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Music news – CORNBURY festival returns with headliners THE SPECIALS, KEANE and THE BEACH BOYS (5-7 July 2019)

Posted in Classic rock, Family life, festivals, Folk, Melodic rock, News, pop, Pop rock, Progressive rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The sixteenth Cornbury Music Festival is held in The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire 5-7 July.

Joining headliners The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys, artists include KT Tunstall, Elkie Brooks, Trevor Horn Band, Paul Cattack and Steeleye Span.

Amongst the sideshow events The Hairy Bikers return with their “pop up” wood-fired restaurant. There’s also an Edinburgh Fringe Festival preview featuring Lost Voice Guy and Rose Matafeo, top prize winner at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018.  Whilst on the Caffe Nero stage Chris Difford (Squeeze), The Dunwells and are amongst the participants.

Cornbury is a truly “family-friendly” event where “music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes”.

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New music – CASSIDY PARIS, NEONFLY, THE DIVINE COMEDY

Posted in Classic rock, Pop rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cassidy Paris has released her debut EP ‘Broken Hearted’ – available to purchase via the following link : https://www.solprn.com.au/shop/category/cassidy-paris/4952

Neonfly need your help to record their new album.   Check out their crowdfunding page with exclusive items and experiences available for you here: https://igg.me/at/neonfly  

Order the new single here: https://listnin.co/ThisWorldIsBurning  

Official website: www.neonfly.net

Video directed by Ben Herbert http://www.lightspeedfilm.co/

The lead song of the Divine Comedy’s new double album ‘Office Politics’, out this Friday 7 June. Having been lucky enough to have an advance listen ahead of penning a review, I can say it will delight the band’s fans and ‘Norman and Norma’ is one of the album highlights.

From the archives…2006 interview with NEIL CARTER (UFO/GARY MOORE)

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, rock with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

10 Q’s with NEIL CARTER (UFO/GARY MOORE)

Originally published back in 2006 and when Neil Carter was no longer active in the music scene. However, after the sad death of Paul Raymond last month, Neil has now rejoined his old band mates in UFO who have US dates of their farewell tour starting next month.

Neil Carter was the keyboards/guitar/sax player with UFO during the band’s early 80’s period and he then went onto join Gary Moore’s band for a series of classic hard rock albums. Now he is a well respected music teacher. Visit his his rather good Website and read on…

1. What are you currently up to? (E.g. touring/studio, etc.)

Well as far as any of the ‘previous life’ activities go, none at all but I am about to go to Malaysia to examine and next year New Zealand and the USA. Otherwise it is business as usual with tons of teaching and examining.

2. Since leaving Gary Moore’s band you have been a music teacher. What was it like to teach at first and have any of your past pupils gone onto being full time musicians?

Actually I admit I was lousy at first but as ever, enthusiastic, so I got by. No one had ever taught me how to teach so I had to find my way and discover the tools of the trade and get used to preparing candidates for exams etc. I think I know my stuff these days but it took me a couple of years, and also a while to understand how to interact with children and teenagers. I really love it now but for a long time it was hell on earth! I have taught a few that have gone on and in fact one of my past pupils now teaches some kids from my school. So many really talented kids have passed through the College but become doctors/lawyers etc. It is the way of the public school I’m afraid!

3. UFO What were the musical and live highlights of your time in the band?

Musically I suppose the initial album ‘Wild and Willing’ as I really liked such a lot of the songs on that and it was all ‘new’. ‘Making Contact’, I felt responsible for a lot of that album and am pleased with it on the whole. Live I suppose some of the headlining shows in the USA and Reading in 1980 of course. I had a bootleg sent to me of the Chicago show in 1981 and it is really good. Never thought I’d say that!

4. Gary Moore You played on what many Gary Moore fans would regard as his classic hard rock albums in the 80s. What was it like playing with musicians like Bob Daisley and the late, great Cozy Powell? How did the bands camaraderie differ from UFO?

