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Fiona Hutchings


Features

A Life in Music (2021)

Fiona Hutchings - A Life in Music

In the second in her new series, 'A Life in Music', in which she will be talking to a Pennyblack writer about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke speaks to Fiona Hutchings,


Vinyl Stories (2017)

Fiona Hutchings - Vinyl Stories

In his regular 'Vinyl Stories' column Dave Goodwin talks to Pennyblackmusic writer Fiona Hutchings about her passion for Madness, Queen and Mark Morriss whose records are amongst her favourite albums


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Interviews

Andy Whitehouse
Interview Andy Whitehouse - Interview

The last time we spoke to Sheffield singer-songwriter Andy Whitehouse, he was playing to select audiences in pub snugs. Now, he’s taken the idea one step further and set up residence in a caravan on the coast. Fiona Hutchings caught up with him to find out more about his one-to-one project.


Mark Lee
Interview Mark Lee - Interview

Pocket Gods frontman and now film maker Mark Lee speaks to Fiona Hutchings about what matters to him. From severe mental health difficulties to the tyranny of Spotify, he doesn't hold back.


Andy Whitehouse
Interview Andy Whitehouse - Interview

From being pursued by hordes of excited schoolgirls to playing to audiences of one, singer songwriter Andy Whitehouse has had a varied career. Fiona Hutchings chats to this well respected Sheffield musician about the personal experiences of his music.


Last Day Sect
Interview Last Day Sect - Interview

Fiona Hutchings talks to Tom Wilcox from Last Day Sect about tarot cards, talented collaborators, and their debut album of eerie tales.


Fuzzbox
Interview

Fiona Hutchings talks to Vix from 80's all girl pop punk icons and C86 act about her band Fuzzbox's extraordinary career


Mark Morriss
Interview Dodos - Interview

Fiona Hutchings speaks to former Bluetones front man Mark Morriss about his former band, whether they will ever reform and second solo album, 'A Flash of Darkness'


Magic Brothers
Interview Magic Brothers - Interview

Fiona Hutchings speaks to Madness drummer Woody Woodgate about his new band the Magic Brothers which he has formed with his brother Nick, and their 70's pop-influenced debut album 'The Magic Line'


Pete Ross and The Sapphire
Interview Pete Ross and The Sapphire - Interview

Fiona Hutchings chats to Susy Sapphire from Australian/New Zealand but Italian-based duo Pete Ross and The Sapphire about 'Rollin' On Down the Lane', which is their forthcoming debut album together


Profiles

Chaise Longue Baxter Dury - Chaise Longue

Fiona Hutchings finds that Baxter Dury's new memoir about his childhood and father Ian Dury promises but does not fully deliver


Heart on My Sleeve: Collected Works Attila the Stockbroker - Heart on My Sleeve: Collected  Works

Fiona Hutchings generally finds poetry a bit hit or miss and now she has Attila The Stockbroker in her sights.


Nick Assariti
The Clash: Every Album, Every Song Miscellaneous - The Clash: Every Album, Every Song

Nick Assirati sets out to make the music of The Clash accessible to newcomers and/or younger fans. Fiona Hutchings investigates whether he succeeds.


JB Morrison
A Godawful Small Affair JB Morrison - A Godawful Small Affair

Following the success of his memoir last year, JB Morrison, the former frontman of Carter USM, is back with his fifth novel. Fiona Hutchings ponders whether 'Stranger Things coming to Brixton' is a good thing.


Dreams to Fill the Vacuum
The Sounds of Sheffield 1978-1988 Miscellaneous - The Sounds of Sheffield 1978-1988

Proud Sheffielder Fiona Hutchings checks out the latest curated collection from Cherry Red Records promising plenty of punk and post punk gems, including twelve previously unreleased tracks.


Lee Thompson
One Man's Madness Lee Thompson - One Man's Madness

Madness fan Fiona Hutchings enjoys 'One Man's Madness', a very different type of documentary focusing on the band's idiosyncratic saxophonist, Lee Thompson.


DVD
27: Gone Too Soon Miscellaneous - 27: Gone Too Soon

The 27 Club has its own sort of exclusivity but what does it take to end up a member? Fiona Hutchings is left wondering where we place the blame in Simon Napier-Bell's new documentary film, '27: Gone Too Soon'.


Book- Donald Brackett
Back to Black: Amy Winehouse's Only Masterpiece Miscellaneous - Back to Black: Amy Winehouse's Only Masterpiece

Donald Brackett's new book might claim to focus on Amy Winehouse but Fiona Hutchings fears his attempts at context just cloud the issue


Ub40
Profile Ub40 - Profile

Just like the history of the band themselves, Fiona Hutchings finds 'UB40 Featuring Ali, Mickey & Astro Unplugged' paired with the original band's greatest hits a complicated and sometimes challenging combination


Profile
Del Amitri Del Amitri - Del Amitri

Fiona Hutchings reflects on the history of Scottish rock/pop act Del Amitri, who, to coincide with their first tour in a decade, are about to have three of their albums, 1989's 'Waking Hours', 1992's 'Change Eveything' and 1995's 'Twisted', re-released in double CD editions


DVD
Convoy Chris Haddon - Convoy

Fiona Hutchings enjoys Sam Peckinpah's 1978 Country and Western/trucker saga 'Convoy', which has just been re-released on DVD


DVD
Love, Marilyn Miscellaneous - Love, Marilyn

Fiona Hutchings examines new Marilyn Monroe documentary 'Love, Marilyn', which drawing on never before seen papers, letters and diaries is told from the perspective of several contemporary actresses including Glenn Close and Uma Thurman


Book-Lucy O' Brien
She Bops: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul: Miscellaneous - She Bops: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul:

