Category Archives: Interviews: Musicians

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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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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Songs from the Deep Places – Duke Special, Part 1: Roots, Image and Faith

With eyeliner defining his eyes and his head part-shaven and part-dreadlocked, Duke Special doesn’t need a global marketing machine to give him an image. Character and talent are the twin traits that get him business.

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Songs from the Deep Places – Duke Special, Part 2: The Commissions

In a world where the corporate music factory is killing talent and creativity, you could argue that Duke Special’s personal cottage industry is a model for how musicians should work in the 21st century.

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Bryn Haworth, pt. 2 – Calling ‘Time’ on the Old Life

The first part of my interview with Haworth covered his seminal years on the Island Records label. This final part begins in the same era. Haworth’s first solo gig was unforgettable, but not in a way he expected.

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Bryn Haworth – Part 1: The Island Years and Recording

Ten years before it became home to the likes of U2, Ultravox and the Waterboys, the Island label was already pioneering new music with artists such as Bob Marley, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Roxy Music, Bad Company, King … Continue reading

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Cliff Richard – Part 2: “What you’ve been through helps to make you what you are.”

While the main part of my 2011 interview with Sir Cliff looked at his early work with the Arts Centre Group, pioneering a new approach by the Church to the arts, we also spoke about what experience has taught him. … Continue reading

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Cliff Richard – Part 1: “We Were Right at the Beginnings of Rock and Roll”

When a group that supports Christians in the arts reached its 40th anniversary, it seemed a good time to ask patron and co-founder Sir Cliff Richard about its evolution. “I remember reading of Christian fundamentalist preachers in America burning rock … Continue reading

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Jason Carter: Part 2 – Playing for Presidents and Headhunters

Part 2: playing for children who cannot speak, headhunters in Borneo and President Musharraf; censorship in Brunei; and how he makes a living. Carter has had a remarkable journey – musically and literally – from his Devon youth to the … Continue reading

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