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Northern Sky Vaults is now a fortnightly radio show with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous...

Number 427 - 15.04.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Little Sister - Ry Cooder (Bop 'Til You Drop) Mawarniha Tartit - Tamikrest (Kidal) Year in Song - Mary Margaret O'Hara (Miss America) End of the World Blues - Elliott Morris (Lost and Found) Cold Comfort Lane - Holy Moly and the...

Number 255

Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America (Virgin V2559) I first became aware of Mary Margaret O'Hara in the late 1980s when she appeared on a late night music show introduced by Andy Kershaw, which may or may not have been the Old Grey Whistle Test. On the show the singer-songwriter and actress...

Number 85

Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes (CBS S8271 - 1972) In 1972, things began to change dramatically in the world of rock and roll. In the previous year it would be quite normal to see members of our rock bands wearing Levis, white tennis shoes, maybe a floral shirt and tank top, or possibly army...

Number 84

Cat Stevens - Matthew And Son (Deram DM110 - 1966) With a title based on the name of his own tailor, Henry Matthews, the single Matthew and Son was one of Cat Stevens' most recognisable hits of the 1960s. With a strong social comment running through it, based in no small part on the fact that his...

Number 426 - 01.04.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Country Boy - Ricky Skaggs (Country Boy) Tripe Face Boogie - Little Feat (Sailin' Shoes) Long Distance Love - Dave Burland (Rollin') Open House - Lou Reed and John Cale (Songs For Drella) Interview - Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough...

Number 254

Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs For Drella (Sire - 7599-26140-1) Three years after the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, the former Velvet Underground band mates Lou Reed and John Cale reunited for a song cycle project, reflecting on the life of their friend and former mentor/producer/manager. The...

Number 83

Fleetwood Mac - Albatross (Blue Horizon 57-3145 - 1968) For those who were at the time familiar with the first couple of album and single releases by Fleetwood Mac, later to become known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac to differentiate between the earlier blues band and the later and infinitely more...

Number 253

Amazing Blondel - A Few Faces (Bell Records ‎SBLL 131) Having spent much of the 1970s and 1980s believing that the Amazing Blondel's recorded output consisted of merely four LP releases on the Island record label, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was there three further duo albums...

Number 425 - 15.03.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Blowhard Nation - Stephen Fearing (Every Soul's a Sailor) Coil and Spring - Coven (Unholy Choir) Summer Girl - Chris Helme (The Rookery) Different Kind of Groove This Time - Jim Lauderdale (London Southern) Saxon Street - Ezio (Black...

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