Reviews – Albums/Gigs 2018

Here are links to Album and Live Show Reviews that I do for a number of media outlets in the UK and Ireland.  Click on the individual review title or Album Cover image to go to the publication.


New Model Army – Button Factory, Dublin – 07-12-2018

New Model Army – Button Factory, Dublin – 07-12-2018

As they approach their 40th Anniversary New Model Army still approach live shows with as much passion and energy as they always have and still have one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases of any band. This Winter Gathering show once again showcased tracks across the band career from the excellent most recent album Winter right back to the classic tracks from their early days, Terrific show from a band that continue to deliver the goods.



Rockingham 2018                                                            for      MidlandsRocks

Had the privilege to again cover the Rockingham Festival for my good friends at MidlandsRocks this year. Both reviewing and photographing, which certainly brings it’s own difficulties.

Review Rockingham Day 1 – Fri 19th October 2018

Vixen – Rockingham 2018


Review Rockingham Day 2 – Sat 20th October 2018

Review Rockingham Day 3 – Sun 21st October 2018

As always a really wonderful weekend of music and friends with some really stand out performances. And hopefully we will all be back again next year for more of the same.




White Widdow – Victory                                                 – for         RockPoserDotCom

Another cracking album from Aussie AOR maestros White Widdow out now on the AOR Heaven Label.




Midnite City – There Goes The Neighbourhood            for             RockposerDotCom

Brilliant second album and again a contender for Melodic Rock album of the year,  for a relatively new band they are certainly making their mark.




HRH Sleaze II  –   O2 Academy, Sheffield


Review – Day 1                    for        RockposerDotCom

LA Guns – HRH Sleaze II

Review   Day 2                    for        RockposerDotCom

Backyard Babies - HRH Sleaze II
Backyard Babies – HRH Sleaze II

Full Photo Galleries Day 1

Full Photo GalleriesDay 2




Sari Schorr – Never Say Never                   for              Firebrand

Brilliant follow up to 2016’s force of nature, such a wonderful voice in harmony with a group of exceptional musicians




Ben Poole – Anytime You Need Me               for          Firebrand

Absolutely cracking new album from Ben Poole, blues with soul, a little funk and a fresh sound, this one is really top notch.




Europe – Olympia, Dublin – 12-09-2018            for             Overdrive

Really brilliant show all around, support from the excellent King King and Europe were on fire, best I have seen them and that’s saying something. Joey’s voice is absolutely on the money right now and he’s loving it.




The Radio Sun – Beautiful Strange                     for    

These Aussie melodic monsters are releasing a high quality album ever 12 months, and this one certainly falls right into the mould, terrific right the way through.




Myles Kennedy – Academy, Dublin – 05-07-2018     –        for Overdrive

Myles Kennedy made a very welcome stop off in Dublin on his acoustic Tour, in support of the excellent Year Of The Tiger album. A sold out venue and a brilliant show.



The Dead Daisies – Burn It Down                                 –      for Firebrand

The Supergroup return with a new album to stamp their own brand on the rock world.




HRH Blues 4 – O2 Academy, Sheffield – 14th-15th-04-2018

King King – HRH Blues 4 – 15-04-2018

HRH Blues 4 –   Day 1

HRH Blues 4 –   Day 2




Maverick – Cold Star Dancer                                           for     RockposerDotCom

Improving with every release, Cold Star Dancer is the best thing they have done to date and still there is more to come.





No Hot Ashes – Limelight2, Belfast – 30-03-2018

No Hot Ashes – Limelight2, Belfast – 06-04-2018


Maverick – Limelight2, Belfast – 30-03-2018



REWS  – Whelans (Upstairs) – 23-03-2018




HRH AOR 6 – Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli – 8th-10th-03-2018            for        

Skid Row – HRH AOR 6 – 10-03-2018

HRH AOR 6 – Day 1

HRH AOR 6 – Day 2

HRH AOR 6 – Day3



Laurence Jones – The Truth                             for            Midlands Rocks

Awesome album from Laurence Jones, no doubt at all this will be in the Top 10 at year end.




Tankard – Hymns For The Drunk                      for                  Firebrand

Nicely put together compilation album, blending the classics with the newer music of one of best Germanic Thrash bands of all time. Hymns For The Drunk





Saintorment – Defective Mind                             for                  Midlands Rocks

Hard hitting modern Thrash from Latvia that doesn’t ignore it’s roots.







Blood Red Saints – Love Hate Conspiracies               for                Firebrand

Excellent and interesting new album from Blood Red Saints, taking a slightly different direction and still holding their melodic sound oh so well, definitely worth some of your attention this one. Cracking band.BLODD RED SAINTS - love hate conspiracies_3000x3000px





Ailafar – Heartbeat                            for                            

Greek AOR band Ailafar released their latest album towards the end of 2017, containing a guest appearance from none other than FM’s Steve Overland.







Best of 2017 – Midlands Rocks

My personal highlights and lowlights of last year along with those of my excellent colleagues at Midlands Rocks.