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Dexys Bootleg Runers play London!

7 November 2014

There is but one band that plays ALL the music from ALL the Dexys era. Dexys Bootleg Runners ("I'm flattered" - Kevin Rowland) will be playing their first London gig on 7th November at 229 Club, Great Portland Street.

This is a 10-piece band with all the right instrumentation, playing all but one song in the original key signature (our singer can still hit these high notes that now escape Kev). The guys in the band are all Dexys fans since day one and wouldn't be doing this unless it was right. (There are easier ways to make a 'trib' living!).

There will be two sets;
1 - Projected Passion Review - featuring the best of the 80/81 horn-driven sounds.
2 - From Fiddles to Today - only one cross-over song with the Dexys proper and their 2014 set. All the big hits, some rarities for the fans (The More I See You!), and a full length, original key, four-part harmony This Is What She's Like.

Dexys fans, hell fans of good music, don't miss this one.

(I'm the MD/Keys player with the band...)

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CBVD Cloudcast Ep 9

Got a round tuit today. More freshly hand-picked records from the boot sales of Suffolk (including one just for Beany). Apols in advance for mildly erratic sound levels - gremlins.

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries Episode 9 by Car Boot Vinyl Diaries on Mixcloud

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Glossop Record Club - John Peel Night

9 October 2014

Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 9th October for JOHN PEEL NIGHT, curated and hosted by record club regulars Gavin Hogg and Steve McNamee.

They will be playing two albums in full – Grotesque by perennial Peel favourites The Fall, and the winner of the poll currently taking place online. There are ten albums to choose from – Ivor Cutler, Captain Beefheart, Half Man Half Biscuit, Cocteau Twins, The Wedding Present, The Undertones, Joy Division, Misty In Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The White Stripes. That’s quite a choice. They’ll also be playing a specially compiled tape of Peel show highlights and sessions. Everyone is encouraged to bring along any Peel related records you wish to share.

This monthly club meets at the Glossop Labour Club at 8pm and has free admission. It's likely I will be in Glossop from late afternoon if anyone wants to meet up beforehand for beer and grub.

More details here:

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New edition of my magazine, Barmcake

The second issue of my magazine, Barmcake, is out.

It features exclusive interviews with Viv Albertine, Pete Wylie, the directors of a new Edwyn Collins doc, Steve Huison, Nat Johnson, Age of Chance’s Neil Howson, and Leigh Linley.

There are features on Michael Palin, Yorkshire’s best real ale town, why Otley is the greatest pub place this side of Prague & Camra's Good Beer Guide, and listings, including literature festivals in Ilkley, Manchester and Sheffield. Plus: Steve Hanley, John Shuttleworth and Ai Weiwei.

Barmcake is a free, A5, 32-page colour magazine distributed in about 50 pubs, theatres, cafes, cinemas and shops in Greater Manchester, Sheffield and West Yorkshire. I wrote everything (bar one piece), designed it, edited it and delivered it.

The theme of the magazine is northern entertainment for the middle-aged. I feel most magazines and websites cater for the under-30s and there is nothing out there for a person of a certain age who likes particular music, comedy, pubs, plays, exhibitions and books (and who misses the Word!).

I aim to bring together all the interesting stuff on performers and venues’ websites, some of it well-known, some of it not, add exclusive interviews, striking photographs and artwork, and write features that can’t be read anywhere else.

I didn’t want all the content to be lost on yet another website, cluttered with links and dowdy Google keyword headlines. Magazines are yours to hold, to savour, to read how you want - not something borrowed on a screen.

I have a limited number of copies if anyone wants one. To see issue one and for more about the magazine, go here:

My other work and a little advertising pays for the mag, but I'm looking at setting up a donations site, something like Kickstarter, to help pay for the next issue. Any suggestions? Cheers!

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Primevals - Broadcast - Glasgow

7 November 2014

The Primevals are off on tour again, with 10 days in France to promote our new album Tales Of Endless Bliss.
We are also playing in Glasgow and Edinburgh in November - Broadcast in Glasgow on Friday 7th
Support details to follow - hope to see some of you there.

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Primevals - Citrus Club - Edinburgh

8 November 2014

The Primevals are off on tour again, with 10 days in France to promote our new album Tales Of Endless Bliss.

We are also playing in Glasgow and Edinburgh in November - Citrus Club on Saturday 8th in Edinburgh.

Support details to follow - hope to see some of you there.

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Roots 'n' Roll Cafe - Club 85, Hitchin

3 October 2014

Come and see four terrific rootsy acts at a proper groovy music club with good bar, great sound and top vibe:

Back by popular demand, and fresh from their stint on the BBC Introducing stage at this year's Rhythms of the World, The Kingston Inn share a lot of the influences of CC Smugglers, and mold them into their own effervescent groove.

A world exclusive, here, as we host a debut from new rock n roll/indie band LADY, featuring singer Isobela Lugosi

Our hosts, Beau Jangles, also featured at Rhythms of the World this year... Their delectable brand of folk tinged pop rock gave the Roots & Roll Cafe it's title (and featuring Blog old lag Twang)!

Hertford Singer / songwriter inspired by acoustic Americana, roots and folk music.

Beach Sessions, Waterbeach, Sat 20th Sep

20 September 2014

This month in the Waterbeach Baptist Chapel (think shrunken Union Chapel in rural Cambridgeshire location)

Soundtrack composer Tom Adams playing his slightly proggy work live to film projections.
Support from Gaze Is Ghost, aka Northern Irish singer/songwriter Laura McGarrigle (echoes of Tori Amos, Kate Bush).

