NEWS & VIEWS

This section is for me to mention and preview gigs I recommend both in my area (Leamington Spa) and further afield, let you know of any upcoming album releases I like the look of as well music I come across that you should consider having a listen to and anything else I feel like writing about in the world of music and my photography.

ALL INFO CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AT TIME OF WRITING

FISH CLUTCHING AT STRAWS (AND MORE) AT THE ASSEMBLY - SUN 10TH DEC

22/11/17

A must see this one as Fish returns to town to celebrate both the 30th anniversary of his final ...more

The Doors Alive bringing the Morrison spirit to The Zephyr Lounge (Fri 1st Dec)

16/11/17

One of the finest tribute bands I have ever seen in action, this band amazed me upstairs at The Assembly back in 2012 ...more

PAUL SIMON’S GRACELAND ALBUM CELEBRATED AT THE ASSEMBLY ( Sunday 12th November)

08/11/17

One of the most acclaimed albums in music history is celebrated this Sunday (12th November) at The Leamington Assembly ...more

HEADS DOWN & BOOGIE TIME - JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO, ZEPHYR LOUNGE FRI 3RD

19/10/17

Status Quo are high up on my most attended gig list with at least 6 shows over the years ...more

LAURENCE JONES BACK IN TOWN SUPPORTING KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY MONDAY 30TH OCT

17/10/17

Another welcome return to town for one of our very own (Shipston-on-Stour, close enough!) and after his fabulous show ...more

THE IRON MAIDENS TROOP INTO LEAMINGTON FOR ASSEMBLY SHOW ON FRI 27TH OCT

16/10/17

As a long time Iron Maiden fan (still remember the incredible show they put on back in the mid 80’s ...more

LIVE/WIRE - TIME TO ROCK OUT ONCE AGAIN AC/DC STYLE AT THE ASSEMBLY (SAT 21ST OCT)

05/10/17

Live/Wire are one of a number of top draw bands that return to the Leamington Assembly ...more

BELINDA CARLISLE - COMING TO TOWN AND SOLD OUT AT THE ASSEMBLY

22/09/17

Really pleased that Belinda one of my favourite female singers has included Leamington ...more

MOSTLY AUTUMN KEEP UP THEIR REGULAR VISITS TO LEAMINGTON WITH A SHOW AT THE ASSEMBLY ON SAT 16TH SEPTEMBER

02/09/17

One of my favourite bands Mostly Autumn return to the Leamington Assembly ...more

MUSIC FOR MYTON, LILLINGTON CLUB (30/6/17 AND 1/7/17) - PREVIEW

23/06/17

Peter Drew is back raising money for Myton Hospice with a two day music event at the Lillington Club ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2017 PREVIEW

16/06/17

The Napton Festival always one of my highlights of the local live music calendar returns ...more

HAYSEED DIXIE - IN TOWN FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

12/06/17

American bluegrass rockers Hayseed Dixie will be celebrating their countries independence day this year by playing the Leamington Assembly ...more

KING KING & BAD TOUCH ROCKING THE BLUES AWAY AT THE ASSEMBLY

24/05/17

Last Thursday (18th May) I was really pleased to have been sent by The Classic Rock Society Magazine ...more

GETTING CLOSER TO TRINITY 2 AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ON SATURDAY 27TH MAY

20/05/17

Just another shout out for what should be an amazing day and night of live music and fund raising on Saturday May 27th ...more

TRINITY 2 - PROG ROCK CHARITY EVENT AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ON SATURDAY 27TH MAY

07/05/17

Back in 2014 the inaugural Trinity event took place at The Leamington Assembly with the aim to both ...more

WALTER TROUT ROARS BACK TO THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ON WED 10TH MAY

30/04/17

Blues legend and ex Canned Heat/John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers member Walter Trout returns to the Assembly on Wednesday 10th May. ...more

LAURENCE JONES - LOCAL BLUESMAN IS BACK IN TOWN AT
THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA ON WED 19TH APRIL

03/04/17

Be it jamming on stage with Steve Walwyn and Joanne Shaw Taylor ...more

LIMEHOUSE LIZZY TO ROCK THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA ON SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

17/03/17

Hot on the tails of one of the countries top classic rock tribute bands at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa ...more

