Friday 20 February 2009

John Little Entertains You

You may well have seen John Little performing locally either as a magician, a singer and guitarist or heard him on the Evening Show on the now defunct Abbey FM.

John is a man of many talents and can put his mind to anything and if you are looking for a vocalist, guitarist, childrens entertainer, voiceover artist just real good entertainment then you cant go wrong with chatting to John little.

Find out more at his website You wont be disapointed.

The Mooncats

The Mooncats are another band that have been featured on Abbey FMs late show as well as John Littles Evening Show. They have a new single out called Cyberspace is available for download from February 23 on all good download sites and an album will be released on April 24.

The band have lots going on at the moment and have just played a packed gig at Night and Day in Manchester and will be headlining there again on Saturday April 18.

Before this on March 13 they are appearing at Liverpool’s Zanzibar club.
As if all that isn’t exciting enough the band are reviewed in the Unsigned section of this week’s NME.
For more information go to the band’s myspace site.

Jon Byrne - Upcoming Event

It's Boring Being in Control

Jon Byrne New Album Release Date - 6th April 2009

Thats the name of the new Album release by Barrows Jon Byrneon has recently toured the country including Glastonbury. He won best new act, which gave him the opportunity to release his music on the Militant Records label.

Jons style and songwriting ability is described as a bittersweet combination of folk, blues drawing inspiration from 60s protest music with a dash of punk,

Jon may have drawn a lot of inspiration from Barrow in his music and lyrics, as some characters in songs are loosely based on famous folk from these parts, particularly on the track Don’t Let Life Get You Down.

He will play two album launch gigs in Barrow on March 28 at The Nines, Dalkeith Street. The first performance, which will be an acoustic gig, will start at 3pm until 6pm for over 14s. Later he will perform in a double headline gig with his band and The Smiths Indeed. Tickets are £10.

Jon has also been prominently featured on my late night acoustic slots recently on Abbey FM and a search of this blog for Jon Byrne should turn up video and audio snippets

See you at the Nines on 28th March

Friday 13 February 2009

Twisted Promotions.

Louise Mary Martin

Usually on the show we promote live music across Furness and so its time to add those details to this blog for anyone interested.

Louise Mary Martin
says ciao for now!
Yes, you read it right!
It may come as a surprise to many of you, but Jay and I have decided to call it a day after over 3 years of writing and performing together.
We've been touched by peoples reactions so far and we'd just like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful audiences and individuals, promoters and venues, bands and musicians we have had the great pleasure to meet and work with during this time.
We really want to play our final gig to as many friendly faces as can squish in the venue, so if you possibly can please, please try to get along to...

Ulverston Sports Club
Priory Rd

Saturday 21st Feb
Also featuring the excellent Tongue Tide, Funkit and Kaya
Doors 8pm


We'll be having the gig recorded and CD copies will later be available to those who want them. Just sign up on the night!

I've been up to some other musical mischief recently so if it's OK with you guys I'll continue to keep you updated with all the fun and frolics. Anyone who wants to be removed from the list please email back and say so, no harm done :)

Items of note -

Monster Monster and Pubstep Presents
Northern Reggae Generator
+ Demon DJ
Ulverston Sports Club
Friday March 20th
Doors 8:30pm

I've teamed up with Mr Monster/Demon DJ, Dave Crossley to bring this excellent live act to our very own Ulverston. They packed out Dickie Doodles in Kendal last month and are a sure fire, dance your face off, night-to-remember inducing musical extravaganza! Get involved!

Arts Centre to come to Ulverston's Roxy..?
Gary Robinson and his team from Barrow's Canteen Venue are currently in the midst of a license application for this exciting venture! If you haven't heard about it already it's intended to be a Brewery Arts-esque multi-functional centre encompassing gallery space, music venue, cafe-bar and of course cinema all housed in the town's treasured art deco building. The Laurel and Hardy Museum will also have a new home there. We are all crossing our fingers tightly for this much needed creative hub. Please send any letters of support for the proposal to
as well as local press!
Join the Facebook group here:

Friday 6 February 2009

Local Bands

I was just looking back at all different bands and other acts I have had in the studio as guests of the show in the past and would just like to say a big thankyou to you all for coming in and performing on the radio. I would like to keep this promotion stuff going and it will mean me appearing at your gigs when I can and maybe posting reviews and comments here.

A big thank you to the following. (Click the name to visit their website where applicable)

Allan Davies (Chapter 5)
Barrington Mozart
The Fallen Leaves (Rosie and Matt)
Gemma Johnson
LOTAC (Lovers of the Arctic Circle)
For-Play (Dom and Floss)
Richard Durrant (World Famous Classical Acoustic Guitarist)
The Dead Letters
Jon Byrne
The Bradshaws with Buzz Hawkins
Gwen Hechle
Tenpole Tudor with Ed Tudorpole (1980s chart hit inc. Swords of a thouasand men)
Neil Maclaughlin (Elvis Impersonator)
Dave Duffin
Tongue Tide (Jodi and Ali)
The Rezillos (Famous for penning the Human leagues Don`t You Want Me)
Sewer Side Cafe
Hazel O'Connor (1980s Icon famous for the film Breaking Glass and hits 8th Day and Will you)
Jon Regan - The J R Experience
The Prophets
Crissie Black
43p Short
Louise Mary Martin
Reach For The Dream Films
Carl Hallows - Furness Fest
Cari Flower
Bird of Prey (John Reynolds)
Allan Hannath
Your Intentions
Black Sanitarium
Reeltime (A Ceilidh Band)

Thats a lot of people. Well all I can say is Best of luck to each and every one of you and heres wishing you all the veryt best for the future.

Wednesday 4 February 2009

Acoustic Acts

For a look backj at all the acoustic acts and other guests I have had on the show you can listen to full interviews at and you can view videos of the acts I have had playing in the studio as well as other guests on the shows at