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Hanksters and friends supporting perinatal mental health

News

An open air truck gig at Ryton Pools to support an event for perinatal mental health. Thanks to Stephen Boyer for getting the scratch band together.

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Make you mine

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Make you mine, the first solo release from Dean Dovey, is a big, big romantic ballad.  Delivered with warmth and conviction, it builds from a delicate piano-tinged introduction to a powerful orchestral arrangement.

Listen carefully and you'll hear some serious songwriting chops. Here's an example, "When the pain is gone, the batttle's won, I see your surrender in the whites of your eyes." There's more craftsmanship in the production with subtle dynamics, a memorable hook, sensitive piano work and bold string arrangements.


Here's what Dean has to say:


My first solo release is here! "Make You Mine" produced, mixed and mastered with Jason Edwards of Majestic Splendour Studio and also features Kris Halpin on piano. Footage shot around Pooley Country Park #KeepingItLocal



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Line up for Leamington Beer and Music Festival 2019

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13 and 14th September. Come along for top local music, great beer and serious street food.

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Blues Extra caught in the act

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Remember Summer? Here's Blues Extra with an evocatve take on Don't believe a word at Napton festival.


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Alan's memorial igg

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Another amazing fundraiser production from Peter Drew with sets from The Hepsters, Carrick, The Intruders, Woodstock 68 and The Jolly Rogers.  

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Clemency at the Warwick Beer Festival

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Richly textured grooves, emotive vocals and powerful original material. Every time I hear this set, it evokes Renbourn, Jansch, McShea and co. but sharpened by a contemporary social and musical perspective.

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From the back catalogue

Ubergine at Warwick Beer Festival Summer 2019

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Ubergine at the 2019 Summer Warwick Beer festival.
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John Storer, Lesley Minchella-Storer and Kirsty Minchella-Storer at Warwick Beer festival summer 201

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A lively, polished and engaging set of folk and pop with some notable guitar work on Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well.
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Free Galaxy at the Leamington Peace Festival

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This Fathers' Day lark is pretty good and I certainly didn't turn my nose up at a Dad-size bacon butty and a fresh bottle to add to the ...
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Community cafe at the Hod Carrier

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I do love the headine gigs with the monster sound systems, massive lighting rigs and legendary names - but they're not the whole picture.
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Ubergine at Temperance

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Haunting vocals over compelling rhythms and dancing basslines.
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Rich Keogh at Temperance

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Blind faith at Temperance - 1

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Hot Music Live talks to Andy Holdcroft about Hot Music Live Presents

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In a nutshell, what is Hot Music Live Presents all about?It's a showcase for musicians from Coventry and Warwickshire.
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Swing from Paris at Coffee #1 Warwick

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Swing frm Paris play gypsy jazz in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stefan Grapelli, fiery, driven and joyful.
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Lode4 at the Somerville

Review

On a cold winter night, it's so good to be curled up in a cosy pub with great company.
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Dreaming of Rock and Roll with Andrew Lock

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One of the great things about our local scene is the mutually beneficial collaboration between photographers and performers.
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Photographer Andrew Andrew Lock in the news

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It's cool when someone takes a decent photo of your act.
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The Lounge Club at the Leamington Beer and Music festival 2018

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For a sophisticated latin-tinged jazz combo, the Lounge Club clearly knew when to turn on a rock and roll attitude to complement the 75+ beers and ...
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I want three volunteers, you, you and you

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Of course, you can crack open your piggy bank, walk into any W.
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Letitia George at Leamington Pride

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A powerful and engaging performance from Letitia George at Leamington Pride.
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Hot Music Live introducing....

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On 20th October, we'll be hosting an exciting and eclectic lineup of local acts at the Zephyr Lounge.
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Crokodile tears - Hippies in plain clothes

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In the classic rock arena, it's the epic themes that matter, burning casinos, the desperate camaraderie of the battlefield and the countdown to ...
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Chasing Deer at Art in the Park 2018

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An upbeat set of well-chosen classics and catchy melodic originals.
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Album review: Oh, silly me by BiiJ

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A women gently chides herself for a missed opportunity.
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Jazz jam at the Somerville

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A great nights' jamming with the Loungers, the Clubbers and their guests tackling tunes from the Great American Songbook through to modal ...
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Alternative sounds 2

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Checklist:  please tick all that apply.
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SugarDaddies Blues Party

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Very much at home in the snug charm of the Somerville arms, the Blues Party sits comfortably between a classy blues gig and a flexible session.
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Grand Central Big Band at Brackley

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Here are all 20 of the  Great Central Big Band who deliver bold, sophisticated Mike Kemp arrangements of jazz standards from the big band era and ...
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From Howling Wolf to Spaghetti Westerns: a conversation with Blues Extra

