Saturday, October 31, 2009


A man proud of his roots, a humourist, social commentator, an unpaid worker of the Brighouse tourist board, all could be labelled at Roger Davies and much more besides. The recent release of his 11 track album “The Busker” is a kaleidoscope of his musical talent, moving from pathos to eye-watering humour, with the ease that only someone at the top of his profession could achieve. Each track stands alone on its own merits and without a dip in quality throughout the entire album. Starting with “Brighouse on Saturday night” which covers his local pride, young mothers and the wonderful Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, who add their own special northern talents to the track, through to bringing water to the eyes of the male listener on “The Ballard of knockin’ Nelly,” and his appreciation of great artists and his own particular favourite in “Peter Brook’s Paintings.” The pictures he himself paints, through his incredible selection of lyrics throughout the album will surely see musical destiny calling, for the very special talent that is Roger Davies, the pride of Brighouse should soon be the pride of Britain.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009


After a triumphant nationwide tour of every Caffé Nero venue in the UK, the music connoisseurs’ of Yorkshire can enjoy the incredible talented Abi Moore performing once again in the white rose county next week.

Her well received CDs “The Aftermath of 96” and “Things We Should Have Said” will be available PLUS, the just released and critically acclaimed concert DVD “Live at Lincoln Drill Hall"

If you have not seen Abi before then please check out the reviews posted on this site on August 13th and 25th

27th October – Roman Bath, York – 21.00
28th October – The Wardrobe, Leeds – 21-00
29th October – Henry Boons, Wakefield – 20-00

Thursday, October 08, 2009


The latest DVD released by Cool Acoustics, titled “Acoustic Selection Box” gives the viewer over 2 hours of hidden gems from the acoustic music diamond mine. With each artist being given the freedom and opportunity to showcase their many varied, but always consistant talents, the various styles produce an entertaining collection. The ever highly-energetic Gary Stewart and his band had the venue rocking with a set of old and new favourites which get the DVD off to flying start. Rosie Doonan, confirming why she is one of Yorkshires finest and versatile female-performers, as she plays keyboards, guitar and ukulele in a set, which, with her Snap Dragons of the highly talented cellist Sarah Smout and violinist Katriona Gilmore provide a warm and poignant set to take the viewer down a different musical road and raises the expectations of what the rest of this “selection box” has to offer. A visit to Eastern Europe follows in the shape of Hungarian songstress Laura Toth, who provides confirmation that good music is universal and appreciated by music-lovers of whatever preferred genre. Nicky Phillips showing her prodigious talent, is the next to saviour, as she leaves the audience/viewer in no doubt that she is going to be a massive influence on the music-scene for many years to come. Surely a certainty for any new/young singer-songwriter of 2009 award. Rodina, featuring the impressive vocals of lead singer Aoife, allows the soulful jazz/lounge style to create a chilled out but not superficial sound in a memorable set. The evocative and richly composed performance from Liverpool-based Ragz adds yet another dimension before Gina Dootson completes the DVD with a performance which shows what the music scene in the UK has been missing while Gina has had her base in Germany, thankfully now returned to the UK, the performance is awesome, and finishes the enjoyable “Selection Box” in fine style.

The sincere hope is that in years to come, these artists will have the exposure they deserve and Cool Acoustics have received the recognition for all the hard work, dedication and vision in providing the opportunity to spread the acoustic family they have built, to a bigger and hopefully national audience.

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Friday, October 02, 2009


Normally the front-man and driving force behind “The Big Fat Kill” Jon Palmer has now produced his first solo album in the form of “Walk into your dreams”. Whether fronting a band and singing about a northern town’s pubs or the southern sands, or performing solo and diversifying into vampire lovers or the realisation of no happy ending, Jon Palmer enthuses with such passion, and charisma throughout his performances, it leaves the listener spell-bound and desperate for more. This is a bare-bones acoustic album, simply a man and his guitar which produces a wonderful pure sound and ambience. There will be few, if any better male solo albums produced in 2009 than this first album from one of the finest singer-songwriters plying his trade at present.