Category Archives: Musicology

The Lost Musical Memories of Merthyr Tydfil

This week I have been preparing for the week of activities we are doing as part of this years Being Human Festival. This work will include capturing memories of community members who remember the years 1955-1975 in addition to getting … Continue reading

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The Last Ship: A Universal Phenomena?

It was fantastic news to hear this week that Sting’s The Last Ship will be touring the UK next year. After a short run on Broadway and a recent version launched in Turku Finland, this production will be especially adopted … Continue reading

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Lost And Found: Recollecting Popular Music Memories in Merthyr Tydfil

Just to let everyone know of a great free music event that is taking place in Merthyr Tydfil on November 25th at Theatre Soar. Thanks to funding from the Being Human Festival and a  large number of external partners, this … Continue reading

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Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold Released

Well, after three years, my Sting book From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold was released last Tuesday. In order to launch the book, I did a couple of events this week in Sting’s hometown of Newcastle – where else! … Continue reading

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There Are Great Guitarists – Then There Was Allan Holdsworth

I sit here on bank holiday Monday reflecting on the death of Allan Holdworth yesterday at the age of 70. I first heard of Allan in 1977 when I had just started playing music. He had a very minor feature … Continue reading

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Memories of Merthyr Popular Music: Dai Shell

I am currently working toward putting on an exhibition in Merthyr Town Hall on the history of popular music in the town between 1955-1975. As a taster, here are a few short digital stories from ex Sassafras member Dai Shell. … Continue reading

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Man: Welsh Progressive Rock in Merthyr

When I was growing up in Newcastle during the 1970s, one of may favorite bands was Man. In fact, like many people, when CDs emerged in the late 1980s I disposed of much of my vinyl records (stupidly), but my … Continue reading

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