1.  David Bowie - Blackstar
2.  Bon Iver - 22, a Million
3.  Ferocious Dog Live at Rock City
4.  Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
5.  Membranes - Inner Space/Outer Space
6.  Shirley Collins- Lodestar
7.  Nick Cave and Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
8.  Beyonce - Lemonade (video version)
9.  Anohni - Hopelessness


1.  Glen Hansard, Cambridge 
2.  James Yorkston, New Line Brewery, Seachange Festival
3.  Wonk Unit, Strawberry Fayre
4.  Billy Bragg, Moseley Folk Festival
5.  Songhoy Blues, Moseley Folk Festival
6.  Christy Moore, Cambridge Folk Festival
7.  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cambridge
8.  Tom Robinson Band, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival
9.  Baba Mall, Cambridge
10. Carl Palmer, Cambridge Rock Festival


1.  Membranes, Luminous Bodies, Magoo, Knowpeace, Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
2.  Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Portland
3.  Wonk Unit, Portland
4.  Raggedy Rawney, Carpenters Arms Cambridge
5.  Cass Combs and the Awesome Soul Collective, Flying Pig Cambridge
6.  Slaves, Corn Exchange
7.  Keltrix, Grapes, Cambridge
8.  Hinds, Junction, Cambridge
9.  Chris T T, Paul Goodwin, Portland
10. Rhodri Davies + Twenty-Three-Hanging Trees + Skeleton Hand, Boathouse, Cambridge

Film - Deadpool

Single - Skott-Amelia

Kevin Hand

Top 10 Albums

Frightened Rabbit- Painting of a Panic Attack
Wild Beasts- Boy King
Local Natives- Sunlit Youth
Mothers - When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired
Bears Den - Red Earthing & Pouring Rain
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
Hinds - Leave Me Alone
Ry X - Dawn
Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary

Top 10 Gigs

David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall
Bruce Springsteen - Ricoh Arena
Coldplay - Wembley Stadium
The Lone Bellow - The Horn, St Albans
Super Furry Animals - The Junction, Cambridge
Coldplay - Indigo2
Placebo - SSE Arena, Wembley
Hans Zimmer - 3Arena, Dublin
The Hinds - The Junction 2, Cambridge
White Lies - Shepherds Bush Empire

Top 10 Festival Appearances

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Green Man
Temper Trap - Field Day
Kurt Vile & The Violators - Glastonbury
Whitney- Green Man
Adele - Glastonbury
Hot Chip - OnBlackheath
Sigur Ros - Citadel
Frightened Rabbit - Glastonbury
Coldplay - Glastonbury
Wild Beasts - Green Man

Best Film
Rogue One

Best Musical Moment
Standing on stage at Wembley Arena in front of 10,000 people

Worst Musical Moment
The Lack of anti/pro Brexit records

Top Ten Albums 2016

1. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
2. Laish - Pendulum Swing
3. Communist Daughter - The Cracks That Built the Wall
4. Pinegrove - Cardinal
5. Angel Olsen - My Woman
6. Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win
7. Alex Lahey - B-Grade University
8. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
9. Teenage Fanclub - Here
10. Public Access T.V. - Never Enough

Festival Shows

1. Whitney. Sidewinder Bar SXSW.
2. Isaac Gracie. Latitude. SXSW
3. Loretta Lynn. Stubbs. SXSW
4. Dylan Leblanc. Parish. SXSW
5. Harts. Aussie BBQ SXSW
6. Hives. Fort York. TURF
7. Margo Price. Fort York. TURF
8. Boy & Bear. Fort York, Field Trip
9. National. Fort York, Field Trip
10. Julia Jacklin. Aussie BBQ. SXSW


1. Jenny Lewis. Massey Hall. Toronto
2. Tragically Hip. Air Canada Centre. Toronto
3. Gaz Coombes. Drake Hotel. Toronto
4. Teenage Fanclub. Manchester Academy 2. Manchester
5. St Paul & The Broken Bones. Danforth Music Hall. Toronto
6. Jayhawks. Horseshoe. Toronto
7. Teenage Fanclub. Lee's Palace. Toronto
8. Whitney. Lee's Palace. Toronto
9. Bob Mould. Horseshoe. Toronto
10. Echo & The Bunnymen. Phoenix concert theatre. Toronto

Song Of The Year

No Woman. Whitney

Best musical moment is a tough one for me...but to see our Canadian Rock Heroes the Tragically Hip, playing one of their last shows ever due to lead singer Gord Downie being diagnosed with brain cancer..seeing the fight in the man, tears in his eyes, emotion throughout the arena..pretty unforgettable.

Worst moment...don't think I can pick one. We lost too many great musicians this year so the fact that Bowie, Cohen, and Prince are gone, we had too many bad moments. Didn't really have a bad concert moment.. Maybe a few disappointing ones but I hate to be negative!



1  Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
2  The Magnetic North – Prospect of Skelmersdale
3  Kris Drever – If Wishes Were Horses
4  The Head and the Heart – Signs of Light
5  Heidi Talbot – Here We Go 1 2 3
6  The Changing Room – Picking Up The Pieces
7  Songs of Separation – Songs of Separation
8  Darlingside – Birds Say
9  Turin Brakes – Lost Property
10 Band of Horses – Why Are You OK


1  The Leisure Society – St Pancras Old Church
2  Kris Drever & Ian Carr – Sunny Sailor, Maldon
3  Turin Brakes – Colchester Arts Centre
4  Lau – Barbican Centre
5  The Changing Room – Blue Boar, Maldon
6  The Changing Room – Colchester Arts Centre
7  Churchfitters – Colchester Centre
8  Gigspanner – Colchester Arts Centre
9  Hannah & Philip Martin – Colchester Arts Centre
10  Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – Colchester Arts Centre

