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Author: Shirley Ann

Sound: Joe Perkins, Santa’s Coming.

Joe Perkins is the great new talent on the block.  A superb rock guitarist and music producer, he writes alone but records with his friends in that new chic venue…the dining room.   He describes himself as a 70s throw-back , others have called him an enigmatic genius.  A year ago Joe had a near death experience but he fought back from the brink with his joyful and energetic instrumental album Double Denim. Hot off the press Joe’s Christmas track is an instrumental and in this brief interview  he tells us a little about it. Joe you recently released an...

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Moby: These Systems Are Failing & Circle V.

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir, These Systems Are Failing At Circle V Festival. Electronic music genius Moby has just released a new album entitled These Systems Are Failing as the debut album with his band The Void Pacific Choir. Shirley Ann Williams long time vegan, eco activist and music journalist tells more. The album contains the variety of musical delights that we have come to expect from Moby.  Many lyrics are ambiguous, they could be about human emotions, or his emotions, or those of other sentient beings as he blurs the boundaries with tracks such as Almost Loved , The Light Is Clear In...

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Words Of Moby: Porcelain, A Memoir @ Waterstones Piccadilly.

On the last day of May 2016 Moby arrived in Waterstones, Piccadilly, London to talk about his new book Porcelain, a Memoir.  This is a record of his conversation with the audience, including Shirley Ann Williams. Porcelain, a Memoir is set in the ten years preceding the huge success of Moby’s break through album Play.  It is a complex portrait of New York in the 1980s and 90s.  A multi-cultural, multi-sexual city of crack addicts, murders, raves and a blossoming creative community.  It is a city that no longer exists, a New York destroyed by gentrification, by the onslaught...

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Interview: Ray Wilson, The Song Inside.

Ray Wilson is a sublime rock vocalist with a rich Scottish edge. He is the long-time  front man of the post-grunge band Stiltskin, who topped the UK charts in 1994 with their hit Inside.  In the last year Ray has written twenty songs that are personally meaningful to him and express the range of his vocal and melodic skills.  He has worked closely with musicians in his band to create two really accomplished albums, Song For A Friend and Makes Me Think of Home. Song For A Friend is sweetly acoustic and deeply moving. In this interview with Shirley Ann...

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Feature: Ray Wilson, Song For A Friend.

Stiltskin frontman and former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson is set to release a new album entitled Song For a Friend. It is dedicated to his close friend James Lewis who tragically committed suicide in 2015.  Inspiration also came to Ray from other significant events in the lives of those surrounding him. He utilises music and song as an emotional vehicle, sharing his feelings for the people who have touched his life. The songs are a collection of musical short stories and he poetically describes his mission in writing them: “The meaning of life is the journey: this album encapsulates the journey....

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Live: Steve Hackett @ Birmingham Symphony Hall

Steve Hackett Live Review, Birmingham Symphony Hall. Designed by specialist architects in the 1980s and officially opened in 1991 the Birmingham Symphony Hall was purposely constructed to create acoustics of exceptional sound quality, so unique that Steve Hackett expressed in his introduction that simply rehearsing there is a pleasure. It was no accident that this venue was chosen for the penultimate concert for the Acolyte to Wolflight and Genesis Revisited Tour 2015 by Steve Hackett and his band. Tonight was a voyage from Acolyte to Wolflight as the latest line up of the Hackett band launched into the first...

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Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.
Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.
Published On: March 28, 2016
Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th. The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly familiar, like a cherished classic from some non-existent past. Several early reviews have Continue Reading

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