Barry Ryan

Monday, 17 April 2017, 20:57 | Category : Leeds, Podcasts
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In a rare podcast interview singer Barry Ryan talks to Jason Barnard about his greatest hits and rarities.

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  1. Paul and Barry Ryan – Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches (Single A-side, Decca, 1965)
  2. Paul and Barry Ryan – I Love How You Love Me (Single A-side, Decca, 1966)
  3. Paul and Barry Ryan – Keep It Out Of Sight (Single A-side, Decca, 1967)
  4. Paul and Barry Ryan – Madrigal (Single B-side to Pictures of Today, Decca, 1968)
  5. Barry Ryan – Eloise (Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan, MGM, 1969)
  6. Barry Ryan with The Majority – Love Is Love (Single A-side, 1969)
  7. Barry Ryan – Why Do You Cry My Love? (Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan, MGM, 1969)
  8. Barry Ryan ‎– My Mama (Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan, MGM, 1969)
  9. Barry Ryan – The Hunt (Single A-side, Polydor, 1969)
  10. Barry Ryan – Magical Spiel (Single A-side, Polydor, 1970)
  11. Barry Ryan with The Paul Ryan Orchestra – Kitsch (Single A-side, Polydor, 1970)
  12. Barry Ryan – I Think You Know My Name (Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah, Polydor, 1972)
  13. Barry Ryan – Who Put The Lights Out (Barry Ryan 3, Polydor, 1970)
  14. Barry Ryan – Brother (Single A-side, Private Stock, 1977)
  15. Barry Ryan – Break The Circle (demo – unreleased)

Listen to the lushest inventive pop music of the 1960s and 70s in this landmark podcast show.

The Greek Theatre – Broken Theatre

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 20:38 | Category : Reviews
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Four years ago I was stunned by an unknown Swedish band delivering the album of the year – Lost Out At Sea. An LP chocked full of blissed out Surfs Up Americana I was intrigued where the group would go next. Broken Circle is the answer.

It retains all what was best from their predecessor but expands the palette into mid-70s Floyd, Deserter’s Songs Mercury Rev whilst steering back into the wreck of the Arthur Lee.

It’s a collection of nine tracks whose sound is hauntingly familiar but greater than the sum of its parts. The audiophile production is gorgeous, the harmonies heavenly and instrumentation played to perfection.

It would not do the tracks justice to describe them, just go out and buy the album. It just may be your album of the year too.

Vinyl is available direct from Sugarbush Records with digital through Bandcamp.

Bruce Sudano Interview

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 19:46 | Category : Interview
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As a songwriter Bruce Sudano has helped craft huge hits for Tommy James and The Shondells, Michael and Jermaine Jackson, Dolly Parton and late wife Donna Summer. However over the past decade he’s found his voice as a solo artist with 2017 seeing the release of new album ‘21st Century World’.


Jason Barnard speaks to Bruce about the past, present and future: thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/bruce-sudano-interview

Simon Nicol – Fairport Convention

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 20:08 | Category : Podcasts
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Fairport Convention’s founder member Simon Nicol talks about Fairport’s new album 50:50@50 and classic tracks from the band’s 50 year catalogue.

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  1. Eleanor’s Dream (50:50@50, Matty Grooves, 2017)
  2. Lord Marlborough (live) (50:50@50, Matty Grooves, 2017)
  3. Meet On The Ledge (Single A-side, Island, 1968)
  4. Who Knows Where The Times Goes (BBC Radio 1 Session, 4 February 1969) (Fairport Unconventional, Free Reed, 2002)
  5. Matty Groves (Liege and Lief, Island, 1969)
  6. Walk Awhile (Full House, Island, 1970)
  7. Wizard of the Worldly Game (Angel Delight, Island, 1971)
  8. Breakfast in Mayfair (Babbacombe Lee, Island, 1971)
  9. Ye Mariners All (Tipplers Tales, Vertigo, 1978)
  10. The Hiring Fair (Live Cropedy Festival, 1989) (Fairport Unconventional, Free Reed, 2002)
  11. The Naked Highwayman (Jewel in the Crown, Woodworm Records, 1995)
  12. Mercy Bay (Festival Bell, Matty Grooves, 2011)
  13. Fotheringay (By Popular Request, Matty Grooves, 2012)
  14. Summer By The Cherwell (50@50, Matty Grooves, 2017)
  15. End of a Holiday (What We Did on Our Holidays, Island, 1969)

Catch Fairport on their current 50th Anniversary Tour, the Acoustic Festival of Britain and of course Cropedy. More information is available at fairportconvention.com

Stephen Emmer – Interview

Friday, 17 March 2017, 20:21 | Category : Interview
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By Jason Barnard

Three years ago, Dutch composer/ arranger and musician, Stephen Emmer released his groundbreaking album International Blue. Celebrating the art of the pop crooner with artists as diverse as Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti and Midge Ure it achieved critical acclaim, and led to Glenn and Tony teaming up for Holy Holy.Stephen Emmer

For Stephen’s new long player, Home Ground, he is joined by soul singers such as Chaka Khan, Patti Austin and the late Leon Ware to combine classic soul with a cotemporary edge. Jason Barnard speaks to Stephen after hearing an early preview of this socially conscious album:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/stephen-emmer-interview/

Astralasia – Oceania

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 20:30 | Category : Reviews
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Three years on from Astralasia’s last double album ‘Wind On Water’, the band have topped that long sold out release with ‘Oceania’. Split across double vinyl, the band present 80 minutes of largely chilled out electronica.

It’s 11 tracks delve deep into the lost continent it is named after and, as the band describe it: “It’s about birth, life, love, death, afterlife and rebirth…the whole cycle. It’s either a meditative, shared with a loved one in embrace, or a remembrance of loved ones gone, or in that state in between.”

Describing the tracks won’t do it justice. A hugely ambitious release that will surely interest followers of Pink Floyd, The Orb and Angelo Badalamenti.

Pre-orders being taken now at Fruits de Mer Records: fruitsdemerrecords.com/oceania