy Matheson had a vision of an album, one with no deadline, no pre-planned list of songs, basically a blank canvass to produce something unique. The result is “Stories of Angels & Guitars” which enables Patsy to paint evocative and tender textured pictures with such descriptive lyrics. The angelic harmonic feel is evident from the first track “Under Your Wing” with harmonies which carry you along, and yet still allows Patsy’s impeccable vocals to shine through, before gently taking you onto a more laid-back lounge-feel track in “No Angel”. Love and emotions feature heavily throughout the album with every emotional pore being exposed throughout “Adoption” and “If You Ask Me” (which is my own personal favourite track of the album) and the feeling of missing in “Hotel Rooms”. The feel of the first track returns with the perfectly balanced vocals on “So The Same”, before a slightly faster pace is provided with “Hundred Guitars”, which like the following track, “Shining Silver”, complete with a haunting beginning is classic Patsy Matheson. The combination of mandolin intertwined with Patsy’s wonderful vocals provide a very special experience with “Water is over the Weir” before an incredible finale with “Sylvia Jean” which is a moving history and love story rolled into one and provides a fitting end to a very special album. From start to finish Patsy fourth solo album is like an expensive claret, smooth, rich and velvety which takes the listener into a warm glow of musical heaven

The album is released on 16th January and for more details please visit:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


With its arched red brick ceiling and an eager audience, the Hop had the ambience of a downtown American Blues/Rock bar as Angelo burst in to his set with the fans favourite “Two Crows”. Another couple of tracks from his much-acclaimed album “Blood, Blues and Bad Dreams” soon followed with “Midnight” and “Just Can’t Sleep” which worked in well with some of his unrecorded work and “Another Mystery Train” from his recently released EP “Broken Hearts Still Beat”. Angelo’s song-writing has a feel of Johnny Cash in the storytelling, with support for the downtrodden and out of luck people who still have the fight to battle on, while his stage presence is Britain’s answer to Bruce Springsteen in full-flow. His rendition of “Personal Jesus” had the crowd whooping with delight, as Angelo showed the skill and quality which almost made the brickwork weep in a performance which shone as brightly as the spotlights above. An incredible set ended with another all-time favourite in “Long Dark Of The Night” as Angelo created a “buzz” which very few performers can ever dream of attaining. If you missed this gig, make sure you catch his next one as this performer is very very special.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Following the release and subsequent high praise of their first EP last year, The Artists have now released their latest four-track offering titled “Magic Words”. The five-piece band consisting of Luke Thompson (Rhythm guitar & Lead vocals), Mitch Thompson (Lead guitar & vocals), Tom Webster (Percussion & drums) Louis Appleyard (Bass guitar) and Jack Mattison (Keyboard & vocals) combine perfectly to maintain and even surpass the “Trick or Treating” EP of 2010. The EP kicks-off with a lively start with “Here comes the storm” which allows each musician an equal opportunity to help deliver a clever and very rounded track. Track two “Forced to follow” is a very vocally powered track, although again, it allows the music to shine through the quality and strength of the unstrained vocals, before moving effortlessly on to a lighter feel with “Magic words”, which bounces along and gives the audience the chance to join in and be part of something special. The final track “Show me the way” shows the diversity of this up and coming back with a track which could easily be mistaken for a Beautiful South original, one can almost see Paul Heaton nodding in appreciation! Another step forward for a band who’s popularity is rising and is sure to continue rising for many years to come, a masterpiece from The Artists.


Saturday, November 12, 2011


Playing solo at a venue normally experiencing bands of many genre and volume, can be a daunting experience for a female singer-songwriter, but Lisa Marie Glover rose to the challenge and wowed the audience at the Hop in Leeds last Sunday. With a set highlighting her engaging stage presence and immense ability, it included tracks from her recently released album “Einzelkind”, with “The First Place”, “Mad Mary” and “Lost Your Way” all of which blended in perfectly with covers of “Black Coffee” and “You Don’t Know Me” and her other well written compositions of “I Was Right” and “Jasper and Annabella”. Although influenced by Nina Simone, Eddie Reader and Joni Mitchell it is Lisa’s personality and the sheer substance she gives each song which separates her from many other modern-day singers. A talented songstress who is going to entertain music audiences wherever she plays for many years to come.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


