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Album Review: GRAVITY by Matt Bianco

GRAVITY by Matt Bianco Album

Classy, cool and sophisticated, GRAVITY encapsulates the stylistic essence of Matt Bianco

British jazz band Matt Bianco have had their fair share of ups and downs. After a run of UK chart singles between 1984 and 1989 including HALF A MINUTE, GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED, DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL / WAP-BAM-BOOGIE and YEH YEH, the group was struck by tragedy in December 2016 when their co-leader and keyboard player Mark Fisher died aged just 57...

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POCKETFUL OF STONES by Hue and Cry Album Review

Pocketful of Stones by Hue and Cry Album Artwork

Despite its deeply affecting lyrics, POCKETFUL OF STONES tends to blend into one long journey

Following the success of the reimagined REMOTE: MAJOR TO MINOR (2014), platinum-selling duo Hue and Cry release their new studio album POCKETFUL OF STONES.

Formed by brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane, Hue and Cry are a soul/jazz/pop duo who first burst onto the UK music scene in the late 1980’s...

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Interview: Sparks talk about their new album HIPPOPOTAMUS

Hippopotamus by Sparks

Sparks talk about the inspiration behind their new studio album HIPPOPOTAMUS

Eight years after the release of THE SEDUCTION OF INGMAR BERGMAN (2009), musical mavericks Sparks make a welcome return with their new studio album HIPPOPOTAMUS.

Formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks are an American new wave/synth-pop band known for their quirky approach to songwriting...

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Music Review: THE SONS OF PITCHES: LIVE! – The Lowry, Salford

THE SONS OF PITCHES explore the highly entertaining world of television through their own inimitable style

Following the success of their 2016 tour, THE SONS OF PITCHES return to Salford’s The Lowry for their biggest UK tour yet named the “SOPTV Show”.

Affectionately known as The Sons’, THE SONS OF PITCHES are a six-member a cappella group, comprising of three lead vocalists, one bass vocalist, one percussion vocalist and one soprano vocalist...

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Music Review: SIMON & GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS – The Lowry, Salford

SIMON AND GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS by Bookends. Photo: Chris Groucutt

Bookends bring Simon & Garfunkel’s extensive back catalogue to life in SIMON & GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS

More than four decades after their breakup in 1970, American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel continue to inspire a generation as tribute act Bookends delicately demonstrate in their latest UK tour of SIMON & GARFUNKEL THROUGH THE YEARS.

Performed by childhood friends Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, SIMON & GARFUNKEL ...

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Album Review: Albert Hammond – IN SYMPHONY

Albert Hammond IN SYMPHONY

Albert Hammond re-records hits from his core back catalogue with IN SYMPHONY 

After more than five decades in the music industry, you’d think that Albert Hammond would be tempted to hang up his guitar and take it easy but the legendary singer-songwriter is showing no signs of slowing down. At 72, Hammond is still writing and performing material, re-scoring some of his biggest hits for his new album IN SYMPHONY.

For those who don’t recongise the name, Hammond is a London born, Gibraltarian ...

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Music Review: Red Hot Chilli Pipers – The Lowry, Salford

The 2017 tour sees the Red Hot Chilli Pipers reinvent hits from artists such as Coldplay and Queen

Over the past fourteen years, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have grown to become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet. Formed in 2002, the Scottish group has played with rock band The Darkness, opened the popular T IN THE PARK music festival, won the BBC talent show WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? and have sold out tours across the world including the UK and the USA.

For those who have never heard of th...

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Gig Review: Billy Ocean Spring Tour 2017 – The Lowry, Salford

Billy Ocean Spring Tour

Billy Ocean performs tracks from the new album as well as his greatest hits as part of his Spring Tour

Billy Ocean’s heyday may have been in the 1970s and 1980s but the 67-year-old singer songwriter still knows how to entertain a crowd.

Born in Trinidad in 1950, Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced...

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Gig Review: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – O2 Apollo, Manchester

Scott Bradlee Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is a sassy and stylish night out that’s sure to leave a smile on your face

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox brought an authentic 1920s vibe to Manchester’s O2 Apollo last night as the rotating music collective rolled into town as part of the UK leg of their European tour.

Founded by Jazz pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2011, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) first found fame through YouTube...

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Album Review: Jarrod Dickenson – READY THE HORSES

Jarrod Dickenson READY THE HORSES

With its warm sound and well-written tracks, READY THE HORSES is a worthy follow-up to the groundbreaking THE LONESOME TRAVELER

Following the critically acclaimed THE LONESOME TRAVELER, American singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson finally releases his highly anticipated new album READY THE HORSES on 10 March.

Dickenson’s first exposure to UK audiences came in 2013 when he supported David Ford for 15 UK tour dates...

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