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Foz’s musings on the music scene

Built For Comfort Reunion

Built For Comfort
They say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be but let me assure you that in the case of Suffolk blues band Built For...

Reflections on StowBlues

Automatic Slim
There’s plenty of food for thought after the recent StowBlues festival. The now firmly established annual event at the Museum Of East Anglian Life...

StowBlues 2019

You know you’re getting on in years when police officers, sports men and women and office staff look so young. Another indicator is when...

A Taste of Rory Gallagher

This year is the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the late, great Rory Gallagher’s recording career. His first commercial release came as part...

Life Drawings

Lowestoft folk star John Ward is celebrating the release of his eighth album. John and his band go from strength to strength and it...

75p Gig tickets, those were the days!

I would imagine all of us have kicked ourselves for missing out on gigs that we really should have been at.  A good friend...

Dr Feelgood

It’s remarkable and rather frightening to think that Canvey’s finest – Dr Feelgood – have been playing a Christmas show in Ipswich virtually every...

Bridget St. John & Rick Wakeman

As you can well imagine, during my forty-plus years broadcasting in Suffolk I have interviewed hundreds, maybe even thousands of musicians. For the most...

Shakatak

After a thoroughly enjoyed festival season, it’s time to turn our attention once again to the bread and butter of indoor gigs. As you...

Mike Vernon

Legendary record producer Mike Vernon is back in my hometown of Ipswich early next month. Mike’s CV reads like a Who’s Who of UK...

FolkEast #7

It would be very hard to imagine the Suffolk summer without FolkEast, a three day extravaganza celebrating not only wonderful traditional music but also...

Dark Matter

One of my favourite blues songs is John Lee Hooker’s Mr Lucky. It’s a track I feel I can relate to. I’ve been lucky...

Blues in Mid Suffolk

The Suffolk town of Stowmarket is really enjoying its increased standing on the local music scene. It has certainly had its moments down the...

Top Ten Gigs of 2017

PAUL RODGERS  - Ipswich Regent – Tuesday, May 23 STATE OF THE UNION – Colchester Arts Centre – Monday, September 25 SQUEEZE/NINE BELOW...

Something for Everyone

This month Foz recommends a visit to one of his favourite venues – The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. As we’ve come to expect,...

Jerimiah Adieu

This time round Foz looks ahead to Brooks Williams’ long awaited Ipswich debut. He also pays tribute to Braintree-based bluesman Jerimiah Marques who died...

Saints Beer & Blues Festival

Foz previews an event in Ipswich this month that he’s particularly looking forward to as it features three of this region’s finest blues acts and lots of beer!

Dave Thomas Blues Band

This month Foz focuses on one of this region’s most respected blues musicians Dave Thomas who lives in Diss. Dave has just released his...

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