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Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

I'm 57 and live in North Shields. I've worked as some kind of Housing Manager/Trainer for an age. I'm divorced with two grown up sons. I've been into music all my life and have been listening to music and going to gigs all my life. I listen to all kinds of different musicand take delight in listening to "the new". However, I've seen many of the greats including The Who, Neil Young, The Stones, Dylan, Patti Smith, Lou Reed etc etc.

See you at the next gig.....
Greg Johnson

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Jennifer Westmoreland

Jennifer Westmoreland

I'm 28 and am based in Newcastle. I come from Yorkshire but moved here in 2005 to study English Literature at Newcastle University and now keep up writing alongside the day job. I have been a fan of music since my first gig (Bucks Fizz, 1990), oscillating wildly from a love of Boyzone, Spice Girls, to Rancid, The Clash, Green Day and more recently, to Everything Everything, Marmozets, Brody Dalle and Arctic Monkeys. I love a little bit of everything, but particularly admire artists whose lyrics are poetic, intelligent, pun-filled and/or all of the above.
Jennifer Westmoreland

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Colin McCann

Colin McCann

Born. Liverpool.Resides. Washington (not D.C)

Part time crime-fighter and music hack, full time idiot and football obsessive.

Spent several years working in record stores in my younger days, and probably several years since nosing around them.

Liable to sing Neil Diamond songs at karaoke if left unattended.
Colin McCann
Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

I'm 24 and live in Killingworth. I'm a dance music writer who writes mostly about drum and bass, but I've also been known to offer somewhat uneducated opinions on other kinds of electronic music too. Aside from this, I'm also a DJ and occasional promoter in Newcastle, and I run my own music website with a friend where we specialise purely in writing about drum and bass. I have been a vinyl devotee since the day I first set foot in Beatdown Records many moons ago, and consequently treat anyone who parrots the civilizing benefits of digital technologies with a barely concealed neo-Luddite disdain. Professionally I divide my time between pretending to be an academic geographer and pretending to be a French pastry chef.
Matthew Scott

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Joe Fowler

Joe Fowler

I am a jazz/funk/soul trombonist and vocalist with a passion for the music. Having lived in the area my entire life, bar an incredible year in Japan, I have engrained myself in the musical culture of the North East. Unfortunately, I am a Newcastle United supporter as well, and my love of football is the only thing that rivals music for my affections... In my downtime I work as an English teacher at Newcastle University.
Joe Fowler

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Jess Volpe

Jess Volpe

I am a bit of a music geek with a very eclectic mix in musical tastes (generally veering towards bearded rock bands of the 70s and the indie bands of the 00s). After spending three years in London, I recently moved back to Newcastle to start my own business in digital marketing where I specialise in social media. I tinker occasionally in playing music myself, but I love going to gigs and enjoying the talents of others (whilst secretly wishing I could do that).
Jess Volpe
Nick Wesson

Nick Wesson

Photojournalist and reluctant opinion giver.
Owner of the actual clock that Bill Haley used to rock around.
Always having to give Electric Wizard 50p for the meter.
Gave Heartbreak Hotel a five star review on Trip Advisor.
Nick Wesson
Bill Edgar

Bill Edgar

I am 17 years old from Whitley Bay, Newcastle.
I am an avid music fan and have a propensity for writing about my favourite genres of music. I hope to pursue a career in Journalism and am off to university this year. My musical taste is about as extensive as the Amazon River.
Bill Edgar

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Aran Glover
Aran Glover

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Graeme Baty

Graeme Baty

I'm 34 from Newcastle.

Bald, bearded, rock nerd with a serious photography habit. I can be regularly spotted at gigs around Newcastle; alternative, punk and and bit of metal. I've covered shows, tours and festivals around the UK.

I'm mainly known for my music photography project GJB Performance Photography, which ran from early 2012 to July 2015.

