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High Fives 2023 (2) – Adam Reichmann

Photo courtesy of Auset Sarno We reviewed Adam’s EP/mini album as One Adam One in March this year and it was a beautiful piece of work. We’re pleased that he’s agreed to take part in our annual end-of-year feature and share some of his favourite things from 2023 and equally pleased that he absolutely bought in to the random concept of the High Fives. The High Lonesome Voice That Hit Me... [Read more]

High Fives 2023 (1) – Neil Sheasby

Neil Sheasby @ Islington Assembly Hall 24/11/23 Copyright Allan McKay Here we go again. It’s time for High Fives 2023 and it’s traditional to kick off the feature with a contribution from Neil Sheasby of Stone Foundation. It’s a major anniversary on two counts – Neil’s been contributing to this feature for ten years now, and Stone Foundation have just completed their twenty-fifth anniversary... [Read more]

High Fives 2022 17) Dean Owens’ Highlights

Dean @Green Note May 2022 The timing of this piece could not have been better. Dean Owens has had a great year, which has just been crowned by the announcement earlier today that he has won not one, but two, Americana UK awards. ‘Sinner’s Shrine’ has been voted UK Americana album of the year and Dean has been voted UK Americana Act of the Year. Both awards are well-deserved and couldn’t... [Read more]

High Fives 2022 16) Graeme Wheatley’s London Words

Copyright Allan McKay Graeme Wheatley is a songwriter and bass player with band Color Colour and he’s made a few contributions to High Fives in previous years. I think we’ll just leave Graeme to set the scene for this one (by the way there is a bit of creative swearing): Sitting in the New Cross House the other night with Allan McKay talking about the year in review, cos we are eminent Victorian... [Read more]

High Fives 2022 15) Guitar Players

Guitarists; like Madonna, they love to strike a pose, don’t they? It’s all very well playing great solos, but you have to look good at the same time because you might have a halfway decent photographer at the gig. I don’t think it’s an ego thing, I think it’s subliminally taught at the various pop/rock schools and colleges – who teaches guitar players at those institutions? Yep, older... [Read more]