Hi and welcome to a jam packed SLAP issue 36 in which we bring you news and views of many art & music events throughout the Shires.

We have interviews with bands, artists, filmmakers and event organisers as well as features on artists, musicians and venues. So plenty to get your teeth into.

As if that isn’t exciting enough, we at SLAP are thrilled to be launching our brand new fabulous website which should be live by the time we go to press! Please visit us now at www.slapmag.co.uk - we would love to hear your feedback. The site will allow you to upload your events easily and quickly, get information on advertising, look at back issues, SLAP TV and information on how to contribute.

On a sad note we were sorry to lose a dear friend in Oliver Roche who has been entertaining the crowds down at the Lamb and Flag with his accordion as part of the Monday Night Folk Sessions for many years, he will be sadly missed by the locals and musicians alike.

That just leaves me to remind you about Record Store Day! Please support your local record shops like Rise and Carnival on 19th April.

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