Music / Westward Ho!

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westward ho

The only place name in the British Isles with an exclamation mark. (There’s something for pub quiz geeks to squirrel away). As a Cornishman living in Devon, inextricably linked to the west country, these two words for me conjure up powerful images and memories. It is a north Devon seaside resort but was originally the… Read more »

Music / The value of music

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I was asked this morning to fill in a questionnaire which had been compiled by a student researching ways in which value could be re-inserted to music for consumers. The questions were as you might expect: How do you consume music? Do you regularly pay for music? and similar. But then it took an odd… Read more »

Music / Over production and emotional reduction

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We’ve all been there: You’ve just seen an amazing live act, they could be your next big thing. You get home and download their album. It sounds great. But it just isn’t… right. This year I visited the Beverley Folk Festival, there were many brilliant acts I couldn’t wait to check out when I got… Read more »

Music / Our sense of place: O’Hooley & Tidow

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o'hooley & tidow

“O’Hooley & Tidow; that’s an odd name for a band”, people often comment; we jokingly retort that we could have chosen something a bit easier to pronounce, something that rolls off the tongue more fluidly. But the thing is, these are our names, our surnames, Belinda was born with hers, I wasn’t. My birth name… Read more »

Music / Emily Barker interview

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Firstly, do you consciously maintain a dual nationality in your head, looking at the world from an Australian and British perspective, or do you have one place that is ‘home’? That’s a very good question and one I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. In fact, the whole of my latest album, ‘Dear River’,… Read more »