WHOLE LOTTA LED RETURN TO THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE ON SATURDAY 11th MARCH

03/03/17

Making a welcome return to the Zephyr Lounge here in Leamington Spa on Saturday 11th March are top Led Zeppelin ...more

MY PERSONAL PICK OF THIS YEARS (so far) ASSEMBLY/ZEPHYR LOUNGE GIGS

05/02/17

Looking through the listings for the year so far at the Leamington Assembly and it’s smaller sister venue the Zephyr Lounge ...more

MY SOUNDS AND VISIONS YEARS - 2009

26/01/17

The second part of my look back at my years of gig photography and reviews takes me back to 2009 and again plenty of highlights ...more

MY SOUNDS AND VISIONS YEARS - 2008

26/01/17

I only started having a crack at gig photography and reviews in June of 2008 so not my busiest year ...more

ROBINSON-STONE PRESENT THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF CLIFFORD T. WARD, THE ARTRIX, BROMSGROVE - SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016

14/11/16

Wonderful Americana style family three piece Robinson-Stone return to the Artrix theatre ...more

LIVE/WIRE TO ROCK LEAMINGTON

03/11/16

On Friday 11th November the sounds of the mighty AC/DC will thunder inside the Assembly ...more

MARILLION ‘NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WARM UP SHOW’ AT LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY (12th October 2016)

08/10/16

I am being spoiled next week at The Assembly with my two favourite bands both performing. ...more

MOSTLY AUTUMN AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY THIS SUNDAY (9TH OCTOBER)

07/10/16

My last shout out for the Mostly Autumn gig at The Assembly this Sunday (9th October) from 3pm ...more

MOSTLY AUTUMN - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 9TH OCTOBER PREVIEW AND LOOK BACK AT THIER LOCAL (LEAMINGTON SPA AREA) GIGS

28/09/16

Not many artists mean as much to me as York based rock band Mostly Autumn who make a very welcome return to Leamington ...more

UK GUNS N ROSES TO ROCK THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ON SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2016

25/09/16

Top tribute band UK Guns N Roses bring the magic of those rock and roll bad boys ...more

GRISTFEST 2

07/08/16

After the success of the Gristfest music charity event at the Grist Mill in Leamington Spa back over the May Day bank holiday ...more

MY VISIT TO THE WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2016

26/07/16

The Warwick Folk Festival has come around again and I paid a couple of visits this year to take in some of the folk sounds. ...more

WARWICK BEER FESTIVAL 2016 MUSIC

18/07/16

Along with a few halfs of great cider and ale enjoyed some of the music on offer at this years festival ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2016 - AN OVERVIEW

14/07/16

My favourite local festival came around again this year with as usual it’s set of top draw performers both local and from further afield ...more

Laurence Jones Album Launch Show

07/07/16

For the launch of his new album ‘Take Me High’ local blues sensation Laurence is going back to his roots on Friday 5th August ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2016 PREVIEW

25/06/16

Not long to wait now for one of my favourite local musical events The Napton Festiva ...more

WHITSTOCK 2016

23/05/16

Following on from the success of the Gristfest 2016 event over the last bank holiday held at The Grist Mill in Leamington Spa next weekend sees another local Bank Holiday musical charity extravaganza ...more

LAURENCE WOOD TRIO PLAY ZEPHYR LOUNGE EP LAUNCH GIG ON MAY 1ST 2016

24/04/16

Warwick based indie/folk band the Laurence Wood Trio play a special show at Leamington Spa’s Zephyr Lounge on Sunday 1st May ...more

LOCAL BLUES WONDER IN HOMECOMING GIG

01/04/16

Local blues maestro Laurence Jones plays the Leamington Assembly on Friday 8th April ...more

ROBINSON- STONE ALBUM LAUNCH GIG

22/03/16

The band formerly know as The Robinson-Stone Brothers and now under the moniker Robinson-Stone have the launch gig for their latest ...more

GRISTFEST 2016 - 3 DAYS OF TOP LIVE MUSIC FOR A GOOD CAUSE

05/03/16

After the success of last years event the live music extravaganza that is The Gristfest returns to the Grist Mill public house in Leamington Spa and this year ...more

TOP ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE ROLL (AND ROCK) INTO LEAMINGTON

