Celebrate The Summer of 66

Thursday, 21 April 2016, 21:49 | Category : News
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In July 1966 the first ever rock festival in Britain was being held. The sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival at Windsor marked a big change and was the precursor of the Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Monterey and Woodstock. Its line up in that year moved from being blues and jazz to bands like The Who, the Small Faces and the Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Not to mention the first unveiling of a trio with as yet no name comprising Eric, Ginger and Jack. 


Now, five decades later, homage is being paid. A special anniversary concert – On Track For Summer – is being held at the same venue, the Royal Windsor Racecourse, over the weekend of July 23 and July 24.

On the first day, Donovan, headlines the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1966 National Jazz and Blues Festival – leading a cast of sixties originals, the people who made it all happen. The line-up also includes, The Manfreds, Chris Farlowe, PP Arnold, Cliff Bennett, Davy O’List of The Nice (with a tribute to his late band mate Keith Emerson) plus The Move featuring Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan.

Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, 1966, Windsor

Molly Marriott, the daughter of Small Faces’ front man Steve who appeared at Windsor ‘66, is there to honour her late father while one of today’s best blues singers, Beth Rowley, will play a special Christine Perfect/Fleetwood Mac influenced set to mark the day.

Tickets will be available shortly from www.ontrackforsummer.co.uk

Trolley – Caught In The Darkness

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 21:00 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

A few years back I hailed Trolley’s ‘Things That Shine And Glow’as a masterpiece and Milkwaukee’s finest have produced a worthy follow-up in ‘Caught In The Darkness’.


The title track bounces the listener straight into anthemic power-pop, a theme continued through much of the LP. Highlights include ‘Thursday Girl’ blending 90s indie with Jeff Lynne. ‘Step Into The Clear’ and ‘Crying All The Time’ recall the Zombies in their prime.

‘All The Way’ brings a welcome pop-psych tinge to proceedings while conversely, new wave Elvis Costello is modelled through ‘She Helps Me Celebrate’ .

‘Take My Love’ closes with a journey back to psychedelia highlighting that the band encapsulate the best sounds of the 60s to 90s whilst being fresh and now. An essential record for 2016.



Malcolm Tomlinson

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 20:30 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton and David Mandel

Malcolm Tomlinson, who died 2 April at 69, was a veteran of the London rock scene during the early-late 1960s, backing visiting soul acts for Roy Tempest’s Agency and cutting a BBC radio session with Elton John. He transplanted to Toronto in 1969, forging a solid reputation as a noted solo artist and as a seasoned side musician for artists like Rick James.

Malcolm Tomlinson, late 1970s

                                      Malcolm Tomlinson, late 1970s

Malcolm Tomlinson Obituary


Annie Haslam – Renaissance

Sunday, 3 April 2016, 19:00 | Category : Articles
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The unmistakable voice of Annie Haslam crowned the lush recordings of Renaissance in 70s, a group responsible for timeless songs such as ‘Ashes Are Burning’, ‘Mother Russia’ and ‘Northern Lights’. Now based in the States, Annie will shortly embark on a rare UK tour with Renaissance.

For the first time the shows will bring them together with co-headliners Curved Air. The eight shows start on 17 April at the Buxton Opera House, culminating at London’s Shepherds Bush 02 Academy on 26 April. 

Annie Haslam - Renaissance

In advance, Annie wets our appetite for what promises to be a string of great concerts by speaking to Jason Barnard. She reflects on her time with Renaissance, their fantastic return to form as well as pondering their plans for the future.


Tony Hazzard – The Hallicombe Sessions

Friday, 1 April 2016, 22:20 | Category : Tony Hazzard
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Review by Jason Barnard

Tony Hazzard helped to form the soundtrack of the 60s, penning hits for Manfred Mann ‘Fox On The Run’ and ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’, The Hollies ‘Listen To Me’, The Tremeloes ‘Hello World’, Lulu ‘Me The Peaceful Heart’ and Herman’s Hermits ‘You Won’t Be Leaving’.

His 1969 album ‘Tony Hazzard sings Tony Hazzard’ with these tracks and others gifted to other artists such as Cliff Richard and The Yardbirds has pop hooks wrapped around every crochet. The 70s saw a series of maturer releases no less remarkable (just check out Loudwater House), work as session man for Elton John and reuniting with Richard Barnes for some stunning ballads (‘Go North’ gives me chills to this day).

Tony Hazzard as he is now (used with kind permission)

After taking a break from the industry in the 80s and 90s, Tony released another superb album ‘Songs From The Lynher’, listen to ‘Dream of You Tonight’ – case proved. I spoke to Tony back then, he was in a great spirits although it was clear that the process to record and release a record was not an easy one.

After meeting US singer/songwriter Matt Harding a few years back, Tony was inspired to record much more simply ‘with all the cracks’ leading to ‘The Hallicombe Sessions’. This album, a mix of new tracks and a few rarer cuts from Tony’s songbook is another demonstration of his songwriting prowess.


‘The Spice Trader’ opens. It’s a bit of a departure from Tony’s main body of work, a  moody historical epic that sounds like a folk standard. ‘ ‘Loving On The Run’ is typical Hazzard, a simple melody tied to emotional narrative, impossible to write unless you’re an expert at your craft.

Other tracks on ‘The Hallicombe Sessions’ look back on his life, from the reflective ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Old Wave’, beautiful ‘Angela Finkleman’s Eyes’ to the dogged sauciness of ‘Seventy, Not Out’ .

Originally string laden in the 70s, penultimate number ‘I’ll Be Still In Love With You’ is another Hazzard classic, this time stripped back to its acoustic roots.

A touching way to close is ‘Another Day For Me’, Tony’s lyrics reflecting on his life and mortality, a song and indeed, album, that truly stirs the emotions.

The Hallicombe Sessions is an album that Tony can be proud of, a late blossoming of this songwriting master.

For more information see tonyhazzard.com or Tony’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

My interview and podcast with Tony from four years ago are also still available:



How Al Stewart almost joined Led Zeppelin and other stories

Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 13:45 | Category : Articles
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Al Stewart is the eminent songwriter of his generation, the only British artist from the 1960s London folk scene to enjoy massive success in the States. More importantly is the unique nature of his songwriting. 

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Jason Barnard speaks to Al about the songs that shaped his journey in music:


An extensive two part podcast with this full interview and tracks featured here is also available:

Al Stewart Podcast Part 1

Al Stewart Podcast Part 2