Why not invite your favourite independent musician to play for your friends family and his fans in your front room, I’ll be surprised if he/she won’t show up sometime this year and play for you, let me know about it and if The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile is loose is near enough we’ll come and broadcast it too. If you would like to help keep the wheels on the Hub and on The Moose become a patron at
Happy Hosting, Happy New Year - Rob Ellen
Hi; I'm first and foremost a music fan who loves going to gigs and concerts and discovering new talent. My taste is spectacularly eclectic although I passionately dislike Opera and Jazz!
I first started reviewing in 1997 when I saw a band called The Cosmic Rough Riders in a basement bar in Glasgow. I thought they were 'the future' and felt the need to tell the world. They weren't but my words and opinion got printed in a proper magazine. I was subsequently asked to become a staff writer and have gone on to produce work for a variety of publications in the UK and the Colonies.
Although my wife thinks I'm a Music Snob; because I have such strong opinions, I actually try to find something good in everything I review, even if it's not a genre I'm really comfortable with.
My first love is the Blues in all its' guises but I have regular dalliances with Country, Americana and good quality singer-songwriter too.
99% of my reviews are written from the heart without the aid or influence of the Press Release that accompanies a disc - I'm still a fan at heart.
The Maverick Americana Music Festival is rapidly approaching and early visitors can get to attend the Americana Music Association's 2nd Annual U.K. Conference on Friday. This is an important thing for all of us who love this type of music, although I still find it difficult to describe Americana to non-music fans--it is such an all-encompassing genre, as is No…Continue
Posted on June 1, 2014 at 11:05
I’m not a fan of Stadium gigs or even Arena’s so Festivals with their lack of seats, facilities, long distance view of the stage and generally inclement weather have never appealed to me; but several years ago Maverick Magazine (whom I write for) launched their and probably the UK’s first 100% Americana Festival.
Posted on June 1, 2014 at 11:00
Panoramic post-modern Folk songs from seasoned Irish songwriter
Kevin Doherty first found fame and (hopefully) fortune with the Irish, Folk Supergroup Four Men and a Dog, who recorded…Continue
Posted on May 30, 2013 at 18:42
Stacie Collins and the Al-Mighty Band
Blue Rose/CD Baby/Amazon
This just may be the oddest album that I’ve ever had to review; as I’ve technically already reviewed it before; because I was at the concert!
SHININ’ LIVE is…
Posted on May 22, 2013 at 19:02