Interview with Little Grim

‘Little Grim’ is a rock group based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. The band-members came together in 2012, each bringing with them elements from their eclectic musical backgrounds; Progressive rock (Joe and Jeremy), indie pop (Chris) and punk (Roger). The band merge those influences into a wholly unique class of music … one which is…

Interview with Truth About Vegas

‘Truth About Vegas’ are a young, exciting band based in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. They fuse energised pop punk with their distinctive melodic guitar-driven sound. They have been captivating audiences for over a year. This week they released their highly anticipated EP titled “Alcoholiday”. Available now online – see below for links. I chatted to ‘Truth About…

Interview with The Toniks

Guildford band The Toniks play what they define as “Quintessentially British” sounds that are unabashedly bold and bright. Their loyal audiences enjoy the band’s empathic pop lyrics, catchy hooks and similarities in style to The Beatles and The Jam. The band has recently released their début album titled “Rise and Shine”. I chatted with Jez…

Red E. Lewis and the Red Caps

The first line-up of ‘Red-E-Lewis And The Redcaps’ included guitarist Bobby Oats and drummer Jimmy Rook. The band was fronted by singer Willie Stubbs. They played a few gigs at Ebbisham Hall in Epsom – and young Jimmy Page met them there. He hung out with the band – and even borrowed Bobby’s guitar. Following a…

Jeff Beck Not Running Away

In 1964 Jeff Beck appeared as a session guitarist on “I’m Not Running Away” a song recorded at Pye by the Manchester-based band ‘The Fitz & Startz.’ Although it was a one-hit wonder for ‘The Fitz & Startz’ it marked the beginning of a profitable career as a session musician for Jeff Beck. Related articles…

Ocga’s wood

Ocga’s wood (Oxshott) is at the heart of the so-called  ‘Beverly Hills of Britain’ – Ronnie Wood lives nearby. Scenes from Jabberwocky (1977)  were filmed in these woods. Homes in nearby Oxshott Heights are priced at around £20 million.  Ex-England skipper John Terry sold one house in Oxshott for over £5 million – and then…

St Mary’s Church Ewell

Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt married at St Mary’s Church Ewell. It is still a beautiful country church-yard – with an interesting history. The church is home to the 1889 ‘Father’ Henry Willis pipe organ. The name Ewell derives from æwell, which means river source.  The Hogsmill River rises  in Ewell and runs to the Thames via Kingston upon Thames.…