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Spencer Robertshaw


Dan Whitehouse

Spencer Robertshaw chats to London-based singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse about his wide range of influences, and eclectic and much-acclaimed debut album

Megan Henwood

Spencer Robertshaw talks to James Houston, the organiser of North Yorkshire festival Galtres, which is now in its eighth year, about his extraordinary festival and its links with charity
Spencer Robertshaw chats to Pauline Black, the front woman with the Selecter, about her recent autobiography, 'Black By Design', and her seminal group's recent reformation
Spencer Robertshaw speaks to BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Megan Henwood about her influences and 'Making Waves', her just released debut album

This Will Destroy You
John Cooper Clarke
Lost Boy AKA

Winchester-based singer-songwriter Jon Allen speaks to Spencer Robertshaw before a show in Leeds about his latest solo album, 'Sweet Deceit'
With safety an increasing issue at festivals, Spencer Robertshaw talks to Sean Birdsall, the organiser of the North Yorkshire-based the Limetree Festival, about its green and family focus
Spencer Robertshaw speaks to pioneering punk poet John Cooper Clarke at a show in Leeds about his writing and continued enthusiasm for performing poetry
Front man with Simple Minds, Jim Kerr, talks to Spencer Robertshaw about his new solo project Lostboy AKA! and its eponymous debut album, which is a return to his early musical roots and beginnings

Martin Newell
Hugh Cornwell

Poet, journalist, writer and singer-songwriter Martin Newell has released music with both the bands Cleaners from Venus and the Stray Trolleys and also as a solo artist. He speaks to Spencer Robertshaw about his career and why he prefers to remain just under the radar of commercial fame
Former Stranglers front man Hugh Cornwell talks to Spencer Robertshaw about his recent solo album, 'Hooverdam' and his forthcoming tour in which he will be playing both songs from it and the Stranglers' 1977 debut album, 'Rattus Norvegicus'


Spencer Robertshaw finds a new Sonicbond book on Blur v,ery much woth reading

Led Zeppelin
Jett Brando
Wild Mercury Sound

Spencer Robertshaw enjoys George Case's fact-packed new book about Led Zeppelin
Spencer Robertshaw enjoys Nick Churchill's new book which focuses on the part that the seaside town of Bournemouth had to play in the Beatles' development
Spencer Robertshaw finds Dave Thompson's new book on Joan Jett, while unauthorized, to be a very authorative and immensely detailed account of the Los Angeles rocker's extraordinary life and career
Spencer Robertshaw finds completely enthralling new James Brown concert film DVD, which was filmed in Georgia on the late Godfather of Soul's 70th birthday

Live Reviews

Submission Orchestra

Spencer Robertshaw watches reformed 80's ska band the Selecter play a spellbinding set at a gig at the Brudenell in Leeds
Spencer Robertshaw watches seven piece local indie soul outfit Submotion Orchestra play a classy set to a hometown crowd at the Brudenell in Leeds on their first UK tour
Despite difficulties with the weather, Spencer Robertshaw enjoys the family-friendly Limetree Festival in Yorkshire

Favourite Albums

Just Joans
Shades of Rhythm
Portico Quartet

Spencer Robertshaw looks at Scottish indie pop band the Just Joans' concept album, which originally released five years ago under the title of 'Last Tango in Motherwell', has been reissued under the new name of 'Buckfast Bottles in the Rain' in a vinyl only edition
Spencer Robertshaw looks at Peterborough-based dance/techno outfit and ZTT signing Shades of Rhythm's 1991 only album, 'Shades', which has recently been re-released
Spencer Robertshaw looks at modern jazz outfit the Portico Quartet's 2007 debut album, 'Knewe-deep in the North Sea', which has just been re-released with extra tracks


In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw pays tribute to a friend who has recently passed away.
In his regular 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw writes of Pennyblackmusic's latest recruit, his new dog Norman.

Evidently Spencertown
Evidently Spencertown
Evidently Spencertown
Evidently Spencertown

In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw looks with his usual humour at contradiction.
Spencer Robertshaw writes of heartache and romantic break-up in the latest poem in his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column.
In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw reflects on cancer, a 'time bomb' that affects that us all.
Spencer Robertshaw writes of his now grown-up daughter in the latest poem in his 'Evidently Spencertown' column.


Robert J. Hunter
Wilko Johnson
Lloyd Cole and Hans-Joachim Roedilus

Energetic and infectious blues rock on fifth album from British blues guitarist Robert J Hunter
Fabulous double CD best of compilation from former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, which consists of songs from his catalogue which he re-recorded between 2008 and 2012
Uncategorisble, but excellent second album from Mercury Prize winner Ghostpoet, the nom de plume for British singer and producer Obaro Ejimiwe
Stunning ambience on electronic instrumental collaboration between English rock singer Lloyd Cole and Austrian composer Han-Joachim Roedilus

Group Rhoda
Janice Graham Band
Skint and Demoralised

Classy-sounding electronica on debut album from Group Rhoda, the project of San Francisco-based musician Mara Barenbaum
Excellent latest single from uncompromising Manchester-based ska-influenced act, Janice Graham Band
Fresh-sounding second collection of remixes from the influential 80's label ZTT, which includes tracks from the Art of Noise, Paul McCartney, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and 808 State
Irreverent and politically conscious second album from Skint & Demoralised, the project of Wakefield-based poet Matt Abbott

Red Inspectors
Kings of Leon
Tom Moriarty

Fantastic double CD charity compilation in aid of CALM, a Manchester-based suicide helpline of which late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson was a founder, and which includes tracks from Elbow, Durutti Column and Noel Gallagher as well as new band such as the Whips and No Ceremony
Fine debut album from London-based band the Red Inspectors whose influences include 60's film soundtracks, funk, lounge and electronica
Essential DVD documentary about stadium act Kings of Leon, which intersperses footage of a gathering of their Pentecostal family with that of their remarkable rise to supergroup status
Compelling debut album from thoughtful London-based singer-songwriter Tom Moriarty, who recorded this album after fifteen years working in the City

Rory Gallagher
Txarly Brown
Jon Allen

Unreleased until now studio and live recordings from the late Rory Gallagher, which proves to be probably the best hidden secret in guitar led rock for decades
Refreshing and vibrant collection overseen by DJ Txarly Brown of reworkings in Spanish of both well known and lesser known dance anthems, the third and final volume in Madrid-based label's Banda Achilfunk series
Sublime second album of acoustic Americana from acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jon Allen
Pleasing latest EP from eclectic Oxford/London hybrid, the Epstein

Steve Cradock
Twisted Tongue
The Milk
Alison Scott

Expertly-crafted 60's-influenced second solo album from Ocean Colour Scene guitarist and Paul Weller touring band member, Steve Cradock
Clever and innovative funk on second album from Twisted Tongue, the project of production duo Dave Jay and Mark Dalton, which seems destined to be one of the records of the forthcoming summer
Immediately classic debut single from Essex-based Northern Soul group, The Milk
Unobtrusive, but warm third album from Minneapolis-based country-soul singer, Alison Scott

Beautiful Losers
Art Of Noise
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Suzanne Vega

Superb Led Zeppelin-influenced debut album from San Francisco duo, the Beautiful Losers
Excellent and beautifully packaged double CD with many unreleased tracks from seminal 1980's electronic group, the Art of Noise
Enjoyable compilation from Leeds-based cult alternative band Red Lorry Yellow Lorry that is essential listening for Goths and other alternative music fans in particular
Fantastic stripped down collection of Suzanne Vega's classic love songs, the first of four themed albums of her music which will be released over the next two years

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