EP Review: Acoustic Variations – Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

Joe Symes and the Loving Kind released their self-titled debut album in 2013. It’s a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs. You can get the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/joe-symes-and-the-loving-kind/id676228102 Here’s a video for one of the tracks from the album:   I interviewed the band when they released their single, “Things Get Better”, in 2015: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/things-get-better-single/id1025664052 Read More …

Best New Music 2016

As the year draws to a close, everyone is reflecting on the past 12 months and I’ve been noticing many ‘best of’ and ‘top 10/20’ lists for music. It’s impossible to make a complete list of the best new music releases for 2016, of course, because I haven’t heard all the new music that’s been Read More …

Featured Artist: Liam McClair

Talented Manchester based singer/songwriter Liam McClair has two great releases available on Bandcamp. Honest is a wonderfully mellow, acoustic folk 4-track EP. I found out about him today while scrolling on Twitter. The first song I listened to was his latest release, the single “Hunted”. It’s brilliant. Melodic, catchy, with beautiful vocals. The single on Read More …

New Music: Stones – Willow Robinson

I’ve just found out about this talented singer/songwriter. Willow Robinson came up as a suggestion on my Twitter page. I was curious enough to listen to his new EP and am glad I did! As soon as I heard the first track, “Stones”, I was hooked. There is a real depth to his songwriting, with Read More …

Free show: Kurtis Starkie, Red Light Effect, and Sonic Bliss Machine – Manchester 27th May 2016

There’s a great line-up at Dulcimer Bar in Manchester this Friday. It’s a free show, so if you’re in the area you should try to catch it! Kurtis Starkie is the talented guitarist from The Slow Readers Club, who recently supported James on their UK tour. I’ve featured the band on the blog before. They Read More …