Singer Robin McAuley has been fronting successful bands and releasing albums for around forty years. He has fronted Survivor as well as releasing albums with Grand Prix, Far Corporation, McAuley Schenker Group, GMT, Michael Schenker Fest and most recently Black Swan.

However, Robin, who born in Ireland, released what is only his second ‘solo’ album through Frontiers Music on 7th May. It is called "Standing on the Edge". In fact the first ‘solo’ album released back in 1999 wasn’t even intended to be a solo album initially.

I had the opportunity to have a very entertaining chat with Robin via Skype on 24th May and you can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th May. We chat about the solo album, new music from Black Swan, working with Michael Schenker, the ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ shows and much more.

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

Last Updated (Friday, 28 May 2021 16:59)

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Local band Trucker Diablo released their fifth album, “Tail End of a Hurricane” on 7th May after a delay caused by the Covid pandemic. Singer Tom Harte has been a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on two earlier occasions in 2017 and 2015 to talk about the two previous albums so it seemed appropriate to get him back again to chat about “Tail End of a Hurricane”.

You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 14th May 2021 – that Show is available from the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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A monthly feature highlighting some of the great album releases during that month. A quick overview of some of the albums released during May that I would really recommend checking out.

This month there are albums by Sara Baldwin, Trucker Diablo, Diamante, Robin McAuley, Skarlett Riot, Sumo Cyco, Sonic Haven, Sunbomb, Levara, Kikimora, Myles Kennedy & Thundermother.

 

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There are two NI Rocks Shows uploaded each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of April – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 170 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for March were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3807-ni-rocks-playlists-for-march-2021.html

There was a new interview this month with Skye Sweetnam from Sumo Cyco. All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html and on the NI Rocks MixCloud page as well - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/

Last Updated (Sunday, 09 May 2021 21:28)

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This is the latest of my monthly posts looking at some of the album releases that have caught my attention. This one, obviously, is looking at some of the great albums released during April 2021.

This month it covers releases from Maverick, Blaze Bayley, Infinite & Divine, The End Machine, FM, Motorjesus, Sweet Oblivion Ft Geoff Tate, Icon of Sin, Temple Balls, Frozen Crown, My Refuge and Gilby Clarke.

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Canadian band Sumo Cyco release their third album, called “Initiation”, through Napalm Records on 7th May. The band is fronted by vocalist Skye ‘Sever’ Sweetnam, who formed the band in 2011 along with guitarist Matt Drake. I had the opportunity to speak to Skye via Skype on 7th April and we chatted for around forty minutes about the band, the new album, the three singles that have been released and much more. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th April which is available from the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-skye-sweetnam-from-sumo-cyco-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-9th-april-2021/

The interview can be read in full below.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows uploaded each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of March – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 140 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for February were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/3799-ni-rocks-recommends-album-releases-february-2021.html

There were new interviews this month with Ricky Warwick, Chez Kane, Gary Hughes and Mark Mangold. All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html and on the NI Rocks MixCloud page eventually as well - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/

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American singer-songwriter and keyboardist Mark Mangold is a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th March. Mark will be best known as a member of three bands – American Tears, Touch and Drive, She Said. On 26th March Touch release their first album of new music in almost forty years when “Tomorrow Never Comes” is released by Escape Music. The band released their first album in 1980, but their second album, recorded in 1982, wasn’t released until 1998. The band opened the first ever Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in 1980.

I spoke to Mark via Skype at his home in Sweden on 9th March and we chatted for around 25 minutes about the new Touch album as well as American Tears, Drive, She Said and a new project he is working on. You’ll find that interview and four tracks from the new Touch album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th March - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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Singer Gary Hughes will be best known as the frontman for English band Ten, but over the years he has released a number of solo albums as well as writing and producing for other artists. On 12th March Frontiers Music released Gary’s latest solo album “Waterside” as well as a compilation of tracks from his earlier solo albums called “Decades”. I managed to grab a chat with Gary via Skype on 2nd March and we talked about the new albums, Ten and some other projects that he is working on. You can hear that interview alongside four tracks from the two albums on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th March - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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In the past I’ve posted individual recommendations for albums after they were released; focusing particularly on albums that I’ve been playing tracks from on the NI Rocks Shows on Rock Radio NI. For various reasons I’ve decided to move away from those individual posts and instead do a monthly post focusing on all the album releases that have caught my attention during that month. This is the third of those posts, looking at some of the great albums released during March 2021.

This month there are recommendations for album releases from Mason HillRonnie Atkins, Chez Kane, Thunder, Sunstorm, Heart Healer, Gary Hughes and Touch with some more possibly to come.

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 April 2021 22:04)

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Welsh singer Chez Kane released her first solo album on 12th March through Frontiers Music. The self-titled album was written and produced by Danny Rexon from Swedish band Crazy Lixx. Chez Kane will be known to many as one of three sisters fronting the band Kane’d. I had the opportunity to chat with Chez via Skype on 25th February to talk about the new album. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th March along with four tracks from the album. https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-chez-kane-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-12th-march-2021/

 

Last Updated (Friday, 21 May 2021 16:18)

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