Month: August 2015

The Charlatans UK Tour December 2015

The Charlatans UK Tour December 2015 – has tickets on sale. The tour includes a Cardiff Tramshed date on December 9, 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com and gigsandtours.com The band are on the crest of a wave after the success of their recent Modern Nature album see review...

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The Velvet Overground.

by Rob Jones The Velvet Coalmine Festival weds the history and culture of our valleys with film, literature, music and more! Former Tonypandy Comprehensive School student Rhian Elizabeth and renowned Rhondda novelist Rachel Trezise spearhead the written word element. Rhian has written the acclaimed novel ‘Six Pounds Eight Ounces’ (published by Seren Books in 2014) and the superseding ‘Our Cardboard Binoculars’ which appeared in the Wales Arts Review: A Fiction Map of Wales Anthology. Rachel will actually interview Rhian at the festival on Sunday, September 6. Dub War (who have played Ystrad Rhondda RFC), Glen Matlock (who has played...

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The Ramones are brats on the beat!

By Rob Jones The nascent punk scene in an early to mid 70’s New York City threw up an array of players but The Ramones were the band that defined the new rebel rock. The fast, furious, bubblegum, blast of this full leather jacket experience was the catalyst to a host of heroes that were to follow as the decade unfolded on either side of The Atlantic. On the back of their eponymous debut album released on Sire in 1976 The Ramones set out on a global assault that was to take in over 2000 gigs in a 22...

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World of Words up in the air.

by Rob Jones World of Words (WOW) assist 7 to 11 year olds with their confidence and self esteem via the mediums of literacy and language. The well being scheme has helped over 2000 children in 19 schools and the programme returns to action at several educational institutions during 2015/16. WOW wishes to thank Penygraig resident Paul Stevens (Screw) for his colossal courage and immense industry on completion of a successful sky dive at Swansea Airport. Paul lost close to three stones in order to complete his fundraising act and the support of his family and friends also deserves...

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Patti plays.

By Rob Jones A few months on from the arrival of her epic Horses album and Patti Smith is on stage in San Francisco. It is February 1976 and a seminal sonic storm is starting to soar. Bicentenary Blues released on Good Ship Funke has Patti display positive elements from her own catalogue but she honours those forces that helped shape this aural assault. That means that this performance CD originally recorded for FM Radio also has Smith cover tunes by the likes of The Who, Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. The sound quality is not always of...

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