The immediate power and energy of the band set the Rock juices flowing with the opening track “High”, which demonstrates the control and vigour of the instrument-playing and frontman Andy’s impressive vocals, which at times sound Daltrey-esque through to a lilt towards Paul Rogers on other occasions. It’s easy to imagine the second track, “Small Town Anthem” being the bands stadium encore which has a perfect beat to get the audience on full throttle. The pace quickens further with a high impact track titled “Massive Antics” which demonstrates great technical ability and enables the listener to foot-tap like its going out of fashion. While many “indie” bands fall into the trap of trying to blast every note on every track, Ashes are a band who can lower the volume when required, and enable them to get the songs storyline across without any noticeable dip in quality as shown in the final two tracks titled “More Lines Than I Deserve” and “10,000 Satellites”. Whilst the band has obvious influences, they still create something unique and fresh throughout an EP which can mix it with the best Rock bands around. My advice is to listen to the EP and catch the band “live” and you will soon realise that this is a band that are the complete package.

Listen to the tracks for free on SOUNDCLOUD

Thursday, October 06, 2011


Sleeping Giant is the new single from Leeds based, alt-country 5 piece March of Dimes - a 4 minute trans-country drive, based on all the experiences within. Released through Hope House Records on 3rd October 2011, it serves as a taster of the great new album the band are working on,
due out next spring.
Following their last release, the well received and loved 'From Those Who Were There' EP, this single finds March of Dimes considering issues of strength, resilience, reflection and self awakening - all tied together by a road trip that Dimes members Jonathan and Cat took together across Canada
with ex-Dimes guitarist Robin. It conjures a blend of and Americana - Fleetwood Mac, The Decemberists, R.E.M, The Acorn, Wilco - with great English bands like The Smiths, The Cure and James.
Lead singer Jonathan Moss says, ‘This song represents a time of distance, healing, scenery and resolution. The joy of the journey is in the verses, and the chorus tells of the pain at the destination.’ Working with new producer Ste Anders, together they have created a delicate balance of energy and ennui within Jonathan’s lyrics. Ste also produced the b-side, a special recording of new tune “The Navigation Song”. ‘It’s probably the best we’ve put on record to date, and rather than save it for the album we just wanted to get it out there’
Hear more about March of Dimes, and buy the single at the following website:

Monday, September 12, 2011


The eagerly awaited launch of Lisa Marie Glover’s 10-track CD “Einzelkind” took place on the 1st September to the delight of her ever expanding fan-base. The album is a credit to an incredible artist, who takes the listener on a musical journey of the highest quality, starting with superb musical depth with “The First Place” and continues to push the boundaries throughout the CD. With interwoven and well thought out styles with ”Lost Your Way”, to wonderful story-telling, and high anticipation of what the next line of lyrics will bring during ”Self Destruct”, before Lisa captures an angelic feel in “Grey”, and your expectations continue to rise and yet the quality never disappoints. Lisa’s enjoyment shines through fully during her joyous track ”Mad Mary” while her descriptive and harmonic feel continues during “Calculator” and “Please” before her final track “Wasting Time” makes the listener feel unique, as her voice touches you on a one to one basis. I’ve deliberately not mentioned all the tracks, not because they are inferior, but to let you sample the surprise element of someone with great vocal control, who can be hypnotic to angelical to strong and powerful at any given moment. An outstanding album from an outstanding singer-songwriter. A highly recommended album.

The album can be listened to and bought as a download by visiting

Please visit Lisa Marie’s official website for more details

Thursday, August 11, 2011


After listening to Alice Ostapjuk’s debut EP, its hard to believe that it was only in April 2009 that she began teaching herself the guitar and began her solo career, such is the quality of her musicianship. Her unique voice, and lyrics which keeps the listener interested in the story being told throughout Sam’s Secret, shows a refreshing new talent has arrived on the music-scene. Paper Planes gives Alice the chance to prove she is willing to take chances during her songs with a surprise mid-track shift to percussion, which makes you listen even closer in the anticipation of what direction she’ll move to next. At the end of the wonderful track “The Chase”, the only disappointment for the listener is that this is only a 3-track EP and not a 13-track album. A great debut EP from an artist who looks destined to scale the musical heights in record time.