Now photoing for Blank Slate Creative Photography, based in Newcastle. Alongside covering shows for NE:MM.
Graeme Baty
Andrew Fletcher

Andrew Fletcher

My name is Fletch. My favourite films are Fletch and Fletch Lives. But this is a music blog, so my favourite musician is Andrew Fletcher from Depeche Mode, or Andrew Fletcher, the Birmingham-based composer/arranger. When I'm not writing classical music reviews, I like to hide in boxes, wear shoes, use long words and lark about. In real life, I'm a researcher at 'the other' university in Newcastle. The research is about music. Turns out it's good for you.
Andrew Fletcher

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Darren Montgomery

Darren Montgomery

Newcastle Born. London Exiled. Covering Blues, Electro, Alternative, Americana. Mainly centring on album reviews and occasionally bespoke pieces.
Darren Montgomery

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Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingworth is a writer and musician who lives and performs in Newcastle.
Tom Hollingworth

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Lindsay Hannon

Lindsay Hannon

I am the bass player, song writer and one third of indie alt pop band ICENI, as well as fronting and arranging for my jazz band, 'The Lindsay Hannon Plus'.

I also ride horses and can shoot a bow and arrow. One day I fully intend to bring these talents into conjunction with one another.
Lindsay Hannon

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James Clarke
James Clarke

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Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz

I am 56 and live in Heaton – Newcastle. My primary area (but not exclusive) of musical interest is contemporary Jazz the freer the better. An exiled Londoner who can’t believe the variety and quality of great jazz in North East. Sadly my enthusiasm for the North East music scene doesn’t extend to its football teams so I remain a passionate support of Brentford FC.
Steve Horowitz

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Wayne Madden

Wayne Madden

I've been a "student of Journalism" since first entering the profession in 2003 but have adopted a "flexible" approach to my career, having worked for the BBC, got Jeremy Kyle his coffee, ran a radio station, shared a stage with Guns N' Roses and even been a marriage celebrant.

Although my musical tastes are considerably heavier than most, I have an appreciation for everyone, from Elton John to Megadeth. When I'm not reading through my old Kerrang Magazines and playing the latest Municipal Waste cassettes, I'll attempt to give you my perspective on the music to impact Newcastle and the North East. I hope you enjoy my opinions, but even if you don't, I'd still encourage you to read them!
Wayne Madden

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Mojaxx
Mojaxx

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Laura Ball

Laura Ball

I’m a freelance translator working in German and English, and I’m based in Newcastle upon Tyne. I’m also a passionate musician, and have been playing the violin, viola and piano for over 20 years. In addition to being an active member of Orchestra North East and the Quayside Quartet, I have also played in numerous orchestras and ensembles in both Germany and the UK. I’m now putting this practical experience to professional use by translating texts relating to classical music (CD notes, programme notes, marketing literature) and writing reviews of classical music concerts.
Laura Ball
Paul Brown

Paul Brown

I used to run a record label, but now I don't because it turned out I was the world's worst businessman. I'm extremely fond of noisy DIY bands, and very passionate indeed about music in the North East of England. I have had work published on Drowned in Sound, Metro and Narc Magazine.
Paul Brown

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    Katie Lodge

    Katie Lodge

    I'm 28 and live in Gateshead.

    A few years back I started doing something I never thought I could - writing about classical music. Encouraged by the lovely team at NE:MM I've spent the time since revelling in live performances at the Sage, as well as Corbridge and Durham, and extolling the wonderful virtues of CDs I could not afford to buy. Through NE:MM I've even been introduced to opera, my once hated nemesis!

    In the rest of my not-so-spare time, I play the violin locally in the New Tyneside Orchestra and Orchestra North East.

    The best bit about all of this? Reading what all the other contributors write about their specialist genre. I learn so much!
    Katie Lodge
    Emma Longmuir

    Emma Longmuir

    I am 23 years old and I live in the Highlands.

    I started writing for NE:MM back in 2013, after spending a happy three years living in Newcastle and graduating from a music degree at Newcastle University, studying all sorts of music from rock, to music in the Holocaust, to classical music. After this I moved to Manchester to do a postgraduate teaching degree and I'm now working in the Highlands, teaching woodwind instruments in various schools.

