Always A Star, Never A Shadow…


Last month I lost my friend Craig / Sheena / Lord Leigh Park to cancer. His loss – far too young, far too soon – is awful for his wife, his family, his friends and for Newcastle: Craig was a dynamo, a catalyst, a do-er and a go-getter, and our cultural life will be diminished as a result. Much of the social life and the cultural life I have in Newcastle I owe to him.

Craig was a staunch supporter, collaborator and fundraiser for the recently reborn Star & Shadow Cinema, so it’s only right that the inevitable, essential celebration of his life takes place there. It’s on June 2nd, and although entry is free, donations to the S&S are encouraged. I’m honoured to be playing records and there’ll be a host of other bands and DJs, including Nathalie Stern, Mush, Lady Annabella, The Mark of Kane and of course, Sheena’s old band Women In Revolt.

You should come.

Details here


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Jumpin’ Into Summer

So here’s a new Stagger mix to see you through these sunny days – lots of summery tunes and some Record Store Day gems from Bobbie Gentry, Eli Paperboy Reed and Joe Higgs. And new tunes from Steven Adams and The Left Outsides too…

Not only that but I’ve finally updated the gig list (on the right), and there’s more to be announced.

jUMPIN #26

  1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Well, Alright Now (feat. High & Mighty Brass Band)
  2. Little Richard – Poor Dog (Who Can’t Wag His Own Tail)
  3. Lively Ones – Pipeline
  4. Tommy Ridgley – Jam Up Twist
  5. Billy Hawks – Whip It On Me
  6. Jackie Mittoo And Soul Vendors – Napoleon Solo
  7. Little Milton – Ain’t No Big Deal
  8. Robert Thomas – Salvation
  9. Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone
  10. Bobbie Gentry – Nikki Hoeky / Barefootin’
  11. Dirtbombs – Ode to a Black Man
  12. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw – Honey Time
  13. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Let’s Go Trippin’
  14. Brian Diamond & The Cutters – Big Bad Wolf
  15. Violent Femmes – I Hear The Rain
  16. Colorblind James Experience – Dance Critters
  17. Johnny Price – Marijuana, the Devil Flower
  18. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  19. Johnny Colon – Boogaloo Blues
  20. Little Caesar & the Ark Angels – Ghost Of Mary Meade Part 2
  21. Jimmy Cliff – Synthetic World
  22. Alton Ellis – I’m Just A Guy
  23. Byron Lee & The Ska Kings – Watermelon Man Ska
  24. Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch It To The Horse
  25. Shirley – Big Boss Man
  26. Rita Pavone – Datemi Un Martelle
  27. Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth
  28. Angelic Choir – Wade In The Water
  29. Joe Higgs – Invitation To Jamaica
  30. Bob Fryfogle – Six Feet Under
  31. Steven Adams – A Joke
  32. Thin White Rope – Film Theme
  33. Left Outsides – The Ballad of Elm Tree Hill
  34. Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Kentucky
  35. Ola Belle Reed – I’ve Endured
  36. Harriet McClintock – Gin The Cotton