New Life – An Interview With Speak And Spell

After last January’s sell out gig at St Paul’s and a performance at Glastonbury festival in the summer, SPEAK AND SPELL, Europe’s leading Depeche Mode tribute band, bring their explosive show back to St Paul’s on Saturday the 27th of January.

Speak and Spell do much more than play by numbers and strive to recreate the passion, energy and emotion of a Depeche Mode gig, a feat that they more than achieve. There are very few tickets left, make sure not to miss out, it’s the closest thing to seeing Depeche Mode in the flesh.

I caught up with Keith, Paul and Tony this week to talk about their favourite DM songs, synths and what it was like to play at Glastonbury.

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Interview with Nigel Clarke – Dodgy

Staying Out For The Summer – Dodgy Come To St. Paul’s, Worthing

In the mid 1990’s at the peak of “Britpop”, Dodgy the bottle blonde, midlands band with a bag full of feel good songs such as “Good Enough” and “Staying out for the summer” tried to meld their engagement with social issues, love of the sound of the 60’s and insidious earworms to create the perfect pop moment.

I managed to catch up with lead-singer and songwriter Nigel Clarke as he prepared to play at the Lytham festival, to talk about Worthing, song writing and why it would be great to be a Castaway with Aphex Twin.

What comes across throughout the interview is that as well as being a really genuine, grounded guy, Nigel still loves being in a band and really enjoys playing live.

After some initial small talk we got down to some questions.

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Always the Sun- Hugh Cornwell live at St Paul’s Worthing

Always the Sun- Hugh Cornwell, Live at St Pauls Worthing October 19th 2017

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It takes a lot to get people out on a rainy October Thursday, so it says something about the growing reputation of St Pauls and the pulling power of Hugh Cornwell, that an almost sold out crowd witnessed a fantastic solo acoustic gig from the former Stranglers front man.

Returning to Worthing after two years, Hugh gave us two sets of re-imagined songs, old and new, including a couple  from a yet to be released album, which has as its theme, songs for  those  perhaps previously unheralded individuals whom Hugh feels need songs written about them.

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Ruby and the Revelators – People get ready.

People Get Ready –  Ruby and the Revelators at  St Pauls Worthing October 13th 2017.

Those familiar with St Paul’s will know it is a venue that does  intimate, acoustic gigs very well, but tonight the roof was well and truly blown off by Funk/ Soul/Blues five piece Ruby and the Revelators.

Supported by The Stash Deejays who filled the floor with Northern Soul, Blues, R and B and Soul classic, Ruby and the band took to the stage for the first of two energetic sets.

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Interview with Hugh Cornwell- The Stranglers and beyond

Get a Grip – An Interview with Hugh Cornwell.

In the two years since he last played St Paul’s Worthing, a very busy Hugh Cornwell has completed a soon to be released album, has toured extensively, collaborated with Dr. John Cooper Clarke on both a tour and an album, curated his website Mr Demille FM and started a whole raft of potential projects some of which we talk about during this interview.

We chat about his new album, working with Tony Visconti, Brian Eno’s discovery of some lost Bowie sessions, on listening to Cliff Richard, how he puts together an album and how to structure a live set.

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Letting the Good Times Roll with Norman Jay MBE

Its not often the term Superstar DJ can be used and genuinely be descriptive, Norman Jay MBE has been bringing the good times for more than 50 years, playing his first ever set aged 8.

Rob Kelly spoke to him prior to his return to St Paul’s on Friday September 8th. Discussing early influences, not being tied to a single genre and being a positive role model at a time when we need just such a thing.

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Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpets) – Interview

Ok, so what’s better than a quick chat with one of the leading lights of the “Madchester” scene? I’ll tell you what, a long rambling chat over a couple of hours; Much of which is unprintable, some of it probably libellous, and some of which will appear in another longer blog in the near future.

I caught up with Inspiral Carpets vocalist Tom Hingley at the end of June as he was on his way to a gig in Barnsley, battling signal loss and drop outs we covered a fascinating range of topics, from music theory to the power and fickleness of the press, Dr Who, Brexit, Blake’s Seven and the joys of balancing parenthood with the role of a gigging musician.

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Pete Fij / Terry Bickers (22/7/17) – In Review

Not even the threat of heavy rain could dampen the spirits of Worthing’s music lovers who ventured out to St Paul’s for yet another wonderful evening of beautiful, melancholic songs delivered with passion and skill by a duo who have realised that sometimes it is the spaces in a song that really count.

In an era of talent show tat and quick buck mania, there are still artists who have the chops and the ability to engage with your emotions and lift your spirits.

Tell your friends, St Paul’s is fast becoming a leading venue for such talented songwriters and performers who appreciate the intimate nature of the room and feed on the interaction with the audience.

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Pete Fij / Terry Bickers

For those of us who still use a calendar, its time to take a big red pen and mark Saturday 22nd July as an event not to be missed.

St Paul’s Worthing is proud to host singer songwriters Pete Fij and Terry Bickers for an evening of stunningly beautiful Acoustic/Alt rock.

Worthing based auteur Pete Fij and Rye based Terry Bickers, the man the NME once called “a guitar god”, have had individually illustrious careers. Once feted and courted by the coolest record labels including Creation, One little Indian, Rough trade, and Cherry Red.

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Synthesize Me – Bleep, Boings and Beautiful Noises: The Entire History of Electronic Music

Ok, cards on the table, a confession, as Todd Rundgren once put it, “I was born to synthesize “, from Hot Chip to chip tune, from OMD to IDM to EDM, from Eno to the Orb, the sheer variety of beats, rhythms and pulses has kept me hooked for years.

So with great anticipation I headed to St Pauls in Worthing on Friday for the return of iconic Club night “Synthesize me” promising an evening of “Bleep, Boings and Beautiful Noises: The Entire History of Electronic Music” and I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed. Brighton’s own Synthesize me has been bringing the noise since 2010 and it only gets better.

Decked out in full party mode with lights, giant mirror ball, balloons and cabaret style tables covered in sweets, St Pauls was ready for DJ Casper Gomez to get things started with a carefully considered vinyl mash-up; resplendent in western villain black cowboy hat his enthusiasm and love of the music soon filled the dance floor.

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