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Singing Songs of Praise…

Singing Songs of Praise…

The October Gig Monkey column for The Ocelot was a fairly straight ahead music review of my 40th birthday gig featuring one of my favourite bands, the magnificent Case Hardin. And a rant.  I need to start this month’s column with a combined apology and rant. Firstly, the apology; once again I am reviewing a … Continue reading

Sounds Around Town 15th May

Sounds Around Town 15th May

Bit late in posting this, the last of my columns covering for Dave. For The Swindon Advertiser 15th May 2014 One of the things I have noticed during my time compiling this guide, has been the over-abundance of music that appeals to the older generations – classic rock, Blues and Jazz etc, whilst there seems to … Continue reading

Sounds Around Town – May 8th 2014

Sounds Around Town – May 8th 2014

This weeks gig round up for Swindon Advertiser looks a little like this… I have spent part of this weekend wondering why we can’t spread our bank holidays out a little bit more. With Easter being late this year we are in the midst of a quick-fire sequence of three long weekends within six weeks … Continue reading

Sounds Around Town 1st May 2014

Sounds Around Town 1st May 2014

This weeks gig guide was a bit covers heavy due to the bank holiday. However, our Songs Of Praise show at the Victoria looked (and was) a belter!  There is plenty of live music available this week, which is always a good thing, and I am starting to see local festival bills being announced which … Continue reading

All About: SkyBurnsRed

All About: SkyBurnsRed

As well as the gig guide, my column in the Swindon Advertiser includes a little look at a local musical subject. This week was post-grungers SkyBurnsRed. Once upon a time SkyBurnsRed were regular features on local gig guides and festival bills, but since last year have been very quiet indeed. Well, to us things have … Continue reading

Sounds Around Town 24th April 2014

Sounds Around Town 24th April 2014

My first column in The Swindon Advertiser. It is only a summary of live gigs in the town for a week, so nothing too exciting! Still, paid work is paid work! As you may have noticed, there is someone different at the helm of this column this week. I will be keeping the seat warm … Continue reading

A Better Battle Of The Bands?

A Better Battle Of The Bands?

I used to be extremely sceptical about Battle of the Bands, viewing them as the final throw of the dice marked “desperation” for venues and promoters. The cop out way to try and  fill your night, populated by average bands who can’t get any other gigs. Not any more though, after Ocelot Editor Jamie and I were … Continue reading

The Big Gig Monkey Catch Up…

The Big Gig Monkey Catch Up…

Ok, blow it, I am going to post some big catch ups. Here is the first one, all my Ocelot columns from  August last year until last month. Reviews to follow along with all of the up to date new stuff!    April 2014 The Monkey Takes A Punt Us residents of Ocelotshire area lucky … Continue reading