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Brooks’ Blues

BROOKS WILLIAMS – BROOKS’ BLUES Cambridgeshire-based Brooks Williams is from Statesboro, Georgia USA (the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell and his song Statesboro Blues), creates a super-charged acoustic music that draws heavily on both his blues and Americana roots. The resulting sound can be described as …

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Future Melancholy Pop Music

JOHNNO CASSON aka SNIPPET – FUTURE MELANCHOLY POP MUSIC Colchester artist Johnno Casson may be also known to many of you as Snippet, the funky folky wonky pop multi-instrumentalist, who has delivered an extremely well received range of vibrant releases in the last few years in the shape of 4 EPs and the …

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Mix’t Blessings

BARDS OF THE HEATH – MIX’T BLESSINGS In its first incarnation The Bards from Martlesham Heath near Ipswich were a duo with occasional gigs – John Goodluck on vocals, guitar & bouzouki alongside Jo Arcand playing whistle, recorders and doing some narration. The Bards were then expanded to a musical …

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Call for Classical Youth

‘Try putting that under yer chin, darlin’!’ was a phrase I would dread, clambering awkwardly onto the bus with my enormous cello towering over me, fumbling in my pocket for my 20p bus fare and wanting the shy-world, which many musicians inhabit, to swallow me up.  Nowadays I’d probably be …

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Who’s The Next Ed?

A few weeks ago I managed to grab 15 minutes with a singer I hadn’t chatted to for about five years. I last interviewed Ed Sheeran at Latitude 2011, but before then we’d spoken semi-regularly for a few years. This time around, I was to call him from my work. …

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A Mean Pinball

1975. The year Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party, Fawlty Towers was first broadcast on TV and Bohemian Rhapsody was number 1 for what seemed an eternity (it was nine weeks but when you’re a kid – that’s an eternity!).  It was also the year that Tommy, Ken …

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The Start of Festival Season

As early as it might seem, we appear to have entered the festival season and with that in mind Foz previews two big events in Ipswich which will keep him busy throughout the last weekend of the month. He also flags up the annual Ipswich Jazz Club blues night. I …

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I Can’t Stand Still

JACEN BRUCE + THE MEMPHIS UNDERGROUND – I Can’t Stand Still I Can’t Stand Still is dedicated to the memory of Newmarket-based Jacen’s hero Elvis Presley. Elvis passed away on his 11th birthday, the 16th of August 1977 and The King has had a profound impact on Jacen’s life. When he …

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Embraceable Ella

JOANNA EDEN + CHRIS INGHAM – EMBRACEABLE ELLA Saffron Walden-based Joanna presents a ‘labour of love’ album celebrating the music of her vocal hero Ella Fitzgerald. From the throw-away A Tisket A Tasket which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album …

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Beautiful Dream

JAMIE WILLIAMS – BEAUTIFUL DREAM Born in Romford in the early 70s, Jamie knew from an early age that music had the power to move him, but it wasn’t until he immersed himself in the sound of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones & The Doors that he began …

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