Lurking with Arturo

ARTHUR Billingsley was carving out a decent career for himself as the main man with country psychobilly act the Blubbery Hellbellies in The 1980s – before a chance meeting with a German... Read more »

Charity gig for Small Fakers tribute

THE Small Fakers may be a tribute act, but they achieved something original band Small Faces never did – taking the classic album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake out on the road. The... Read more »

Katie Bradley comes to Woking for Surrey Americana Festival

KENT singer-songwriter Katie Bradley came into the spotlight with her 2012 iTunes blues hit I Hear The River, which received a nomination for Best Original Song in the British Blues Awards, which... Read more »

Surrey Americana Festival

LOCAL, national and touring US acts are heading to Woking this month for the Surrey Americana Festival. About 20 acts have been lined up for the event, which will take place at... Read more »

Zounds’ lucky breakdown

WHEN a band’s touring van breaks down it could spell disaster, but for Zounds it turned out to be their biggest stroke of luck. “By sheer chance we broke down at the... Read more »

A touch of Menace

THE punk rock ethic that “anyone can do it” can rarely have had more resonance than for London four-piece Menace. The band had spent most of 1976 on a gruelling tour of... Read more »

Proud Jackfest team presents cheque to children’s hospice

THE organisers of a charity gig at the Fiery Bird in Woking have presented the Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice with a cheque for £2,490 and 46p. The money was raised at... Read more »

Making new music strikes Chord with songwriter Pope

IN 1980 The Chords were leading lights of the British mod scene, hitting the Top 50 with a string of hit singles and touring the world, but they burnt out after just... Read more »