Issue 229 – January 2021

December 30, 2020 in Editorial, Uncategorized

“There’s just a little light shining at the very end of the tunnel,” is how Stephen Stanley of Solid Entertainments described the current state of play, when I chatted on the phone with him recently about the live music scene and how we should view it as we enter a new year.
After without doubt, the hardest ever ten months that musicians, venues, promoters (like Stephen), magazines, labels and - hey, let’s include us lot too, the audience – have had to endure, there is just the tiniest flickering of light shining in the darkness. A few venues, such as the Blues Bar in Tring, have stoically established a socially distanced model that has allowed gigs to go ahead, but by and large, it has proved too difficult for most small venues to even open their doors. As for major label artists, well many seem to be now re-scheduling not to later in 2021, but on and into 2022, such is the uncertainty surrounding where we go from here. It really is a waiting game. So, if you love your live music and open up this magazine and find precious little of it within our pages, please forgive us and bear with us as we continue to try and bring you interesting and informative features and interviews. This issue we have no less than the harmonica master, Charlie Musselwhite talking to Mark Cole (himself no slouch on the old mouth harp), we put on our soul shoes with Graham Parker and we chat to the long-serving Norman Beaker, Chris Smither and whizz kid Marcus King.
Something for everyone. Go Well.
Nicholas John

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