It is hard not to notice the piles of wood, the shelves stocked full of books, tools, CDs and, of course, the skeletons of the violins themselves. Their simple elegant designs, all curves and decorative flourishes, are not yet finished, but still resemble a work of art even at thisContinue Reading

Thinking of spending the kid’s inheritance this autumn? Then why not take a look at our list of inspirations below? While the hopeless romantics among us may disagree, there are just three little words designed to send flutters through the heart of any man: cars, cigars, guitars. What else couldContinue Reading

With rumours of vinyl’s demise greatly exaggerated, the wider music industry is adapting once again. Barnaby Dracup delves into the vinyl renaissance. Despite a panicky music industry throwing the baby out with the bathwater in its headlong rush to embrace emerging digital formats, it was the small independent labels thatContinue Reading

Northern soul remains one of the most enduring musical movements the UK has ever seen. Something strange happened in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Young men – mainly from working class backgrounds and fresh out of school – descended on northern cities such as Manchester, Blackpool and Wigan forContinue Reading

Why wait until January 1st to make a resolution to follow your dreams? There is no time like the present. Sail Around The World Why would a 49-year old man swap a good job working at a bank in Sydney for eleven gruelling months at sea? This is a questionContinue Reading

Carlton Boyce argues that The Road Goes On Forever by Robert Earl Keen is probably the greatest song you’ve never heard of. The Road Goes On Forever by Robert Earl Keen is a country and western song, but please don’t let that put you off because it is a masterclassContinue Reading

In the first of a series of articles examining the lyrics behind well-known songs, Carlton Boyce takes a look at Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. Taken from their 1980 album Making Movies, the beauty of Romeo and Juliet for me is the way Mark Knopfler (who wrote the songContinue Reading

With rumours of vinyl’s demise greatly exaggerated, the wider music industry is adapting once again. Barnaby Dracup delves into the vinyl renaissance Despite a panicky music industry throwing the baby out with the bathwater in its headlong rush to embrace emerging digital formats, it was the small independent labels that keptContinue Reading