Twisted Wheel continue their evolution with a third album – Satisfying The Ritual – whose influences are far and wide, high and handsome and make up a belter of a record.
Mike has been photographing and writing about bands going back many years. A former writer and Reviews Editor on Louder Than War as well as several online music blogs, he also contributes to Fireworks and to Powerplay Rock & Metal magazines.
The Slow Readers Club release their fourth album in a flurry of activity. The sombre premonitions of The Joy Of The Return will never be more apt.
Mike Ainscoe travels back in time to 1982 when he had his first encounter with Marillion. A guilty pleasure for nigh on forty years.
Commoners Choir, the collective who out the oi in choir, have a new album out packed with gusto and commitment.
Australian folk singer/songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson launches his seventh solo album with a backup team anyone would like to have on the bench.
Not quite back to the scene of their ‘Best Album’ triumph at the 2019 Folk Awards for Hide And Hair, Trials Of Cato are back in Manchester.
…And You Will Now Us By The Trail Of Dead and Alex Henry Foster lay waste to Manchester. We were at the front swatting off Foster sweat.
A fond farewell to the Irish family who can clock off after fifty years of music-making. Clannad and their legacy are celebrated on In A Lifetime.
The latest chapter in the Big Country story. You can see the headline as the Watson guitar duo unite with US fan as bandmate. Their first new music since 2013’s The Journey holds a few surprises.
A record of another epic live outing for the Neal Morse Band as they perform the full Great Adventure album, and more, live in Brno.
Is anybody there? Former REM man Peter Buck and The Auteurs’ Luke Haines make a record that’s delightfully off kilter.
Simple Minds Street Fighting Years album from 1989 gets the deluxe treatment on a 4CD set from Universal. Let me see those hands…
As Leeds band KOYO prepare the move towards their second album, here’s a chance to catch live versions of some of the songs from the debut album.
Pill Pilots is the follow up to the Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut recording, The Fox; can the duo live up to Mark Radcliffe’s claim that the duo are “reminiscent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.”
Ahead of the Delain gig at Manchester Ritz, we were able to have a chat with keyboard player and main man Martijn Westerholt.