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Album Review: FROM THE HEART by James Meunier

FROM THE HEART Album Artwork by James Meunier

Musical theatre star James Meunier makes his mark with FROM THE HEART

From leading ladies Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Jansen, to fan favourites Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, theatre fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to recordings by their favourite West End stars. In addition to traditional cast recordings, many West End performers have chosen to release albums under their own name with SUNSET BOULEVARD’s James Meunier now joining the pack.

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Gig Review: Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Michael Kiwanuka 2017 Tour

Michael Kiwanuka’s new album LOVE & HATE signals a new and more sophisticated phase in the artist’s career

Five years after the release of his debut album HOME AGAIN, Michael Kiwanuka makes a welcome return to the music scene. Following a number of sell-out dates in May, including a night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the British singer-songwriter takes his critically acclaimed second album LOVE & HATE out on the road for seven new shows – and it certainly packs a powerful punch.

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Gig Review: Beverley Knight – I LOVE SOULSVILLE Tour – The Lowry, Salford

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Photo Credit: Michelle Owen-Williams

Beverley Knight cements her place as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers on her I LOVE SOULSVILLE tour

Since the release of her debut album THE B-FUNK in 1995, Beverley Knight has been riding on a high. Widely labelled as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers, the three time MOBO winner has a whopping eight studio albums to her name, has starred in two West End shows and even has an MBE for her contribution to British music...

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COMPETITION: Win a Copy of Matt Bianco’s New Album GRAVITY

GRAVITY by Matt Bianco Album

Win a CD copy of Matt Bianco’s new album GRAVITY

To celebrate the release of their thirteenth studio album, Frankly My Dear UK is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of Matt Bianco’s new CD album GRAVITY.

Classy, cool and sophisticated, the new album revives Matt Bianco’s Bossa and Jazz roots and encapsulates the stylistic essence of the popular British jazz band.

Recorded live in the studio, the 11 track album features all-star band with noted British jazz musicians such as sa...

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GRAVITY by Matt Bianco Album Review

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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Album Review: POCKETFUL OF STONES by Hue and Cry

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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