As the lockdown restrictions ease and the first steps to normality are being taken, MGMB’s series of interviews with musicians carries on with the aim to support our NHS workers in any way we can. And for most of us, music, art and entertainment have been the main saviours in quarantine. It is fundamental to have access to something that is hopeful, inspiring and real, and something that speaks to and resonates with us, such as the music and words of the Virginmarys‘ frontman Ally Dickaty.
With the band being on hold, it’s been a challenging period for Ally finding a new flow and doing his best to adapt to the sudden changes while turning to the stillness of the Northern countryside and staying true to what matters the most.
I caught up with him for an in-depth conversation about the current reality, music, mental health and what should we be asking ourselves as we move forward.
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MGMB’s series of music interviews continues with yet another phenomenal music artist LONGY, joining me on my mission to support our NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. If you are able to donate, please go to the link below our interview which will take you to the fundraising page.
A few years ago, I was introduced to Longy and his music by my beloved friend Rachel who is also a nurse, and it certaintly wasn’t hard to become magnetised by Longy’s authenticity, electric vocals and relevant and thought-provoking storytelling. He is one of the once seen and heard, never forgotten artists who, before the world went upside down, toured vigorously to connect with as many people as he could.
Being able to recharge during quarantine and look inwards, while also having a new single and EP on its way, there is no doubt that Longy is ready to move forward with a new wisdom and keep on saying what needs to be said through his genius craft of songwriting.
Read on to find out more…
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MGMB is back with a series of music interviews featuring amazing artists/bands joining me on a mission to support our NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. If you are able to donate, please do so at the link below this interview. Thank you!
Mike Nelson, known as BANNERS is a musician from Liverpool who has written one of my favourite records of 2019 called Where The Shadow Ends, which I highly recommend for your quarantine playlist. Currently self isolating in his apartment, Mike is working on new music and stays connected to the world through social media by regularly checking in with his fans via No One Knows Mike videos.
I got in touch with him to discuss our NHS, life in quarantine, latest acoustic video, mental health and how we are all in this together.
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When The Virginmarys announced their return with a new album Northern Sun Sessions and defined it as their best work to date, anyone who’s followed their musical journey over the years knows very well what they are capable of and such statement raises no eyebrows, only the purest excitement.
It’s a very special record that feels closest to the energy of our live performance than any before – Ally
The Macclesfield based band took matters into their own hands this time around and worked extremely hard on self-producing a true rock masterpiece that will outshine any other music release this year.
Continue reading Album Review / The Virginmarys – Northern Sun Sessions
Listening to Matthew Ryan‘s music is always a profound experience. There is something so strikingly real and compelling within the beautifully potent sound and voice of the Pennsylvania born singer-songwriter, something that engages with listeners as much as his words, wisdom, grace and all around humbleness. And it’s like an ultimate fuel for the soul that he shares with us fellow humans.
Matthew doesn’t hide his excitement about bringing his music and his band, The Northern Wires over to the UK, Ireland and Europe to join The Gaslight Anthem on their reunion tour in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of The ’59 Sound. And as Matthew is no stranger to the majority of this audience, I am sure that him and his band will receive a great welcome at each show.
A special headlining gig is set to take place at the Borderline venue in London on 30th July, and if you also wish to experience Matthew in a more intimate setting, make sure to catch one of his solo shows, starting on August 1st in Brighton.
I caught up with Matthew before he journeyed across the water to talk about the upcoming tour, music, life and the fire within…
Continue reading Matthew Ryan: “For as long as I’m compelled to write and sing, then I will write and sing. As long as it feels like fire.”