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I hope to post stuff that tells you about my travels, taste in music, my thoughts on this crazy world around us and other whimsical interludes.

Residing in the beautiful city of York, the capital of God’s own County, that is, Yorkshire in the North of England.


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        Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

        However, it would be fair to say that I am always lost in music...

        Welcome to Tony Ives' web site. I suppose it is a terrible indulgence to have one for personal use but you can go further from here and read about my travels, music & observations on the immediate and wider world. I hope you take a look.

        July 12, 2019

        Shinyribs - Flog & Bling

        Shinyribs (a.k.a Kevin Russell) is back with his inimitable slinky rock, soul and funk. Imagine KC & The Sunshine Band colliding with Dr John and Al Green. Picking up on the vibe of 2016’s epic I Got Your Medicine Russell has penned ten songs an...

        March 2, 2019

        So abandoning my pre-occupation with banjos, fiddles and stetsons. My current wife and I departed to the Yorkshire coast to see a Luther Vandross tribute concert. For a man who should agonise about authenticity, accomplished musicianship from men with beards and discov...

        December 21, 2018

        It seems remarkable to me that I have listened to 287 new albums this year. A total of 195 were released in 2018 and another 92 releases were from earlier years. Nearly all the new releases were digital files given to me by three outlets. Two of them gave them to me as...

        January 1, 2018

        Newcastle on a New Year’s Eve is cold and dank with temperatures hovering at around 5°C. However the hardy natives brought in the New Year with a septuagenarian sensation from America's Deep South, Candi Staton, at the Sage Theatre in Gateshead (a bridge walk from Newc...

        December 28, 2017

        Average White Band - AWB

        Despite seeing The Average White Band live then it wasn’t until sometime later that I really got into this majestic Scottish Soul outfit and bought their records. I’d seen them supporting Wishbone Ash; sadly like most support bands I’ve ever see...

        April 10, 2017

        I Got Your Medicine - Shinyribs

        The fourth release by Shinyribs of I Got Your Medicine comes with a decision of whether to buy this superb blue-eyed soul rocker or use the money on a ticket to see them live. That's because this album creates a fierce desire to grab...

        January 14, 2017

        After the exertions of 2014 where I cycled across the USA I then in 2015 repeated some of the same effort as I flew into Toronto and then proceed down the USA to the Gulf Coast. Along the way I dropped into Nashville (the home of Country Music), onto Alabama and the to...

        January 8, 2017

        Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends

        So I am the bloke with the odd album, and as they used to say, who has stuff on heavy rotation during most waking hours. I listen to new, old, CD, downloads, vinyl, podcasts, Blues, Pop, Folk, Country, Rock etc. I’ve alway...

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