Words: Jeremy Gluck Guest Writer (Director, Welsh Connections/SWND Records – Musician – Artist) Coming up comfy in the suburbs of Ottawa – at that time still loveably pocket-sized – at fifteen, haunting the deletion bins of the record stores downtown one day began a strange manifestation. Out of nowhere, usually for 99 cents each –…

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Words: Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night with Mike Kennedy Take an escape to nature with ‘Nature’s Light’, the new album from Blackmore’s Night. Blackmore’s Night is the musical pairing of founding Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, a talented lyricist and musician. As well as sharing a life together, they also…

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Words: Matt Innes The music industry is mourning the loss of guitarist Dion Hirini, who passed away unexpectedly last week. Dion had been on tour with Row Jerry Crow band and passed away from a heart condition while travelling home from one of the shows in regional Victoria on 12 March. Born in New Zealand…

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Words: Matt Innes The sudden passing of Australian music industry icon and founder of Mushroom Records Michael Gudinski has left a gaping hole in many hearts. Michael reportedly passed away peacefully in his sleep overnight [1 March], at the age of 68. To those who knew him personally, Michael was a cunning entrepreneur, earning the…

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Words: Matt Innes Success doesn’t come easily as an independent artist, but the hard work is paying off for Queensland singer-songwriter Lecia Louise. Lecia’s latest single, ‘My Everything’ has found its way to the top of the triple J Unearthed charts across all genres. “I was pretty excited,” Lecia says. “It was in the charts…

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Words: Jeremy Gluck Guest Writer (Director, Welsh Connections/SWND Records – Musician – Artist) Given the self-declared propensity for “glittery goodness” of Femmebug – the alter ego of Swansea-born Caitie Inson – perhaps it’s not a coincidence that her debut EP ‘Comfortable Place’ was released on 14 February, the alter ego of Valentine’s Day. “My future…

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Words: Mike Kennedy [Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter] It was an unexpected phone call – and a voice from the past – that was the catalyst for the UK’s Christmas number-one in the iTunes chart last year. When the Emmy-nominated, and BAFTA Award-winning composer, Mark Thomas received a…

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Words: Jeremy Gluck Guest Writer (Director, Welsh Connections/SWND Records – Musician – Artist) Cultural Context Ambassador’s note: ‘Cymru’ is ‘Wales’, in Welsh! Beat that, lingo-nerds! My excuse for a hyperventilated Hüsker Dü fanboy rant disguised as a Feverjaw feature. One of my chief regrets regarding my high-octane hack halcyon days – my greatest being having…

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Words: Matt Innes Godfather of Shock Rock Alice Cooper has revealed details of his latest album, titled ‘Detroit Stories’ in an homage to his hometown. We get the first taste of ‘Detroit Stories’ on Friday 13 November with lead single ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. The album proper is due for release on 26 February 2021 and…

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