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Interview with the Selecter's Pauline Black

The Selecter pioneered the ska revival movement alongside labelmates, The Specials & Madness, and were responsible for some of the scene’s classic hits. And the band's iconic frontwoman Pauline Black is reverently referred to as the Queen of Ska – an...more


Interview with The Selecter's Pauline Black - Part 2

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The Whybirds interview: part 1

The Whybirds are a three-piece rock 'n' roll band from Bedford, England. All three members (Dave Banks, Ben Haswell and Luke Tuchscherer) are singer/songwriters, giving the group a diverse range of songs and vocal styles, but without straying from Th...more


The Whybirds interview: part 2

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Police Dog Hogan interview part 1

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has descri...more


Police Dog Hogan interview part 2

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Melrose quartet interview

Spiral Earth were in the right place at the right time to catch Melrose Quartet on an early date. Yes, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Jess & Richard Arrowsmith were familiar faces, but on the same stage at the same time? Our puzzled expressions soon ...more


The Goat Roper Rodeo Band interview Part 1

Sunday afternoon at Maverick festival was discovery time for the Spiral team as we took in the ragged glory of The Goat Roper Rodeo Band from North Wales. These guys channel a variety of classic acts such as The Band, his Bobness, and The Old Crow Me...more


The Goat Roper Rodeo Band interview Part 2

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Ruth Moody interview

Fresh from touring with Mark Knopfler, Ruth Moody, a founding and current member of The Wailin' Jennys, releases These Wilder Things, the follow-up to the Garden. Featuring guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Mike McGo...more


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The Insider

This column on Spiral Earth concentrates on the current and emerging artists that have caught our eye.

Dave Kushar has been writing for Spiral Earth since 2008, his tastes range from Billy Bragg to Fugazi.

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