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Andy Whitehouse

The last time we spoke to Sheffield singer-songwriter Andy Whitehouse, he was playing to select audiences in pub snugs. Now, he’s taken the idea one step further and set up residence in a caravan on the coast. Fiona Hutchings caught up with him to find out more about his one-to-one project.

Mark Lee
Andy Whitehouse
Last Day Sect

Pocket Gods frontman and now film maker Mark Lee speaks to Fiona Hutchings about what matters to him. From severe mental health difficulties to the tyranny of Spotify, he doesn't hold back.
From being pursued by hordes of excited schoolgirls to playing to audiences of one, singer songwriter Andy Whitehouse has had a varied career. Fiona Hutchings chats to this well respected Sheffield musician about the personal experiences of his music.
Fiona Hutchings talks to Tom Wilcox from Last Day Sect about tarot cards, talented collaborators, and their debut album of eerie tales.

Magic Brothers
Pete Ross and The Sapphire

Fiona Hutchings talks to Vix from 80's all girl pop punk icons and C86 act about her band Fuzzbox's extraordinary career
Fiona Hutchings speaks to former Bluetones front man Mark Morriss about his former band, whether they will ever reform and second solo album, 'A Flash of Darkness'
Fiona Hutchings speaks to Madness drummer Woody Woodgate about his new band the Magic Brothers which he has formed with his brother Nick, and their 70's pop-influenced debut album 'The Magic Line'
Fiona Hutchings chats to Susy Sapphire from Australian/New Zealand but Italian-based duo Pete Ross and The Sapphire about 'Rollin' On Down the Lane', which is their forthcoming debut album together


Nick Assariti

Nick Assirati sets out to make the music of The Clash accessible to newcomers and/or younger fans. Fiona Hutchings investigates whether he succeeds.

JB Morrison
Lee Thompson

Following the success of his memoir last year, JB Morrison, the former frontman of Carter USM, is back with his fifth novel. Fiona Hutchings ponders whether 'Stranger Things coming to Brixton' is a good thing.
Proud Sheffielder Fiona Hutchings checks out the latest curated collection from Cherry Red Records promising plenty of punk and post punk gems, including twelve previously unreleased tracks.
Madness fan Fiona Hutchings enjoys 'One Man's Madness', a very different type of documentary focusing on the band's idiosyncratic saxophonist, Lee Thompson.
The 27 Club has its own sort of exclusivity but what does it take to end up a member? Fiona Hutchings is left wondering where we place the blame in Simon Napier-Bell's new documentary film, '27: Gone Too Soon'.

Live Reviews

Human League

Fiona Hutchings watches 80's synth pop giants the Human League play a fabulous set of their classic hits at the Arena in Sheffield
At the Arena in Sheffield, Fiona Hutchings watches often under-rated 80's Norwegian pop act a-ha play a modest and unassuming, yet emotive set on their farewell tour
Despite taking their influences from 80's synth pop, Fiona Hutchings finds that Manchester-based three piece Performance have a vital individualism at a gig in support to the Human League at the Academy in Sheffield

Favourite Albums

Graham Day and the Forefathers

In our 'Re:View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past. Fiona Hutchings examines Medway garage rockers Graham Day and the Forefathers reissue of their 2014 album 'Good Things' which features three bonus tracks.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Fiona Hutchings reflects on Madness's 1979 debut solo album 'One Step Beyond', which has just been re-released in an expanded edition
Fiona Hutchings reflects on all girl Birmingham-based alternative rock group Fuzzbox's 1989 third and final album 'Big Bang', which has just been released in a new double edition


Depeche Mode

Fiona Hutchings picks ten personal milestones from the tracks of British pop pioneers Erasure.
Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her favourite songs by Depeche Mode.

Duran Duran

Fiona Hutchings takes us through ten formative memories from the pop titans Duran Duran.
In our series in which our writers celebrate ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Fiona Hutchings weaves together love, alt-rock and unsettling subject matter in a tribute to Pixies.
Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' takes us on a tour of the records that mean the most to her from 1979, the year of her birth.
In honour of Pennyblack's 20th birthday, Fiona Hutchings picks ten songs from her time at Pennyblackmusic.


Django Django
My Darling Clementine
Baked A La Ska

Pure pop perfection on six CD box set from Hit Factory starlet Sonia
Uplifting and memorable fourth album from critically acclaimed London-based art rock band Django Django
Excellent and unpredictable set of Elvis Costello covers from country duo My Darling Clementine
Superb fifth albm from eleven-piece ska band Baked A La Ska who take an electic bunch of source material and give it a satisfyingly spooky sound

Her Crooked Heart
Alvarez Theory
David Bromberg

Musically complex second album from Her Crooked Heart, the moniker for New York-based singer-songwriter Rachel Reis, proves highly personal but accessible
Engaging eponymous debut album from London-based Americana/folk five-piece the Alvarez Theory, which includes well-crafted tales of about small town heroes and bar flies
Essential limited only vinyl only first album in fourteen years from 60’s-influenced Medway-based trio the Embrooks
First-rate compilation of early 70's material from Californian singer-songwriter David Bromberg whose name might not be instantly recognisable but whose trademark guitar fingerpicking has been very influential.

Ben Bedford
Simon Stanley Ward and The Shadows of Doubt
Last Day Sect

Lyrical and intirguing if brief trip to the Prairie State with one man band Ben Bedord and his cat
Amusing but accomplished second album from eclectic London-based folk musician and stand-up comedian Simon Stanley Ward
Discordant but often riveting and surprising eleventh album from experimental noise rock act the Telecopes
Mesmerising and terrifying concept debut album on Gothic novels from supergroup trio Last Day Sect

Kaz Murphy
J. Allen
Neville Staple
Aaron Keylock

Fine fourth solo album from Americana storyteller Kat Murphy who sets out to explore life's predicaments in detail but also with a relaxed and engaging style
Ethereal and orchestral vinyl only first single in two years from New York-based singer-songwriter J. Allen
Excellent new solo album from Original Rude Boy Neville Staple, who has recreateds his famous Judge Roughneck persona
First-rate debut album from teenage blues sensation Aaron Keylock in which trying to separate the music from the myth-making proves a challenge yet it also has its own kind of magic

Fairport Convention
B Movie
Ruth Theodore

Fabulous folk gem from the legendary Fairport Convention featuring the late Sandy Denny on lead vocals recorded live in New York in 1974
Dirty and distorted but compelling first single in ten years from self-proclaimed hottest freakbeat trio in the UK, the Embrooks
Well-crafted latest album from cinematic 80's-formed electronic outfit, B-Movie
Off-kilter but compelling pop with her new single from London-based singer-songwriter, Ruth Theodore

SMASH Fashion
Van Susans
Ordinary Boys

Impressive vinyl only single from sardonic Los Angeles-based outfit, SMASH Fashion
Melancholically beautiful new single from London-based alternative folk-rock outfit, Van Susans
Enjoyable first album in a decade from the Ordinary Boys, which finds them still not having entirely shaken off the Madness associations of the past yet also having moved on
Appealing collection of rockabilly classic and rare cuts, which while rough aaroudn the edges, still is worthy of time and attention

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