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Sparklehorse tribute night at Hot Box

A celebration of the life and music of the dearly missed maverick musician, Mark Linkous, of the hugely influential alt-rockers Sparklehorse, is upcoming. Even Butterflies Make A Sound and Ben Stanbury are delighted and honoured to host the event at Hot Box on Wednesday, 27 August 2023. On this special night, fans will have the […]

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New singles: Uncle Kid and Sometimes Solitude Is

This blog’s latest post features two quite different new singles. However, they both take inspiration from two legendary figures. Please read on to find out more.

Exclusive Jazz Upcoming live music

Blacks’ Myths: forging new sounds

Washington DC duo Blacks’ Myths, comprising Luke Stewart on bass guitar and electronics and Warren G. ‘Trae’ Crudup III on drums, bring their pulsing, hypnotic jazz-punk to Chelmsford’s Hot Box as part of the monthly Jazz Sunday events. As a token of appreciation to this blog’s valued readers, a number of tickets for a mere […]

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Dot Allison – Consciousology

After a decade away, Dot Allison returned in 2021 with Heart-Shaped Scars. She continues that rich seam of songwriting form with a new LP Consciousology. Heart-Shaped Scars was often introspective and possibly one-paced. Consciousology is a punchier, more focused affair. Dot explained: “I see Consciousology as a more psych Heart-Shaped Scars with a far fuller, more […]

Americana and Country Folk Upcoming live music

Hot Box Folk & Country Festival

The first-ever Hot Box Folk & Country Festival arrives at Writtle Green, near Chelmsford, on Saturday, 5 August 2023. Clear a space in your diary and click here for tickets. This festival is an addition to the long-running jazz extravaganza, which takes place on the Sunday of the same weekend at the same site. Hot […]

Americana and Country Upcoming live music

Ags Connolly – England’s Willie Nelson?

Ian Flavill Ian is lead singer of Three Rivers Band and previously fronted the country bands Alter States and The Southern Generals. He has promoted many different country (and blues) bands, including Ags Connolly and Gringo Star. In the past, he has hosted Turnpike Troubadours, Deadstring Brothers, Joni Harms, and Emily Barker. Ags Connolly is […]


Paul Dupree: man of music

Paul Dupree is a legend of the Chelmsford music scene. He has his own radio show, promotes bands, and much more. His Transmission show recently celebrated hosting its one-thousandth guest. To mark the occasion, Paul kindly took us through his musical life.

Upcoming live music

Applefest 30!

George Appleton is throwing a party and y’all are invited. Applefest 30 will take place at Radio City Social in Chelmsford on 1 July. Please see his preview below.

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‘Daffodils’ help Kacey Johansing through heartbreak

“Then my heart with pleasure fills/And dances with the daffodils”—William Wordsworth It was an amazing stroke of fortune. I half thought about simply deleting a PR email without investigating the contents. Well, you know, time is at a premium, especially at the throbbing centre of a sprawling media operation, such as this blog. Talk about […]

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Reasons to look forward to the Appocalypse

Ben Narcis has released a new EP, featuring the savagely satirical ‘Appocalypse’, and will play at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington this Friday (June 16). The band sold out the same venue for their debut performance just a few months ago so book now. Ben Narcis (formerly a midnight barber) For those not in […]