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MGMB NHS Support / Interview with Ally Dickaty

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 NHS Support / Interview with LONGY

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 NHS Support / Interview with BANNERS

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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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.”

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…

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Getting To Know The Yada Yada Yadas

Inspired by 90’s US alt rock, Durham based trio The Yada Yada Yadas arrived on the music scene 18 months ago and swiftly became the darlings inside the alt rock / fuzzy pop sound sphere. Delivering fresh and appealing noise, BBC 6 Music took notice after they unleashed their debut single Oceans, leading onto playing a bunch of shows and festivals over the past few months as well as putting out a nostalgic new single Seven Years via Silent Kid Records. According to the band’s singer Mark, we can look forward to a couple of new tracks before the release of their debut EP later this year.

So what else did I find out about The Yada Yada Yadas…

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