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Michael Schenker, photo by Simon Dunkerley
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Michael Schenker UK tour dates announced

Michael Schenker will bring his Michael Schenker Fest tour to the UK for four dates in November.

This tour reunites the original three M.S.G. vocalists, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Dates include O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Thursday 2nd November), O2 Academy, Sheffield (Friday 3rd November), O2 Ritz, Manchester (Saturday 4th November) and Hull City Hall (Sunday 5th November).

Says Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80′s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982.”

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Ian Anderson: New album and radio interview

Pete Feenstra chatted to Ian Anderson and featured tracks from the new album, for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 12 March 2017.

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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

Nearly 50 years after the debut album from Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is set to release a new recording of classic Jethro Tull repertoire, arranged by John O’Hara for The Carducci Quartet.  “Jethro Tull The String Quartets” is released  on 24 March by BMG.

Although Ian has worked with classical orchestras previously this is the first time he has recorded an album specifically with a string quartet and therefore upholding a long tradition of composers such as Beethoven, Bartók and Britten.

He says: “I felt that there were some songs rather special to me which featured the string quartet such as A Christmas Song, Reasons For Waiting and Wond’ring Aloud.  John came up with a few suggestions of his own which presented challenges.”

Ian Anderson and The Carducci Quartet

John O’Hara added “My ambition was to create a thought-provoking album that remains true to Ian’s compositions.”  Consequently the song selection features Ian’s cryptic new titling.

Track listing:
01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses)
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

On Sunday 12 March at 20:00 GMT Pete Feenstra chats to Ian Anderson playing tracks from the new album, for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.

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Eleanor McEvoy continues to play Naked Music in May

Eleanor McEvoy - Alexanders, Chester, 12 March 2015

Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked… Live’ tour with the announcement of a fourteen-date tour across England and Wales throughout May 2017.

Best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, Eleanor’s tour starts on Thursday, 4th May at The Playhouse in Cheltenham, and ends at Penylan Hall in Meifod Powys on Friday, 19th May.

Eleanor’s latest run of dates continues the support for her most recent album, 2016′s critically acclaimed ‘Naked Music’.  It was voted “Top Singer Songwriter Album” by Get Ready to ROCK! in their ‘Best of 2016′ reviewer selection.

The recordings led to collaboration with famed British artist Chris Gollon after Eleanor purchased one of his paintings. The subsequent meeting and conversations with the artist led to the title Naked Music. With this focus, four canvasses were painted for the album artwork, then the tour de force ‘Naked Music – The Exhibition’ in Gallery Different in Fitzrovia, London.

The opening night was a special concert by Eleanor, playing ‘Naked… Live’ surrounded by 24 paintings inspired by the songs and titles of the album.

This in turn led to Eleanor publishing her first ever songbook, entitled ‘Naked Music – The Songbook’. This unique publication is a pioneering collaboration, featuring lyrics and melodies from the songs on Naked Music alongside 24 of Gollon’s stunning paintings inspired by the music on that album.

Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra. However, it was whilst playing with The Mary Black Band that McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and in 1992 two life-changing opportunities came along.

Mary Black and her record company manager/husband decided that McEvoy’s song ‘A Woman’s Heart’ would be a fitting title and lead track for the compilation they were putting together of contemporary Irish female performers. Simultaneously, Tom Zutaut, the legendary A&R of Geffen Records (who had previously signed Guns & Roses, Motley Crue, and Edie Brickell), was on a scouting mission to Dublin. After hearing McEvoy perform at The Baggott Inn pub, he offered her a worldwide recording deal on the spot.

McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world.

UK dates (May 2017)
Thu 4 Cheltenham Playhouse
Fri 5 Kingskerswell Parish Church
Sat 6 Sheffield Greystones
Sun 7 Bath Chapel Arts
Wed 10 Birmingham Irish Centre
Thu 11 Salisbury Winchester Gate
Fri 12 London Slaughtered Lamb
Sat 13 Alstonefield Village Hall
Sun 14 Chester Alexanders
Mon 15 Leeds Brudenell 2
Tue 16 Manchester Gullivers
Wed 17 Stroud, Gloucs Prince Albert
Thu 18 Milton Keynes Stables 2
Fri 19 Meifod Powys Penylan Hall

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BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

Forthcoming festivals 2017

We list here a selection of festivals/large events taking place in the first part of the year – if your event is not listed please contact us with the details.

Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 25-28 May

Review (2016)

The Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffs 2-4 June 2017

Stone Free Festival, O2 Arena, London, 17 June

Review (2016)

The Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 29-30 July 2017

Review (2016)

Ramblin’ Man, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent 29-30 July 2017

Review (2016)
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Gigs to go to Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014


MIKE + THE MECHANICS 14 February-28 March
JO HARMAN 16 Feb-31 March
STEVIE NIMMO 1 March -1 April
ARW (Anderson Rabin Wakeman) 12-25 March
THUNDER 17-31 March
FEEDER 24 March-6 April
(pictured) 18-23 April

Check out our full listings!

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Ahead of their upcoming London headline show, UK five-piece As Lions have unveiled the video to their brand new single ‘One By One’  out now on Eleven Seven Music.

The London show takes place at the Boston Arms Music Rooms on March 22 before the band play a string of US shows across April and May with the likes of Shinedown, Nothing More, I Prevail and P.O.D.

As Lions are also confirmed for their first UK festival appearance of the year at Bristol’s Fat Lip Festival in July with Young Guns. The band will also be playing a number of European & US festivals including Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Graspop, Rock On The Range and Northern Invasion.


Deep Purple release their new album via earMUSIC on 7 April.

The video includes images from the 97 minute movie documentary ‘From Here To inFinite’ and gives an in-depth insight into the band’s songwriting and recording process, for the first time allowing cameras in the studio. The movie is part of the limited CD+DVD edition of the album.

The single ‘All I Got Is You’ was released 10 March as a limited edition CD digipak, limited 12″ Vinyl and Digital together with four previously unreleased tracks.

The band play UK dates with Europe in November.

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