Through my top-notch PA system.

Doors 8pm for 8:30 start. Tickets £7 / £4 (13-17 yrs).

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CBVD Cloudcast Ep. 8

The latest cloudcast is now online, featuring the usual mixture of car boot music in various states of crackliness. And a Flumps reference.

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries Episode 8 by Car Boot Vinyl Diaries on Mixcloud

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I Was Rachel Swan - My fifth novella free to download 8-12/9/14



I’ve published my fifth novella on Amazon for the Kindle.

It will be free to download worldwide until 12/9/14. It will work on any devices with a Kindle app such as a mobile phone or an iPad.

Daylight Music: 5th Birthday Party

12 September 2014

Daylight Music is my favourite way to see live music in London. You get to hang out at London's best venue (the Union Chapel in Islington), grab a cup of tea and a slice of something yummy, and listen to some corking live music. It's been brightening London's weekends for 5 years now; to celebrate they're throwing a big birthday party featuring splendid acts like Frank Chickens, Chaps Choir, Chris T-T, Gill Sandell, and The Belles of London City. Oh, and me. I'll be playing the organ (TV themes and 80s pop, probably) inbetween all those fabulous bands.

It'd be lovely to see you there.

More info here.

And if you want to dive in and buy your ticket, you can do that here..

Hannah x

An Audience With Donovan

6 September 2014

As a fundraiser for the esteemed London arts venue The Horse Hospital and as a curtain raiser for SATURATION 70

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Thames Valley Mingle @ Blue's Smokehouse, Bracknell

4 September 2014

The Thames Valley chapter of the Afterword clique are meeting for mingling and meat at Blue's Smokehouse BBQ, Thursday 4th September @ 7.30-8pm for menu and venue details

Old hands and newbies welcome as ever


The Distillaires present a distillation of American roots music

13 September 2014

I'm breaking cover to let you know about a gig that I'm doing. I am a member of a duo playing a mix of blues, jazz, standards, country and roots music. The aim that we have is to try and connect all of these types of music together and present it as if it was all meant to be one kind of music, which in a way, it is. We've been doing this for years as a Saturday afternoon hobby, but life has got in the way of it really moving beyond that. Earlier this year we decided to develop the act and get out there and play for people. Since March we've played 1-2 times a week and against all odds have a local following.

The next step is a full gig, where we try out the whole set list in front of an audience. We are playing at The Station in Sutton Coldfield (near Birmingham) on Saturday 13th September at 7:30pm. Entry is free, but we'll be passing the hat around for tips.

If you think we're rubbish, at least the beer is good.

We are on facebook,

Just Look At His Face

Welcome to edition1 of an ebook repository for the living history of the wondrous game of association football.

Our ethos is pretty simple – we will be out there at the coalface of history, hacking away at interviews with the great and the good of the game’s past while they’re there to be got. Amid a modern media of controlled access, protected positions and corporate concerns, our interviewees have the freedom of speech that comes with distance. Look at how Clive Thomas, Craig Brown, Ray Wilson or Jan Tomaszewski speak in this issue and imagine something similar dripping from the mouths of their current day contemporaries.

“Just Look At His Face” is a line stolen from a Barry Davies commentary when Francis Lee, then at Derby County, whacked the ball into the Manchester City net. The commentary begins with, “Interesting…very interesting!” That is our motto, our aim, our raison d’etre as we excavate stories long buried but which are all the more illuminating once brought to the surface.

The team behind this is a totally self-contained power trio, a bit like Cream, though we’re not telling you which one is Ginger Baker. Chris Lepkowski, Sam Slater and Bill Thomas are behind this gloriously unfashionable enterprise that hopes to make the past the future. Between us, we will be foisting tales of yesteryear upon you on a quarterly basis for a long time to come, so you better get used to it.

For edition 1, where else could we start but with the World Cup? We’ve covered tournaments from 1950 to 2006 from perspectives across the spectrum, from Poland to the United States, from goalscorers to referees.

We live in strange times children, times where, pretty soon, they’ll be abolishing insight and intelligence. In the meantime, let us make hay. As Hunter Thompson instructed, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

Major, a new ribbon for the typewriter if you’ll be so good...

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CBVD Cloudcast Ep. 7.

More car boot and chazza vinyl with me. Could be worse.

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries Episode 7 by Car Boot Vinyl Diaries on Mixcloud

Looking for Kate Bush Ticket - Saturday Sept. 6 show

If anyone has a spare ticket for the Kate Bush show on Saturday, September 6, that they are willing to sell - or knows of anyone who has a spare ticket for sale - please contact me via Twitter or the contact form on my website.

Because of the restrictions on entry to the venue (original ticket purchaser has to present the tickets and ID at the door) the ticket would have to be one that was bought as part of a group, with the original purchaser also attending the show. As much as I would like to see the show, I don't want to pay for a ticket that I may not be able to use.

To reassure any potential sellers, I go to a concert to listen to the music - so if I sit with you and/or your friends, I won't talk on my cellphone throughout the show or engage in any of the other oh-so-annoying concert behaviours.


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Super Summer Giveaway - final part!

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries is giving away a 70s Soul classic album in the third and final part of the Giveaway. The first two competitions proved extremely popular, but I have a feeling that this one will attract even more entries:

Good luck vinyl-lovers!

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New CBVD Cloudcast - Episode 6.

Me again, with more car boot and chazza vinyl. It won't help you cool down but it might make you fall asleep.

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries Episode 6 by Car Boot Vinyl Diaries on Mixcloud


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