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Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice was born in 1951 in Lewisham, London. He grew up in London’s New Cross area and as a child learned to play the violin, when he was 10 his parent gave him his first guitar and Stephen played in the school orchestra. By the age of 12 years, he contracted polio and spent the next four years in hospital.
Loyalty Lies is an album that is on a mission, to show the world of pop that the craft of songwriting, catchy arrangements and strong production is alive and well in the year 2018. Furthermore, Darron J Connett is certainly part of the creative revolution that is challenging the mainstream music industry that it needs a huge shake up.
Robin Trower (lead guitarist), Gary Brooker (vocals) and Chris Copping (bass) played in an r &b group called The Paramounts in Southend. The group had a minor hit with a cover version of Leiber and Stollers Poison Ivy in 1964.
In the winter of 1989, I was privileged and honoured to interview Danny Rampling, for my then fanzine, Positive Energy of Madness. It was about two weeks after he had closed his ground-breaking club Shoom. In my eyes at the time, and even today, the end of Shoom was Acid House’s equivalent to The Jam breaking up at the end of 1982. As Shoom, like the Woking Wonders, meant so much to a lot of people. Personally, I found Shoom inspiring, beautiful and wonderful. I was very late to the Shoom party, yet I was welcomed with opened arms, moving, truly moving as I would dance the night away with a beaming smile on my face.
‘Blue Flakes’ is the latest single from South East London brothers EASTERN BARBERS, and you can certainly hear the influence of these surroundings on the track. While not making a direct political statement, Ross and James Fernandez writing style is a form of documentation, and it just so happens that their immediate surroundings depict acute gentrification and the loss of the local community.

The Mersey Beat was a fortnightly newspaper started by Bill Harry and his partner in 1960. The purpose of the broadsheet was to cover the emerging beat scene of the sixties in Liverpool. An early “Gig Guide” the Mersey Beat was full of information about the groups, photographs and who was appearing and where.

Last year I was presented with a revelation. Just as I was bemoaning the lack of big budget, string-laden, 24 karat gold 70s style soul in the mainstream, solace arrived in the form of Love & Hate, the second album from Michael Kiwanuka.
Hoodoo Zoo is the fourth album from Steve Brookes and features a new set of songs.


‘He Does The Look’ was written in my head, nowhere near a guitar or any instrument.
Last week, London’s legendary Cherry Cola Club night opened its doors to Liverpool. A new weekly event at The Magnet (to be held every Saturday), it promises to host the crème-de-la-crème of new, unsigned and up and coming live acts, with the occasional A-list band or DJ set thrown in for good measure.
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