Reviews, news and assorted thoughts about music, with a strong emphasis on the British grass-roots progressive rock scene. Which, if you still believe the old clich├ęs, is all about twin-necked guitars, capes and Mellotrons, and twelve minute songs about Hobbits. Only the latter is more applicable to power-metal these days. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Now that Terry Wogan is up there, Heaven can hold a Eurovision Song Contest with Lemmy as the British entry. Something that should have happened when the two of them were still on Earth.

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Bebecca Downes Believe

Rebecca Downes – Believe

A record this good deserves to be heard well beyond niche audiences of ageing classic rock and blues fans. Continue reading

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King Crimson Red

Of Genres and Canons

If you divide music into “Classical” and “Pop”, but don’t make any distinction between “Pop” from “Rock”, a record like King Crimson’s “Red” gives a divide-by-zero error. Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Factory

John Mitchell releases The Nostalgia Factory

The four-track EP wth covers of songs by Steven Wlson, Justin Hayward, Phil Collins and ELP is released in 26th February. Continue reading

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Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu

Why It’s a Critic’s Duty to Be Wrong

Because reviews are not supposed to be definitive statements, but the starting points of conversations. Continue reading

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Kim at The Garage

Elkie Returns!

Former Touchstone singer Kim Seviour is to record a solo album co-written and produced by John Mitchell Continue reading

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Latest Music News


Panic Room video and 2016 tour dates

Panic Room have released a video of “Dust”, the dramatic closing number from the album “Incarnate”, and announced their 2016 tour dates. Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn and The Windmill for CRF 2016

Mostly Autumn, The Windmill and Pearl Handled Revolver are the latest bands to added to the bill. Continue reading

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Jimmy Bain

RIP Jimmy Bain

Rainbow, Dop and WIld Horses bassist, who played on “Rainbow Rising” and “Holy Diver” has died at 68 Continue reading

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Rosalie Cunningham of Purson

Cambridge Rock Festival announces first bands for 2016

The lineup includes Carl Palmer, Curved Air, Hekz, Purson, Focus and The Pink Faries Continue reading

Karnataka 2016 Tour Poster

Karnataka announce 2016 tour

An extensive tour across April, May and June will cover much of the UK as well as dates in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy. Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

DreamTheater - The Astonishing

Dream Theater – The Astonishing

This double concept album fails to astonish, and adds very little to their legacy. Continue reading

Myrkur M

Myrkur – M

A remarkable combination of beauty and menace. The missing link between Venom and Enya? Continue reading

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Mantra Vega The Illusions Reckoning

Mantra Vega – The Illusion’s Reckoning

This collaboration is as good as anything Heather Findlay or Dave Kerzner have done in the past. Continue reading

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Resurrection Kings

Resurrection Kings

Supergroup fails to deliver, with a great singer and solid musicianship rather wasted on decidedly second-rate material. Continue reading

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Jodie Marie Trouble in Mind

Jodie Marie – Trouble in Mind

An excelent and hugely varied album by the Welsh blues singer-songwriter that’s worthy of wider attention. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

Heather and Kim Leamington

2015 in Live Music – Ten of the Best

It’s harder to rank gigs in any kind of order than it is for records, since you can’t relive a one-off experience. These ten are those which have particularly stuck in the mind,. Continue reading

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John Mitchell Scala

Lonely Robot, The Scala

As the last significant event in progressive rock’s 2015 calendar, this showcase gig made a great finale to the year. Continue reading

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Anna Phoebe and Livvy

Mostly Autumn – Leamington Assembly

Mostly Autumn’s only Christmas gig of 2015 draws a great crowd and sees the band rise to the occasion. Continue reading

Anne Marie Chattery

Luna Rossa Live in Wales

Luna Rossa are a complete contrast to the wide-scale cinematic rock of Panic Room, and the live experience has a quite different vibe even to Panic Room’s semi-acoustic sets. Continue reading

BJ & Anna TH

Mostly Autumn – York Grand Opera House

One of the best live “Dressed in Voices” to day, and a Mostly Floyd set strong enough to evaporate any scepticism. Continue reading

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