Review: Hot Jazz Special by Jonny Hannah

reviewed by Charlie Hislop. Can you do jazz without sound? Hot Jazz Special comes very close. In sketches, painting, words, and colours it captures all the excitement; the buzz, the characters, and the clubs. Featuring jazz greats like Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and more while mixing song...

People in Common: Jim Chorley

by Martin Brisland. Jim Chorley – acoustic/folk singer-songwriter from Southampton. They say you should write about what you know. ‘Painting Circles in the Corn’ is certainly that. It is Jim Chorley’s song which immortalises an amazing family story. In 1991 Doug Bower and Jim’s father, Dave Chorley, from Southampton,...

Southampton’s new online music archive

by Geoff Wall. Stick It In Your Ear (SIIYE) has just launched an online archive of  local music originally recorded on originally recorded on reel to reel tapes and published on cassette in the 1980s. Southampton-based SIIYE started life in the 1980s as a magazine, rather like a catalogue,...

Pictures: Music in the City

Southampton was filled with the sound of music this weekend, thanks to the return of Music in the City, the biggest and best free music event. Music in the City saw more than 170 acts perform in unique venues, including the historic God’s House Tower, King John’s Palace and...

Music focus: singer songwriter Dan O’Farrell

by Clare Canning. Dan O’Farrell is a well-known name on the music scene on the south coast, hailed as ‘Southampton’s finest songwriter’ and the city’s ‘hardest working musician’. Having played over 90 gigs since last year, alongside a full time teaching job and parenting three teenage children,  while the...