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Robinson


Reviews


Willamina Machine (2013)


Risk-taking third album from Robinson, the project of much acclaimed singer-songwriter Andy Robinson


England's Bleeding (2010)


Superbly-crafted and totally captivating debut album from Worcester-based singer-songwriter and musician, Andy Robinson


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Interviews

Interview 2010  'Legs' Larry Smith - Interview 2010

In this 2010 archival interview Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band tuba player, tap dancer and occasional percussionist ‘Legs’ Larry Smith speaks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his long career, working with the Beatles and his band’s reformation for a series of 40th Anniversary shows.


Interview 2008 Sam Brown - Interview 2008

In this 2008 archival interview, which she believes to be definitive,, renowned singer-songwriter Sam Brown chats to Nick Dent-Robinson about some of the highlights of her thirty year career, including working with George Harrison, Jools Holland and Pink Floyd, the massive success of her 80's single 'Stop' and her then recently released fourth album 'Of The Moment'.


Interview Chris Jagger - Interview

Nick Dent-Robinson speaks tp Chris Jagger, the younger brother of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, about his forthcoming memoir 'Talking to Myself' and his own musical career.


Interview Robbie Robertson - Interview

Reissued to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, 'Stage Fright' was the third studio album by legendary Americana outfit The Band. Presented in a new mix with revised running order and accompanying Royal Albert Hall show, Nick Dent-Robinson chats to guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson about the disc


Interview Alice Cooper - Interview

Alice Cooper talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new album ‘Detroit Stories,’ which, in homage to the infamous blue-collar city and his home town, includes new and classic covers, and features original band members.


Bob Harris
Interview Bob Harris - Interview

BBC legend Bob Harris talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new all-star charity project to help musicians affected by the coronavirus.


Bon Jovi
Interview Bon Jovi - Interview

When you're a rock superstar, who do you turn to for musical advice? Jon Bon Jovi tells Nick Dent-Robinson about this and more.


Spear Of Destiny
Interview with Kirk Brandon Spear Of Destiny - Interview with Kirk Brandon

Denzil Watson speaks to Spear of Destiny frontman Kirk Brandon about their classic 1985 third album 'World Service' which is being re-released in a reimagined new version.


Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Interview Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Interview

Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson where her Kitchen Disco inspiration came from and where it's going next.


Lightnin' Willie
Interview Lightnin' Willie - Interview

In this archival interview from 2010, Nick Dent-Robinson talks to legendary bluesgrass musician Lightnin' Willie about his band the Poorboys, encounters with Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and Eric Burdon, and his love of touring and the UK.


Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Interview Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Interview

Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson why she started doing her superb lockdown kitchen discos, and how she plans to bow out.


Ed O'Brien
Interview Ed O'Brien - Interview

Radiohead guitarist and vocalist Ed O’Brien chats to Nick Dent-Robinson about his warmly praised solo debut LP 'Earth' under the guise EOB,


Doris Brendel
Interview Doris Brendel - Interview

With 'Mass Hysteria', her fourth album with Lee Dunham, due for release in early September, ex-Violet Hour frontwoman Doris Brendel talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her unusual upbringing and long musical career.


Bob Geldof
Interview Bob Geldof - Interview

Bob Geldof talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about the reformation of his band the Boomtown Rats, their first album in 36 years 'Citizens of the Boomtown', Live Aid and his lengthy career.


Melanie Blake
Interview Melanie Blake - Interview

Multi-millionaire music manager Melanie Blake talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her working class Manchester upbringing, experiences of working on 'Top of the Pops' in the 1990s, bestselling debut novel, 'The Thunder Girls', and writing career.


Roger Ruskin Spear
Interview Roger Ruskin Spear - Interview

Roger Ruskin Spear, the saxophone player, clarinetist and robot maker with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, talks to Nick Dent-Robinson in this 2011 interview about the legendary 60’s anarchic satirists' career, jazz influences and reformations.


