Interviews

Interviews with local, regional, national and international artists who are performing in our region.

Tim Speight has worked at many of the theatres and festivals in the region and yet you will never have seen him.  When the curtain goes up and the lights come on, he is nowhere to be seen. Yet without him or his team of freelancers you wouldn’t hear...
As you may know, for the last few years I have been following the progress of Norwich blues singer Malaya Blue as she grows from strength to strength.  Her last album ‘Heartsick’ I thought was excellent but her latest offering ‘Still’ has raised the bar even higher.  The album is a...
For the last few years I have been following the progress of Norwich blues singer Malaya Blue as she grows from strength to strength.  Her last album ‘Heartsick’ I thought was excellent but her latest offering ‘Still’ has raised the bar even higher.  The album is a song writing collaboration with...
The Zoom Video Interview that didn’t quite work!  A follow up to The Gig That Never Happened! They are quite possibly the nicest group of people to talk to, obviously at ease with each other and the founder members celebrate ten years of Fred’s House this year.  Newest member Prue...
Earlier this week I conducted a safe, socially distanced interview on the phone with Grace and Aaron Bond who together are When Rivers Meet.  The name came about when they were in Sardinia overlooking two rivers that flowed into each other - then they got married and the name...
Cambridge-based, maths-loving teenage duo Influx of Insanity live up the road from each other which makes practicing very easy to co-ordinate. On seeing them live, my review said: ...these two were creating some amazing sounds on stage and for just two of them I was surprised yet excited to see...
Hayley Clapperton talks to Dylan Steed, guitarist with The 55, a five-piece teenage band with a sound of their own. They have a liking for BBQ sauce and a priority to enjoy themselves while performing even though no-one has a party trick - they do have a trumpet! HC: Who...
It’s May 2020 and for the first time since we started back in 1991 we are not producing Grapevine Magazine.  For our small team, mostly working from home, it is a strange feeling – not having any live music or theatre to enjoy, review or talk about.  But despite there...
Spread around East Anglia, musical brother and sister, Lizzy and Reubes Cocksedge, along with guitarist Dan Jones are Light Skies Darken. They appeared on the cover of Grapevine in December 2018 and Hayley Clapperton caught up with them to see how it’s progressing. HC: How long have Lizzy & Reubes...
Singer and BBC Radio presenter Clare Teal should be making her debut at Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion on April 18th. Sadly that has had to be postponed - the good news is that a new date has been set: put Friday 4th September in your diary. ...
17-year old guitar playing singer/songwriter Gen Irving from Essex has plenty of gigs and festivals under her belt. With a weakness for tortilla chips and a choice of 10 guitars to play, it won’t be long before she is driving further afield for a busy gig diary. Hayley Clapperton...
It was Foz at BBC Radio Suffolk who introduced me to the music of Norfolk rockers Bad Touch about three years ago.  In all that time I have not yet managed to see the band play live - their upcoming UK tour will soon afford me a chance to...
Tom Constanten has had a long and successful career in music. He is best know as being the Graetful Dead’s keyboard player between 1968 and 1970. At 75 he is still performing, still touring and he will visit the Banham Barrel at the end of the month...
Feast of Fiddles have been redefining folk music, with six albums and an array of sold-out festival appearances under their belt. Hugh Crabtree, founder and boss of Feast of Fiddles, said: “I was just struck with this mad idea that it might be quite interesting to ask six of...
Samantha Fish has become one of the must see live performers on both sides of The Atlantic over the last 12 months and now she is touring the UK and The Waterfront, Norwich is included on the schedule. And GrapevineLIVE is offering you the chance to win a pair...
Four teenage lads from Dovercourt who have been in a rock band for six years and are making their mark on the rock scene as they release their first single. They have played West Cliff Theatre, The Landslide Festival and the 4Fs MCC Bike Rally as well as plenty of fetes in...
Comedian and TV Star Jason Manford comes to Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday 11-Saturday 15 February starring in a brand-new UK Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Curtains. We caught up with Jason to chat about the show, and how he finds life in musical theatre compared to...
The Jive Aces are a swing band that originated when, as classmates, the band members discovered that they all shared a love for swing music.  Ian Clarkson, lead singer for the Jive Aces, states: “The band has expanded since those early days. Our musicianship has evolved and has been...

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