Fiona Hutchings finds groundbreaking Lucy O’ Brien’s history on women in popular music, ‘She Bop’, which has just been published in a third edition


Book-Gillian G. Gaar
Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana Nirvana - Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana

Fiona Hutchings reflects upon Seattle-based journalist Gillian G. Gaar's meticulously researched and fantastic new biography on Nirvana's early years


DVD
8th Annual Indie Video Music Festival 2009 Miscellaneous - 8th Annual Indie Video Music Festival 2009

Fiona Hutchings finds the contents of the short list of 8th Annual Indie Video Music Festival, which is currently touring and will shortly be released on DVD, to be a decidely mixed bag


Live

Caro Emerald
City Hall, Sheffield, 22/4/2017 Caro Emerald - City Hall, Sheffield, 22/4/2017

Fiona Hutchings gets dressed up and breaks rules all for the joy of seeing Caro Emerald and her band


Human League
Academy, Sheffield, 12/12/2010 Human League - Academy, Sheffield, 12/12/2010

Fiona Hutchings watches 80's synth pop giants the Human League play a fabulous set of their classic hits at the Arena in Sheffield


a-ha
Arena, Sheffield, 23/11/2010 A-Ha - Arena, Sheffield, 23/11/2010

At the Arena in Sheffield, Fiona Hutchings watches often under-rated 80's Norwegian pop act a-ha play a modest and unassuming, yet emotive set on their farewell tour


Performance
Academy, Sheffield, 12/12/2010 Performance - Academy, Sheffield, 12/12/2010

Despite taking their influences from 80's synth pop, Fiona Hutchings finds that Manchester-based three piece Performance have a vital individualism at a gig in support to the Human League at the Academy in Sheffield


Nottingham Splendour Festival 2
Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 19/7/2009 Miscellaneous - Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 19/7/2009

...while Fiona Hutchings is impressed by 50's-influenced newcomer Imelda May and enjoys Madness' fresh and vibrant-sounding headlining set


Albums

Graham Day and the Forefathers
Good Things Graham Day and the Forefathers - Good Things

In our 'Re:View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past. Fiona Hutchings examines Medway garage rockers Graham Day and the Forefathers reissue of their 2014 album 'Good Things' which features three bonus tracks.


Madness
One Step Beyond Madness - One Step Beyond

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Fiona Hutchings reflects on Madness's 1979 debut solo album 'One Step Beyond', which has just been re-released in an expanded edition


Fuzzbox
Big Bang! Fuzzbox - Big Bang!

Fiona Hutchings reflects on all girl Birmingham-based alternative rock group Fuzzbox's 1989 third and final album 'Big Bang', which has just been released in a new double edition


Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Liverpool Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Liverpool

In our 'Re:View' column, in which our writers reflect on albums from the past, Fiona Hutchings examines Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1986 second album, 'Liverpool', which split critics upon its release and has just been re-released in a double CD reissue


Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Welcome to the Pleasuredome Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome

in our 'Re:View' series, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Fiona Hutchings reflects upon Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1984 debut album, 'Welcome to the Pleasuredome', which has just been released in a new expanded edition


Moby
Wait for Me (Deluxe Edition) Moby - Wait for Me (Deluxe Edition)

Fiona Hutchings assesses Moby's 'Wait for Me', which coming out earlier this year, has now been re-released in a deluxe three CD edition


Features

The Image That Made Me Weep Queen - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different writer with each edition writes of the impact of a photo or an image on them, Fiona Hutchings reflects on a photo of Queen at Live Aid.


Ten Songs That Made Me Love.... Erasure - Ten Songs That Made Me Love....

Fiona Hutchings picks ten personal milestones from the tracks of British pop pioneers Erasure.


Depeche Mode
Ten Songs That Made Me Love... Depeche Mode - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her favourite songs by Depeche Mode.


Duran Duran
Ten Songs That Made Me Love... Duran Duran - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

Fiona Hutchings takes us through ten formative memories from the pop titans Duran Duran.


Pixies
Ten Songs That Made Me Love... Pixies - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

In our series in which our writers celebrate ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Fiona Hutchings weaves together love, alt-rock and unsettling subject matter in a tribute to Pixies.


1979
Ten Songs That Made Me Love... Miscellaneous - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' takes us on a tour of the records that mean the most to her from 1979, the year of her birth.


Pennyblackmusic
Ten Songs That Made Me Love... Pennyblackmusic - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

In honour of Pennyblack's 20th birthday, Fiona Hutchings picks ten songs from her time at Pennyblackmusic.


Gig of a Lifetime
Mark Morriss, Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, 2012 Mark Morrison - Mark Morriss, Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, 2012

In our 'Gig of a Lifetime' series Fiona Hutchings writes of attending her first gig after suffering a brain aneurysm which was an intimate solo show by Bluetones' front man Mark Morriss at The Lantern Theatre in Sheffield


Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
Queen Queen - Queen

In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Fiona Hutchings reflects on her favourite songs by rock legends Queen


Rock Salt Row
March 2011: Words is All That I Have Miscellaneous - March 2011: Words is All That I Have

In 'Rock Salt Row' Lisa Torem talks with another Pennyblackmusic writer about a different issue in rock each month. She chats with Fiona Hutchings about the emotions that can sometimes be heightened through music


Rock Salt Row
December 2009 Miscellaneous - December 2009

In 'Rock Salt Row', Lisa Torem debates each month with another writer about a different issue in rock. In this episode, she talks with Fiona Hutchings about failed romance and songs of heartache


Soundtrack of Our Lives
Madness 'Absolutely' Miscellaneous - Madness 'Absolutely'

In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column, in which our writers write about the personal impact of music on their lives, new writer Fiona Hutchings tells of first hearing Madness' second album 'Absolutely' as a fifteen year old







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