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: 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: Mike Kennedy [Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter] The word ‘legend’ is used too freely these days but as a drummer there are a few drummers that I would class in that category. There’s Steve Gadd, Jim Keltner, Billy Cobham and Ringo – but one drummer in particular…

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Words: Jeremy Gluck Guest Writer (Director, Welsh Connections/SWND Records – Musician – Artist) Yes, you read that correctly. Our good friend at SWND Records in Wales, Jeremy Gluck has gone above-and-beyond in his latest music journalism escapade. Shunning the ho-hum, standard Q&A format foisted upon bands, dear Jeremy presented Welsh band We’ve Come To Steal…

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Words: Matt Innes Australian singer-songwriter, MADCAP Global Music’s own, John Rowe has hit the airwaves in Wales, featuring as a guest of Mike Kennedy on his popular radio show ‘The Welsh Connection’. John appears on ‘The Welsh Connection’ to discuss and preview his latest album ‘Gifting The Proletariat’ (available here). Click here to listen now.…

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      Words: Mike Kennedy [Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter] It’s been one whole, crazy and disturbing year since the release of ‘Life In General’, the debut EP from valley-boys, The Rivers. In twelve months that’s seen worldwide political turmoil, uncertainty and a pandemic – with all…

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‘Goldilocks’ is the third album from Welsh alt-Americana group The Cosmic Array and one that certainly lives up to its title. At the risk of eliciting an exasperated sigh, this album is ‘just right’. Having cultivated a unique folk niche for themselves on two previous albums, The Cosmic Array assert their songwriting prowess on ‘Goldilocks’…

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