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Lives in Music

Apr 24, 2021

Joe Broughton is a non-stop phenomenon. Years and years ago, I navigated the dusty corridors in the old Birmingham Conservatoire building, to write a blog post about the Conservatoire folk ensemble. It was a thrill, ducking and weaving through that old building, getting closer and closer to the explosive NOISE that Joe...


Apr 22, 2021

Stephen Duffy straddles different genres in a way that few have ever done. He grew up in Birmingham; our conversation is littered with local references covering legendary studios, musos, and people. While still in Birmingham, he scored his first huge success as Tin Tin. In due course he went solo as Stephen Duffy, and...


Apr 15, 2021

This third series of Lives in Music doesn't just concentrate on peoples' music journeys.
It also has one consistent thread running through everyone's lives: that of Covid 19, the resultant lockdown, and the effect it's
had on people's activities. My guest in this edition is someone you will almost certainly have seen if...


Apr 8, 2021

I first met Tom Hyland, when he was strutting his guitar stuff with an early version of the now long gone but much-loved Alternative Dubstep Orchestra. I've followed Tom since, first on my blog about the risky steps of going fully pro with Electric Swing Circus, as he dove head-first into Electro Swing. From the band...