The concept of a music festival is strange. Tribes of strangers gather in fields to stand around (usually in mud, frequently in puddles of stale beer), watch music which they’ve often never heard, and accumulate the sort of stench and sleep deprivation which would have them sent home from work. They’re wonderful. Nothing brings people […]Read more "Devon: The Festivals"
You may have heard of these two, you may have not. If you were firmly in the “not” department, chances are you’re soon to be in the overwhelming minority. With a second album due for release early May, it’s looking like Exeter’s folk-rock duo Sound Of The Sirens will be riding the wave of their first […]Read more "CHAT – Sound Of The Sirens"
In my last festival piece, I was going down the line of a fairly well-established but still establishing South West fest in the form of Exeter’s Poltimore. This time around though, it’s the turn of a festival which still sits ready to hatch in its little incubator of anticipation. The beast about to take flight […]Read more "FESTIVAL SEASON – GRINAGOG FESTIVAL, TORQUAY"
With festival season 2017 firmly in the birthing canal of readiness, it seemed about time to get to grips with what this years’ deal is. One local festival doing great things for new music (and creative innovation as a whole) is the not-for-profit, Exeter’s creepily situated Poltimore Festival. This has little to do with Exeter, […]Read more "Festival Season – Poltimore Festival"
I confess, I’m not usually one for interviews. I’m awkward and often awkwardly confrontational, so I tend to write from a clear, would-be-difficult-to-throw-things-at-me distance. However for my piece in February’s Devon Life magazine, I decided to break with this and have a natter with the decidedly lovely Jo Harman. Originally from Exeter, she’s recently become […]Read more "CHAT – Jo Harman"
So I’m gonna take a different track with this now/every now and then/when I get around to it. Basically, reviews are grand but I don’t get to say everything that trundles its way into my scatterbrain in them. So here I am, ready to ramble. First thing’s first; if you read my Parrotfest piece a […]Read more "Rambles around Devon Open-Mic Nights"
Torbay, like so many other small-town areas at the moment is a place full of bands with nowhere to go. Enter then the Apple and Parrot on Sunday 9th August, a pretty traditional sticky pub with a real life (and presumably tinnitus ridden) parrot lurking in the corner. Since 2010 they’ve been looking to increase […]Read more "Parrotfest: Microcosm of a Nervous Music Industry"