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If you only by a few albums this month…

Posted in Albums of the Year, AOR, Blues rock, hard rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Hard to pick one single ‘must have’ album from the April releases as there are a lot…

Tax The Heat released their debut on Nuclear Blast and it is chock full of catchy blues/hard rocking tunes with a modern edge.

The Dowling Poole return with their second album ‘One Hyde Park’, a delight from start to finish. If you like quirky pop with a message – think XTC, Squeeze, the instant appeal of ELO songs – this is for you.

Left With Pictures new album ‘Afterlife’ took me by surprise, with its sparse, yet melodic arrangements and haunting vocals. Not for everyone but if like me you love  music regardless of its ‘genre’, have a listen.

And finally the new Cheap Trick ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello’…the band have continued their fine run of form since 1997’s self-titled album (I still can’t get into their 1992 release ‘Woke Up With A Monster’), with their first new album since 2009. It really does hark back at times to their classic 70’s/early 80’s sound. If you are a fan doubtless you will already have this, if not try this album and then work your way back through their fine back catalogue.

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2016, News, Power metal, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

4th-7th August 2016

70’s Legends Headline This Years Main Stage

The Cambridge Rock Festival is a superb music event featuring Classic Rock, Blues, with Progressive Rock and some young and exciting Metal bands, all stages are covered.  On the Thursday, the festival caters to the locals, with an evening of Tribute bands. This festival offers a stage to some up and coming younger bands and has seen some become successful. The Treatment, Bonafide, Pearl Handled Revolver and Walkway (recently supported the great Status Quo) to name a few. The Festival has some great food stalls, and is renowned for its 70 real ales, ciders, wines and lager!

The first bands announced for the 2016 festival are: One of Progressive Rock’s greatest legends, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour.    The extraordinary Dutch band Focus still featuring original members Thijs Van Leer (organ, flute and vocals) and Pierre Van Der Linden (drums). Curved Air with the beautiful Sonja Kristina at the helm. Sonja was one of the stars of the original cast of the musical Hair, in London in 1968. Curved Air rose to fame with their song Back Street Luv.

80’s star Hazel O’Connor, is huge favorite of the festival, and we are thrilled that she playing again in 2016.

Cregan and Co, Jim Cregan is Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-songwriter. X-Factor finalist Ben Mills is on vocals. Jim was responsible not only for writing many of Stewart’s greatest hits, he also wrote Cockney Rebel’s hit Come Up And See Me.

The Pink Fairies are an English rock band initially active in the London underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970s.  They have reformed for a series of gigs including the CRF.

Also playing are:  Walkway, a great Cambridge favorite.  HeKz a progressive metal band, who received a huge ovation at Cambridge 2014.  The Mentulls play their own brand of Progressive Blues. Purson,  Yossarian, Malayan Blues, Doris Brendel, and Derecho.

The Blues Stage bands will be announced soon.  Many more bands are still to be confirmed.

Camping and caravaning available over the full festival. Just 2.5 miles from the historic centre of Cambridge and 3.3miles from Cambridge Rail Station. 30 mins from Stansted Airport (150metres from M11 Motorway J12). Cambridge Rocks! as after all Cambridge is the original hometown of Pink Floyd.

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, CB23 7PZ.Just off the M11 Junction 12.

GRTR! Best of 2014

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Music for 2014, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Get Ready To Rock! scribes have chosen their top albums and gigs. The eclectic list can be read here

There is also now a public vote for the best album and gig of 2014, you can vote here

1,000th post :)

Posted in AOR, Authors, Books, Classic rock, cricket, crime writers, Folk, Folk rock, Football, Fundraising, Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Politics, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, Queen, Running, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Blimey that soon crept up as it’s this blog’s 1,000th post. They recommend bloggers target their audience, I like to think of mine as broad minded bunch as I use a scatter gun approach to topics on here, be it Stoke City, running, books, the Theatre Royal Hanley, promoting new music or little news stories that catch my eye.

I would like to use this post to thank all the readers of my blog and those who have contributed be it by answering interview questions or commenting.

Extra special thank you’s to:

My family (even my mum has been known to read this blog occasionally!)

Stoke City FC

This blogs top comments person Scott McNeish (top man bar his misguided supporting of Liverpool). The Arsenal fan who gave me grief over the Pulis years at Stoke has gone strangely quiet. Perhaps he’s off dusting down the Arsenal trophy cabinet in expectation it may host the FA Cup come May time.

Theatre Royal Hanley – gone but not forgotten, have some great memories of my time working as a front of house volunteer there

Bill Leslie and Dave Hunter who inspired me into this blogging lark back in March 2008

The bands and musicians whose music provides a soundtrack to life. Without music the world would be a duller place (well some bands can clear right off like One Direction for starters…)

Thank you all and please do continue contribute and comment 🙂

Dedicated to fellow Stoke City supporter and author Stephen Foster who sadly passed away in 2011


Music for 2014 – Temperance Movement

Posted in Blues rock, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2014 with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bit late to the party on this band but the Temperance Movement are rather good! Mixing bits of bands like Free and more modern rock, their debut album even made the UK album top 20 on its release. Vocalist Phil Campbell I had heard of previously through his excellent solo album ‘A Saviour’s Song’.

Grab the debut album by the Temperance Movement and do have a listen to Phil Campbell’s solo work…

Music for 2014…Rosco Levee and the Southern Slide

Posted in Blues rock, Modern rock, Music for 2014 with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Rosco Levee is a talented guitarist and singer backed by the Southern Slide – Lee Wilson (keyboards), Simon Gardiner (bass), Andy Hayes (guitars/mandolin), and David Tettmar (drums). They release their second album ‘Get It While You Can’ on 27th January and we have two rave reviews on Get Ready To Rock! First up Pete Feentra and then mine further down.

The album is a mix of blues rock, a little gospel/country and southern rock. Nearest comparisons would be the Black Crowes and the Allman Brothers. Do grab a listen as they have that certain something that sets them apart from other artists playing similar music.

Check out the debut album ‘Final Approach’ too:

Get Ready To Rock: 4/5****  “Final Approach To Home is that rare thing, a Brit band with a real Americana feel. Rosco leads from the front with some pulsating side guitar and he fills all twelve tracks with a lived-in vocal style, backed by rich harmony vocals and a layered sound that subtly showcases guitar, organ and occasionally a beautifully nuanced horn section. A major talent in the making.”

Interview with DEL BROMHAM (Stray)

Posted in Blues rock, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock! with tags , , , , on December 27, 2013 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Interview by Pete Feenstra and if you’ve never seen Stray live do get along and see them, an excellent blues rock band.

There is a new live album out in March on Angel Air.