Trudie Myerscough-Harris
Interview Trudie Myerscough-Harris - Interview

In this archival interview from 2009, Trudie Myerscough-Harris, the wife of legendary DJ Bob Harris, talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her life from her upbringing on a farm to becoming an executive PA to marrying Bob and his successful battle against cancer.


Tom Robinson
Interview Tom Robinson - Interview

Singer-songwriter and punk veteran Tom Robinson speaks to John Clarkson about his forthcoming 70th birthday and his past and present career.


John Otway
Interview John Otway - Interview

John Otway talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about fifty years of his comic rock and making a success out of failure.


Andrew Ridgeley
Interview Andrew Ridgeley - Interview

A 'pretty content' Andrew Ridgeley tells Nick Dent-Robinson about Wham!, fame and playing Scrabble with George Michael


Profiles

1941-2021 Charlie Watts - 1941-2021

Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts who died on August 24th.


Pop StorIes Lucy in the Sky.... - Pop StorIes

Nick Dent-Robinson gives a thumbs-up to Annie Nightingale’s ‘Hey Hi Hello’ – a 'rewarding read' which includes 'fascinating back-stories spanning her five decades of interaction with the biggest names in music and culture.'


Gerry Marsden
1942-2021 Gerry Marsden - 1942-2021

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Gerry Marsden, the frontman of the record-breaking 1960s Mersey Sound band, Gerry and the Pacemakers, who died in January.


Bruce Springsteen
Letter to You Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You

Nick Dent-Robinson assesses Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary latest album, 'Letter to You'.


Elvis Presley and Tom Jones
Some Reflections Miscellaneous - Some Reflections

After talking to comic Jimmy Tarbuck about his recollections of Tom Jones and Elvis, Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon his own memories of seeing Elvis live.


Madonna
Profile Madonna - Profile

With Madonna having just completed a fifteen night residency at the London Palladium, Nick Dent-Robinson recollects seeing an early preview of her current 'Madame X' tour in New York last summer.


Neil Innes
1944-2019

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Neil Innes, who died in December, and, as well as forming creative alliances with top 1960's performers, became legendary for creating catchy melodies and contributing greatly to 'Monty Python'.


Fairport's Cropredy Convention
Profile Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson previews this year's annual Fairport Cropredy Convention which will take place between the 13th August and 15th August and, as well as Fairport Convention, will include sets from among many others Clannad, Richard Thompson, Grace Jones, the Pet Shop Boys and Steve Hackett.


Sunshine of Your Life
A Concert for Jack Bruce Miscellaneous - A Concert for Jack Bruce

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a fantastic tribute concert to the late Jack Bruce, which filmed at the London Roundhouse in 2018, has just been released on CD and DVD.


Joe Brown
Profile Joe Brown - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the enduring sixty year career of rock legend Joe Brown, who is currently touring the UK.


Jack Savoretti
Profile Jack Savoretti - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on Jack Savoretti's bestselling no. 1 latest album, 'Singing to Strangers'.


Big Feastival
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson profiles this year's Big Feastival, which run by Alex James, the bassist with Blur, is taking place between the 23rd and 25th August in his native Oxfordshire.


Charlie Dore
Profile Charlie Dore - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson profiles the career of singer-songwriter and actress Charlie Dore, who is currently playing a small venue tour of the United Kingdom.


Fara
Profile Fara - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson profiles the career of Orkney Islands-formed folk group Fara, who have just released their second album, ‘Times from Times Fall’.


Rewind Festival
Profile Rewind Festival - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson previews this year's Rewind South Festival which will take this year at Henley-on-Thames from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August.


Nocturne Live
Profile Nocturne Live - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson previews this year’s Nocturne Live festival, which will take place at Blenheim palace between the 21st and 23rd June and will include a headlining set from Lauryn Hill.


Musical Predictions for the Year
2019 Miscellaneous - 2019

Nick Dent-Robinson provides five tips for acts to keep an eye out for and which he predicts for success in 2019.


Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Nick Dent-Robinson asks if the much maligned new film 'Bohemian Rhapsody' about the music of British frontman Freddie Mercury and Queen has been fairly received or whether its bad reviews have been justified.