The official launch of the EP is on the 18th August and for more details please go to:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


From the first note of “Love Me Or Leave Me” your feet are tapping and your fingers drumming as Steve starts his EP in fine style. From foot-tapping to feet-stamping while having a shot or two of Jack Daniels during “Shoot Me” and pure sock-it-to-em Blues with the “Worried World Blues” soon follow as Steve gets into full flow. The power of Steve’s vocals are demonstrated fully on the wonderful acoustic “Going Down To The Devil”, while some powerful and heavy guitar-work combines with a sound reminiscent of a US Marines marching song on the bonus band track of “Work Hard For My Baby” which finishes off an impressive EP from the Sheffield-based singer-songwriter. Seeing Steve “Live” is something very special, however, this offering is as close as you can get to getting the true “feel” of Steve’s music.


Thursday, May 19, 2011


Imagine being in an underground Blues club where ZZ Top and Tom Waites have joined forces and you would be in the presence of The Blind Dead McJones Band. Their first official CD “Back To School Blues” highlights a refreshing individuality throughout the 35 minute adventure into the world of this Leeds-based band, featuring “Big” Ben Slack (vocals & guitar), Steven Nixon (drums) and Andy Johnson (bass). Starting with the quirky opener “Registration” the band then crank up the sound with “Hang On There Boys” with some superb guitar work included. With lyrics which keep you interested as your feet keep constantly tapping, “Today Was A Good Day” is sure to be a fans’ favourite, before “Tired” brings in a deeper musical feel which compliments the lyrics perfectly. Being “Haunted” will have you head-banging, foot-tapping, air-guitaring while you do a bit of a boogie during the first 2 minutes, thankfully a slower minute gives you time to get your breath back, before off you go again for the final minute of this pulsating song. After the previous exertions, the band move on to a purer Blues feel with “Good Scratch Boogie” which will have the Blues fraternity nodding in appreciation, following on from there, the band kick-on once again with the title track, "Back to School Blues" and although the track lasts for over 8 minutes, never during that time do you become bored with it, which is a compliment to the professionalism of the band. Finally a celebration to confectionary with “Cake with a Spade”, finishes an album which proves that there will definitely be plenty of “Good Days” for this unique band.



Thursday, March 31, 2011


Bram Stoker would be the first in the queue for a copy of “Vampire Lover”, which is the latest electrifying EP from one of Yorkshire’s finest and most entertaining “live” bands on the circuit today, The Big Fat Kill. Award winning singer-songwriter Jon Palmer, has assembled a band for the EP which gives his writing talents the perfect platform. The opening title track adds bite to the EP in more ways than one, before “Sin City” takes the listener to the world of the big fat kill and sex, drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll, which is followed by a song which the Otley tourist board will surely take an interest with, as “Another Friday Night” tells of the trek around the towns many hostelries’ in Jon’s inimitable style and humour, finally true-life employment experiences, brings the EP to a close with “Oh My God” which many will relate to during their working life. An impressive EP which showcases the musical talents of Tom Cassidy keeping things tight on Bass, great guitar-work from Nick Settle and the impressive drumming of Bernie Gilmore to add to Jon Palmers’ undoubted musical talent.

Friday, February 25, 2011


For whatever reasons Gavin has been under the radar for the past three and a half years, now with this album, he is sure to be figuring highly on the radar of all good music judges.

From the opening seconds of the album, Gavin’s sharp as Sheffield steel voice, instantly stops you in your tracks, add a band of exceptional musicians and it’s a music journey which at times, hits you straight between the eyes with its high-energy tracks to the softer and highly personal and poignant tracks.

With a long musical background of which he constantly draws on, Gavin gives the listener a full range of styles, from the brilliant fast-paced title track “Golden” and “Baby Boomer” to the band harmonic “Every Time I See You” and “The Reason Why” through to the wonderful story-telling style, coupled with beautiful lyrics on “Walls Of Stone” and “Beneath A Cloud”, before finishing off with a John Lennon style piano and delivery composition of “A Time Will Come”.

With “Golden” already in pole position as my track of 2011 and a highly recommended 13 track CD, this will surely herald a “Golden” era for Gavin and the Saturday Vandals. An awesome album with a WOW factor of 10.