    I love all sorts of music, but you'll mainly find me in the classical section of the blog writing reviews on new releases.
    Emma Longmuir
    Geoff Scott

    Geoff Scott

    I have a wide-ranging taste in music - my favourite band of all time is New Order, but it is Blues that I listen to most these days. I was a town planner with Newcastle City Council for nearly 25 years, but took early retirement on health grounds in 2013. My interests other than music include photography and most sports - I am a season card holder at Sunderland AFC and follow Durham County Cricket Club.
    Geoff Scott

    Stuart Willoughby

    Hi. I'm based on Teesside. I'm forty-four years old. I sell records 'for a living'. My musical preferences are 60s and 70's rock and folk, classical, post-rock, and doom metal, amongst others. I am also a vinyl nerd. I am the world's biggest Prince fanatic. Ask me a question about him. I dare you. I've never seen The Simpsons or Family Guy. I read a lot. I have five children aged twenty to two. PLEASE HELP ME.

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    Jane Shuttleworth

    I play the recorder and perform as a soloist with my chamber music groupThe Neville Ensemble. I've sung in choirs since I was a child, from church choirs, to large choral societies, and I'm now very proud to be a member of the Durham Singers.

    I've always enjoyed writing, and I fell into reviewing about five years ago when the classical music website Bachtrack happened to be looking for someone to cover a concert in Durham. Since then, I've written regularly for Bachtrack, the Northern Echo, NE:MM and in 2013 I founded Music in Durham, a concert listing and review site for classical music in Durham. My greatest love is baroque music, particularly Handel.

    When I'm not writing, playing, singing or running Durham Singers' publicity, I have a day job in international sales, and in 2012 I wrote and published a book about my favourite Russian author, called "Dostoevsky's Russians".
    David Smith

    David Smith

    Managing Director for Sapien Records Ltd: a record and publishing company designed to help support artists. Bands feature regularly in national press / TV / Radio and have recorded with producers Ross Robinson, Steve Albini and performed at major festivals, headline and support tours.

    Business Development for Shapeshifter Films: a video director collective producing music videos for numerous major (and local) artists and businesses.

    Brass band trombonist and an alternative folk rock band guitarist.
    David Smith
    Neil Pace

    Neil Pace

    My name is Neil and I like music. New and old music. Fast and slow music. Loud and quiet music. Good and bad music. Music on shellac, vinyl, cassette and compact disc. I'll even listen to music on mp3 if there's no other alternative.

    I wrote a book about music once. It's called "The Great Cassette Experiment" and you can buy it for your Kindle. I'm busy writing another one. And the one after that one will almost certainly be a biography of the German genius behind Boney M and Milli Vanilli, Frank Farian.

    I was 50 years old when I wrote this, however by the time you read it I will be at least 51.
    Neil Pace

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    Les Aitch

    Les Aitch

    Passionate about quality funk soul and jazz , with an emphasis on those from the North East. Writing for NE:MM since 2014 and will tell it like it is. Currently enjoying the pleasures and frustrations of managing THE seven piece Newcastle based funk band - King Bee.
    Les Aitch
    Nad Khan

    Nad Khan

    I'm a freelance writer with a music-based obsession. The North East at scene is very much alive and well at the moment, so it's great to be involved in some capacity. I frequently contribute to most local publications and have had work published in print and online. While I'm not scribbling about albums and gigs, I'm trying and failing to hold my own band together and generally worrying about the future.
    Nad Khan
    Russell Poad

    Russell Poad

    I am 50 years old and live in Newcastle.

