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Pennyblackmusic: November 2021


World Party

World Party mainman Karl Wallinger looks back on the band’s career from its 1987 inception, focusing on acclaimed 1990 LP ‘Goodbye Jumbo’ which has recently been reissued.

Don McLean
James McMurtry

Ultrasound vocalist Andrew 'Tiny' Wood speaks to John Clarkson about the reissue in an expanded vinyl edition of their epic 1999 double album, 'Everything Picture'.
American singer-songwriter Don McLean speaks to Eoghan Lyng about the 50th Anniversary of his classic hit 'American Pie', his fascination with musical history and the surprising influences of several of his songs.
Austin, Texan singer-songwriter James McMurtry talks to Lisa Torem about his first album,in six years ‘The Horses and The Hounds’, and songcraft, politics, early influences and why he never could play like Johnny Cash.

Hamish Hawk
Lucky Ones
Peter Waterman

Hamish Hawk’s latest album, ‘Heavy Elevator’, is making an impression and gaining national airplay. He speaks to Mark Rowland about his need to mix things up, making songwriting an everyday habit, and managing expectations.
Ryan West, the singer and mandolinist with Canadian country/bluegrass outfit The Lucky Ones, talks to Julie Cruickshank about their debut album, their formation and coping with performing in a Yukon winter.
Producer Peter Waterman talks to Malcolm Carter about his mobile studio Longcroft Recording, how his career has survived lockdown and working with Southend-on-Sea trio In Earnest on their remarkable New EP, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’.
An offshoot of The Sound frontman Adrian Borland's first band The Outsiders, The Crazies' only album 'A Simple Vision' was never meant to come out. Drummer Adrian Janes and clarinet player Bi Marshall explain why forty-three years after it was recorded it is finally being released.

European Sun
Blue Aeroplanes
Paul Carrack
Steve Harley

Steve Miles from indie pop band European Sun talks about his group's recent first UK tour and how it has changed the band.
Thirty years ago this month, The Blue Aeroplanes released ‘Beatsongs’, the Bristolian art-rockers' biggest critical and commercial success. But, as frontman Gerard Langley told Nat Mumford, only a twist of fate stopped it from being much bigger...
Singer-songwriter and keyboardist Paul Carrack talks to Eoghan Lyng about working with Eric Clapton, Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics and his impressive new solo album, 'One On One'.
Seminal 70's singer-songwriter Steve Harley talks to Andrew Twambley about his current tour, his latest album 'Uncovered' and his friendship with Marc Bolan.

Brinsley Schwarz
Burner Band
Gerry McAvoy

Guitarist-turned-songwriter Brinsley Schwarz talks to John Clarkson about his long career and second solo album, 'Tangled'.
Leeds-based musician Lewis Burner talks to Julie Cruickshank about his two solo albums, his new group The Burner Band and their debut album, 'Signs and Wonders'.
Indie pop pioneers The Primitives are currently on the road on their Electric Acoustic tour which celebrates the release of boxset 'Bloom! The Complete Recordings 1985-92'. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Court chats to Richard Lewis about the group’s early days, chart success and returning to the stage.
Bassist Gerry McAvoy talks about Rory Gallagher’s legacy, touring during their heyday, the 5Oth anniversary of Gallagher’s eponymous debut album and keeping his memory alive.

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Hello and welcome to the November edition of the Pennyblackmusic Magazine. Our Bands Nights have been a part of our work for almost twenty years, and we have organised shows during that time in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and above all in London. We are returning there to the Water Rats in Kings Cross for a show that was originally booked in early 2020, but was postponed twice because of the pandemic and will now hopefully finally go ahead on the 29th January. It is a sort of summary of some of our previous highlights, as all of the acts who are playing have been on previous bills exc ....more


We preview the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with Idiot Son, Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide at The Water Rats in London on the 29th January 2022.

Richard H. Kirk
Alan Lancaster
Baxter Dury
Tanya Pearson

Denzil Watson pays personal tribute to Cabaret Voltaire frontman Richard H. Kirk, who died unexpectedly in September.
Julie Cruickshank pays tribute to Status Quo's original bassist and co-founder Alan Lancaster who died in September.
Fiona Hutchings finds that Baxter Dury's new memoir about his childhood and father Ian Dury promises but does not fully deliver
Nicky Crewe finds that Tanya Pearson's new book is a fascinating insight into Marianne Faithfull’s life and career by a writer who isn’t afraid to bring her own experience to the exploration of the myth and reality of Faithfull’s story and legacy.

Live Reviews

Fontaines DC
Little Man Tate

Amanda J Window watches and photographs chart scaling Dublin quintet Fontaines DC plug their wares in a much delayed, highly raucous, sold-out show at Manchester Academy
Denzil Watson watches indie guitar act Little Man Tate make a triumphant return after a twelve year absence across two nights at the Sheffield O2 Arena.
Dave Goodwin finds that the debut album by storied producer former Exit Calm leader Rob Marshall is realised live on stage with superb effect.

