Gretchen Peters LP & Live

  Courtney Marie Andrews LP & Tour

  Eric Gales Live


  Arcade Fire Tour & New LP

  Basia Bulat THE GARDEN

  Daytime TV Great Debut

  Beth Nielsen LP & UK Tour

  The Cavalry Never Arrived

  Chastity Brown’s LP & Tour

  Montreux Jazz Fest 2022

  St Vincent Adds 3 UK Tour Dates

  Download 2022 Tickets On Sale

  Chvrches Live

  Eric Gales LP & UK Tour

  Andrés Peña Flamenco Star Live

  Paul Draper Live

  A Fly-Free Zone

  Liverpool Jazz Festival

  Newton Faulkner Live 2022

  New Joe Satriani LP

  Within Temptation & Evanescence

  New Waterboys LP

  J. McLaughlin The Montreux Years

  Cat Power New LP in 2022

  2021 - A Record Year?

  Elvis Costello 2022 LP & Tour

  Latest Album Reviews

  The Charlatans Live

  Placebo Back in 2022

  UK Democracy Threatened

  Rag’n'Bone Man Live


  Sea Girls Live

  Martha Wainwright Live

  Politics is Failing

  Martha Wainwright’s LP Review

  Making the Image: Miles Davis

  Foo Fighters 2022 Live

  Basia Bulat 2022 Tour Dates

  Beth Hart Adds Live UK Dates

  Moby The Very Best Of Interview


  Newton Faulkner Returns

  St. Vincent LP & New Single


  Joe Bonamassa Live!

  Rodrigo Y Gabriela Interview

  Amy Macdonald Rescheduled Gig

  Discover Miriam Stockley

  Music & Brexit

  Happy New Year?

  Joe Bonamassa Guitar Man

  On Barbra Streisand

  The State We’re In…

  Welcome Back! But To What?

  What Have We Done?


  Photojournalism Hero

  Samantha Fish Live

  Gill Landry Live in Chester

  Noah Gundersen Live

  David Gilmour’s Interview

  Snow Patrol Live in Manchester

  New Model Army Live

  Shakespears Sister Live

  Lamb Live in Manchester

  The Struts Live

  Sting & Shaggy Live

  Ana Popovic, Lynne Jackaman Live

  David Gray Live in Liverpool

  The Slow Readers Club Live

  Karine Polwart Trio Live

  Benjamin Folke Thomas Live

  Chilly Gonzales Live

  Gomez Live in Manchester

  John Lennon Interview

  Ray LaMontagne Live

  Satriani’s G3 Live

  Jim White Live in Manchester

  Tori Amos Live

  Bush & RavenEye Live

  Laura Marling Live

  Jimmy Eat World Live

  Roger Waters on Amused To Death

Discover David Ford


David Ford Singer/Songwriter


Well, the world’s getting heavy and it sticks to my feet

Well practiced in losing and brave in defeat

With no friends in this business you keep enemies sweet

And keep one in the chamber for every stranger you meet


Well, I’ll take pieces of silver for a head full of rhyme

I’ll take a headache and a casket for a life full of time

I’ll take a patch of New Mexico and I’ll call it mine

And I swear never to return to the scene of the crime


Well, the mob’s getting angry and the torches alight

‘Cause they’re putting up taxes by a penny tonight

And you can never taste freedom, boys, if you run from a fight

And when the heavens are falling take a step to the right


So we smoke ourselves skinny, we drink ourselves blind

Self-discovery knocks but there is nothing to find

And if you’re looking for victims would you keep me in mind?

Let us be kissed on the cheek, let us be fucked from behind


There’s no need to tread carefully, there’s no need for fear

Just talk in obscure non-specifics and try to look sincere

Every administration blames the one from last year

So when consequence calls there’ll be nobody here


So we sell our kids for a tankful of gas

And a lifetime in plastics for a fistful of cash

Let the rivers run dry, let the economy crash

And let the discotheques resound to the requiem mass


So we sell our kids for a tankful of gas

And a lifetime in plastics for a fistful of cash

Let the rivers run dry, let the economy crash

And let the discotheques resound to the requiem mass

By David Ford

Over many years it’s become clear that without radio airplay and general media support, even the most talented musicians can and do fail. But it’s also become clear that mediocre talent can succeed, big-time. Back when I used to cover Dublin’s Witnness Festival I discovered two exceptional talents that had yet to strike gold here in England. Their names are David Gray and Damien Rice. Both had delivered extraordinary albums that had failed to secure the necessary and justified radio and media coverage to succeed. Eventually, radio noticed them and their records flew, nationally and internationally. People had discovered and heard them for the first time.


How did I arrive at the Witness festival, an event not covered by the UK media? The link came through a sadly neglected Irish band called The Frames led by one singer/songwriter Glen Hansard. The guys suffered badly from minimum media coverage for excellent record after excellent record. While rare English shows were attended by a small group of avid followers, and the shows were very special, media stayed away. So frustrated did I become that myself and an associate offered to promote their latest album and in the process discovered that one BBC Radio presenter had received an album and never broke the seal on it…As a result the band received coverage including a live spot on BBC radio. But it took Hansard’s Oscar-winning movie song (to his highly acclaimed and successful budget movie) years later in 2006 before the press became more interested. If you’d like to check the band out start with DANCE THE DEVIL, a classic rock record.


In 1999 I received a record by Moby called PLAY. I was blown away by it and as a result went down to London to interview him in a little boutique hotel. While some journalists loved it UK radio ignored it for almost a year and when asked about it Moby shrugged his shoulders and informed me as he was packing that he was heading to Germany to perform in front of no less than 1 million music fans…Eventually, a couple of switched on advertisers used music from PLAY in their TV adverts and radio could no longer ignore the record which then became the UK’s top-selling record.


Radio alone can turn an artist’s career especially when it’s played in rotation after inclusion on BBC Radio’s playlists, and often it takes only a single song for the heavens to open up. This exposes music to fans hungry for something new and different.


I can’t remember exactly when I discovered David Ford. It could have been in a live support slot but whenever it was I was more than impressed and immediately acquired records. Ford became yet another under-exposed artist whose live and recorded music was nothing short of inspiring, and hugely entertaining. Again, his a singer/songwriter much respected by the better music journalists but has failed to receive the exposure he deserves on the airwaves. An appearance on BBC’s Later music show and radio airplay would expose an artist whom I judge to be one pour our best singer/songwriters. I cannot think of a more distinctive, passionate and skilled male artist who has made inroads into the USA market but not yet in a deserved scale on home territory. It’s criminal.


So, there follows some background information on David Ford and some record reviews from people who have purchased various releases. You can also visit his website to learn more and listen. You won’t be disappointed.

Page: 1 2 3 4


Wrexham - Gallery: Bellowhead

Ukraine 2022 - Gallery: Kharkiv
Kharkiv Live - Gallery: Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish
Shakenstir - Homepage Links Reviews Live Interviews Features News Contact Gallery Shakenstir - Homepage