Pennyblackmusic Presents: Johny Brown (Band of Holy Joy) - With Hector Gannet and Andy Thompson @The Water Rats, London, Saturday 25, May, 2024

Headlining are Johny Brown (Band of Holy Joy) With support from Hector Gannet And Andy Thompson
Hosted at the Water Rats London , Saturday 25th May, 2024. Doors open 7:30pm. First band on at 8:00pm; Admission £15 on the door or £12 in advance from We got Tickets
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Nick Dent-Robinson speaks to Brit Award winning Scottish-raised singer-songwriter Emeli Sande before her performance at the Nocturne Live festival about her love of jazz and charity work.

Sam Brown
Elio Pace

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Brown talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her eighth album, ‘Number 8’, which, despite the permanent loss of her former singing voice, was recorded with the aid of new technology.
Pianist Elio Pace talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his latest tour in which he interprets and plays the songs of Billy Joel.
UB40 frontman Ali Campbell talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about their new album 'Unprecedented', love of touring and the death of founder member Astro.

Sarah Cracknell
Dwina Gibb
'Legs' Larry Smith

Sarah Cracknell talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her thirty plus years of fronting synth-pop outfit St. Etienne, family life and their forthcoming appearance at Glastonbury.
Dwina Gibb talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her memories of her late husband, The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb,, and a new exhibition of photographs and family memorabilia to commemorate the tenth anniverrsary of his death.
Nick Dent-Robinson speaks to Grant Nicholas from bestselling rock act Feeder at a gig in Oxford about their new album ‘Torpedo’.
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.

Sam Brown
Chris Jagger
Robbie Robertson
Alice Cooper

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'.
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.
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
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
Bon Jovi
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

BBC legend Bob Harris talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new all-star charity project to help musicians affected by the coronavirus.
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.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson where her Kitchen Disco inspiration came from and where it's going next.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson why she started doing her superb lockdown kitchen discos, and how she plans to bow out.


Nick Dent-Robinson looks back on the career of Scottish singer Lulu, who has recently announced that her forthcoming 'Champagne for Lulu' tour will be her final tour.

Annie Nightingale
John Lennon

Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to Annie Nightingale, who was the first female DJ on Radio One,
Nick Dent-Robinson finds Sofia Coppola’s new film ‘Priscilla’ about the relationship and marriage of Priscilla and Elvis Presley uncomfortable viewing.
Nick Dent-Robinson assesses a new three-part documentary from Apple TV+ about the murder of John Lennon.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon the Beatles' much anticipated new single, 'Now and Then'.

Live Reviews

Fairport's Cropredy Convention
Peter Doherty
Bob Dylan

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year’s three day Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which as well as Fairport Convention also featured excellent sets from Robert Fripp and Toyah and Nile Rodgers.
Nick Dent-Robinson watches Peter Doherty play an intimate and introspective set at the O2 Academy in Oxford.
Nick Dent-Robinson finds Bob Dylan on fine form at an intimate show at the London Palladium on the opening night of his ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ tour.

Favourite Albums

Pink Floyd
Elton John

Nick Dent-Robinson looks at The Beatles’ classic greatest hits Red and Blue albums which have just been reissued for their 50th Anniversary in expanded and remastered deluxe editions.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the extraordinary impact of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ which the fourth best-selling album of all time, is being released both in a box set and a live album for its 50th anniversary.
Nick Dent-Robinson listens to the reissue of ’Honky Château’, the 1972 album that sent Elton John’s career into the stratosphere.


Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon the meteoric rise of former One Direction star Harry Styles.
Over the last two years Cila Warncke in her 'A Life in Music' column has talked to her fellow contributors at Penny Black about their musical tastes, background and aspirations. Now in what is the last one in the series Nick Dent-Robinson talks to Cila about her 'Life in Music'.

The Decline of the Rock Group
Don Short

Nick Dent-Robinson examines why in the current musical landscape bands have become something of the past.
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'.
Nick Dent-Robinson sheds a contemporary light on a continued and much-debated controversy, namely, Which band is better, the Beatles or the Stones?
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on interviewing major rock stars and bands and how that has in recent times changed.


Rod Stewart and Jools Holland
Paloma Faith

Enjoyable new album from Rod Stewart and Jools Holland which celebrates the big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s
Excellent fourth album from acoustic folk band Banter, who pay tribute on it to their own musical heroes
Powerful, rock-influenced break-up album from Paloma Faith, which was inspired by the collapse of her nine-year relationship
Powerful and anthemic guitar rock on third album from Rotherham band The Reytons

Paul McCartney and Wings
Marika Hackman
Green Day

Enjoyable 50th anniversary reissue in various formats of Paul McCartney and Wings' groundbreaking LP
Melancholic and brooding combination of piano ballads and indie folk on latest album from multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Marika Hackman
Cinematic second studio album from The Smile. the new project of Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood
Accomplished and energetic latest album from San Francisco punks Green Day

Shed Seven
Cat Power
Tina Turner

Discordant and bleak but powerful eleventh album from Olympia-formed veteran alternative rock outfit Sleater-Kinney
Infectiously enthusiastic first album in seven years from 90’s Britpop act Shed Seven
Accomplished covers album from Cat Power, in which she recreates Bob Dylan’s famous 1966 concert at the Manchester Free Trade Hall
Irresistible, chronologically-ordered box set compilation of Tina Turner's solo work

Peter Gabriel
Sundara Karma
Dolly Parton

Excellent first album of new material in over twenty-one years from Peter Gabriel
Infectious yet thought-provoking indie rock on third album from Reading-based group Sundara Karma
Often dark and pessimistic concept album from Madness about the state of our planet
Impressive collection of covers on first rock album from Dolly Parton

Emeli Sande
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift
Van Morrison

Strong comeback album from Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande
Soulful fifth album from much acclaimed country star Chris Stapleton
Expanded and reworked version of Taylor Swift’s 2014 album which saw her make the transition from country to pop
Surprisingly upbeat double album of 1950s rock and roll and 1960s pop covers from Van Morrison

Agnetha Faltstog
Rolling Stones
Rick Astley

Energetic and appealing album of Christmas song covers from Cher
Revamped and now elegant dance and electronic pop-based new version of her 2013 solo album ‘A’ from ex-Abba star Agnetha Faltskog
Impressive and masterful album of new material in eighteen years from The Rolling Stones
Smooth and highly professional new album from 80’s icon Rick Astley whose comeback over the last few years has been remarkable

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