April 18, 2017


Manchester-based music company Design a Gig have launched their unique membership scheme. It’s a new and cost-effective way for musicians to advance their careers that offers vital support in all aspects of the music industry. Design a Gig is a specialist agency whose aim is to provide access to the
Zacq & Mari are a ukulele-pop duo who seek to combine the musical styles and nuances of their respective nationalities-Germany and Singapore. With such a unique pairing, this makes for an interesting clash of styles: Instantly we are introduced to pretty fingerpicking over a dancing bassline. The subtle percussion and
I first met Carol Hodge at an Ashton Open Mic Night and it was her songwriting and voice that truly captivated me. Now that a couple of years have passed, it is a pleasure to receive her new album to review: The opening ‘Stop The World In It’s Tracks’ surprises
From the edge of the Nevada desert, Sam Valdez is rising like the L.A. sun with her insatiable Americana indie folk blend, with this further illustrated in her latest single Farther Away. Instantly opening with an ethereal arrangement, Valdez’s river of spatial guitars and ambience melt the mind of the
Galloping through the Manchester music scene, Crying Beauty Queens seek to cherry-pick the best elements from Alt J, Foals and other artists to create a unique fusion of styles. The indie duo seeks to achieve this with their debut single Taking Over. Starting with a warbling clean electric guitar, the
I’ve interviewed Lucas Kane in the past talking about his open mic at Hive, but this week we talk pastures new with a brand new open mic night on Manchester’s circuit! MG: So Lucas, with your new open mic night on the way, I must ask what happened to your
I first met Duncan Reed while engineering for his Penwortham Live performance, where he cut his strumming hand due to playing so hard! The Lancashire folk singer gifted me his intimately-produced album for review: The opening track ‘The Tides’ sets a mystic and dark tone with the use of fiddle
Image credit Key Signs ​ I must preface such a discussion with this: I love open mic nights and I definitely wouldn’t be the same musician if they weren’t around, especially in the Manchester scene which has more nights than any other town. I even wrote a blog post detailing
I was introduced to The Milk Men from a Lighting job in Nantwich, and I was immediately drawn in to their energy and slick presentation. A couple of months later at the Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival I bought their first album Full Phat to support the funky faction:
Prince had a career of around 35 years before his passing, can you see Justin Bieber lasting that long? Whenever I enter into a conversation of ‘old music vs new music’, one observation I can’t help but notice is the difference in career lifespan. Take a look at music of