09/02/16

The UK’s most renowned tribute to the ultimate rock band Led Zeppelin touchdown in Leamington ...more

TERRIBLE END OF 2015 AND START OF 2016 FOR MUSIC

20/01/16

What a way to end 2015 and start 2016 with following on from losing Lemmy ...more

THOUGHTS ON LEMMY

03/01/16

Just a few words on the sad passing of one of the all time rock greats Lemmy ...more

LAST GIG OF THE YEAR A BIG ONE AS MOSTLY AUTUMN PLAY A MEGA GIG AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

23/12/15

My live music for 2015 ended on the13th December as Mostly Autumn arrived in Leamington ...more

MOSTLY AUTUMN SPECIAL LEAMINGTON SHOW AND CHARITY PHOTO SALE

06/12/15

York based rock band Mostly Autumn return to Leamington Spa for a special show at The Assembly on Sunday 13th December ...more

NOVEMBER BROUGHT TWO CRACKING GIGS TO THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

27/11/15

Not even Christmas but November has delivered two fantastic musical presents at the Leamington Assembly. ...more

WALTER TROUT BACK AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

22/11/15

One of the true blues legends returns to perform on the Leamington Assembly stage on Tuesday 24th November ...more

CORNISH AUTUMN BREAK LIVE MUSIC

20/11/15

I usually give the live music a rest while on holidays but during our break in St.Ives in October ...more

MORE TOUCHSTONE NEWS

19/11/15

Touchstone guitarist Adam has told me that although the Leamington Assembly gig this Saturday (21/11/15) is the last show ...more

TOUCHSTONE, THE LAST EVER GIG - THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 21ST NOVEMBER 2015

14/11/15

One of my favourite prog rock bands Touchstone are sadly calling it a day and are playing their final show at The Leamington Assembly ...more

FIRST BIRTHDAY AND FAB NEW STUDIO FOR PHLASH WORX LTD

21/09/15

Phlash Worx the fantastic photographic studio in Leamington Spa held it’s first birthday celebrations at their new location on Saturday 19th September ...more

A SAMPLE OF THE MUSIC ON OFFER AT THE LEAMINGTON SPA FOOD FESTIVAL 2015

06/09/15

Made a short visit to the packed out Leamington Spa Food Festival on Saturday ...more

PLOUGH & HARROW, WHITNASH, LEAMINGTON SPA - BEER FESTIVAL 2015

31/08/15

After being impressed by last year’s festival I was pleased ...more

GRISTFEST 2015

31/08/15

On the 22nd and 23rd of August the Grist Mill in Leamington held its first ‘Gristfest’ ...more

FIRST PHLASH WORX GROUP SHOOT - MODEL ROISIN 30/07/15

02/08/15

This was the first ‘Group Shoot’ put on at Phlash Worx in Leamington Spa ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2015 PART 2

15/07/15

Late afternoon and the evening this year at the Napton Festival included ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2015 PART 1

15/07/15

This year I only attended the Saturday of this two day festival in the Warwickshire countryside ...more

LUCY ROSE - LEAMINGTON SPA IN-STORE PERFORMANCE AND SIGNING FOR RELEASE OF ‘WORK IT OUT’ AT 'HEAD'

12/07/15

Lucy Rose is a singer/songwriter who spent most of her early years in Leamington Spa ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2015 LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY

05/07/15

One of my favourite festivals of the year is just around the corner, this years Napton Festival ...more

PACKED OUT LEAMINGTON SPA UKULELE FESTIVAL 2015

05/07/15

This was the first year I have made it to Leamington Spa's very own Ukulele Festival ...more

SINGER/SONGWRITER LUCY ROSE IN STORE PERFORMANCE AT 'HEAD' IN LEAMINGTON SPA 8/7/15

01/07/15

There is a great chance to see Warwickshire singer/songwriter Lucy Rose ...more

STEVE WALWYNS CD LAUNCH FOR 'INSTINCT TO SURVIVE'

28/06/15

Had a great night at the launch party/gig for Steve Walwyn's first solo CD 'Instinct To Survive' ...more

LOCAL TALENT ROCKING THE SQUARE AT THE WARWICK ROCKS MIDSUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

28/06/15

A day of free live music by local artists was on offer on Sunday 21st June ...more

