Interviews from 24th June include Aynsley Lister, Paul Shuttleworth and both Peter Howarth of Hollies fame along with Michael Armstrong live in the studio.
When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 86,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.
Paul Shuttleworth is a former singer with The Kursaal Flyers, a British pop band formed in Southend-on-Sea in 1973. They are most famous for their 1976 single “Little Does She Know” which was a Top 20 hit. He was also part of The Ugly Guys, a band inspired by the country flavoured rock music coming out of California at the time from the likes of The Byrds and Gram Parsons’ Flying Burrito Brothers. Audience reaction to the band so far has been nothing short of ecstatic, receiving praise for their authentic singing and top notch soloing, so if you like Cosmic American Music – The Byrds, The Band, The Eagles or even Counting Crows – check out The Ugly Guys, they play like veterans but they rock like 18 year olds!
Peter Howarth is the current lead singer of the British band The Hollies, joining in October 2004. He replaced Carl Wayne, who died earlier in the year. The band’s original singer of over 35 years was Allan Clarke, who retired in 1999 As well as providing main vocals on the the Hollies’ classic hits on live shows, he is also known for his solo acoustic versions of Here I go again, the Bruce Springsteen song Sandy and I can’t tell the bottom from the top. Howarth provides lead vocals on The Hollies’ two most recent studio albums Staying Power (2006) and Then, Now, Always (2009/2010). Howarth was featured with live recorded versions of the Hollies’ hits The Baby and I Would Fly plus the studio version of the song Then, Now, Always on the Top 30 album charting album Midas Touch in 2010. Peter Howarth co-wrote the West End musical Robin Prince of Sherwood with 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn and performed as Roy Orbison in the musical Only The Lonely at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. He has worked with Fenn in the group Circle of 4.
Michael is an exciting new British talent, unashamedly raw, emotional and direct. On the outside are his. His songs strike you immediately as being well-honed classics, which have echoes of the crafted lyrics of Dylan and the musicality of The Eagles, Paul Carrack and Steely Dan. 2013 promises to be a busy year for Michael. He is touring the UK throughout the year with Peter Howarth, the hugely talented frontman of The Hollies and will also continue to be performing his own tour dates.
Paul Shuttleworth of Kurssal Flyers & The Ugly Guys
Peter Howarth & Michael Armstrong (Live in Studio)