Kirk McElhinney: I think a lot of people are feeling uplifted by the message

Known for his soulful voice and insightful lyrics, Manchester based singer-songwriter Kirk McElhinney’s music combines a rich and vibrant mosaic of acoustic guitar picking that gives him a sound that is both unique and enticing. With new track, Ticking Clock, out from the new album, The Fountain caught up with Kirk to discuss new music, plans and live gigs.

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Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Utopia Avenue are not your average band, I mean for one they are head hunted by their manager to perform together. And Utopia Avenue is not your average novel set during the peak of the rock and roll, and psychedelic days, the inclusion of Dutchman Jasper de Zoet sees to that. David Mitchell’s most recent epic brings Soho to life, unique moments with Janis Joplin and other various prolific icons as well as camraderie and friendship like none other between Elf, Griff, Jasper and Dean, the four that make up Levon Frankland’s dream-team, Utopia Avenue.

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Review: Dance With Oti by Oti Mabuse and Samara Hardy

Over the festive period we were all captivated by the choreography by Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey during Strictly Come Dancing and with Oti’s debut book, we all have a chance to learn some moves to take to the ballroom. Well, certainly “The Bird Jive,” which is a dance that is suitable for young ones to learn alongside their parents. Slides, twists and flapping hands all feature so prepare to get physical with these wonderful new picture book with vibrant illustration from Samara Hardy.

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The Lovely Eggs: A pure DIY independent venue run by great people for all the right reasons

Back in the old world at the start of 2020, our psychedelic punk heroes The Lovely Eggs were primed to release their new album I Am Moron. Then, of course, the pandemic happened. The Lovely Eggs pushed ahead, and the album came out to critical-acclaim and indie chart-topping status, but their plans to tour it far and wide were obviously scuppered. At first, their UK tour was rescheduled to just two months later, thinking there’s no way the pandemic could last more than a few weeks….now they have new single out with I, Moron, collaborating with none other than Iggy Pop. The band spoke with The Fountain about working with Iggy as well as venues they cannot wait to start performing in.

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