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A Ukulele and Her Orange Coat

Do musicians choose their instruments, or do the instruments choose them?  This was something I was pondering whilst watching Her Orange Coat busk in Leeds recently.  A Ukulele isn’t the regular weapon of choice for high street troubadours, but in…

3 For 2023

3 bands to look out for in 2023. It’s that time of year again!  Time for music publications around the world to offer their insights in to who will be the breakout acts in 2023.  Many publications opt for an…

Guitarists to Watch (Part 3) – Liam Mulpetre

In the first two parts of our occasional series ‘Guitarists to Watch’ we brought you German YouTube sensation Elylva and the Maestro of British political flamenco Stacey McMullen.  Today we’re introducing you to Liam Mulpetre, the wild man of street…

Are You Sticky?

Are you sticky? Question:  In which 3 cities around the world are people most likely to listen to new music? Answer:  At the end of this article. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to be seen and heard, but harder to…

To Tour or Not To Tour – That is the Question

To tour or not to tour, that is indeed the question of the moment.  If the experience of Bristol punk rock band IDLES is anything to go by, the answer would probably be NOT to tour.  As reported in Rolling…

Solsbury Hill

On a recent staycation in Somerset, I took the opportunity to climb Little Solsbury Hill.  It’s a flat-topped hill with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the spa town of Bath in the distance.  Now, since this is a…

Stage Presence versus Stage Craft

Which is the most important, stage craft or stage presence? Stage presence can be defined as the allure or magnetism of a performer.  The artist grasps your attention from the outset, and holds it throughout their performance.  It’s said that…

We Need To Talk About Howie

Howie Hill is one of the most creative and multi-talented people I’ve met in 30+ years of covering the music industry.  He can play just about any instrument you throw at him (I’m sure he could get a tune out…

Guitarists to Watch (Part 2) – Stacey McMullen

During lockdown acoustic guitar sales have soared.  It seems everyone is looking for new ways to express themselves.  It’s one thing to pick up a guitar, but another thing completely to sound like Paco de Lucía.  Generally regarded as the…

Guitarists to Watch – Elylva

Elylva aka Elly Köppke is a German rock guitarist based in Berlin.  As a rising star of YouTube, her cover versions have attracted an ever growing audience of followers.  There are many rock guitarists on YouTube putting up cover versions…

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