Category Archives: Features: Interviews

Stu Garrard: Behind the Beatitudes

We sometimes envy those with successful careers, but – as public figures from Tony Hancock to Caroline Aherne have shown us – inside their skin, they may be living in a far more fearful world than their public face reveals. … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Interview, Pt. 1: Musicianary Man

The show was packed with life-long rock fans, and many had seen the best bands around. Some had been queuing for hours to get a good place in the sold-out venue. Word was that some had been to each of … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Interview, pt. 2: Deeper into the Music

With the clear evidence of bands like Genesis in his music, it’s no surprise that Neal Morse grew up enthused by the British music scene. His is yet another story of an artist being struck by the Beatles’ legendary appearance … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 1: Having Fun with Shakespeare, Mel Gibson and Dodos.

Some established writers are a byword for their genre. Agatha Christie is to whodunits what Barbara Cartland is to romance; while Terry Pratchett is to fantasy what Jasper Fforde is to… well, to what, exactly? This dilemma has made Fforde’s … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 2: Shades of Grey – “a different kind of fun.”

When I met Jasper Fforde, he was promoting his Shades of Grey novel. He didn’t do a very good job, as he left me with the impression that it would be dull, compared with his previous work. Having since spent … Continue reading

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Ian Anderson Wondrin’ Aloud about Canes, Cathedrals and Questions of Faith

Tracing the spiritual thread through Jethro Tull’s catalogue is a puzzling job. On Aqualung – the album that catapulted them up the ranks of classic rock bands – singer Ian Anderson was clearly angry with the Church, which could explain … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge – the Solo Work

Goodbye Iona, hello Celestial Fire. Dave Bainbridge’s unique Celtic/prog/ rock /folk band is on hiatus, but with his new band Celestial Fire he has taken its more combustible elements and thrown on another can of musical petrol. Fiery it certainly … Continue reading

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Harriet Lamb goes Bananas for FairTrade

Talk to Harriet Lamb C.B.E. without mentioning bananas? You might as well write a biography of Richard Nixon that skipped over Watergate or write about the FA Cup without mentioning Wembley. Their bold shape and colour may match her driving … Continue reading

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Paperback (and Hardback) Writer: Steve Turner on his book Beatles ’66

Writer Steve Turner must have one of the best jobs in the world. He gets to be creative every day, writing about things and people that interest him. He has the platform to put out his view of the world … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge: His Iona Story

Iona’s story is as fluid and mystical as the band’s blend of prog, Celtic, folk and jazz. It started with a few session musicians and produced songs that have changed people’s lives. When the project began, founding guitarist and keys … Continue reading

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