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Last Sunday at The Cupola

Cupola is a contempory art gallery that’s been established in Sheffield for over 20 years. They’re currently hosting live music on the last Sunday afternoon of each month, organised by Andy Whitehouse of Four Rivers Promotions. Subject to the weather it’s held in their picturesque sculpture garden, or in one of their four gallery spaces. … Continue reading

Interviewed : Joe Solo

Joe Solo is one of the hardest working performers in the north and one whose army of fans increases with every gig. Nick Quantrill talks to the Scarborough-based musician about his work: 1) You’re out working hard to promote your current album, “If Peel Street Could Talk”, and although it nods to Seegar and Hays, … Continue reading


Last weekend saw Tramlines festival hit Sheffield for what was its third year. 2011 was the biggest yet, including over 60 venues and countless artists from here and everywhere. It’s been described as an ‘urban festival’, and compared to the likes of SXSW in style. It’s entirely free and really is a weekend featuring something … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #1 Lonesome Bob

Everybody should have a Lonesome Bob record in their collection. If you can find one. Click the play button below to hear “I Get Smarter Every Drink“. “Things Fall Apart” is as fine a record debut record as you’re ever likely to hear.

The story of ‘Please Please Me’ – The Beatles record their debut album

On February 11th, 1963, four young men from Liverpool gathered in EMI’s Abbey Road studios in London to record their debut album. Even though this band, The Beatles, had recently enjoyed their first taste of success, they weren’t to be treated any differently to any other chart acts of the day. The album would consist … Continue reading

Reviewed : Shiznitz! – Boathouse Masters

Undiscovered gems, playing on the streets of Hull? You really wouldn’t think so, would you, but take the time to look about and listen and you just might be surprised. Led by the mysterious figure of Corona Smith, they’re a bunch of ‘self styled rabble rousing purveyors of stray dance.’  What it translates into is … Continue reading

Reviewed : Justin Townes Earle, Sheffield, 27.07.11

A packed back room at The Greystones for a long sold out show was buzzing when support act Mike Hughes took to the stage. It made quite a contrast from having seen him a few days earlier in Sheffield Cathedral as part of Tramlines. Though whilst he played a similar hush fell over the crowd, and he … Continue reading

Interviewed : Jeff Caudill

Californian singer-songwriter, Jeff Caudill arrives shortly in the UK for his latest solo tour. Hull based crime author Nick Quantrill ( ) talks to him about the dates and his new record, ‘Always On’. 1) It’s been a while since you was last here in the UK. What’s been happening since the release of … Continue reading

Reviewed : Boss Caine – The Ship That Sailed

“Where lays my baby tonight?” Allow me to introduce you to your new love. Boss Caine. One night stands, affairs of years, months or weeks, and flames that never quite burn out. That’s just the many transient members of the York musical collective that serves as a stage name and vehicle for the songs of … Continue reading

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