FESTIVALS (All From Cambridge Folk Festival 2016)

1  Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys
2  Darlingside
3  Megson
4  Songs of Separation
5  John McCusker Band (feat. Heidi Talbot, Kris Drever, Graham Coxon)
6  Jon Boden
7  Brian McNeill
8  The Rheingans Sisters
9  Le Vent Du Nord
10 Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band


Northway/Southway - The Magnetic North


Captain America 3: Civil War




Being pleasantly surprised/impressed by an unknown band called Darlingside at Cambridge


The Disappointment felt listening to the new Field Music Album the first time


Top Ten Albums

1.  Stone Broken - All in Time
2.  Billy Talent - Afraid of Heights
3.  Sixx:A.M - Prayers for the Damned
4.  GooGoo Dolls - Boxes
5.  Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation
6.  Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky
7.  Messenger - Threnodies
8.  Sturgill Simpson - A Sailors Guide to Earth
9.  Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The Getaway
10. Dan Patlansky - Introvertigo

Best song

Afraid of Heights - Billy Talent


Top Ten Albums 2016 from Matt Pond of matt pond PA Matt & co. released their latest album, Winter Lives, last month. 

1.  Mitski — Puberty 2
2.  Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam's — I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
3.  Laura Gibson — Empire Builder
4.  Mavis Staples — Livin' on a High Note
5.  Brian Eno — The Ship
6.  Porches — Pool
7.  Lucinda Williams — The Ghosts of Highway 20
8.  Caveman — Otero War
9.  Frankie Cosmos — Next Thing
10. Whitney — Light Upon the Lake


A Top Ten from FOONYAP who released her debut full-length, Palimpsest, in October.

1. Woodpigeon - T R O U B L E
2. L.T. Leif - Shadow on the Brim / Rough Beasts
3. Null Command - User Manual
4. Entropy - An Ant and An Atom
5. JindaLee - Wild Spectrum
6. Woulg - Tiny Moon
7. OffWorld - 1
8. The Highest Order - Still Holding
9. Consilience - Under Our Beds
10. Alder & Ash - Psalms for the Sunder


Top 10 of 2016 by Jon Rooney, Virgin of the Birds

1.   Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
2.   Modern Studies - Swell to Great
3.  Various Artists - Song, By Toad Split 12” Volume 4
4.  Faith Eliott - Insects
5.  Amanda Bergman - Docks
6  Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
7.  Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
8.  David Thomas Broughton - The Crippling Lack
9.  Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
10. Okkervil River - Away

Check out Virgin of the Birds, single “Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty”



1.  Parquet Courts - Human Performance
2.  Treetop Flyers - Palomino
3.  Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation
4.  Black Mountain - IV
5.  Okkervil River - Away
6.  Case Lang Veirs - CLV
7.  Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield
8.  Billie Marten - Writing of Blues & Yellows
9.  Mystery Jets - Curve of the Earth
10. White Denim - Stiff

Top 10 Gigs

The Blue Aeroplanes - The Fleece
Lucero - Brudenell
Hurrah For The Riff Raff - Brudenell
The Sheepdogs - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans
Bo Ningen - Leeds Irish Centre
Parquet Courts - Wardrobe
Cabbage - Ritz, Manchester
Anathema - Picturedrome
Beverly - Picturedrome
Turin Brakes - Picturedrome

Festival Performances

Teenage Fanclub - EOTR
Thee Oh Sees - EOTR
The Blind Shake - EOTR
C Duncan - Deershed
Primal Scream - On Roundhay
Throws - EOTR
Fizzy Blood - Live at Leeds
Emma Pollock - Deershed
Boxed In - Deershed
Goat - EOTR

Favourite Film

Captain Fantastic

Favourite Book

1971 - David Hepworth

Worst moment of 2016 : The obvious losses we have endured, especially for me 2/3 of ELP passing.

Best : New album announcement from The Blue Aeroplanes...


Here is a top 10 of the year from Tiger Lillies bass player Adrian Stout. 

1.  Leonard Cohen - You want it Darker
2.  Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3.  Beak> - Couple in a Hole soundtrack
4.  David Bowie - Black Star
5.  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
6.  The Fat White Family - Songs for our Mothers
8.  Jambinai - A Hermitage
9.  Shirley Collins - Lodestar
10. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project


The new album from The Tiger Lillies: 'Cold Night In Soho' is due on 26 January 2017, a week before a major solo concert for the band at the Roundhouse in London, which forms part of the venue’s “In the Round” season on 3rd February, 2017. Tickets are Here

This is also the band’s first album not connected to a theatre show in about ten years, representing a return to song-writing for the sake of the songs alone. To mark this high-profile occasion the album will be released in a limited-edition vinyl pressing featuring ten of the songs, as well as a CD, with the full complement of 16 songs. 

With his 'Best Male Vocal' from the British Blues Awards, King King's Alan Nimmo delivers his Top Ten Albums of 2016:

1. Chris Stapleton – Traveler
2. Thunder – Wonder Days
3. Tyketto – Reach
4. The Stevie Nimmo Trio – Sky Won't Fall
5. Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
6. Amos Lee – Spirit
7. The Brothers Landreth – Let it Lie
8. Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
9. Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam
10. Knock Out Kain – Rise of the Electric Jester

I’ve actually been very lazy on the music front this year – Promise to do better in 2017. From the little I’ve done:

Album: - Bears Den, Red Earth & Pouring Rain 

Gig: Muse @ O2

Best Song: Kings of Leon “Don’t say its over”

Film: Deadpool

Worst musical moment: realising that half way through the Undertones gig that all their songs sound the same live
Best: the lighting and speaker rig at the Muse Gig


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