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British Blues

This month Foz previews a couple of blues nights he’s pulled together. The first features one of the most important figures on the British blues scene while the second pays tribute to a much missed blues-rock great. This month Ipswich gets a long awaited visit from legendary record producer Mike …

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Hot Picks

This month Foz takes a look at some of the best shows coming to a venue that goes from strength to strength. Ipswich-based Foz is already planning plenty more trips to Bury St Edmunds this year. I’ve made no secret of the fact that The Apex in Bury St Edmunds …

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The Midas Touch

This month Foz previews solo shows in our region this month by Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and somehow manages to work in mentions for two of his other favourite bands – Dr Feelgood and Nine Below Zero! The London band Squeeze are an English music institution. Since forming some 40 …

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Stunning Songs

It’s frightening to think ten years have passed since I first heard the stunning songs of Ipswich musician Hannah Scott. I remember it well. Hannah was taking part in a Suffolk Songwriters session at what was then The Milestone Beerhouse, a venue that has since reverted back to its original …

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A Little Gem

The Apex and Colchester Arts Centre haven’t got much in common in the looks department but they do share a vision to serve up an eclectic mix of music. The former has made Bury St Edmunds a destination for concert goers while the latter has become something of a blueprint …

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All Or Nothing

No list of influential British bands would be complete without mention of The Small Faces. Their musical and visual impact on pop music of the last 50 years cannot be over-stated. Little wonder then that a musical based around their songs has made it to the stage. About bloody time, …

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Snape Proms Preview

This month Foz takes us to the Suffolk coast for a preview of the ever popular Snape Proms. This month the acoustically magnificent Snape Maltings welcomes a whole host of world class musicians from virtually any genre you care to mention. Admittedly, and not unusually, rock isn’t on Aldeburgh Music’s …

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Jackelope Pie & Green Jack!

 This month Foz previews one of his favourite festivals – FolkEast. The annual celebration of folk music and traditions goes from strength to strength and has been adopted by BBC Radio Suffolk as their Suffolk festival of the year. When it comes to folk music we’re particularly well served in …

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A Serving Of Blues

This month Suffolk gets the blues big time. Foz, once dubbed ‘The Mouth Of The Blues’ by former Mean Red Spiders frontman Mark Sharpe, looks ahead to two events in Stowmarket and one in Ipswich, all guaranteed to get audiences jumping for joy. Each Spring Stowmarket holds its very own …

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Foz on Jazz and Blues

This month Foz previews the annual Ipswich Jazz Club blues night and urges you to get StowBlues in your diary as well. For well over a decade now the ever-popular Ipswich Jazz Club has put on an annual blues night which sees me booking the cream of the British blues …

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