A CRACKING COUPLE OF FESTIVALS

It has been my very great pleasure in the past fortnight to go as a guest to two excellent festivals… OFF THE TRACKS at Isley Walton in Derbyshire and THE DOCK OF THE BAY at Glasson Dock near Lancaster, the former so called because it’s slap bang next the the Donnington Park racecourse and these days can be considered one of the elder statesmen among festivals as it has been going twice yearly for twenty three years and has established itself very nicely as one of the good ones serving up a decent helping of good music washed down with Continue reading A CRACKING COUPLE OF FESTIVALS

A FANTASY LINE UP FROM A SAD OLD MAN

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Presenting the ultimate FANTASY LINE UP for a final farewell and to show my appreciation for everybody over the years who made THE DRYSTONE STAGE possible. WIZARDMARRAS NOT THE DRYSTONE STAGE 2011 THE TRACK LISTINGS WIZARDMARRA – ANGUS’ BOOGIE/GAYNES STAR MARK SAUL – JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE CELTS THE MYST – BURN DRAGONSFLY – ISHQ ALLAH (LIVE ON THE DRYSTONE STAGE SOLFEST 2008) MARY CUSTY – TALES FROM THE HEART OF CHUANG TZU JENNY MCCORMICK – ME, I PREFER THE MOON EVIE PLUMB – UNAFFORDABLE DAYDREAMS SWEETBEATS – ORANGE STREET (LIVE ON THE DRYSTONE STAGE SOLFEST 2008) HELEN Continue reading A FANTASY LINE UP FROM A SAD OLD MAN

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FAREWELL TO SOLFEST

Before I get down to the grimness I’ll put a full stop on the current  thread extoling the talent and success of Emma’s Imagination and it’s succinctly put. Following getting signed to Gary Barlow’s Future records her Album Standing Still is released on January 10th and a new single version of This Day is released on Monday January 3rd. Now for the hard bit. Here’s a blog that I never thought I would write. I’ve quit Solfest and my heart is heavier than it’s been for many along year but I don’t feel that I’ve been left with any other Continue reading FAREWELL TO SOLFEST

SHE’S A WINNER

  SHE’S DONE IT! Emma has won the final of “MUST BE THE MUSIC” after winning a place in the final three acts, she won the phone vote boosted by huge audience support in the Wembley arena beating bands “Missing Andy” and “The Pictures”. Giving a beautiful performance while visibly fighting with nerves she won over everybody, including the judges who had been vocal in their support and belief in Emma from the start. Before the voting opened they said of Emma. Dizzee Rascal said “That was beautiful and I think you’re a star already” Jamie Cullem added “You are Continue reading SHE’S A WINNER

THE IRRESISTIBLE RISE OF EMMA, AND SOLFEST2010

  First of all huge congratulations to EMMA GILLESPIE or as I should  correctly say EMMA’S IMAGINATION who has won through to the finals of “Must Be The Music” on Sky1 and will be singing live next Sunday at Wembley against the other finalist/s the group THE PICTURES. Biased as I am I am bound to say that Emma is hands down and head above shoulders in an overwhelming winning yoga position. Unbiased, I would still say that as her song “This Day” is a masterpiece and a winning song anyway. If you don’t believe me check out the i Continue reading THE IRRESISTIBLE RISE OF EMMA, AND SOLFEST2010