What’s New In Issue 96

November 30, 2009 in Editorial

Issue 96The last issue of the year gives us a chance to look back and a tour by The Hoax has Scott Duncan looking back over the past twenty years. I recall this band when it was composed, mostly, of teenagers. They grew in talent and status and then were gone before they fulfilled the band’s promise. This was mostly because of a record company that wanted something they didn’t. They have all achieved a lot in their individual careers but have reunited for a short tour because The Hoax was a band that was always meant to be. I hope they will do it again from time to time. They have three dates in Holland, four in England. See them if you can!

We have two e-letters this month. One is from guitarist and singer-songwriter Andy Sharrocks who, dare I say it, is a reformed punk. He has worked in the music business in various roles for many years. He has now launched his second solo album, Dirt, which features original material written while he was on the road. The other e-letter is from Adam Norsworthy, the singer and guitarist of The Mustangs. The band’s fifth album, Cut Loose, is now out. On the rockier edge of the blues, the album consists of eleven original tracks, played live in the studio.

The live scene has been very healthy this year. Apart from reviews of some of the many recent gigs around the country, we have reviews of eight festivals, one of them in Katmandu! The 2010 festival season starts off in March with Banbury and Swanage festival programmes already out. We have had confirmation that the festivals at Burnley, at Easter, and Colne, over the August Bank Holiday, will take place next year. However, Burnley has lost its sponsor so the major events in the Mechanics Institute will take place on Easter Saturday only. Ashburton Blues Festival, in Devon, is held over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Support the festivals and support your local gigs; blues it or lose it!

Season’s Greetings to you all!

Fran Leslie

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