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Nicky Crewe


Interviews



Nicky Crewe talks to singer-songwriter MG Boulter about his acclaimed new album ‘Clifftown’ upon which he examines his hometown of Southend-on-Sea.




Surreal Appeal
Paul J Bolger
Loft Club

Nicky Crewe speaks to Sheffield-based ‘psychedelic electronic’ trio Surreal Appeal about their debut album, ‘Gently Deranged’.
Irish singer-songwriter, musician and animator Paul J Bolger speaks to Nicky Crewe about his eponymous first new album in almost twenty-five years, film career and forthcoming graphic novel trilogy.
Nicky Crewe speaks to Exeter indie band The Loft Club frontman Daniel Schamroth about their increasing global success, 60's and early 70's songwriting influences and recent EP 'Heart's Desire'




Food of Love Project
Vashti Bunyan

Nicky Crewe talks to co-curator Tom McConnell about 'The Food of Love Project', a compilation album which compiles together new recordings of Shakespearean and other Elizabethan age songs from a collection of contemporary folk and experimental artists
Nicky Crewe speaks to 60's cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan about her fourth album, 'Heartleap'








Profiles



Nicky Crewe finds that the eagerly anticipated memoir from Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson is a beautifully written and evocative reminder of a memorable time in his life.




Neil Anderson
Keith How
Miscellaneous
CP Lee

Nicky Crewe reads this rollicking tale of The Limit, the legendary Sheffield club.
Nicky Crewe pays tribute to her friend and Pennyblackmusic writer Keith How who died unexpectedly in January.
Nicky Crewe finds that Andrew Wild's new book in Sonicbond Publishing’s 'On Track' series is a definitive guide to Crosby, Stills and Nash not forgetting Neil Young’s contributions.
Nicky Crewe reflects on the life of her friend, Mancunian musician, writer and Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias frontman CP Lee, who died in July.


Live Reviews





Alasdair Roberts
Alex Rex
Joan Baez

Nicky Crewe caught a magical evening in Sheffield as Alasdair Roberts performed solo to promote his latest album, 'The Fiery Margin'.
At an intimate and ancient venue in Sheffield Nicky Crewe watches Alex Neilson as he ‘ditches bitterness to take us straight to regret’ with his dark and powerful music. He also gives us the magic formula for the cure for depression, raising spirits in more ways than one.
As Joan Baez completes the final dates of her 'Fare Thee Well' world tour, Nicky Crewe at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester is reminded of just how relevant and inspiring her music is, and, with her career spanning six decades and changing times, finds she still has a powerful message to share.


Favourite Albums




Guy Clark
Paul Kantner and The Windowpane Collective
Mothmen

In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe finds that Guy Clark's reissued album, recorded live in San Francisco in 1988, takes you back to a special concert from a singer songwriter whose influence is very much alive today.
'Venusian Love Songs' is the second volume of a series of CDs, Paul Kantner and the Windowpane Collective, planned to bring out. The first was 'A Martian Christmas,' and in keeping with the seasonal t
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe reflects on Manchester post-punk band the Mothmen's long-lost only album 'Pay Attention', which has just been released on CD for the first time


Features



Prince

Nicky Crewe


In our new series 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different one of our writers or photographers will be reflecting on a favourite photograph, Nicky Crewe writes of a photo taken by Melanie Smith of Mudkiss Photography at a small club gig by Prince in Manchester.
In our 'Ticket Rewind' series, in which our writers reflect on their old gig tickets and their stories, Nicky Crewe wonders when is a ticket not a ticket now we have the ticketless gig and shares memories of a significant paper ticket found as a bookmark.



Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
David Bowie
Nicky Crewe

In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Nicky Crewe writes of two late 1960's 'Rock Machine' compilations - and ten songs from them - that still have a place in her heart and her record collection.
Nicky Crewe in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her early teens being brought up in the middle of a Northern pop explosion and some of her favourite 60's soul songs
In 'Gig of a Lifetime' Nicky Crewe looks back on her memories of attending three David Bowie gigs on the 1972 'Ziggy Stardust' tour
Nicky Crewe reflects on what she both remembers and does not remember about knowing from her teens Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and working the door at the legendary Russell and Hacienda clubs


Reviews



Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny
Lillebjorn Nilsen and Andy Irvine
MG Boulter
Robert Jurjendal

Return to her roots for Maria Muldaur with this new album, a collaboration with Tuba Skinny, a young group of musicians who share her enthusiasm for 1920s and ‘30s New Orleans Jazz and Blues
Recorded live in August 1994 at the Telemark Festival in Norway, in front of an appreciative audience, this album from Lillebjorn Nilsen and Andy Irvine is a great reminder that music is a universal language.
Highly personal and evocative new album from M G Boulter which tells of his relationship with his home town of Southend on Sea
Imaginative fourth album from Estonian guitarist Robert Jurjendal which continues to explore the concept of instrumental exploration that is so much part of his solo work


Julien Boudart
Surreal Appeal
Myles Cochran
Jane Weaver

French sound artist and musician Julien Boudart explores the boundaries of sound inspired by an ancient myth in this first volume of a planned series
New release from Sheffield based three piece group Surreal Appeal, bringing their electronic psychedelic sensibilities to an intriguing collection of songs.
Building on the promise of last year’s ‘My Own Devices’ EP, American bluegrass and country instrumental musician Myles Cochran’s new album shows his talents to the full
Optimistic latest album from 'Modern Kosmonaut' Jane Weaver which provides a vision for the brighter future that we all need


Slow Readers Club
Duke Robillard
Merry Hell
Martin Simpson

Excellent second album for 2020 from the Slow Readers Club, which created in very different circumstances from their last album proves a reminder of their energy and creativity
Fantastic new album from blues master Duke Robillard that reminds us just how joyous the blues can be
Rousing and uplifting new album from folk rock outfit Merry Hell which celebrates resilience and unity
New collection of recordings from highly regarded singer and guitarist Martin Simpson hits exactly the right note for the strangest of years


Soup Review
Fay Hield
Padraig Jack
Danberrys

New collection of songs from Sheffield duo Soup Review is the perfect mix of the hilarious and the heartbreaking, celebrating the everyday anxieties we all have
First-rate latest album from Fay Hield upon which she weaves the traditional with the contemporary in experienced and accomplished style
Debut album from Padraig Jack establishes him as one of the most exciting new contemporary singer songwriters to come out of Ireland
First-rate third album from Nashville-based Americana duo the Danberrys which take them from their acoustic roots to a darker and more powerful sound


Brona McVittie
Myles Cochran
Eileen Gogan and the Instructions
Gary Olson

Brona McVittie’s second album weaves folklore and mythology with contemporary arrangements and inspired songwriting to magical effect
Excellent latest EP from Myles Cochran is a mesmerising instrumental soundtrack to the summer of 2020
Eileen Gogan’s second album pushes the boundaries of her songwriting and production skills, and is a great showcase for her talents
Ex Ladybird Transistor frontman Gary Olson joins forces with Norwegian brothers Ole Johannes and Jorn Aleskjaer to create a perfect indie pop album that was eight years in the making


Ma Polaine's Great Decline
Ben Kunder
Micah Erenberg
Paul J Bolger

Fine third album from folk duo Ma Polaine's Great Decline who build on their reputation for writing distinctive music inspired by curious stories
Third album from Canadian musician Ben Kunder which continues his journey down the path of self-discovery through song writing and more than fulfills the promise of his earlier albums
Live album and short film from Canadian songwriter Micah Erenberg that unwittingly captures these lo-fi, home produced times for music in a thoughtful and charming way
First-rate return to making music for film maker Paul J Bolger, who last released an album twenty five years ago






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