A special mention must also be made of the exquisite and wonderful art work on the album by artist Si Smith.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Thankfully in an era where the shallow and tacky side of music is promoted with vigour, its refreshing to listen to someone who illustrates how music should be written and performed. Dan Wilde’s debut album “This Is The Place” highlights what a fine songwriter Dan is, with tracks which are poignant, reflective and has the listener nodding in agreement, with the statements and thoughts throughout the 12 track album. Although the first track “Nearest I Have To A Home” is probably my favourite, the rest of the album is of such quality that it never disappoints, and many other tracks run it very close. The listener can easily identify with songs such as “Cold” and “Unkind” and if/how we could have done things differently in our lives, to a heart-warming feel with “Opened My Eyes” and the memorable final track “It Hurts To Reminisce”. If there is any justice in the music world of 2011, then Dan will receive the recognition this thoughtful and talented singer-songwriter deserves.



Thursday, January 20, 2011


The EP starts with Dave at his storytelling best with “Where Did All The Time Go?”, which asks a question which everyone asks, but few have the eloquence to give an answer. Dave then moves on to a more experimental track in “Waves and Tides” which makes the listener concentrate on both Dave’s vocals and what is happening in the background producing an interesting and unique mix. “Lions Share” allows for both solo and harmonic interludes with neither outperforming the other to produce a balanced feel throughout, before the final track titled “In My Sole” intertwines the piano and meaningful lyrics, which carries you along to a fitting finale on a very impressive debut EP.



Saturday, January 08, 2011



The tentative steps along their musical career will be transformed in to giant leaps in 2011, as this is the best new band I have heard for many a year. The bands EP “Trick or Treating” has gained rave reviews since its release in Autumn 2010.



Plans are already in place for this band to realise its full potential within the next 12 months. Their brand of Glam, Metal and Rock is sure to have audiences begging to be rocked throughout 2011.



Nearing its 3rd birthday, Factory Street Studios is becoming the premier music facility in West Yorkshire. With 7 quality rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and an in-house repair service, coupled with a large workshop space and shop, it’s easy to see why its popularity is constantly growing. FSS also offers easy online booking, ground floor loading, parking & available storage.



Stuarts return to the Yorkshire music-scene and the release of his incredible debut album “Feast” were the highlights for the acoustic music connisiours of the white rose county during 2010. An incredible talent, who will surely hit the heights during the coming year.



12 months ago LMP voted her album, “The Other Side Of Blue” as the female singer-songwriter album of the year of 2009. After taking time out from performing, Angie is now planning to hit the road again much to the delight of her growing legion of fans.



From tiny acorns grow massive oak trees, and so could be said of the Hee Haw Sessions. While never forgetting their roots, the dynamic driving force of Tre and Brett, have in the past few months raised their profile with memorable gigs throughout the UK. 2011 promises to be a breakthrough year for this genuine and dedicated pair of promoters.



Expect a press-release in early 2011 as STH and the Quite Rebellion announce a new album and breath-taking plans for the next 12 months. Shaun describes the whole process as ‘Ethereal D.I.Y’ a description he stumbled upon rather than consciously made taking 2 very different genres, creating musically a ‘dreamesque spectral song collection’ while at the same time single-handidly creating rhythms and textures to all aspects of his live work and this album creation. Be prepared for something very special from this award-winning song-writer.




Dan’s album “This Is The Place” is the ideal vehicle to sample the Cambridge-based singer-songwriter at his best. Dan’s performances in Leeds over the past couple of years have given him a Yorkshire fan-base that will gather momentum every time he performs in the white-rose county.



The release of his impressive four-track self-titled EP, allows Dave to showcase his individuality in both song-writing and performances as a solo artist, and allows the listener/audience to fully capture and experience a unique and very talented musician and vocalist who is sure to make a huge impact of the acoustic music-scene this year.



The easiest prediction for 2011 is that Hannah will go from strength to strength over the coming months after she supported the European tour by Boyce Avenue. Her popularity has now reached America, Canada, Japan and Australia, mainly due to the powers of the internet which has seen over 1,000,000 views of Hannah’s videos.



