From Amadeus to Walk the Line, Bohemian Rhapsody to Sid & Nancy, musician biopics tend to go in and out of vogue; a big one comes along and spawns a whole bunch more and then the film industry moves on to a new theme, like sport or fashion. A common thread is that the subjects of such movies are invariably household names. Of course, in a parallel universe, seasoned London-cum-Madrid outfit, Morton Valence, is up there with Mozart, Johnny Cash, Freddie Mercury and, quite possibly, Sid Vicious in the recognition stakes. So, it is especially welcome news for those of us not on Planet Tharg that the illustrious combo is now getting into the film business. Its latest venture, a movie artfully ti


With apologies to The Fast Show’s Jesse, this week I have been mostly pondering collective nouns for birds. Our winged friends do have some weird phrases applied to them; names that are commonly archaic and oddly sinister. An asylum of cuckoos. A conspiracy of ravens. A murder of crows. An invisibleness of ptarmigans. The title of today’s piece could be a cryptic judgement on the present government’s handling of just about everything but instead cites the original spelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s late 14th century satirical poem, The Parliament of Fowls. The narrator relates a dream about a debate among a large flock of birds gathered to choose their mates. Despite a gamut of words and insults

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Music is a great passion of mine. In my teenage years I was an avid record collector and concert goer. Stints as a booking agent, running folk clubs, promoting gigs and even a crack at artiste management followed. While it never became my main occupation, music was always on my personal radar.


During the past 10 years I have written for the leading US music website Consequence of Sound and breakthrough act site, BestNewBands. I am a judge for Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition and have reviewed the festival for both the above sites.


Nothing gives me more pleasure than unearthing good, original new music and championing independent musicians. You’ll find many of them on this site alongside some legends of times past and I hope they will bring  you as much joy as they give me.

Tony Hardy



Covid-19 has rather put paid to them but may I commend:

Mondays at 8pm: Cressida Ford's Almost Acoustic Show on Radio Scarborough


Wednesdays at 6pm: Hattie Briggs - live stream on FB & Insta


Daily on Twitter: Tim Burgess' Listening Party

Anytime for great live sets: KEXP's YouTube channel Kingston store may be physically closed but please support online. Check out live streaming shows too!

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