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December 9, 2017

Stoke on Trent Artist, Gillie Nicholls: Performer, Ceramist, Sculptor

From early childhood beginnings in Northwood Hanley, artist, Gillie Nicholls has sought to capture the essence of what it is to live in and around the Six Towns. Her family worked in the pottery indus...

October 28, 2017

The Northern Soul:

Stoke on Trent: Creating Success from Failure

Sometimes I feel I've got to, run away, I've got to get away’. So, sang Gloria Jones on the original 1965 version of, Tainted Love, a Northern Soul anthem that synth duo, Soft Cell would later turn into a...

December 13, 2016

"Living, I loved her dearly and I shall never cease to love her in death." Edward 1st

This song was originally inspired after I read an article about the marriage between King Edward 1 and Queen Eleanor of Castile. Theirs was an arranged marriage but one which, accordin...

December 10, 2016

The Zen Kick - 2012 Shenzhen China/2008 Lhasa Tibet            

Gary Hurlstone

The October Lijiang Snow Mountain Music Festival was to blame. Too many good bands, celebration, fun times—too much cold weather and … By Chri...

October 16, 2016

Jamie Parkes let's the cat out of the bag

As I approach the end of the first year of being a part of “The Idioms” and stare down the barrel of the future, I thought I’d give my take on the experience and why it’s been so much fun for me so far.

Working with Gillie and Ga...

September 26, 2016

Chasfest said more about the time honoured village green jamboree than the hedonistic excess of rock and roll. Replete with bouncy castle, coconut shire and tables laden with pink cup-cakes its quirky rural quaintness made for a frivolous and jolly afternoon of celebra...

July 20, 2016

All life forms gathered for the annual Buddhafield celebration, resplendent in feathers and gowns, sometimes unclothed and unabashed. United, an urban jangle of mid life crusties, brave travelling souls, circus wildlife and stockbroker burnouts shared a few acres of De...

June 2, 2016

Unsure of quite how to describe what we do, we decided to create a new category. If you like your folk music a little on the alternative side then morph into someone comfortable and beam down to take a listen. All life forms welcome.

May 7, 2016

May 29th at the crossroads of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire at 1pm outside stage next to the Shroppie Fly. The Audlem Festival is an annual music and arts festival which has run in the South Cheshire village of Audlem since 2000. There's music to suit all tast...

April 25, 2016

 

Hay Day, Coombes Valley July 2nd 2016

 

Coombes Valley, for those not familiar with the area, is a stretch of Staffordshire countryside (UK) that still remains a best kept secret, even from many locals. As a boy I unsuccessfully fished for trout in the Coombes Brook. La...

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