Spearmint close their latest chapter with a bang at The Water Rats

Spearmint triumphantly bowed out of their latest chapter at London’s Water Rats on Friday. The ‘jukebox’ gig, billed as the band’s last for a couple of years, saw the full span of Spearmint’s career covered in a set chosen by an online fan vote.

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So what have the Paul Weller band been up to recently?

The Weller camp have been busy this year having already released two albums, completed tours of the UK, Europe (twice), and starred in various sessions and interviews on radio and TV. The band are currently on a month-long North American tour before they head East in January to visit Japan and Australia for two consecutive nights at the Sydney Opera House. Then comes their February and March UK arena tour which finishes at London’s O2 Arena. Here’s a round-up of some of the projects Paul Weller’s band have been up to recently away from the band, plus some other juicy morsels of Weller information…

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The Andy Lewis Story

Six months ago today, an Instagram photo from Andy Crofts all but confirmed rumours that he was going to replace Andy Lewis on bass in Paul Weller’s band. Although I’ve now grown to love the new band setup with Tom van Heel taking Crofts’ place on keys and the Moons frontman on bass, Andy Lewis is the bassist I associate with my earliest memories of seeing Weller’s band.

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Albums of the Year – 2015

Allow me to share with you my five highlights of the year in album form. The list is not exhaustive or exclusive to one genre or another, but click on the videos, explore a bit further if you like what you hear, and enjoy the soundtrack to my year!

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Man in a Small World: John Howard and the Night Mail – Review

“Hey darling, what did we promise ourselves all those years ago?”

John Howard and the Night Mail – Self Titled (Tapete Records) 9/10

The story of silver tongued pianist John Howard began in the mid 1970s, the decade in which his contemporary Elton John first topped the UK album and singles charts. Howard, however, was not so fortunate. His LP Kid in a Big World was never the hit many pundits expected it to be, some believing this was down to homophobia still rife in the music industry which severely inhibited any chance of radio play. Two unreleased albums later, and Howard left his label. After releasing a few singles, Howard went behind the scenes into A&R, recording only occasionally. Re-releases of his first three albums in the early 2000s saw a new light shone upon John Howard and he decided to return to the studio in front of the mic, releasing a number of albums up to the present day.

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