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Sounds Write: Bryan Ferry

The Westmorland Gazette: Live in concert - Rod Stewart

10:23am Thursday 14th November 2013

WHEN talk centres on Jazz music words such as cool, stylish and sophisticated invariably get mentioned in describing the genre.

Live in concert - Rod Stewart

The Westmorland Gazette: Live in concert - Rod Stewart

4:30pm Monday 24th June 2013

LIFE at 68 is somewhat different for Rod Stewart to how life is for the vast majority of other men of a similar age.

Olivia Newton-John live

The Westmorland Gazette: Olivia Newton-John live

3:14pm Tuesday 26th March 2013

DESPITE it having been a full 35 years since her last tour of the UK, singer Olivia Newton-John's fans proved they have remained hopelessly devoted to her when she took to the stage at Manchester's Apollo theatre.

Sounds write: Kylie Minogue

The Westmorland Gazette: Sounds write:Fingersnap

4:14pm Tuesday 10th April 2012

On the many previous occasions Miss Kylie Minogue has performed concerts in Manchester, it's invariably been on a large scale, playing to her adoring masses at the 15,000 capacity Arena, often for up to a six night residency.

Sounds write:Sir Paul McCartney

11:51am Tuesday 10th January 2012

At age sixty-nine, few would begrudge Sir Paul McCartney if he had decided to now rest on his laurels (and what laurels they are) and opt for the quiet life with his new (third) missus, Nancy Shevell. For this is a man who has been at the very top of his profession for over five decades, having been one quarter of the most famous pop group of all-time and having been one half of the best-known and, most successful song-writing partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon, providing the soundtrack to many peoples’ lives and penning the most important and most covered pop songbook of the twentieth century. Beyond the Beatles, Sir Paul or Macca to you, me and millions of other fans as he is affectionately still know, enjoyed further incredible success with his band Wings and as a solo artist.

Sound write: The Beach Boys

11:49am Tuesday 10th January 2012

The Beach Boys ‘Smile’ album, originally scheduled for release in 1967, has long ago taken on mythical status and been, arguably, the most eulogised record of all time. For ‘Smile’ to actually finally be released in 2011, forty-four years later than intended, represents for many music fans the world over the discovery of the Holy Grail, such is the level of excitement and anticipation surrounding this momentous work that its creator, the genius that is Brian Wilson, famously said would be “a teenage symphony to God”.

Sounds write: Stevie Nicks

The Westmorland Gazette: Sounds write: Stevie Nicks

11:17am Wednesday 10th August 2011

Singer-songwriter Stevie Nick’s place has long been assured in the history book of rock n’ roll, courtesy of her starring role in the group Fleetwood Mac.

Sounds write: Paul McCartney

The Westmorland Gazette: Sounds write: Stevie Nicks

2:34pm Tuesday 4th January 2011

Seeing one of The Beatles ‘live’ has long been a big box, if not the biggest, for music fans the world over to tick off on their wish list.

Sounds write: The Duke and the King

The Westmorland Gazette: Sounds write: Stevie Nicks

5:40pm Thursday 21st October 2010

TAKING their name from the two grifters in Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn’, The Duke & The King are one of those truly special bands, liberally sprinkled with magic dust, that come along just once in a while.

Sounds Write - Sting

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

2:16pm Friday 27th August 2010

THERE is a popular trend amongst big name artists/groups during the advances stages of their careers to re-visit their own best known songs and re-work and re-present the material to their fans in a whole new light. This usually involves the music being given either a rockier edge, being jazzed up or, stripped back and pared down in an acoustic setting.

Sounds Write - Harper Simon

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

4:33pm Tuesday 3rd August 2010

TRYING to make it on your own merits in the music business when you’re the child of a hugely famous singer is far from easy.

SOUNDS WRITE - Crowded House

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

9:21am Tuesday 8th June 2010

When Crowded House split up in 1996, bidding a fond farewell to their fans with a memorable concert on the footsteps of Sydney Opera House before an estimated crowd of 150,000, they bowed out at the very height of their success after a run of hit albums and singles across the globe.