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Favourite Albums

Ian A. Anderson
Party Day

In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Zena Greig reflects on Garbage's 2001 third album 'Beautiful Garbage', which is being released in a remastered, expanded version.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson reflects on a new 4CD box set compiling folk/blues under-appreciated singer-songwriter Ian A Anderson’s first four albums
In our 'Re:View' column, in which we look back at records from the past. Dave Goodwin reflects on a new double CD compilation from early 80's Barnsley post-punk band Party Day


In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our photographer and writer Andrew Twambley .
In his regular column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’ Steve Miles reflects on the themes of anxiety and depression in the lyrics of the Only Ones’ Peter Perrett.

Evidently Spencertown
Ruskin Arms
Bandcamp Explorer

In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw reflects on cancer, a 'time bomb' that affects that us all.
In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' Julie Cruickshank laments the demise of legendary rock pub The Ruskin Arms, which launched Iron Maiden and the Small Faces.
Mark Rowland in 'Bandcamp Explorer' goes on a continent-by-continent trip around the world.
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that in a new book about British punk act, The Damned, by Morgan Brown, the author/musician chronicles the band’s studio history with solid research and humour.


Andrew Twambley takes photographs of legendary singer-songwriter Steve Harley with the latest line-up of his band tCockney Rebel at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St Anne's.
Amanda J Window photographs Dublin-based post-punk band Fontaines DC at the Manchester Academy.

Andrew Twambley photographs 10cc's Graham Gouldman with his acoustic Heart Full of Songs four-piece at a the Royal Northern College of Music.

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae
Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival

Andrew Twambley in the first of two galleries at this year's Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae in Liverpool photographs Asian Dub Foundation, Don Letts and Jah Wobble and The Invaders of the Heart
Andrew Twambley in the second of two galleries taken at this year's Positive Vibration Festival in Liverpool photographs The Neville Staple band,. The Ruts, Tippa Irie and The Twinkle Brothers
Robert Hadley photographs the first day of The Moseley Arts and Folk Festival which took place this year between the 3rd and 5th September.

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Spring '68
Ty Segall
Ian M Bailey
Asha McCarthy

Highly recommended. album from Spring ‘68, which is inspired by its creator Edward Rogers' fascination with the music and culture of late ‘60s France.
Impressive and exciting mash-up of garage rock and electronica from prolific cult musician Ty Segall.
EXceptional new album from singer-songwriter Ian M Bailey, which co-written with Sosmic Rough Riders' Daniel Wylie, points to better times
Fantastic debut album from Asha McCarthy whose cello-playing fusion of Indian, Western and folk music coupled with outstanding vocals is breathtaking

Lana Del Ray
August List

Reflective and stripped back new album, her second this year, from bestselling American singer-songwriter Lana del Ray
Third album from Oxford’s The August List takes their brand of Americana down even weirder, fascinating paths than they have visited before
Fine box set reissue of Radiohead's experimental and challenging 2000 and 2001 albums. 'Kid A' and 'Amnesia'
Mixed bag of styles and quality in this compilation of early reggae from Joe Gibbs, who became one of the music’s pre-eminent producers.

Self Esteem
Duran Duran
Rod Stewart
Groovy Uncle

Unflinchingly honest and bittersweet second akbum from Self Esteem, the nom de plume for Yorkshire-based experimental musician Rebecca Taylor
Impressive latest album from 80's veterans Duran Duran which includes guest appearances from Graham Coxon from Blur and Giorgio Moroder
Strong return to form on impressive latest album from Rod Stewart
Excellent latest gem from Medway’s Groovy Uncle, this time recorded at home by main man Glenn Prangnell

Diemen Sniep

Enjoyable mini-album from US/Belgian foursome Diemen Sniep, who while having strong Sonic Youth and Swans' influences, also show some originality
Astonishing and timeless fifth album from Barcelona-based group Stay which inhabits its own universe
Atmospheric and cinematic fourth album of electronic ambience for Grouse, the project of Dublin-based musician Ronan Carroll
Versatile debut album from Californian producer and multi-instrumentalist Finneas, who is the brother of Billie Eilish

Tony Tears
Dan Haywood
Linda Moylan
Eric Devries

Compelling new album from Italy’s Tony Tears who deserve more than to be only associated with the dark doom genres and here cover so much more ground
Remarkable 'Ulysses'-influenced stream of consciousness poem set to music from Merseyside-based singer-songwriter Dan Haywood.
Appealing mixture of folk, blues and country on second album from Irish-born but London-based singer-songwriter Linda Moylan
Intimate but melancholic fourth album from Utrecht-based singer-songwriter and musician Eric Devries which proves to be ne of the best Americana albums to come out of the Netherlands in recent years.

In Earnest
Karen Jonas
Ro Myra

Second EP from Southend On Sea trio In Earnest, a perfect soundscape coupled with lyrics conveying how so many are suffering right now and which proves to be an essential listen.
Four track EP from Karen Jonas featuring a cover of ‘The Boys Of Summer’ but it’s her originals that steal the show.
Appealing 70's pop disco on new EP from Brussels-based outfit Colver
Evocative and multi-layered debut album from Nebraska-raised, now Nashville-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter Ro Myra

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