Chas Hodges
1943-2018 Chas Hodges - 1943-2018

Nick Dent-Robinson looks back on the career of Chas Hodges of duo Chas'n'Dave, who died in September.


Dusty Springfield
Dusty - The Musical Dusty Springfield - Dusty - The Musical

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a new musical which looks with unflinching honesty at the life of troubled singer Dusty Springfield and which after touring regionally will eventually be launched to the West End of London.


Live

Supergrass
Alexaandra Palace, London, 6/3/2020 Supergrass - Alexaandra Palace, London, 6/3/2020

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Supergrass back after a decade away play a set of classic anthems to an enthusiastic crowd at the Alexandra Palace in London.


Lulu
New Theatre, Oxford, 22/9/20!9 Lulu - New Theatre, Oxford, 22/9/20!9

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Scottish entertainer Lulu play to a packed house in Oxford with remarkable energy in celebration of her 55-year career.


Purdy
Corn Exchange, Wallingford, 21/9/2019 Purdy - Corn Exchange, Wallingford, 21/9/2019

NIck Dent-Robinson watches vocalist Rebecca Poole AKA Purdy, accompanied by a stellar ensemble, returns to her native Oxfordshire to perform originals and cover tunes.


Van Morrison
New Theatre, Oxford, 27/10/2019 Van Morrison - New Theatre, Oxford, 27/10/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a diverse, career-spanning set of blues/rock from Van Morrison at the New Theatre in Oxford.


Fairport's Cropredy Convention
Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 8/8/2019...10/8/2019 Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire,  8/8/2019...10/8/2019

Despite torrential rain, Nick Dent-RObinson finnds plenty to enjoy at this year's Fairport's Cropredy Convention, which as well as a three-hour set from Faiport Convention, included performances from Richard Thompson, Gogol Bordello and the Waterboys.


Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Hexagon Theatre, Reading, 8/5/2019 Francis Rossi (Status Quo) - Hexagon Theatre, Reading, 8/5/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a spoken word gig at Hexagon in Reading by Status Quo guitarist and frontman Francis Rossi to promote his new autobiography, ‘I Talk Too Much’.


Zoots
Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, 23/5/2019 Zoots - Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, 23/5/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson finds infectious the enthusiasm and energy of 60’s covers band the Zoots at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury.


Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood
Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, 2/3/2019 Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood  - Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, 2/3/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson at the Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames watches Jacqui Dankworth, accompanied by her husband and Memphis-born pianist Charlie Wood, play a superb and versatile set that extends far beyond her jazz origins.


Purdy
Corn Exchange, Wallingford, 10/11/2018 Purdy - Corn Exchange, Wallingford, 10/11/2018

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Purdy, the new name for Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Rebecca Poole, play a stunning set of jazz classics and her own material in a homecoming gig at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford.


Le Vent du Nord
Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11/8/2018 Le Vent du Nord - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11/8/2018

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys French Canadian folk band Le Vent du Nord's recent performance at Fairport's Cropredy Convention.


Wilderness Festival
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 2/8/2018...5/8/2018 Miscellaneous - Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 2/8/2018...5/8/2018

Music is just one element of the UK's most freewheeling and eclectic summer festival, Wilderness, says Nick Dent-Robinson. Nile Rodgers gets a rapturous reception while a celebrity cricket match prompts a record number of streakers.


Cornbury Music Festival
Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 13/7/2018...15/7/2018 Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 13/7/2018...15/7/2018

Despite organiser Hugh Phillimore declaring that last year's Cornbury Festival would be its last, Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys its resurrection this year and an impressive set from veteran reggae star Jimmy Cliff


Big Feastival
Kingston, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...26/8/2017 Miscellaneous - Kingston, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...26/8/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year's Big Feastival, Blur bassist Alex James' annual festival of food and music in Oxfordshire.


Towersey Festival
Thame, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...28/8/2017 Towersey Festival - Thame, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...28/8/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson admires Oxfordshire's friendly four day Towersey Festival, which this year featured sets from KT Tunstall, Eliza Carthy, Newton Faulkner and the Blockheads.