With Gary I was always aware that ultimately it was his show although it did feel like a band on stage. I suppose my position was a little different as I had the longest serving term and I wrote with Gary. I like to think it was a good partnership. The strange thing is that when I joined his band all the musicians, Ian, Neil and myself had come from much bigger acts but you could tell Gary was on the ‘up’ and he was always so well respected by other musicians. Working with Bob was always great and Cozy was a fine drummer (albeit rather briefly with us!). Working with Gary was so different to UFO, much more professional and well organized but perhaps not quite so unpredictable!

5. Did you get other band offers after you left Gary Moore and would you be tempted back into working with say Gary Moore or Paul Chapman if the chance arose?

Strangely no…..I wonder why? I suppose it was left ‘open’ for almost a year afterwards and no one actually said ‘that’s it, no more rock tours’ so I was in limbo, but getting on with life. I did some writing and recording of my own but somehow I had no real desire to carry on. Which, looking back now, I find strange but understandable in a way. I had done such a lot and we had finished on a real high. Why go downwards or start again and I would have had to. I think you would really have to want it badly to do that and I didn’t. Added to which money was still coming in from royalties so I wasn’t exactly destitute! I have had the odd ‘what about it’ from both Paul and Gary over the years and I never rule it out but I think I am so far out of the loop now I don’t know if I would be any good!

6. Who/what made you want to be a musician?

I wanted to be on the ‘stage’ I knew that, but I loved music and played instruments (piano, recorder) from a very early age. My Mum was heavily involved in am dram and I used to ache to be involved in those productions when I was very little. I did so much playing in those things which gave me a good grounding and helped my sight reading immensely. Then one day Bowie came along and that was it. I wanted to be Mick Ronson!

7. How did you get your first break into the music business? What piece of advice would you pass onto budding musicians?

My first break was with Gilbert O’ Sullivan when I was 19, until then I had been in semi-pro bands although technically I was ‘pro’ ˜cos I didn’t work and my parents supported me! That came about from our bands guitarist answering an advert as he wanted a ‘rock’ band to back him. I was the singer but usefully I could play other instruments so I think it helped to ‘sell’ us. In the course of a 45 minute set I played 7 instruments for him. Slave labour. As far as ‘advice’ goes I suppose something I have learnt is in order to be successful at anything in life you need supreme self motivation and above all, self belief. It doesn’t necessarily take supreme talent!

8. Which song(s) do you enjoy performing most live and why?

Always with UFO the classics especially ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Only you can Rock me because they are such classic rock songs. Gary, hmmmm, I could say the entire set list of the ‘Wild Frontier’ tour as that really has to have been my favourite period I was with him. If you look at the Sweden live video we were having such a good time and it worked so well live. I have a bootleg of the ‘After the War’ tour and we look terrified and miserable! (Mind you that was right at the start of the tour with Chris Slade who just about new the songs….just!)

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Well it has been documented before, but I am a Judge of pedigree cats and that is my hobby. I go all over Europe judging although not quite as much nowadays as I am so busy with work. I enjoy it, although I am not sure whether it’s cool to say so! I also do a fair amount of arranging these days and enjoy that a lot too!

10. Message to your fans…

For those that hold memories of the things I did in the past and have the albums, thanks for your support and feel free to check out the website as there will be some new stuff appearing from time to time. I really enjoy hearing from you all and thanks to those who have emailed me. Have fun!

Music news – Swedish maestro JJ Marsh announces UK tour dates

Posted in Classic rock, News, rock, tours with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

While Glenn Hughes recouperates his long term collaborator keeps the freak flag flying

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — Glenn Hughes has announced that he has postponed his UK tour until November, but his fans will be heartened to know that his long term collaborator, Joakim ‘JJ’ Marsh is returning to the UK in September for a solo tour.

Eight dates dates have already been announced in London, Stoke, Birmingham, Blackpool, Chester, Bradford, Glasgow and Ipswich.

JJ is best known for his long term studio songwriting partnership from 1996 until 2008 with ex Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man, Glenn Hughes with whom he also toured extensively.

This is Marsh’s first major solo tour since reforming 80s Spellbound and he is looking forward to re-establishing friendships he made during the Hughes years.

“The UK is vitally important to me and I can’t wait to meet all my friends over there again. Those years helped me to establish a fanbase for my work in the UK and the response to the shows has been extremely welcoming on social media and associated websites including Glenn’s. Rock and roll on September and we send our best wishes to Glenn for a speedy recovery.”

