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NEIL SINCLAIR: SECRET SPACES | INTERVIEW

NEIL SINCLAIR: SECRET SPACES | INTERVIEW

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his book The Tiger Bay Story, one of its favourite sons, author and social historian Neil M.C Sinclair, talks to Chris Andrews about a vital part of Cardiff’s history. What prompted you to want to write your story in the first place? I always thought that people outside of the […]

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THE BAND: ALISON FITZJOHN & RACHEL LUMBERG | STAGE INTERVIEW

THE BAND: ALISON FITZJOHN & RACHEL LUMBERG | STAGE INTERVIEW

Using the music of Take That as it’s foundations, the new musical The Band, written by Tim Firth is currently touring around the UK, already having broken records in terms of pre-sales. Telling the story of a group of five friends as both teenagers and 25 years later as women, all obsessed with “the band”, […]

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CLIMBING TREES | MUSIC FEATURE

CLIMBING TREES | MUSIC FEATURE

Since forming in 2011, the rise of countrified Pontypridd rock band Climbing Trees has been steady rather than meteoric, but it’s opened an impressive number of doors for them both locally and afar. As recently as October, for example, the four-piece travelled to New York to play their first three American gigs. “We played our […]

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THE DARKNESS: DAN HAWKINS | INTERVIEW

THE DARKNESS: DAN HAWKINS | INTERVIEW

The Darkness are currently full steam ahead. In the midst of a European tour, lead guitarist Dan Hawkins gave us the lowdown on what to expect from their new album, Pinewoord Smile; “the main difference is that we now have a lead drummer:  Rufus [Taylor – son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor]. He is amazing. […]

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JOOLS HOLLAND AND JOSE FELICIANO | INTERVIEW

JOOLS HOLLAND AND JOSE FELICIANO | INTERVIEW

Ahead of their joint UK tour, Ben Newman had a chat with Jools Holland and legendary Puerto Rican guitarist José Feliciano about the wonders of collaboration and the power of music to cross bridges… “There’s no stress” says Jools, reflecting on his collaboration with musical hero José Feliciano. “Truth is, when we start playing together, […]

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GRACE PETRIE | INTERVIEW

GRACE PETRIE | INTERVIEW

One of the UK’s leading folk singers at the moment, and also one it’s most politically active, Grace Petrie has been tirelessly touring the UK for many years. Now she’s bringing her festive tour, ‘Lefty Christmas’ to Wales this December. Megan Potterton had a chat with the singer. “I feel like one of the luckiest […]

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THE CHIMES: JUDITH ROBERTS | INTERVIEW

THE CHIMES: JUDITH ROBERTS | INTERVIEW

Elizabeth Szymczak speaks to The Chimes director Judith Roberts about the adaption of the Dickens classic, as well as the experience of inviting members of the homeless community to join the production. How did this production of The Chimes come about? I’ve known the writer [David Willis] for many years, and this is a piece he’d been […]

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PHILL JUPITUS: JUPLICITY | INTERVIEW

PHILL JUPITUS: JUPLICITY | INTERVIEW

Never one to take the easy option or settle for simplicity, Phill Jupitus has spent over 30 years entertaining the nation whilst rarely doing the same thing twice. Most will know him from his stint as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks or his excellent (albeit acrimoniously ending) 6 Music radio show. In fact, […]

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KATE RUSBY | INTERVIEW

KATE RUSBY | INTERVIEW

With her regular Christmas tours now a part of the winter calendar for her fans, Sophie Williams caught up with singer/songwriter Kate Rusby to talk folk, festivities, and the future. “I just adore Christmas…I’m not somebody that wants to start it in October but when it comes around I’m like yeah, it’s time!” exclaims Kate […]

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MILTON JONES | COMEDY INTERVIEW

MILTON JONES | COMEDY INTERVIEW

The one-liner standup speaks to Alec Evans about the nonsense and escapism of his Milton Jones Is Out There tour. His CV features everything from Mock The Week to Live At The Apollo, and it’s fair to say even casual followers of comedy will have seen some of Milton Jones’ material. With his nonsensical one-liner style, reminiscent […]

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