Category Archives: Music

Sounds of the Sixties………get rid of Tony Blackburn PLEASE!

    As a child of the 60s my formative musical education was based around the emerging popular music scene of the time. As a teenager I listened to the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, John Mayall, the Searchers, Swinging Blue Jeans … Continue reading

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Sara Baras………..the worlds greatest dancer

There are a few occasions in life when you know you have just seen, heard and experienced something rather special. My first Mahler 2, Janaceks “Jenufa”, Sam and Dave and the Stax Soul Tour, Dave Holland Group and The Hilliard … Continue reading

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Little Richard………comes to Manchester in 1963

In 1963 I was fifteen years old and just getting into my stride with pop music. There was little opportunity to listen to pop music as the BBC rigidly controlled the airwaves and looked down on popular music with considerable … Continue reading

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Scott Walker…………a wondrous voice

During a recent bout of redecorating the house (not by me I might add) I had to move all my CDs and store all 800 of them, into boxes for safekeeping. This was an onerous task and one I had … Continue reading

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A “Diva” and a “Lass from Lancashire”……both sublime voices

A good many years ago (too many to remember) I was given tickets for a Halle concert at the old Free Trade Hall in Manchester. I was very keen to go as the main work was Neilsons 4th Symphony (The … Continue reading

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Willie and Julio……..the most unlikely combination!

Some years ago I developed an interest in “country music” (yes, I know it is treatable) and particularly artists such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and the inimitable Willie Nelson. It was Nelson who really turned me on … Continue reading

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Zepparella……….gender bending heavy rock!

I have always had an aversion to “tribute bands” as they tend to be a poor imitation of the originals, and the idea that they reproduce note for note the original songs really doesn’t do anything for me. If the … Continue reading

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