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Back in the far distant late 1980's when I was still a teenager I entered the sixth form at Larkmead School to undertake my A Levels. There were many new things to understand and get to grips with. New levels of personal responsibility in studying for one which, to be...

The Apocalypse Music Quiz

Album-CoversDownload First-Lines-Quiz-SheetDownload Well, it looks like we are going to be shut indoors for quite sometime. Jigsaws being done. Netflix being completed (is there levels like Pacman or Angry Birds to achieve?) Batch cooking. Listening to all those...

Album Review: Shuffle And Go – Fairport Convention

It must be very tempting for bands of a certain vintage to rest on their laurels, to sit back and maximise the pension plan with endless tours of all the old favourites. To present those well loved songs to an adoring public who'll pay good money regularly year after...

Album Review: Old Wow – Sam Lee

The world of presenting traditionally influenced music is a tricky one. On one hand, it is traditional music and therefore to do anything but slavishly adhere to the commandments of that genre is to risk releasing the wrath of those for whom the slightest deviation is...

The Jezzie Award of 2019 – Top 30 Countdown

In 2019 I listened to over 150 albums. Most I enjoyed, and even those I didn't I found something to enjoy in them. So it was an unenviable task to filter them down to my favourite 30. However, after an enjoyable time re-listening and revisiting many of those albums I...

The Tarka Blowpig Music Show – Press Release

The Tarka Blowpig Music Show on Radio Bicester Since the start of the New Year I have been in discussions with Samuel Isaacs, CEO and Founder of Radio Bicester’s parent organisation yWe Media, about changes to the way that the organisation publishes content. There are...

Show 62: The Pierce Brothers

Jack and Pat Pierce - The Pierce Brothers http://www.radiobicester.co.uk/tarkablowpig In an exclusive interview from the O2 Academy in Oxford presenter Jez is joined by twin brothers, Jack and Pat Pierce, as they embark on their first headlining UK tour. Listen in as...

Ginger Baker: 19th August 1939 – 6th October 2019

Ginger Baker Back in 2005 I bought tickets, somewhat against what I thought was my better judgement, for the reunion of 1960's supergroup Cream. Mainly this was due to a number of disappointing solo Eric Clapton performances I had witnessed. However, I needn't have...

Show 61: Matt Stevens of The Fierce And The Dead

http://www.radiobicester.co.uk/tarkablowpig Join presenter Jez Denton as he discusses live albums, bravery in album creation, soundtracks and Eddie Van Halen with guitarist Matt Stevens of the brilliant band The Fierce And The Dead as they release their new live album...

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