Rick Astley 50

Rick Astley 50

Rick Astley fans have been waiting a long time for this album. We’ve had other albums in between this and the first heady, brilliant pieces we got in the late 80s / early 90s, but THIS is the one we knew would come if we waited. We knew Rick had this in him, and that it was only gonna take some time for him to get it out. Back in the early days, most of us fans were just teenagers, although there’s a whole host of newer generation fans now too. With the…

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Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

To interview Jarrod Aston was a bucket list item for me. I’ve been a fan of Cinema (the band of which he was the lead singer from 1987 into the mid 90s) since 1987. I can recall (surreptitiously, probably) listening to David Gresham’s hit parade on a Thursday night on Radio Orion and the competition was between Cinema, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle. I idolized them, and their music is what helped make childhood great, and is still what helps make a stressful life easier to deal with…

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Carly Ritter – tweaking the golden thread.

Carly Ritter – tweaking the golden thread.

In a bio by Steve Leggett, Carly Ritter is described like this, in part:  The daughter of actor John Ritter and the granddaughter of Tex Ritter, her childhood was one where creativity was encouraged. She was raised in Los Angeles and attended high school in Santa Monica, then left for New York following graduation, attending Vassar and spending her junior year abroad in Scotland. Her debut album, the self-titled Carly Ritter, which included guest contributions not only from Juliette and Joachim, but also father Ry, as well as Robert Francis,…

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Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor set South Africa alight in the sixties with his song “Ag Pleez Deddy” (also known as “The Ballad of the Southern Suburbs”) and was then banished from South Africa for ridiculing apartheid. After two years on the West End stage in Wait A Minim, a South African musical revue, he became a leading entertainer on the British folk circuit with songs like “Jobsworth”. A change of government in 1979 led to his re-admittance to South Africa and from 1980 to 1994 he chronicled his life in Broederstroom, a…

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Burn The Floor

Burn The Floor

  Some of you may have noticed that we had a big site issue and the site was down for a good few days. But the good news is we are back (though some posts and pictures are still missing and will be added soon) and can now publish this review on Burn The Floor! You only have one day left to see it in Joburg – so get to it! Burn The Floor – “Fire in the Ballroom” will run on the Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein for a limited season…

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Branden James Crossover Review

Branden James Crossover Review

  When I had the chance to interview Branden James in 2014 for The Colab Network, I listened to a few of his songs and went armed with a few questions. I liked his style but didn’t know all that much about him. I left as a fan for life. That’s the impression he as a person and a musician had on me. It didn’t matter that he was one of the Twelve Tenors or had been a finalist on America’s Got Talent. All that was testament to his talent…

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Larry Weiss – Cuts and Scratches

Larry Weiss – Cuts and Scratches

As most of you already know,  I had the privilege of chatting to Larry Weiss – the writer of Rhinestone Cowboy and singer of the Who’s the Boss Theme song – not too long ago.  He’s one of the legends that tweak the golden thread of humanity!!!! I have some VERY exciting news to share! He has recently signed with Nub Records in the UK  and will soon be travelling to promote his new project Cuts and Scratches.            Excitingly, Nub Records have given permission to share one…

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