With a critically acclaimed album released in 2010, Dac looks set to further increase his fan-base during 2011. The 100% pure “Blues” man from the moors of West Yorkshire, has travelled the world to further his “Blues” music education, and the evidence is there for all to see.




Sunday, December 19, 2010


The eagerly anticipated debut album titled “Feast” from Stuart Negus, has now been officially released. When an album has guest appearances by Theo Gilmore, Michael McGoldrick and John Kirkpatrick then you know this is going to be something very special. Stuart has been regarded as one of the North of England’s finest song-writers for some time, and was the driving force behind the successful “Songwriters Circle” evenings in Yorkshire a few years ago. The range of Stuart’s talents can be seen within the opening two tracks, starting with “May I Walk” which has a Johnny Cash “Hurt” feel to it, before the more upbeat and foot-tapping “The Only One” follows smoothly along as it emphasizes an addiction we have all had at some point. The start is just a prelude as Stuart takes the listener on a wondrous acoustic journey of reflection and hope, the evocative “Autumn Girl” makes you actually taste and feel the Autumnal lyrics, while “New Beginning” is exactly that, with a picture of hope and inspiration described in Stuarts own inimitable way. Everyone will have their own particular favourite track, as everyone will have a personal acknowledgement of what the lyrics of “Walls” means to them. Like Monet or Constable painted pictures with oils, Stuart paints pictures with richly textured lyrics on this masterpiece of an album which I cannot praise high enough. THE album of 2010.



Monday, December 13, 2010


While comparisons with Christina Auguilera are valid, Katie Owen’s voice and song-writing can stand alone on their own merits. The debut album titled “Comin On Strong” from the Southampton-based singer, is testament to a bright new talent within the British music-scene. While many singers would be tempted to shout through the power-vocals of “Putcha Finger On The Record”, “Terrified” and “OMG”, Katie remains in complete control. At times with a feel of Whitney Huston’s ballad-style to the more upbeat 1990’s Cher, Katie also moves effortlessly through the percussion-based “Give It A Rest” and the bouncy-feel of “Don’t Wanna Stop” to my own particular favourite, ”Something From You” with its unique sound and which allows Katie’s pure vocals to shine through. Although sure to be a hit with both chart and R & B fans, there are tracks which will appeal to fans of many different genres. Katie Owen, definitely one to follow in 2011.



Friday, December 03, 2010


Sadly young bands come and go with incredible regularity, however one band that definitely could buck the trend is Leeds-based “The Artists” who have just launched their debut EP titled “Trick or Treating”. Consisting of Luke Thompson (Vocals & Guitar), Jack Mattison (Backing vocals & Keyboard), Mitch Thompson (Lead guitar), Louis Appleyard (Bass guitar) and Tom Webster (Drums), their offering has a freshness and vibrancy, which coupled with well thought out lyrics from the start of the EP title track and through the remaining three tracks, gives each an individualistic musical feel and texture. Impressive would be an understatement for an EP and band that will make the local and beyond, music-scene sit up, stand up and take notice.



Sunday, November 28, 2010


There is a common belief, that if you asked Gary Stewart to play a gig in your garage, he would, and the performance would be as polished as if he was playing the main stage at Glastonbury, such is his love of music and performing. The release of his debut album “Boy Cries Wolf” emphasizes this fully, as the drive and enthusiasm shines through every song on the 10 track album. Kicking off with a GS classic “Travelling Song” Gary moves on apace with support from an impressive collection of musicians in the form of, Sam Lawrence(accordion,whistle,mandolin), Adam Richards (double bass), India Patel (violin), Martyn Roper (banjo), Ed Dawson (backing vocals,melodica) and Rich Stephenson (backing vocals,bass). The Simon & Garfunkel feel of “Behind the Door” is enhanced by the guest vocals of the superb Ellen Smith, as is “In The Pines” featuring one of Yorkshire’s finest female singer-songwriters Rosie Doonan. To complete the full-circle, the album finishes with two more fan-favourites in the form of “Tripping Holes” and “Bucket of Stars” to leave the listener eagerly pressing the play button immediately the last track finishes, to re-experience an album which produces a level of consistency very few of his peers could hope to match and is a credit to a very talented musician and songwriter. Whether you know any of Gary Stewarts music or not this is a must buy CD.