Issue 220 – April 2020

Well the shutters came rattling down as we went to press. Instantly making some of our content this month redundant, but such is life.

With the live music scene closed the artists still need to bring in an income, so if you were going to see an artist during the month (see our gig guide) why not get along to their website and buy a CD or a T-shirt to help keep the funds flowing.
In this month’s magazine we get some background on Mark Flanagan, Hannah Wicklund and Mike Zito all of whom you would have been able to see in the coming month, but I’m sure there will be opportunities again in the future and now you’ll be better informed. There’s some interesting news from Brits in Northern Cyprus where they are starting up a new Festival, lets hope we can get there by June. Shaun keeps blowin’ up a storm with part three of his series on Harmonicas and on this occasion getting the right amp for your sound.
Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have a new album, we get the full lowdown and we introduce you to George Jack.
Clearly for the near future Album reviews and radio shows will be the way forward, in addition some artists are organising online festivals, selling music in new ways - personalised streaming of solo shows and new collaborative album projects are starting, all available on social media and internet video channels.
Until next month, keep healthy and enjoy yer blues at home!
Paul Stiles
Editor