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Tiny Spark – Stephanie Kirkham January 30, 2016

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Click here for a review of the delightful new album ‘Tiny Spark’ by Stephanie Kirkham that I wrote for the subba-cultcha website. I hope that you like it. Also I just wanted to say that the review copy of the album that I received was hand wrapped beautifully. I am told that was done by Stephanie herself :-). Pictures of that wrapping are below.

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China Shop Bull – Fibbers, York Thursday 28th January 2016 (Subba-Cultcha) January 29, 2016

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Click here for my review of a set in York last night by the fabulous China Shop Bull from Leeds. I loved them and I hope that you do too.

 

Powerkompany – Fever and Chills January 28, 2016

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Click here to read my review of the forthcoming album ‘Fever and Chills’ by the fabulous Powerkompany on the subba-cultcha website.

 

Still Waters – Breakbot January 27, 2016

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Click here to read my review on the subba-cultcha.com website of the forthcoming album ‘Still Waters’ by Breakbot.

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Adam French, Sam Griffiths and Crispin Halcrow – The Basement, City Screen, York – Tuesday 26th January 2016


I haven’t been to the Basement at City Screen for sometime so it was good to be back. Especially as this was a show recommended by my good mate Simon Pattinson. He has never let me down with those recommendations and tonight certainly maintained his 100% record!

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First on start was Crispin Halcrow, although he seemed a little nervous at first he finished his set with confidence. I heard something of Teddy Thompson and Seth Lakeman in him. He certainly knows how to write a song, “Charcoal” is beautiful and it is about remembering. Crispin also introduced us to Phoebe the ukulele for a very well performed cover of the Mama’s And Papa’s hit “Dream A Little Dream”. This lad from Kendal is one to watch.

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Next under the stage lights was Sam Griffiths ably supported by Bradley Blackwell (I hope I got that name right). He kicked off with a song that he introduced as being a song about a Bob Dylan album, it is called “Blood On The Tracks“. Dylan got another mention later in the set when Sam suggested that he had ripped off the great Mr Zimmerman with a song called “Shelter Of The Storm”. That ripped off reference was very much tongue in cheek and I think the song is superb and given airplay I would say it has big hit written all over it. Sam’s songs are all well-developed and mature. In particular a song inspired by the David Lynch film ‘Lost Highway‘ called “Camera” which was my favourite from Sam’s set.

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The first two acts were damned good but Adam French took it to another level completely. The likes of James Bay and Hozier are indeed very talented but I think Adam knocks the socks off them. His songs are incredibly well constructed and given how sublime they sound in a solo setting I believe they would be even better with a band. Adam is a multi instrumentalist utilising guitar, keyboard and bass guitar. “Hunter” was accompanied by Mr French on bass guitar and worked so very well. Will Adam French write a classic song? I think he already has at least two in the haunting “Silhouette” and the gorgeous “Ivory”. I have been going to gigs for more than 40 years and this was probably one of the finest small club sets that I have ever seen. Forget about all that X Factor rubbish, if music has a future then it is in the hands of very talented people like Adam French. I urge you to check him out on-line or live when you get the chance. I sense that his days of playing small intimate gigs like this may well be numbered. He will, I am sure, be coming to you on a much bigger stage very soon. I would also like to add that he is a great bloke too having had a few drinks with him after the show along with his Mum and other friends and family.

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Public service announcement! The photos of Crispin, Sam and Bradley were sourced on line and those of Adam were taken on my trusty Nokia phone.

 

Introducing the magnificent Northern Exposure webzine! January 26, 2016

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I am such a tart when it comes to writing about music! Well maybe not but I do love all kinds of music and I am really proud to be involved in a small way with the launch of a fantastic new webzine by the amazing Rachel Brown. The webzine is called Northern Exposure and you can find it by clicking here. The first piece I have written for Rachel was about David Bowie, now that won’t be a surprise to regular readers. To read my article click here.

Get yourself some tickets to the launch party! I might see you there!

Get yourself some tickets to the launch party! I might see you there!

Anyway check out Northern Exposure and let Rachel know what you think! You will not be disappointed it really is a great site and a great read!

As the site is new and I contributed a David Bowie song there was only ever going to be one video on this post. It’s the late Dame himself with “Absolute Beginners”

 

subba-cultcha.com – check it out!


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In addition to this and my other blogs I have recently started doing some album and gig reviews for the wonderful subba-cultcha site. Check out the site itself by clicking here. If you love music you will not be disappointed. I have also put links to all the reviews that I done so far below, starting with twelve album reviews and followed by a gig review. I would appreciate your views on those too.

Bad Pollyanna – The Broken Toys

Devilstrip – Rise

Jeb Loy Nichols – Ya Smell Me?

Band Of Gold – Band Of Gold

Starlight Girls – Fantasm

The Lamplighters – Views

Love Buzzard – Antifistamines

Shearwater – Jet Plane And Oxbow

Uncle Lucius – The Light

Jenny Gillespie – Cure For Dreaming

The Wild Wild – Into The Sea, Into The Stars

Sanguine – Black Sheep

Alien Ant Farm – Live at the Duchess in York earlier this month

 

 
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