MY ANNUAL TRIP TO THE LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL

15/06/15

I always try and spend a few hours at the Leamington Peace Festival listening to and taking snaps of some of the artists performing ...more

YOUNG SINGERS LIGHT UP WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL

15/06/15

Caught a little of the live entertainment at the recent Warwick Food Festival ...more

BACK AT PHLASH WORX WITH LAURA LILY

06/06/15

Had a great time with my second shoot with fabulous model Laura Lily at Phlash Worx ...more

MAGIC OF THE FOREST

15/05/15

Something completely different just wanted to say a few words about one of my favourite places in the UK, the glorious New Forest ...more

SUNDAY BLUES ZEPHYR LOUNGE STYLE WITH BEN POOLE & REBECCA DOWNES

15/05/15

It was a blistering display of blues at The Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa on Sunday 10th May with a mouth-watering double bill ...more

ROCK LEGENDS URIAH HEEP IMPRESS AT LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

07/05/15

Well it only took me around 45 years but finally managed to catch the legendary Uriah Heep on stage. ...more

VOODOO VEGAS BACK TO THE ZEPHYR IN ROCKING FORM

10/04/15

Voodoo Vegas made another welcome return to Leamington on April 3rd ...more

KYNESKA RELEASE FABOLOUS SECOND SINGLE

10/04/15

‘Hotwired’ the follow up to ‘Sunrise On the Moon’ the second single by all sister 3 piece rock band Kyneska ...more

LAURENCE WOWS LEAMINGTON WITH NEW ALBUM LAUNCH / CHARITY GIG

06/04/15

This was the best yet I have seen of blues maestro Laurence Jones ...more

VOODOO VEGAS ROCKING THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA - FRIDAY 3rd APRIL

24/03/15

Another top night of live music at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa next week when red hot rockers Voodoo Vegas ...more

LAURENCE JONES LEAMINGTON SPA ALBUM LAUNCH / CHARIY EVENT – THURSDAY 2ND APRIL

23/03/15

One of my local areas greatest musical exports Laurence Jones has a very special show coming up at the Leamington Spa Assembly ...more

LIVE/WIRE & LIMEHOUSE LIZZY DOUBLE HEADER AT LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY - FRIDAY 13TH MARCH

08/03/15

Two of the best rock tribute bands in the country perform a double headline bill at The Leamington Assembly on Friday 13th March ...more

KING KING & LAURENCE JONES TURN UP THE HEAT AT THE ASSEMBLY

27/02/15

Fantastic show last night (26/2/15) at the Leamington Assembly ...more

WORKING WITH AN ANGEL - FIRST PHLASH STUDIO SHOOT OF THE YEAR

15/02/15

Still working hard to try and gain confidence and skills in the portrait/studio side of my photography and to this end had my latest model shoot ...more

MOSTLY AUTUMN & MARILLION GET CHRISTMAS 2014 ROCKING

13/12/14

Caught my two all time favourite bands on their Xmas tour last weekend ...more

LATEST PHLASH WORX MODEL SHOOT WITH ANNA ROSE

28/11/14

Again very much enjoyed my photography at Phlash Worx photo studio and this session was with London based model Anna Rose ...more

DR FEELGOOD AND NINE BELOW ZERO, LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 14/11/14 SHORT REVIEW

16/11/14

The last time this two band bill played the Assembly back in 2011 it was it was my gig of the year and they have gone and just about done it again. ...more

DR FEELGOOD BACK TO ROCK THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

06/11/14

The legendary Dr Feelgood bring their distinctive brand of R & B back to the Leamington Assembly on Friday 14th November.
A well loved band ...more

MY SECOND PHLASH WORX STUDIO SHOOT

28/10/14

Had my second model shoot at the new Phlash Worx studio here in Leamington Spa at the weekend and again had a fantastic time. ...more

PHLASH WORX – A FAB NEW PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO IN LEAMINGTON SPA

24/10/14

Recently opened in Leamington Spa is a fantastic new photography studio called Phlash Worx, this is something I have been waiting for ...more

SINGER-SONGWRITER NINA BAKER UP FOR TWO TOP AWARDS

17/09/14

Congratulations to one of my favourite singer-songwriters Nina Baker ...more

CHANTEL McGREGOR'S NEW ERA OFF TO A ROCKING START

10/09/14

Chantel McGregor / Del Bromham , Zephyr Lounge. Leamiington Spa 6/9/14 - One of the true gentleman of the blues and rock scene Del Bromham stepped ...more