Sounds Write - Natalie Merchant

11:02am Wednesday 12th May 2010

AT the outset of her career in the early 80’s Natalie Merchant quickly became the darling of the American college music circuit with her preppy appeal and understated but quite definite sex appeal fronting the group 10,000 Maniacs who went on to enjoy enormous critical and commercial success around the world with great albums like ‘In My Tribe’, ‘Blind Man Zoo’, ‘Our Time In Eden’ and ‘MTV Unplugged’.

Sounds write - Sade

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

9:56am Tuesday 23rd March 2010

IT is fair to say that Sade Amu - better known to me, you and a few million others as simply Sade - does not exactly like to rush herself when it comes to matters of her career.

Brits album reflects great year for music

3:37pm Tuesday 23rd February 2010

Brits Awards 2010: Various Artists (Rhino).

Stunning album by Alberta Cross

3:32pm Tuesday 23rd February 2010

Broken Side Of Time: Alberta Cross (Ark Recordings).

SOUNDS WRITE - Leonard Cohen

5:41pm Tuesday 26th January 2010

Legendary songwriter, performer, author and poet Leonard Cohen has had, for the most part of his lengthy career, something of a cult status, never really appealing to the masses, many of whom just didn’t really ‘get him’ or his music, believing (wrongly) that he was little more than a merchant of doom and gloom with his songs very likely to send the listener spiralling into a deep depression.

Sounds Write - Rod Stewart's Soulbook

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

5:09pm Wednesday 16th December 2009

IT is more than a little ironic that one of this country’s finest rock singers, Mr Rod Stewart, has enjoyed the greatest commercial success of his long career courtesy of a series of the most un-rock n’ roll of albums.

Sounds Write - Beyonce in Liverpool

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

9:29am Thursday 3rd December 2009

FEW would dispute that right now, Beyonce Knowles is the biggest and, most successful female artist in music and the three awards she scooped most recently at the prestigious MTV Europe Music Awards just further cemented her position of strength.

Sounds Write - Whitney Houston's I Look To You

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

9:27am Thursday 3rd December 2009

Back with her first new album in seven years after her time in the music wilderness as a consequence of her well-documented drug problems during her ill-fated marriage to bad boy Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston is now clearly out to make up lost ground with ‘I Look To You’(Arista) and attempt to reclaim her position as the ‘numero uno’ female singer.

Sounds Write - Fleetwood Mac in Manchester

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

2:25pm Wednesday 11th November 2009

WHEN Fleetwood Mac guitarist, singer and principal songwriter Lindsey Buckingham told the audience at Manchester’s M.E.N arena that, “This band have a complex and convoluted emotional history and it has not always been easy”, the comment was undoubtedly one of the understatements of the century.

Sounds Write - Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter DVD

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

2:24pm Wednesday 11th November 2009

Four months after the Woodstock festival which was centred on peace, love, music and generally living out the hippy dream of the day, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones organised, what they hoped would be their own mini Woodstock of sorts – a free concert on 6th December 1969 at the Altamont speedway track close to San Francisco –to herald the climax of their US tour.

Sounds Write - Shawn Colvin's Live

10:11am Friday 23rd October 2009

ALTHOUGH she’s a three times Grammy award winner and has released eight albums to date, singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin is hardly a household name and in many ways, she’s still, what’s termed as one of music’s best kept secrets.

Sounds Write - Gladys Knight in Liverpool

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

11:35am Friday 16th October 2009

TV presenters, radio dj’s and music fans are all too guilty these days of casually referring to many artists as legends, when in truth, most have hardly earned the label.

Sounds Write - Muse's The Resistance

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

11:34am Friday 16th October 2009

FROM the most unlikely of settings, the quiet Devon town of Teighton, has emerged in recent years this country’s biggest and most successful rock band.

Sounds Write - Prefab Sprout's Let’s Change The World With Music

The Westmorland Gazette: SOUNDS WRITE - Gladys Knight

11:31am Friday 16th October 2009

At any school for aspiring pop song writers, Prefab Sprout’s main man, Paddy McAloon, would easily qualify for the head teacher’s job; such is his natural ability for crafting perfectly constructed pop gems.

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