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No muck but plenty of brass: A day on the toot in London

Each autumn London welcomes the nation’s best brass bands to their annual championship at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a splendid occasion depicted on the big screen in…

Maiden Lane

It’s not a long street; just over one hundred metres I would guess. Nor does it have an exceptional location. Part of the underbelly of Covent Garden, it…

Pop goes the Eagle

On an unusually sunny, blue-skied November Saturday afternoon, I went looking for the Eagle. Being the London nerd that I am, I was genuinely excited to be visiting…

A world of strange arrangements: ABC at The Royal Festival Hall

To the Royal Festival Hall to see pop group ABC perform The Lexicon Of Love parts 1 & 2. Anne Dudley (who arranged strings on the albums) conducted…

Clog dancing in N1

I took the Northern line up to Islington to see a couple of Northern girls sing and (occasionally) clog dance: The Unthanks. The old chapel sounded wonderful as…

Georgie Fame at Ronnie Scott’s club on a Saturday night

The Beatle’s lair

Macca’s business premises in Soho Square. I worked 4 doors up for a couple of years.

Smashing Night Club remembered 1991-1996

One of the best London night clubs that I’ve ever been to was Smashing. It used to inhabit Eve’s club on Regents Street in the early 1990’s. It…

Cyril E Power – going down the tube between the wars and a visit to ‘Appy ‘Ampstead

What a cracking image! Sleek and modernistic. Very 1930’s. It’s called Whence and Whither – a great title to boot! – and was produced by Cyril E, for Edward, Power in 1930….

I left the North, I travelled South…and I can’t help the way that I feel.

 Morrissey was the lead singer with The Smiths. They were a tremendously Northern, as in North of England, band their faces set stern against the soft South and suspicious of…