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Francis Dunnery | Vampires

I have some confessing to do here folks. Until recently i wasn’t sure who Francis Dunnery actually was. I had it in my head that he was a folky like Richard Thompson or the likes. Until that is that one of my musical colleagues who was insistent on me checking him out briefed me fully …

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The Blockheads | The Studio, Hartlepool 30:04:16

It felt strange entering the Studio in Hartlepool having only been there once since i staged both of The Progmeister festival’s there a few years back. It appeared stark and almost youth club like compared to how it used to be. It amazes me that such an important music resource and hub isn’t better looked …

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Yes | Newcastle City Hall 29:04:16

A cold Friday evening in Newcastle was a good reason to sit inside a warm Newcastle City Hall and watch one of prog’s leading and legendary bands Yes. Like other such bands of their generation they have recently suffered a huge loss in their ground braking bassist Chris Squire. It was humbling therefore to witness …

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Big Big Train | Stone And Steel

A strange thing Karma? I was thinking to myself “i wonder when that Blu-ray i pre-ordered is going to turn up?”. Blow me when i got home there it was laying on the hall floor. Spooky! The Blu-ray to which i refer is the latest release by one of my favourite institutions Big Big Train. …

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Keith Emerson

2016 has up until now been as the queen once put it an anus horribleous. As i write i am nursing the hangover from hell caused by receiving the news that my hero since the age of eleven years old has ended his life. In the world of progressive rock music the word legend and …

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The Syn | Trustworks

Last year i was sent a batch of albums to review and amongst them was a live recording of a band that i had never heard of before, The Syn. Following a short spell of listening to it in the car i was compelled to listen to it properly in the home. The result was …

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Tony Patterson | Equations Of Meaning

Over a year has passed since Tony Patterson teamed up with fellow North East muso Brendan Eyre to create Northlands. Time waits for no man and Tony has not suffered from idle hands. Equations Of Meaning may seem a strange title for an album though it all becomes clear after listening to it. Tony is …

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Steven Wilson | Newcastle City Hall 30th January 2016

I couldn’t think of a better place to be on a freezing cold January evening than Newcastle City Hall watching an artists who has become a contemporary musical icon. Steven Wilson certainly does fit the bill and the welcome he got from his audience was testament to it. After a period of watching the fascia …

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