New BON JOVI song

I was a massive Bon Jovi fan back in the day seeing their first UK show at Monsters Of Rock in 1985 and then seeing them headline it a few years later. Since then not really been a big fan of their recent albums although having revisited them in recent months I am appreciating them more. The ‘Crush’ and ‘The Distance’ albums in particular are fine albums. Even last year’s pick ‘n’ mix contractual assortment ‘Burning Bridges’ has a few good songs like ‘Teardrop In The Sea’.

So now we have a new album, ‘This House Is Not For sale’, due on October 21 and the lead single and title track is up on YouTube. It does have a feel of the older Bon Jovi sound and for the first time in many a year I am actually looking forward to a new Bon Jovi album. Now don’t go disappointing me Mr Jon Bon Jovi ūüėČ


New video from FIVE GRAND STEREO

I can’t recommend highly enough this band Five Grand Stereo , an intoxicating mix of pop rock melodies and more hooks than your local fishing tackle shop. Have a listen ‘Iceberg’¬† or ‘David Bowie’ after this one…

–¬†“A truly fantastic new rock band” – The Independent
¬†“Glamorous, piano-driven rock ‘n’ roll….enthralling” – Clash Magazine
–¬†“A fine piece of power-pop, like Marc Bolan impersonating Jeff Lynne on the way over to David Bowie‚Äôs house, full of clever hooks and surprising key changes.” – Classic Rock Magazine
–¬†“Singleton’s sprightly power pop and lyrics ensure he’s never less than genial company” – Q Magazine


Interested in hearing this one as a big Bellowhead fan, who sadly called it a day earlier this year and in particular Boden’s singing voice which is very strong and distinctive.

Jon Boden’s debut solo album¬†Painted Lady¬†to be re-issued with bonus tracks to mark 10 year anniversary of its release

Out Sept 30th on Navigator Records 

First major solo UK tour in November

Watch Jon Boden talk about going solo HERE and see a live session video HERE

On September 30th 2016, Navigator Records will re-issue Jon Boden‚Äôs debut solo album, Painted Lady (originally released on Soundpost Records in May 2006) ‚Äď to mark its 10th anniversary.¬† The album will be available as a CD, 180gm vinyl and download and features previously unavailable bonus tracks. Those pre-ordering from will also receive a limited edition signed A5 artcard (whilst stocks last) and an mp3 of a previously unreleased track.

Chicago born, Winchester raised and now residing in rural South Yorkshire, Boden is not only a leading performer of his generation of folk artists but also one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of a single genre. For over a decade, Jon was in a highly acclaimed traditional folk music duo with melodeon player John Spiers. Together they toured and recorded with Eliza Carthy, appearing on her Mercury Prize nominated album. In 2009 Boden formed The Remnant Kings with whom he recorded his second album, ‚ÄėSongs from the Floodplain‚Äô, painting a compelling, post-apocalyptic world.

Jon is still best known as lead singer (and principle arranger) of the multi-award winning big band Bellowhead. During the band’s 12 years they achieved an unrivalled level of critical and commercial success, playing on virtually every major stage around the UK. Jon decided to stand down in 2015 and on 1st May 2016 Bellowhead played their final gig.

The common theme throughout Jon’s folk music is his commitment to social (communal) singing. He’s actively promoted it in a variety of ways, most notably in 2010, when for one year, he undertook an ambitious project called A Folk Song A Day, releasing an online song every day.

Outside of the world of traditional folk, Boden has composed music for both theatre and film, most notably two Royal Shakespeare productions at Stratford: Merchant of Venice (2008) and A Winter’s Tale (2012). In 2013 he was commissioned to compose a version of Little Musgrave to be performed alongside Benjamin Britten’s work of the same name at Aldeburgh. In addition he performed the Juliet Letters with the Sacconi Quartet at the Bristol Old Vic. He also appears in Richard Curtis’s film About Time and contributed music to the score. Autumn 2013 also saw the debut of a new BBC2 comedy series Count Arthur Strong for which Jon composed and performed the signature music.

(Almost) entirely self-penned, Jon Boden‚Äôs first solo album, ‚ÄėPainted Lady‚Äô¬†was produced by Jon in collaboration with Ben Ivitsky and is a work of considerable ambition and originality. The album features 12 songs written by Boden and is especially notable for its dazzling array of instrumentation, including fiddle, octave¬†fiddle,¬†concertina,¬†banjo,¬†guitars,¬†double¬†bass,¬†Indian¬†harmonium,¬†glockenspiel,¬†electric piano, and perhaps more unusually for a folk artist,¬†Moog synthesizer¬†and drum machine ‚Äď all of which are played by Jon Boden.

‘Painted Lady’ will surprise those expecting a version of Bellowhead‚Äôs full-on, euphoric energy, as here Boden also displays a soulful, moving and at times, understated sound, romantic without being at all ‚Äėfolksy‚Äô. There‚Äôs even Jon‚Äôs low-fi interpretation of a Whitney Houston classic, ‚ÄėI Wanna Dance (with Somebody)‚Äô. Filled with metaphoric landscapes of cigarettes and broken hearts, ‚ÄėPainted Lady‚Äô skilfully explores the themes of doomed love, fusing acoustic sensibilities with raw, driving electric guitar and just a touch of electronic.

Jon Boden will be appearing at Cambridge Folk Festival (28th July), Snape Proms (1st Aug) and Sidmouth FolkWeek (4th Aug) to be followed in November by his first major solo tour.

