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ANDY SUZUKI AND THE METHOD

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This New York based band are a multi-cultural set of musicians, mainly fronted by half-Japanese, half-Jewish Andy Suzuki and Kozza Babumba, grandson of Grammy award winning Nigerian percussionist, Babatunde Olatunji.  These diverse backgrounds serve up a mix of styles, mainly but not tied to Folk, Blues and Rock!
The band formed at University when Andy met Kozza in 2005, in 2008 they enlisted violinist Jason Gorelick.  They released their first E.P. "300 Pianos" a year later and in 2012 released their second, "The Ghost Stories E.P.".  In 2011 they were selected as Manhattan's winner for WNYC's annual Battle of the Boroughs and also in 2012 they toured Brunei, sponsored by KFC and UBD FM.  The Brunei fans called themselves Methodons or Methodonnas! The band have been touring their shows around the US, building a solid fan club and have released their debut album, "Born Out Of Mischief", which was hotly anticipated by the music press and media.  Th…

LIVE GIG REVIEW - THE BRINDLEY PRESENTS THE FIREFLYS: STORYTELLERS! 13th June, 2015

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The Fireflys, for anyone living in a box over the last year are a great Runcorn band who I innocently found during my Music Journalism course assignment about Halton music when achieving my diploma.


I kind of owe a great deal to this band as they got me noticed as a serious reviewer and gave me the confidence to move on with this blog and beyond.  So the story goes, I review the band on this very blog, a few months later I contacted Music Insider Magazine in California, The Fireflys appeared in print.  My blog blossomed, these guys continually support me, so I continually support them.
So when the chance arose to go to my first gig in years, almost on my doorstep at The Brindley, Runcorn it was a no-brainer.   Including The Spase and Chasing Infinity, who I'd also covered in print for a "Cheshire Rocks" article in InCheshire and Prestbury Living magazines, it had to be done!
I decided to drag my brother Mike along, thinking he would appreciate an Acoustic gig as he has p…

DIANA BARASH

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Diana, born in Eastern Europe began her Classical music training at seven years old amidst the falling Soviet Union ruling.  Her influences have become wider with Jazz, R 'n B and pop after travelling across the world to base herself in L.A. in the USA.
The debut album, "Miracle Of Love" was released in 2013 and upon first listen you can hear a little Olivia Newton-John in her voice, a pure, sultry vocal.  Then you pick up a little Kylie or Delta Goodrem.  I am sure there are more influences hidden in this talented lady's library. Diana's songs provoke the listener to feel the emotions of love, hope and are delivered in such a soulful way it's hard not to relax and immerse yourself into the soothing lyrical delivery. The album has several tracks co-written with Sunny Paxson, the Jazz pianist and composer.  There are a couple of tracks with that instant Jazz feel such as "After The Rain" and "Life" but also the soft and beautiful "Save…