Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Music Notes: Buddy Holly, Elsie, GLC and Alex Butler.

Welcome to this months Music Notes...

Starting off with a new release, my review of Alex Butler's Turn EP. Alex has a very British sound reminiscent of bands like The Jam and Nine Below Zero. He also has a free download at his website. You can check out my review of Alex' new release here: CD Review: Alex Butler - Turn EP

Pop Video Of The Month - Elsie: The Assassin

I first caught Elsie (or LC: Laura Critchley) supporting The Sugababes in concert a few years back . She had some good success with the summer pop hit Sometimes I... in 2007.

She's been busy since lending her vocal talents to Tom Jones on tour and is back with a fabulous new track The Assassin (Bang Bang). Here's the video and don't forget to check out Elsie's official website!

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers Reviewed

On February 9th 2012, I was fortunate enough to catch Buddy Holly and The Cricketers Rock 'N' Roll Jukebox at Newport Riverfront. This was the second time I caught this fine tribute act, the last time was several years ago at Carmarthen Lyric Theatre.

The bands line up was quite different then, and the person playing Buddy on that occasion Stephen Gray is now a member of The Cricketers making way for Dean Elliott as Buddy.

This latest concert coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Buddy's birth treat the audience to a bevy of Buddy Holly classics including That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue and True Love Ways. You can read more about the gig here: Review: Buddy Holly and The Cricketers At Newport Riverfront

Free Download Of The Month

There's been lots of controversy here in Newport this last few weeks about a Channel 4 documentary entitled Bouncers highlighting the seedier side of nightclub life in the city. Whatever stance you may have on the programme (and I've heard plenty of opinion for and against), Newport's resident hip hop heroes Goldie Lookin Chain have put together a delightful ditty for your listening pleasure. Download Bouncers here - it's free!  But be warned! - the language is rather colourful!

And Finally...

Uncut Magazine this month features a great feature on The Beatles early gigs at the Star Club in Hamburg and also graces a CD of fabulous tracks that inspired many of the Star Club acts of the early 60s. Check out the Uncut website for more information...

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