GREAT BEER AND TOP ENTERTAINMENT AT PLOUGH AND HARROW (WHITNASH, LEAMINGTON SPA) BEER FESTIVAL

25/08/14

The weather was a little changeable (at least on the Saturday that I went along) but there was plenty of top entertainment ...more

WINTER ARRIVES EARLY AT LEAMINGTON WITH WINTER IN EDEN AT ZEPHYR LOUNGE

14/08/14

Winter In Eden for me the UK's very own Within Temptation and a cracking symphonic/gothic rock band in their own right hit the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa on Saturday 20th September ...more

B-RUDER JAM AT THE GRIST MILL, LEAMINGTON SPA

25/07/14

Quite enjoyed my first live music for a while at The Grist Mill in Leamington Spa ...more

SNAKECHARMER BRING CLASSIC OLD SCHOOL ROCK TO THE ASSEMBLY

24/07/14

Classic old school rock was the order of the day at The Leamington Assembly on Sunday 20th July ...more

NAPTON 2014 ROCKED

15/07/14

The Napton Festival 2014 rocked, the weather was kind ...more

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR & LAURENCE JONES SHARE THE ASSEMBLY STAGE

07/07/14

What a fantastic gig at the Leamington Assembly by the magnificent lady of the blues Joanne Shaw Taylor, ...more

VOODOO VEGAS - JUST ONE REASON TO GET YOUR NAPTON FESTIVAL 2014 TICKETS

02/07/14

The Napton Music Festival is coming up fast, and takes place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July, ...more

LADY OF THE BLUES JOANNE AT LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

28/06/14

Sensational lady of the blues Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to the Leamington Assembly for what is sure to be another knockout performance, ...more

KRISTY GALLACHER SHINES AT LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL

15/06/14

I made my annual visit to the Leamington Peace Festival this weekend, great turnout as always and of course the usual eclectic mix of musical styles on display ...more

LAURENCE IN FINE FORM AT ZEPHYR

05/06/14

Laurence Jones gave for me his most impressive performance to date at The Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa last night 4/6/14 ...more

LAURENCE JONES - THE HOMECOMING GIG

31/05/14

Blues sensation Laurence Jones plays a homecoming show in Leamington Spa on Wednesday 4th June ...more

THE MOSQUITOS ROCK THE HORSE

26/05/14

The Mosquitos one of the top bands that perform in the Leamington area played a storm last night (25/5/14) at the towns Royal Horse pub, Steve Walwyn ...more

NAPTON FESTIVAL 2014 PREVIEW

22/05/14

One of the annual highlights of the Leamington Spa area summer music scene 'The Napton Festival' takes place on the 11th and 12th of July ...more

TRINITY LIVE 2014 - WHAT A DAY

22/05/14

The 'Trinity Live' Prog Rock charity all dayer at The Assembly Last Sunday 18/5/14 was a fantastic day of live music and fundraising for three cancer charities ...more

'TRINITY LIVE' THE PROG CHARITY EVENT OF THE YEAR THIS SUNDAY 18/05/14

14/05/14

Surely the highlight of this year's Prog/Rock calendar takes place at The Assembly in Leamington Spa this Sunday (18th May) it features the cream of the UK's progressive/rock bands ...more

FAB ACOUSTIC ROOTS ,AT THE CLARENDON IN LEAMINGTON SPA

05/05/14

An impressive nights music last night at The Clarendon in Leamington Spa ...more

LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY CRACKING NEW GIGS

25/04/14

The Leamington Assembly have added a large number of gigs this year including these crackers ...more

'CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE' BEST FREE CD EVER !!!

22/04/14

The latest edition of 'Classic Rock' magazine (June 2014, No 197) comes with it's best free ...more

FAVOURITE BANDS NEGLECTED !

15/04/14

I have decided that I have neglected my two favourite bands namely Marillion and Mostly Autumn for a while ...more

THE MOSQUITOS BACK TO ROCK THIS TOWN

13/04/14

It is that time of the year - Mosquito season ...more

LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ROCKS

12/04/14

There are an exciting few months ahead for rock fans at The Leamington Assembly ...more