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Julie Cruickshank


London-based multi-instrumentalist Sami Sumner talks to Julie Cruickshank about his songwriting process and how he managed to achieve releasing twelve albums in one year.

Shaw's Trailer Park
Blue Highways
Peach and Quiet

Julie Cruickshank talks to Brighton psychedelic/prog collective Shaw's Trailer Park abut their self-titled debut album and their creative process and influences.
Callum Lury from London-based America trio The Blue Highways, which comprises of three brothers, speaks to Julie Cruickshank about their progress to date and their Bruce Springsteen-influenced second album, ‘Out on The Line’.
Canadian duo Peach And Quiet chat to Julie Cruickshank about their musical inspirations and future plans.

Steve Wallis
Dim Gray
Rupert Wates

Australian singer-songwriter Steve Wallis talks to Julie Cruickshank about his debut solo album ‘Nothing Stays the Same Way for Long’, the challenges of living in Paris and his songwriting technique.
Julie Cruickshank speaks to Norwegian prog/art rock band Dim Gray about their recently released second album ‘Firmament’, playing with Marillion and their classical influences and methods of studio recording.
US-based but London-born folk artist tkes to Julie Cruikshank about his new solo album, 'For the People'.
Julie Cruickshank talks to Honeyrunners’ vocalist and keyboardist Dan Dwoskin about their debut album ‘Everything Is On Fire’, channelling anxiety into songwriting and being a musician in Canada,

Lucky Ones
Burner Band
Spinmaster Plantpot
Elli De Mon

Ryan West, the singer and mandolinist with Canadian country/bluegrass outfit The Lucky Ones, talks to Julie Cruickshank about their debut album, their formation and coping with performing in a Yukon winter.
Leeds-based musician Lewis Burner talks to Julie Cruickshank about his two solo albums, his new group The Burner Band and their debut album, 'Signs and Wonders'.
Antifolk-punk pioneer Hank Osasuna aka Spinmaster Plantpot tells Julie Cruickshank about his influences and his TV work.
Italian blues musician Elli de Mon speaks to Julie Cruickshank about her dazzling new album 'Countin' the Blues', upon which she covers early female blues artists,, as well as her punk and garage influences and playing the blues all over Europe.

Jason Ringenberg

Hailed as ‘The Godfather of Americana’, US roots rock musician Jason Ringenberg recently issued new solo LP ‘Rhinestoned’ to outstanding praise. Julie Cruickshank caught up with the alt. country pioneer to chat about the making of the album and formative influences


Julie Cruickshank reflects on the career of Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie who died in November.

Alan Lancaster

Julie Cruickshank reflects on a mystery surrounding The Beatles playing her home town of Romford in Essex twice in 1963 and Ringo Starr's stepfather Harry Graves who came from there
Julie Cruickshank pays tribute to Status Quo's original bassist and co-founder Alan Lancaster who died in September.

Favourite Albums

Doug Dillard Expedition
Difford and Tilbrook

Julie Cruickshank is impressed by a legendary 1970 performance from bluegrass band The Doug Dillard Expedition, captured live at the Fremont Hotel, Las Vegas.
Julie Cruickshank finds that the only album released by ex-Squeeze songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, this self-titled 1984 album stands as a bridge between the end of the band and the solo careers of the two members.
Julie Cruickshank examines a fabulous box set containing the BBC recordings of Hawkwind, pioneers of psychedelic rock.


In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' Julie Cruickshank laments the demise of legendary rock pub The Ruskin Arms, which launched Iron Maiden and the Small Faces.
In the first in a new series, in which our writers tell of encounters with the famous, Julie Cruickshank tells of a strange meeting with Michael Jackson in Foyle’s bookshop in London.

Led Zeppelin

In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Julie Cruickshank writes of her favourite songs by 70's rock giants Led Zeppelin.


Lewis 'Burner' Pugh
Hillbilly Moon Explosion
Serious Sam Barrett
Shaw's Trailer Park

Solo album from The Burner Band’s Lewis ‘Burner’ Pugh tells stories of social and political injustice through an enjoyable melange of folk, bluegrass and co
Swiss rock band Hillbilly Moon Explosion’s tenth studio album embraces influences ranging from rockabilly to reggae
Wonderful live performance from Yorkshire’s acclaimed folk maestro Serious Sam Barrett
Exciting debut album from neo-prog/progressive Brighton band collective Shaw’s Trailer Park

Rupert Wates
Head With Wings
Lewis Burner
Blue Highways

Exquisite new album from folk guitarist and singer-songwriter Rupert Wates.
Head With Wings’ new album thrills with inventive, layered soundscapes
New single commemorating the Featherstone Massacre of 1893 from The Burner Band’s Lewis Burner.
Thoughtful album of Americana with a British edge from band of brothers The Blue Highway.

Elli De Mon
Burner Band
Peach and Quiet
Grey DeLisle

Dark, dramatic new album from Italy’s one-woman-band Elli de Mon
Sizzling second album from The Burner Band, a heady mix of country, reggae and folk roots music
Pleasing album of original folk/roots songs from Canada’s acclaimed duo Jonny Miller and Heather Read, aka Peach and Quiet
Eclectic covers album from American singer and voice artist Grey DeLisle

Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray
Pharis and Jason Romero
Life in Mono
Steve Wallis

Thrilling album of fiddle, hardingfele and guitar tunes, both traditional and modern, from acclaimed Canadian folk duo Elise Boeur and Adam Iredale-Gray
Sublime collection of banjo-led songs from Canadian folk/bluegrass artists Pharis and Jason Romero.
Impressive, intense double A-side single from alt-rock band Life In Mono.
Thoughtful and melancholic collection of songs from folk singer/songwriter Steve Wallis

Dim Gray
Lucky Ones
Rupert Wates

Achingly beautiful second album from Norwegian prog prodigies Dim Gray
Yukon roots music ensemble The Lucky Ones have released a fine if less exuberant second album.
Enchanting album of original folk songs from US-based London guitarist and singer Rupert Wates.
Canadian band The Honeyrunners’ new album showcases a taste of Southern rock with a soulful, funky vibe

Head With Wings
Lucky Ones

Outstanding sixth album from Norwegian heavy metal band Spidergawd
Pleasingly quirky debut from Japanese pop-rock duo Pess.
Magisterial prog/rock EP from Connecticut-based band Head with Wings
Sublimely atmospheric debut album from Yukon country-roots band The Lucky Ones

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