Dust on the Nettles

Monday, 29 June 2015, 20:27 | Category : Podcasts
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Take a journey through the British underground folk scene 1967-1972 with David Wells, compiler of  a new 3 CD box set ‘Dust On The Nettles’. Speaking to Strange Brew host Jason Barnard, David plays highlights of this new collection, balancing the familiar with the obscure.  The Pentangle – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (The Pentangle, Transatlantic, […]

Side Effects

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 21:49 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard Fruits de Mer have increasingly been pulling off some ambitious projects typified by their long sold out epic Strange Fish instrumental set. Their latest project is similarly bold, Side Effects – a four LP box set, eight bands doing a side each of 60s/70s covers. Pink Floyd are represented of course, […]

The Road Is Long: The Hollies Story

Sunday, 21 June 2015, 14:03 | Category : Hollies, Interview
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Jason Barnard speaks to Brian Southall, author of ‘The Road Is Long: The Hollies Story’.  With exclusive guest interviews and contributions from band members including Graham Nash, this new biography re-evaluates The Hollies place in the history of popular music: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/allan-clarke-hollies-microsite/the-road-is-long-the-hollies-story

Steve Ellis – Time Hasn’t Changed Us

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 20:30 | Category : Interview
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By Jason Barnard One of the great singers of the 60s scene, Steve Ellis, was front man for The Soul Survivors at just 15.  Soon renamed The Love Affair, the band embarked on a dizzying period of success launched by chart topper ‘Everlasting Love’. A series of classic pop hits followed across 1968 and 1969 including ‘Rainbow Valley’ […]

Pig Rider

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 11:03 | Category : Interview
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By Jason Barnard Pig Rider, whilst largely unknown in their years recording, have been recently discovered by a new generation of fans. Retrospectively labelled as pioneering proto-DIY psych, John Mayes, Colin Kitchener and friends recorded a number of homemade albums pressed as ultra-rare acetates. Formed in the late 60s, their original albums now cost up to five figures. […]

Cary Grace – Tygerland

Saturday, 13 June 2015, 20:54 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard UK based American Cary Grace deftly crosses prog, psych and indie boundaries on new album ‘Tygerland’. Opening with the albums title track, a short Joe Meek electronica prog piece you’d expect the pattern to repeat throughout its eight tracks. No. Moving into the Ziggy Suede echoing ‘Cynanide’ which shows a talented songwriter […]