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Ross Ainslie, Sanctuary

Sometimes – often – I get to review the most wonderful music, made by hugely talented people. And there is usually a fascinating story behind the songs chosen/written. Here, it’s a celebration of 5 years sober which is neither pious nor dull but a life-affirming joy. Listen.

ROSS AINSLIE – Sanctuary (Great White Records, GWR005CD)

The Strange Blue Dreams

I had the privilege of reviewing this self-titled album by Scottish band, The Strange Blue  Dreams for It was one of those serendipitous occasions when you’ve agreed to review a cd, but the cover art is a bit discombobulating & you’re not sure what you’re going to get. At first glance the cover looks like a slightly sci-fi arrangement of pipes and tubes. Second glance (with your glasses on) and you realise it’s an artfully shot staircase – but still no hint as to what’s inside. And, then you put it on the cd player and are blown away by an amazing band. Really, really worth checking this lot out.

THE STRANGE BLUE DREAMS – The Strange Blue Dreams (Holy Smokes Records, HSR006)

Sam Kelly – an interview for

To say I was surprised when folking’s editor, Dai Jeffries, asked me if I’d like to do an interview with Sam Kelly, is the very definition of understatement. I was torn between excitement and nerves, the nerves winning out as the appointed hour grew nearer. I distracted myself by diving into research, drawing up lists of questions and seeking advice from my son (another music writer, with lots of interview experience, these days).

Anyway, Sam proved to be a delightful interviewee, very generous with his time and conversation. He really made it easy for this newbie. Thanks, Sam!

Here’s the interview as published in

SAM KELLY talks to Folking’s Su O’Brien

And, a couple of weeks later, I spotted the record company’s promotional material now features  a quote from my interview (as well as from my colleague, Mike Davies’ album review), which is always gratifying.

Sam Kelly promotional image