John Otway set for Devizes gig…and he’s bringing his Theremin

UNDERGROUND cult hero John Otway will be performing at The Lamb in Devizes on Friday 20 May. A textbook example of how to have fun, and not take yourself too seriously, his autobiography is subtitled "Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure".  Now it seems...

5 great Swindon-related songs

INSPIRED by a post on Facebook by Swindon Web and starting with the video they posted, Angela Atkinson of AA Editorial Services and Born Again Swidonian fame has compiled five tracks that feature or are related to Swindon in some way. Some of them world famous – one...

Grammy legend Carpenter to bring a taste of Nashville to Wiltshire

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter comes to City Hall Salisbury on Thursday 21 July, 7.30pm. She will be performing timeless hits from her expansive and beloved 14-album catalogue and new songs...

Mel C ready to add some Spice to All-Star Salisbury gig

SPIKE Edney and his All‐Star Band have announced a very special guest ahead of their date at City Hall Salisbruy - Spice Girl Melanie C. The artist formally known as Sporty will be joining Spike & Co on their Christmas UK...

Another 6 Swindon-related songs you should listen to

Pop-picker Angela Atkinson, aka the  Born Again Swidonian , returns with a fresh batch of tunes inspired by the town… Following on from an earlier post, listing 5 Swindon-related songs, here are a dozen more. Numbers 1 and 4 are previously unknown to me....

10 Day Orchestra Challenge coming to Swindon

MUSICAL trailblazers Shaun Buswell and Erik Nyberg are set to take their latest orchestra challenge on tour in 10 different locations across England and Scotland. They’ve completed challenges to create pop-up orchestras at Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Festival, for Decca...

Video of the week – Baby 126 by Ruby Confue

AS THE initial release from the new Lighterthief record label and as the first musical outing by newcomer Ruby Confue, Baby 126 is one hell of a statement of intent. Mixing commerciality with creativity it hopefully shows a jaded and formulaic...

Music is the most powerful memory generator, research reveals

MUSIC is the most powerful memory generator among Brits – with two thirds of us believing that it evokes more memories than the smell of mum’s cooking, the taste of school dinners and toys we played with when we...

It’s not unusual: Sir Tom Jones to play gig in local forest

THE legendary Sir Tom Jones has signed up to play a Forest Live date at Westonbirt Arboretum this summer. With more than 100 million record sales generated by hits such as ‘It’s Not Unusual’,’ Kiss’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat’, Tom...

Royal wedding harpist to play Swindon after recovering from chronic illness

ROYAL wedding harpist Claire Jones returns to the concert platform this spring, with a tour promoting her new album, ‘Journey’. She’ll arrive at Swindon Arts Centre on Saturday 16 January for an evening of stirring music drawn from the world...

Steeleye Span bringing new live show to Salisbury

FOLK rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new and they perform at City Hall on Thursday 17 December, 8pm. With...

WOMAD festival hailed as huge success

This year's WOMAD festival has been hailed a huge success after just nine incidents were reported to police over the whole weekend. Wiltshire Police has worked closely with WOMAD organisers for a number of years, to ensure the public enjoy a safe festival...

No need to walk 500 miles…The Proclaimers set for Wiltshire gig

BRITAIN'S favourite musical twins bring their latest tour to Wiltshire next month, with The Proclaimers set to play Salisbury's City Hall on May 21. Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have enjoyed huge success across the globe as...

Jarid’s Narrowcliff aiming to scale the music heights

FRESH from a trip to Glastonbury, Chippenham singer-songwriter Jarid Clark has formed a new indie rock band called Narrowcliff. The 23-year-old voice of the hugely successful Chippenham BID Christmas video has enjoyed a brilliant year as a solo artist, with...

Genius: Stars pay tribute following death of David Bowie

STARS from around the world have paid tribute to David Bowie following the death of the music icon. Bowie succumbed to an 18-month cancer battle, just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album. News of the...