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LIVE: Richard Hawley – Bristol Colston Hall, 9th November 2015 no

Here’s the thing, I fully accept that all art is subjective. However, I still stand by my statement that most of today’s raft of “pop” acts are as closely related to music as Spam is to meat. Subjectivity aside though, if there’s currently a better British singer, songwriter or guitarist than Richard Hawley then I’ve …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kontiki Suite – The Greatest Show On Earth

Back in 2012 Carlisle’s Kontiki Suite released their brilliant debut album “On Sunset Lake”. Inexplicably, I managed to miss it at the time but after recommendations from several of my trusted musical cohorts, I eventually got hold of a copy in mid 2013. Suffice to say I was blown away by what I heard and had I not …

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2014 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part Two – No’s 10-1)

Well here’s the bit you’ve all been waiting so patiently for – numbers 10 to 1 in 2014’s “The Acoustic Egg Box Albums Of The Year”.  If the amount of letters, emails, tweets and phone calls are anything to go by after the 20-11 section was issued, it appears both of you were disappointed to see there …

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2014 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part One – No’s 20-11)

In a time honoured tradition going back many years that no one really cares about apart from me, here is 2014’s unscientific and utterly subjective “Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year”. As I have a time-consuming day job and spend evenings and weekends ferrying kids around to endless streams of social and …

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FILM REVIEW: Northern Soul

As a brief introduction for the uninitiated, the term “Northern Soul” was coined by DJ and soul music aficionado, Dave Godin, in 1970 and can be loosely described as a specific type of heavily syncopated, black American “Motown-esque” dance music, often originally released in the 1960’s, by unknown and largely forgotten artists. The burgeoning scene …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want (Daptone Records)

  That Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 5th, and best, studio album has been released at all is great news for soul fans everywhere. The album release was postponed indefinitely last year after it was revealed Sharon was undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer. Thankfully, everything went well and the band are looking to announce …

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Welcome to The Acoustic Egg Box!

I love books, art, films and well-made TV shows. I love great food and drink, sport, comedy, and, as an old mod, decent clobber. All the above things are important to me, but I’d give them up for music at the drop of a hat. Music was my first love and I’ve been obsessed with …

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