New live video – ‘Dakota’ & ‘Mr Brightside’

So many people have contacted me and asked for more videos of me doing rock covers.

As you asked so nicely… here are two brand new clips of me performing at Hazlewood Castle! Let me know what you think and if you have any requests for the next video, please feel free to leave them in the comments box below.

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Album Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘I’m With You’

After 2006’s bloated 28-track ‘Stadium Arcadium’, Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with a new lead guitarist, a handlebar moustache, and a new album, offering flirtations of rock, funk and disco (yes, disco). Following a career that has spanned over 30 years, bassist Flea cites “life and death” as the major theme of ‘I’m With You’, their 10th album. For the most part, it’s business as usual….and that’s not such a bad thing. Continue reading

Live Review: Ed Sheeran – York Duchess 03/08/11

At the young age of 20, Ed Sheeran has accomplished quite a bit. He’s been releasing music independently and touring since 2005. His big break came back in April, when BBC Radio 1 featured his single ‘The A Team’ as their record of the week. A signing to Atlantic Records followed, along with a full UK tour. When ‘The A Team’ was eventually released in June, it shot straight to No 3 in the singles chart and has remained there for over two months.

Which brings us to a hot, sweaty night in one of York’s most ‘unique’ venues, the bat-cave-inspired Duchess.

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Album Review: Elbow ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’

A full decade since the release of their debut album, Elbow follow-up 2008’s Mercury Award and Ivor-Novello-winning ‘Seldom Seen Kid’ with their latest effort.  Their previous album’s lead singles ‘Grounds For Divorce’ and ‘One Day Like This’ were so successful, Elbow were propelled into dizzy new heights, appearing at Glastonbury & Latitude festivals in 2008, and supporting the likes of Coldplay & U2 in 2009. In the space of one album, they went from performing at intimate one-off gigs to entire stadiums.

It’s safe to say then, that expectations for this album were high.

New fans wanted more of singer Guy Garvey’s heavily-accented choirboy vocals, but old fans feared a cop-out of Kings Of Leon-esque proportions, knowing that an album full of ‘One Day Like This‘ duplicates would never work. Perhaps the success had gone to their head and this new album will be filled with songs of touring and press attention?

I’m happy to report that ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’ doesn’t disappoint.

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