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EP cover for Towers of Pain EP by Mark Leedham

EP Review: Towers of Plain by Mark Leedham

Before we immerse ourselves in the enchanting realm of Mark Leedham’s instrumental Towers Of Plain EP. Let me tell you Mark Leedham is a ‘journeyman’, he’s been around, gaining a lot of experience and a reputation as a superb guitarist […]

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Gig Preview: Nick Parker and the False Alarms

Nick Parker and the False Alarms with AbdoujaparovThe Marrs Bar, Worcester – 3rd March 2024 Advance tickets now available Glastonbury native Nick Parker began performing in his early teens with folk/rock/skiffle band ‘Why?’. Over the next decade, he graced stages […]

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Gig Review: Rufus Wainwright, Stroud

Rufus WainwrightStroud Subscription Rooms 17th February 2024 Once described by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet”, Rufus Wainwright is filling his weekend with two small intimate shows, including the recently refurbished Stroud Subscription Rooms, between rehearsals for […]

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New Release: Band of Brothers by Zen Kat

Band of Brothers by Zen Kat will be released on 23rd February 2024, you can pre save on Spotify. This track surprised me, really took me off guard, Band of Brothers is both optimistic yet deeply plaintive, strength and vulnerability. Listening […]

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Gig Preview: Chris Wood, West Malvern

Chris WoodWest Malvern Social Club – Saturday 16 March 2024 The incomparable Chris Wood makes his triumphant return to West Malvern Social Club. Chris Wood is a resolute wordsmith whose music reflects his affection for the untold tales of the […]

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Gig Preview: Sanctum Sancturium, Tewkesbury

Sanctum Sancturium @ the salubrious Watson Hall, TewkesburyFriday 12th April 2024, 7:30pm At the start of a new financial year we all need something to invest in and once again Mel Hardy is banking on a tried and tested winner… […]

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Superb modern jazz guitarist brings brand new trio to Worcester

Music Spoken Here presentsDavid Preston Mµ TrioThe Marr’s Bar, Worcester – Thursday 22nd February 2024 Hailed by Time Out as “A superb modern jazz guitarist,” David Preston, based in London, boasts a dynamic career marked by notable collaborations and achievements. […]

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Gig Preview: The Leylines, Worcester

The LeylinesThe Marr’s Bar, Worcester – Saturday 2nd March West Country of the UK, The Leylines are a musical ensemble characterized by their genre-defying fusion of violin and guitar-driven melodies, spanning from folk and indie to energetic festival rock. Established […]

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Preview: Spiers & Boden – Spring 2024 Tour

Spiers & Boden – Spring 2024 TourThe Regal in Tenbury Wells Thu 29th Feb, the MAC in Birmingham Sun 3rd March Renowned as the founders and frontmen of the folk big band Bellowhead, drawing massive crowds to prestigious venues throughout […]