Author: Tim Martin

Martin Byrne has been playing and recording since the 1980s with bands including Thule from 1989-96. he started recording again as The Big Boss in 2014 and the fourth album In Transit came out on 3rd September. One of the lead tracks on In Transit is 4.02 to Destination. Am I right in thinking that […]

One of the ways I’ve kept dog food on the table over lockdown is buying and selling secondhand CDs. You may be surprised to find that there is still enough of a market to make this worthwhile, but in the music collecting world there is.  I talked about the discs that crop up regularly in […]

Pennan Brae is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter influenced by the Rock & Roll of the 1970s and 80s. He’s just released his 8th studio album, ‘Lit’. You might think that in 2021 the possibilities of the guitar bass drums format had been played out. In fact, there is something highly refreshing about it. In an age […]

Every decade brings its new favourite bands and albums. But they can get forgotten fast as taste moves on and new heroes appear. I love looking on the CD shelves of charity shops. You never know what you’re going to find. There was the Jazz collection in a shop in Bristol, the pile of great […]

I’m getting fed up with complaining about 2020. We all know what it’s been like so let’s talk about the music. December has been a really good month for releases. Normally it’s all about Christmas music and anything good either gets buried under a ton of tinsel or held back until the new year. First […]

One of the positive things to come out of the carnage handed out to the music industry in 2020 was the Lockdown album.   You know you have a phenomenon on your hands when Kylie’s management put out a statement that “the star [was] forced to buy recording equipment and learn computer software so she […]

Independent Artists Need Your Support   On the Twitter a few weeks ago Alec Bowman, a folk musician and photographer published his royalty statement. To say it made woeful reading would be an understatement of epic proportions.     What I’ve Been Up To Lately Getting married to Josienne Clarke, documenting St. Peter’s Seminary, shooting […]

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