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Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear in the North East

I recieved a call from an old school mate a couple of weeks back asking if i would like to compare a gig he is organizing in my home town Hartlepool up in the North East. I of course tread with caution before agreeing to anything. However, when he told me that it is Dave …

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Putting the year to bed.

In the terminal days of the decade 2019 for me personally presented many personal challenges. So many issues left me battling with depression and physical weakness. Something perhaps not dwelled on or indeed discussed unnecessarily.  As I don my Big Big Train hat and potter in the garden whilst putting it to bed for winter …

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Is It Prog?

Travelling to the HRS Prog weekend in Sheffield recently with my good friend Johnny Blakey of Progwinds fame. He suggested to me that I should include a song or piece of music in my show that begs the question “is it Prog or is it not?” Following a debate about possible contenders we agreed that …

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Gu-Ru | Hey Now People (single)

I have long held the view that as well as creating and listening to music of any genre should be a positive experience and that time whenever possible to have fun with it should be taken. Recently I have received news of three projects that have been recorded purely as fun and as a consequence …

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Flutatious | Festival

Ever heard a tune on the radio or at a friend’s house and thought “I’ve heard that tune before”? Well, such a thing happened to me recently when I heard a track from the new album by London based band Flutatious. Turns out I had already heard a couple of tracks on various samplers though …

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Nova Cascade | The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrow

  Nova Cascade are a relatively new band the nucleus of which is Dave Hillborne who kindly provided me with the album here for review. Dave’s cohorts on the album are Dave Fick on bass, Charlie Bramald / flute, David Anania / drums and last but certainly not least Eric Bouillette / violin and lead …

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NEBO 10 (The true cost of an Ikea table)

NEBO 10     July 27th 2019 found us celebrating the tenth NEBO (North East Bake Off) at The Wellington Inn in the village of Wolviston near Billingham Teesside. The second occasion we have held the event there. The room is hardly ideal for Hi-Fi having as it does a bouncy floor as straight as …

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Homage to the king.

What to do on a very rainy day in New York? Well for this boy there was no better way than pay homage to The King. Not Elvis Presley but the king of Prog, the late Keith Emerson. Keith’s famous Moog modular synthesiser and Hammond C3 organ have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum …

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