The power trio in the tradition of Hendrix, Cream will consist of Joakim Marsh (guitar and vocals), Paul Bones (bass) and the touring drummer is to be announced shortly.

Most of the live material material will come from JJ’s first solo album Music from the Planet Marsh, Bridge to Mars, the Glenn Hughes collaborations and Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4.

Tour dates so far are:-

Birmingham Asylum 11th Sept

Bradford Nightrain 12th Sept

Chester Live Rooms 13th Sept

Stoke The Eleven Club

London Unicorn 16th Sept

Glasgow The Ferry 18th Sept

Blackpool Waterloo 19th September

Ipswich Music Rooms 20th Sept

WIN JOAN BAEZ & MICHAEL SCHENKER CD’s

Posted in Classic rock, Competitions, Folk, News, rock with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Your chance to win a copy of the new CDs from Joan Baez and Michael Schenker – part of a series of competitions over the coming year to celebrate this blog’s tenth birthday.

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For a chance to win a copy of Joan Baez’s new album ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ simply answer the following question –

What year did she release her debut album?

a) 1960

b) 1961

c) 1962

Email your answer to papa_bear70@hotmail.com and the winner will be chosen at random. Entries welcome worldwide and the closing date is April 8th. Good luck!

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For a chance to win a copy of Michael Schenker’s new bets of double album ‘A Decade of the Mad Axeman’ simply answer the following question –

Who HAS NOT sung on a Michael Schenker album?

a) Doogie White

b) Gary Barden

c) Steve Overland

Email your answer to papa_bear70@hotmail.com and the winner will be chosen at random. Entries welcome worldwide and the closing date is April 8th. Good luck!

‘So Here It Is’ by Dave Hill

Posted in Authors, Books, Classic albums, Classic rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

 

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Unbound Books [Published date 16.11.17]

Noddy Holder has written a couple of books and drummer Don Powell has published his memoir, now it is the turn of guitarist Dave Hill.

Dave Hill was born in a castle in Devon, the son of a mechanic, and moved back with his parents to Wolverhampton when he was a year old. Much of the book involves his family and the facts he uncovered including that his parents weren’t married for their early years and how his mum’s depression impacted on the family. He touches upon this throughout the book, including how he didn’t cry when his mum died, and is very open and honest about how his mum affected and shaped his life. His wife Jan, who he married in 1973, remained his rock throughout the trails of life, be it with Slade or more personal aspects of his life.

Slade fans will be interested to read about the band’s origins as Dave Hill originally played with drummer Don Powell in a band called The Vendors, which became the The N’ Betweens. When Jim Lea and singer Noddy Holder later joined, the band renamed itself Slade, after an album came out under the Ambrose Slade name. In the 1970s, Slade were the biggest band in the UK, racking up 23 Top 20 hits, including six number one singles. That is some achievement and of course their Christmas single ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, still makes the singles charts every Christmas season.

There isn’t much in the way of rock ‘n’ roll tales about other band members as they didn’t seem to socialise much on the road. The Reading comeback is covered, along with their failed attempt to break the US market – something that nearly broke the band. The mid-80’s to early 90’s period doesn’t get covered much, mainly as the band had stopped touring and when Noddy Holder left the band in 1992, Jim Lea also retired from the band. Hill and Powell formed Slade II in 1992, which again isn’t touched upon much in the book, and that band’s current line-up has bene together and touring since 2005. Slade II have released one studio album to date (much of the album was written by Hill and former Wizzard member Bill Hunt).

Recommended read for the band’s many fans as you get to see behind the showmanship, and at times outrageous costumes, of Dave Hill. Frank and honest about his own personal life, plus he still keeps the band’s music alive by still touring today as Slade II with fellow founder member Don Powell.

Rockin’ Chair forum

Posted in Books, Classic albums, Classic rock, Melodic rock, metal, News, pop, theatre, theatre royal hanley on September 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

New faces always welcome over on the Rockin’ Chair forum – a place for music and books, plus a board dedicated to memories of the Theatre Royal, Hanley.