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Matt Mitchell

MUSIC IN NUMBERS SERIES #2: MATT MITCHELL

We’ve followed Matt’s story since 2016 through the Colour of Noise and then into his solo work. ‘Black Diamonds’ was a song we got out early and ‘Old Enough And Ugly Enough’ was shortlisted as single of the year a …

Toby Jepson

MUSIC IN NUMBERS SERIES #1: TOBY JEPSON

A feature interview with Little Angel and Wayward son Toby Jepson, as we kicked off our new six-week Music In Numbers interview series, exploring the balance between the art and the numbers in the digital age. Wise, grounded and inspiring …

Infected Rain

NEW HORIZONS 2024: INFECTED RAIN

Our first interview with Infected Rain. We talked about band plans for 2024 but also an engaging and insightful interview with Lena about music and mental health – and also the important role our pets and animal friends can play …

Copperworm

NEW HORIZONS 2024: COPPERWORM

Two husky voices on one interview! Pete is a natural, I was recovering from Covid. Wonderful to have Copperworm back for the 10th season of New Horizons, as Great Music Stories starts its 10th year. And Copperworm’s story has been …

Unquiet Nights

NEW HORIZONS 2024: UNQUIET NIGHTS

Our first interview with this fine band – and we always make a point with each year’s New Horizons interview series to start some new band stories for listeners. A nice interview, serious but relaxed, Luke from the band talks …

Scarlet Rebels

NEW HORIZONS 2024: SCARLET REBELS

For the 10th calendar year, we started 2024 with our 10th New Horizons interview season, something that’s become a real tradition with Great Music Stories each January. Putting the hour specials aside for a few weeks, we put an open …

AMONGST LIARS

NEW HORIZONS 2024 – AMONGST LIARS

January 2024, we kicked off our 10th New Year with the New Horizons interview series, speaking with bands about hopes and plans for the year ahead. This one features former Band of the Year, Amongst Liars. The interview was done …

Jack L Hutchinson

NEW HORIZONS 2024 – JACK J HUTCHINSON

January 2024 sees the 10th annual New Horizons interview series underway, as a wide range of bands talk about their hopes and plans for the year ahead. Here is the Jack J Hutchinson interview, which launched the new series on …

Sari Schorr

FEATURE INTERVIEW: SARI SCHORR AT THE LAKE

One of a series of three new interviews with Sari Schorr recorded Autumn 2023 as we reflected on her milestones from the year and look ahead at 2024 plans. For this in-person interview Sari talks about her collaboration album with …

Deborah Bonham

FEATURE INTERVIEW: DEBORAH BONHAM LIVE IN LONDON

A wonderful Autumn 2023 interview with Deborah immediately after her live set at Holborn’s Pizza Express. Deborah talks about the return of live music after lockdown, taking live music to new settings and words also on a local festival she …

album of the month

Amongst Liars

AMONGST LIARS –‘BY DESIGN’

With ‘Design,’ Amongst Liars just go up another level, as the anger of the ‘Black Days’ era is now superseded by channelled rage for album two…

Previous album reviews

Ellis Mano Band - Access All Areas

ELLIS MANO BAND: ‘LIVE – ACCESS ALL AREAS’

Ellis Mano Band have been firm listener favourites with Great Music Stories for some years now. They’ve had two previous albums of the month, and then ‘Single of the Year’ for a song that was never actually a single, but magically – and totally organically – generated a massive groundswell of requests that kept it on the rockshow playlist for a year…

Jack J Hutchinson - Battles

JACK J HUTCHINSON –‘BATTLES’

As 2023 drew to a close, the rock community was greatly saddened by the news Tony Clarkin shared on his rare spinal condition and the band’s decision to cancel their 2024 tour dates. Over the Christmas period, I spent time returning to some of Magnum’s live albums – ‘The Spirit’, ‘Stronghold’ and the famous Symphony Hall release, three live releases that define the essence of Magnum as one of the great and enduring live bands.

Magnum - Here Comes the Rain

MAGNUM – ‘HERE COMES THE RAIN’

As 2023 drew to a close, the rock community was greatly saddened by the news Tony Clarkin shared on his rare spinal condition and the band’s decision to cancel their 2024 tour dates. Over the Christmas period, I spent time returning to some of Magnum’s live albums – ‘The Spirit’, ‘Stronghold’ and the famous Symphony Hall release, three live releases that define the essence of Magnum as one of the great and enduring live bands.

Recent show highlights

Friday Rock Show: 16 July 2021

The first hour of the Friday rockshow, news and music from a new generation of unsigned and rising bands: Music includes: Skam, The Autumn Killers,

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