I was intending this blog to be just another teaser about  Nuts IN May (though it still will be that and more) but I can’t let last Saturday (October 1st) go by without writing some thing here. Sadly it saw the very last DRYSTONE SESSIONS at The Spinners Arms. The sessions started about eighteen months ago and for a time were run in tandem with WIZARDMARRAS SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE SPINNERS Open Mic nights. The idea was to give a paid gig to some of the up and coming acts that were coming through the Open Mics which would also Continue reading YOU SAY GOODBYE AND I’LL SAY HELLO


Just because I can’t resist and I can be a real tease sometimes and as Big Scott has asked me so very nicely. Here’s a first la’al taste. NUTS IN MAY will be Cumbria newest festival, small yet perfectly formed nestling in an idyllic location just outside Workington (yes, they can be found) where the elven folk dwell. The link above will take you to the website which although quiet and unassuming will soon grow into the locus of all wonders regarding NUTS IN MAY, a surprisingly economical festival. As soon as I have more to tell you I will, Continue reading SPOILERS!


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


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 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