‚ÄėPainted Lady‚Äô ‚Äď CD + vinyl album tracklisting

1. Get A Little Something
2. Blue Dress
3. Josephine
4. Pocketful Of Mud
5. Drunken Princess
6. Lemany
7. Win Some Lose Some Sally
8. True Love
9. Ophelia
10. Broken Things
11. Painted Lady
12. Drinking The Night Away

Bonus tracks
13. All Hang Down
14.¬†Old Brown’s Daughter
15. I Want To Dance With Somebody * РWhitney Houston cover





JON BODEN – November 2016 Tour

Mon 7 The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 01935 422 884 /
Tues 8 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth /
Wed 9 The Stables, Milton Keynes 01908 280 800 /
Thurs 10 O2 Academy, Oxford 0871 2200 260 /
Fri 11 Union Chapel, London 0871 2200 260 /
Sat 12 Revelation St. Mary’s Church, Ashford /
Sun 13 Colston Hall, Bristol 0844 887 1500 /
Mon 14 The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester 0161 761 2216 /
Tues 15 The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal /
Weds 16 Gala Theatre, Durham 03000 266 600 /
Thurs 17 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 01743 281 281 /
Fri 18 Victoria Hall, Saltaire, W. Yorks 01274 588 614 /
Sat 19 South Holland Centre, Spalding /
Sun 20 The Apex, Bury St Edmunds 01284 758 000 /

The Tangent return

EU progressive rock band The Tangent have returned, following band leader Andy Tillison‚Äôs heart attack last year and subsequent recuperation.¬†Never one to shy away from confronting issues head on, Andy has enlisted his band-mates in The Tangent including Luke Machin, Jonas Reingold & Theo Travis, to create one 20-minute long piece titled ‚ÄėA Few Steps Down The Wrong Road‚Äô which you can hear now here:

The track sees The Tangent joined by author, playwright & former Chumbawamba member Boff Whalley, for what is a preface to a new album that finds the band focussing on politics and the practice of mass migrations in the contemporary world. Andy Tillison had this to say:

“Inevitably, after a very upbeat and nostalgic album that revisited our early career with “A Spark In the Aether”, I wanted to turn my head again towards the more socially aware music that I have written since I was a teenager. The idea has been building with me for some time, and now it’s time for me to get on with it. In the light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, a political framework where the Tangent flourished as an international positive idea, it’s obvious that I want to say something about that. I’ve never been good at political debate, but in song I find my courage and I’m not letting this pass me by.”

The track, and the forthcoming album, is accompanied by artwork created by UK comic artist Mark ‚ÄúBucky‚ÄĚ Buckingham, whose images have graced comics for both DC and Marvel. You can see some of the early work he has done for The Tangent above.

Andy continues: “We in the west decimated the lives of so many in other parts of the world – in generations gone by and right up to this moment. We’re doing it now. The Chilcott report on the Iraq War identifies this frequently occurring British/American behaviour and attributes much of the desperate actions of people to that very behaviour pattern. When people travel to escape the chaos in which we had a hand either by political interference or by selling their Warlord governments weapons, they follow the trails WE left for them. We should not be surprised or indignant that they are coming. We left the invitations open when we left those people destitute once before. They will continue to come. Being ready for this is not about building walls to stop them. It’s always been about making good for the past. Whether we can – in our current “economic state” – handle this is really a question as simple as this….

If there was a Tsunami that destroyed half of Southend On Sea, would they build a wall around Basildon to stop the resulting refugees?

Your answer to that question is what England (and I mean England) IS. Or perhaps your answer is what it COULD be. We could make it better. Economics is a consideration, not another brick wall.

Tangent means Tangent. Go off on one. Think again.‚ÄĚ

The Tangent online:


Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the ‘New Statesman’

Interesting article on the TSO¬† in the summer issue of the ‘New Statesman’ magazine. Having seen the TSO when they played the Hammersmith Apollo a few years ago I would love for them to bring their US Christmas show over here. Highly unlikely I know due to cost and the fact I am not sure the UK audiences would take to this seasonal OTT show.

Strange how even the symphonic rock gigs with known classic rock vocalists do well in mainland Europe yet don’t make it over here. There is the odd symphonic tribute to a particular artist like Pink Floyd, but even these are festival support acts or play the smaller to medium sized theatres. The pop end of the market was well catered for with Louis Clark’s Hooked On Classics¬†(who of course provided string arrangements for ELO in late 70’s) back in the 1980’s and the late James Last could easily fill the Royal Albert Hall. Time for an adventurous promoter to take the plunger perhaps? I won’t hold my breath though!

What Ever Happened to Diamond Head? ‚ÄĒ The Law of Seven

Great article and read by a fellow GRTR! reviewer…

Formed in 1976, billed as the next Led Zeppelin with a record breaking debut album, toured with AC/DC. So what ever happened to Diamond Head?

via What Ever Happened to Diamond Head? ‚ÄĒ The Law of Seven

ELO top the UK album charts :)

ELO’s ‘All Over The World – The Very Best Of’ tops the UK album charts this week, making it ELO’s first number one album in over 35 years. The album has been in the charts for 117 weeks and recent sales have been buoyed following a recent appearance by Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Glastonbury. This collection first charted in June 2005, peaking at number 6, so has taken a mere 11 years to reach the top spot.

Slightly different take on the ELO classic…