    I started NE:MM as a magazine back in August 2013 and took it online in March 2014. I have always had a passion for music, and a desire to help popularise music of the type I loved. That led me to promote as 'The Outsider' and 'Common People' until recently and who knows, the promoter bug may bite again soon. As I age I find my own tastes developing and so my enthusiasm now extends to classical, jazz/funk and metal, whereas it used to sit squarely in the pop/indie/folk box. I hope it's infectious and through the efforts of the many volunteer contributors to NE:MM I hope it helps you find new music that you can feel passionate about too.
    Russell Poad
    Josh Clow

    Josh Clow

    Expanding musical horizons is a great hobby. Going to gigs, as well as learning different instruments and playing in bands is a great way to do this; currently drumming in Sunderland's purveyors of soul destroying Drone, Neolithic.

    I now venture into writing, to further my quest into the realms of aural extremity, and to quell the literary beast within.
    Josh Clow

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    Katie Ackerley

    Katie Ackerley

    Hi I'm Katie, a 20 year old student with a love of sarcasm, children's animated movies and turkey dinosaurs. I also quite like music.

    I hope I can make you slightly smirk but not quite laugh.
    Katie Ackerley

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    Ray Honeybourne
    Ray Honeybourne

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    Dominic Johnson

    Dominic Johnson

    I am a young music student born in the North East and studying in London from September. My taste in music varies a little, and I have a keen interest in world and folk music along with the rock music of the 1960s and 1970s and the indie music of the 1990s and early 2000s. In my spare time I play with two bands - The Young Tamlyn, a folk band and Two Limbed Doll, a group inspired by the likes of Belle and Sebastian and The Smiths.
    Dominic Johnson

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    Victoria Ling

    Victoria Ling

    I've always admired the classic photos of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe but I got my first real taste of photography when attending my first live concert back in 1994 with a Boots 110mm format camera seeing Eternal.My major music loves are Fleetwood Mac and the front lady Stevie Nicks but my favourite music genres are Northern Soul and Motown, though I can listen to just about anything. In terms of photography I also specialise in travel and urban landscapes, as well as music photography of course, both live and documentary.
    Victoria Ling
    Paul Bentley

    Paul Bentley

    Me? Well...
    I'm a reader, teacher, listener, musician and now writer living and sometimes working in Newcastle.
    I've taught English Language and Literature in High Schools for 10 years and hold a PGCE, B.A and MA in English, English Teaching and Media.
    I'm a musician and write songs and perform for So What Robot.

    My aim with this blog is to become a better writer and communicate my own opinions whilst developing and discovering a writing style of my own.
    Paul Bentley

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    Lance Liddle

    Lance Liddle

    Led small dance/function band - The "Bill Montgomery Quartet" - 1960's - 1980's.
    Played tenor sax with Newcastle Big Band which had Sting on bass in 1970's.
    Worked as musical instrument salesperson in J.G. Windows Ltd of Central Arcade until early retirement in 2000.
    Met up again with Sting at 2005 big band reunion.
    Currently blogmaster of North East jazz blog - Bebop Spoken Here.
    Lance Liddle

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    Ken Drew

    Ken Drew

    I'm 62 but I’m not sure that’s useful to know.I worked for 37 years as an electronics/telecoms development engineer but was keen on music and photography long before that.
    I’m mostly attracted to Jazz music in all of its forms, along with Blues, Greig, Messiaen, Stockhausen, Piazzolla, Bryars, The Third Programme, Late Junction, and BBC Radio 6 etc etc.
    Basically I like much of the variety of contemporary music of the Modern Era and like to be inspired or surprised by it.I really enjoy live music performances, but Jazz is my main thing, along with contemporary organ music (live at Durham Cathedral) and the Unthanks.I’ve met people with similarly diverse tastes, and don’t worry too much about genres and where they belong. When I like it, I enjoy it !
    Hobbies / interests include music, photography, real ales, walking, fresh air.
    Ken Drew

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    Helen Mitchell

    Helen Mitchell

    My Dad introduced me to country music at a very early age; the first songs I ever knew the words to were by Wille Nelson and John Denver. My first live concert was Neil Sedaka when I was 8.At 10, I saw John Denver and fell in love with live music. I love reviewing and have done so for several outlets. Eclectic in my taste, I especially love Americana, singer songwriters, country and roots music.
    Helen Mitchell

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