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Five against one sounds like risky odds.
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Cara Pickering and The Gallery nominated for Kenilworth Worthies business awards

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We're lucky to have many active music venues in our area.
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Walking the dog; we chat to Paul Swanson about learning and teaching guitar

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Fearlessly challenging the boundaries of community journalism, I'm chatting to Paul Swanson while being hassled round Leamington's Jephson ...
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Deja Vu and friends at the Somerville

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Somewhere in the indeterminate zone between a gig and a jam session, Deja Vu and friends featured a brace of energetic Dejas, Midweeks and ...
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2017 band fees survey

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Here are the results of the Hot Music Live musician fees survey for 2017.
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Bash Street Blues Band at the Somerville

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Frankly, it's a bit of a shock to stroll into the Somerville on a Thursday and see a line of Marshals and Fenders rather than the usual ...
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Hot Music Live talks to Rob Low at Enterlude

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It may be a chilly November afternoon but here in Rugby's lively Bacco bar I'm getting warmed up by a lively discussion with Robert Low.
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All blues - SugarDaddies' Blues Revue at the Zephyr

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How many shades of blue can you imagine? From the cool tints of gospel to the bold hues of R&B, In the moment's blues revue lit up the full ...
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Miss Songbird at Art in the Park

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Soulful, cool jazz with a hint of vintage, the excellent Miss Songbird and friends at Art in the Park.
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Chris Gibbons trio at Scally Ally

Navigating the subtle currents between blues and jazz, the Chris Gibbons delivered a stand out set that combined technical sophistication with ...
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We talk to Peter Drew about Music for Myton 2017

The sun's out and the Hot Music Live team have emerged from their winter caves to soak up some fine festival vibes at Party in the Dell, Scally ...
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Sam Powell Blues Band at the Party in the Dell

The Party in the Dell is a fabulous intimate community event at Leamington's Dell Park.
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We review Chasing Deer's new EP Moving On

Us lucky, lucky people at Hot Music Live got to check out the new Moving On EP from Chasing Deer.
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The dark art of chasing down gigs

Forming a band is about as straightforward as wrestling a well-greased python.
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Hot Music Live talks to Chasing Deer

With a new home in West London and plans for tours in Europe, the U.
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Hot music live chats to local live music photographers

We're lucky in the Hot Music Live area to have not only a lively scene but also an enthusiastic community of music photographersOf course, a ...
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We chat to Returned To The Earth

We caught up this week with Robin Peachey, front man and main songwriter for Nuneaton alternative indie-rockers Returned To The Earth.
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We chat to Scott Ferry about the Leamington Beer and Music Festival

The Leamington Beer and Music Festival has become one of the landmark events in the local musical year.
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The Musical Memories Cafe

This is pretty much the perfect gig.
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Deja Vu at the Somerville

A deliciously authentic selection from the Real Book by Deja Vu with a generous serving of Swing and a complementary side of spicy Bossa.
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Embryonix at Moreton Morrell Party in the Park

An exemplary survey of rock through the ages from Embryonix and guest harp man John Richards for the late night slot at Moreton Morrell's Party ...
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Andi Wolf at Moreton Morrell

Here's the very stylish Andi Wolf sharing some classy jazz at a lovely free Party in the Park at Moreton Morrell.
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We chat to Sigourney Gowlett, Simon Button and Peter Drew about Whitstock 2016

So I'm sitting in the excellent Plough and Harrow and I'm talking to the owner, Sigourney Gowlett, together with super-promoter - and ...
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We catch up with Holly Hewitt

HML: Can you tell us about what you're up to on behalf of the Alzheimers Society? Why is this cause important to you and how can people ...
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Shanade EP launch at the Zephyr

Powerful, punchy songs delivered with passion and style.
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Martin Martel at the Zephyr

Supporting Shanade Morrow at the Zephyr Lounge.
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Richard Baker at Stratford Jazz

A top session of elegant grooves, melodic solos and cool tunes gathered from much further afield than the Real Book.
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Richard Baker Quintet at Stratford Jazz

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We catch Jabba Cartel at the Wild Boar

Psychologist Eleanor Rosch reckons we don't really understand categories.
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Jabba Cartel at the Wild Boar (Night of the musicians)

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The Empire at the Zephyr

You walk into the Zephyr and you take in the black paint, the vivid wallpapering of iconic rock posters, and the casual demarcation of stage and pit.
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This year it's going to be massive

In 2014, Peter Drew got 5 local acts together to raise money for Myton Hospice.
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Sam Powell Blues Band at the Oak

So there's at least a foot of breathing room between the closest jiving couple and the band.
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Hot Music Live chats to Ian Bourne

So I’m settled into a corner of the Town House with Ian Bourne who hosts not only the excellent Acoustic Tuesday at the Roadhouse but also a bunch ...
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