Pet Shop Boys
Henley Festival, Henley, Oxfordshire, 6/7/2017 Pet Shop Boys - Henley Festival, Henley, Oxfordshire, 6/7/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson asserts that 1980's icons Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have as the Pet Shop Boys, 'constantly pushed the boundaries' since their inception. He enjoys two dynamic sets of synth pop at the prestigious Henley Festival.


Cornbury Music Festival
Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 7/7/2017...9/7/2017 Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 7/7/2017...9/7/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson attends the final Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire which this year saw performances from Bryan Adams, the Pretenders, Kaiser Chiefs and Jools Holland and speaks to organiser Hugh Phillimore about why he has decided to stop.


Kraftwerk
New Theatre, Oxford, 6/6/2017 Kraftwerk - New Theatre, Oxford, 6/6/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson finds electronic pioneers Kraftwerk still sounding futuristic with a set of their now classic material at the New Theatre in Oxford


Jacksons
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 18/6/2017 Jacksons - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 18/6/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson watches the Jacksons play a hit-packed set to celebrate their 50 years in music at the final night of this year’s Nocturne Festival at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire


Stornoway
New Theatre, Oxford, 12/3/2017 Stornoway - New Theatre, Oxford, 12/3/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson watches critically acclaimed local indie-folk band Stornoway play an emotive final gig at the New Theatre in Oxford


Sam Brown
Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, 9/12/2016 Sam Brown - Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, 9/12/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson finds much to enjoy at Sam Brown's annual pre-Christmas International Ukulele Club show at the Kenton Theatre on Henley-on-Thames


Albums

All Things Must Pass George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

In the first of two articles Nick Dent-Robinson commemorates the 50th anniversary of the late George Harrison’s seminal album,’ All Things Must Pass'.


Blue Joni Mitchell - Blue

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look at albums from the past, Nick Dent-Robinson examines Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s classic 1971 album, ‘Blue’, which is being released in various 50th Anniversary editions, which include demos and out-takes.


Deja Vu Crosby, Stills,  Nash and Young - Deja Vu

Nick Dent-Robinson profiles a new 50th anniversary deluxe version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 1971 hit album, 'Deja Vu'.


Amy Winehouse
The Collection Amy Winehouse - The Collection

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on 'The Collection', a new five CD box set from the late Amy Winehouse.


Paul McCartney
Flaming Pie Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie

In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back albums from the past, nick dent-Robinson, reflects on Paul McCartney's 1997 album 'Flaming Pie', which has just been-released in an updated edition.


Steve Robinson
Away for the Day Steve Robinson - Away for the Day

In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers re-examine albums from the past, Malcolm Carter looks at British-born, but American-based singer-song writer and recent Pennyblackmusic interviewee Steve Robinson's debut solo album, 'Away for the Day'


Features

Nobody Ever Asked Me About The Girls: Women, Music and Fame Lisa Robinson - Nobody Ever Asked Me About The Girls: Women, Music and Fame

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on music journalist Lisa Robinson’s new book which looks at the changing role of women in the entertainment industry through a unique lens.


Don Short
The Beatles And Beyond Don Short - The Beatles And Beyond

In 'Raging Pages' guest writer Nick Dent-Robinson finds fascinating 60's and 70's show business reporter and journalist Don Short's new memoir, 'The Beatles and Beyond'.


Beatles Vs The Stones
Comment Miscellaneous - Comment

Nick Dent-Robinson sheds a contemporary light on a continued and much-debated controversy, namely, Which band is better, the Beatles or the Stones?


Comment
Interviewing Rock Bands and Stars Miscellaneous - Interviewing Rock Bands and Stars

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on interviewing major rock stars and bands and how that has in recent times changed.


Photography

Tom Robinson
Photoscapes Tom Robinson - Photoscapes

Keith Ainsworth photographs Tom Robinson at a show in in Liverpool to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of his former group the Tom Robinson Band's debut album ‘Power in the Darkness’.







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